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Amazing “Back to school” or Starter-Pak Photo Deal from B&H–G12 + wide-format printer for <$300

clip_image001[1]Every few years when camera and printer models change at the same time there are some hard-to-believe-they’re-real deals to be had. This time it is a bundle of Canon’s top-notch PowerShot G12 point and shoot with Canon’s 13”x19x wide-format photo printer for under $300!…

To take advantage of the deal simply:


  1. Click here and add G12 to cart
  2. Click Here and add PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Inkjet Printer to cart
  3. Proceed through checkout
  4. Total should be $698.00 - $400 rebate = $298 with free shipping

Tiffen Dfx v3: World’s leader in film filters goes digital–helps me recreate history

Tiffen Dfx3 provides a wide arrary of nearly 200 filters and special effectsLike many pro photographers, I’ve gotten used to relying on filters from nik Software to augment those found in Photoshop. Tiffen, to me, was a name associated with glass filters, not digital ones. But when Mike Rubin, who I greatly respect, made the jump from Nikon to Tiffen, my ears perked up and I had to learn more. I’m glad I did. Mike introduced me to Tiffen Dfx v3 plug-in for Photoshop (as well as Lightroom and Aperture). At first I wasn’t sure I needed yet another plug-in for Photoshop, as I already use a variety of others. After firing up Dfx, though, I realized it took a different approach than any other filter set I’d used, starting by recreating Tiffen’s legacy of film filters for digital, making it feel much more like a traditional darkroom tool – except on steroids… Read more »

Field Test of the Sony RX100: Is it enough to make you ditch your DSLR?

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera (Black)After weeks of shooting in Alaska with a 3 pound Nikon D4, 8 pound telephoto lens, and 6 pounds of carbon fiber tripod, I was more than ready to review the new Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100. At 8-1/2 ounces, the Sony barely even registers on a travel scale. It is a little larger than my current favorite point and shoot, the Canon PowerShot S100, but certainly still qualifies as pocket-sized. I’ve never been a big fan of Sony’s point and shoots, although I do like some of their mirrorless models, but after the New York Times called the Sony RX100 the “world’s best point and shoot” I had to give it a look… Read more »

Nikon GP-1 GPS: An accessory I really want to like

After several years of reliable geotagging with my Red Hen GPS unit, I was eager to test out Nikon’s GPS accessory, the Nikon GP-1. I was really hoping that, being from Nikon, it would more seamlessly integrate with my DSLRs and my shooting experience than third party solutions. Unfortunately, while the Nikon GP-1 is certainly a competent and effective product, it needs some serious work before it outshines less expensive options already on the market. Read more »

Thinking about going LED? This book tells you what you need to know

Lighting is crucial for photographers. That isn’t true just for our photographs, it’s also true for our studios and every location where we work on or look at images. Until recently, more light has also meant more power – and more cost. With the recent awareness of the impact power consumption is having on our environment, and climbing power prices, alternative lighting technologies have come to the fore. CFLs have been flogged as a great idea for the cost-conscious, but they suffer from mediocre light quality, anathema to photographers.

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