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Travel photography lesson 1: Learning your camera

imageBefore you go on a trip – whether it is a family vacation, adventure travel, or one focused on photography – it is important to know how to use your camera before you go. While reading the manual is always helpful – if you can make it through the hundreds of pages – it doesn’t let you focus on the key features you’re likely to need most. We’ve picked out ten of the most important sets of skills you should try to learn before you go. Some may not apply to you, so feel free to pick and choose, but the list will at least give you a starting point:

New value-price wildlife lens champion: Tamron 150-600mm zoom field-tested

Wildlife photographers have some amazing, and amazingly expensive, lens options from Canon and Nikon, but for many the huge price tags – not to mention large size and weight -- make them impractical. Instead, they have needed to compromise image quality to meet their budget. Fortunately, modern manufacturing techniques and lens design software improvements have continued to improve the quality of third-party value-priced lenses. The first of this new breed is the Tamron 150-600mm lens that I field tested in Texas during my workshops this month. I was pleasantly surprised by both its image quality and focus speed. I plan to review Sigma’s very similar model, but for now I wanted to pass along my thoughts on the exciting new Tamron…

A magic trick you can hold in your hand: Celluon PicoPro portable projector field-tested

pico_02Every once in a while I review a product that seems like a magic trick. Right now that is the Celluon Pico Pro projector.

How startup Light plans to put a DSLR replacement in your smartphone

I was able to spend the morning recently with one of the most innovative startups in the camera market – Light. It is using an array of small sensors to mimic the performance and image quality you’d typically find in a much larger and more expensive package – like a DSLR. The technology spans optics, industrial design, electronics, and computer science. Here’s my take on how they plan on making it happen.

Sony RX100 III Field-tested: Is it still the best overall point and shoot on the market?

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100When Sony introduced the original RX100, it was a ground-breaking use of a 1-inch sensor in a point and shoot. I hesitate to call it a compact camera, as it is pretty beefy for most pockets. But for those who wanted excellent image quality without needing an interchangeable lens, it was a breath of fresh air. Sony has continued to beef up the RX100 product family, with the Mark III version adding some important features like an Electronic Viewfinder (EVF). However, image quality has hardly changed over the intervening years, moving up only 1 point – from 66 to 67 in DxOMark’s rankings. After we field-tested the newer, and higher-rated Canon G7 X last month, I thought we should catch up with the Sony RX100 III and give readers more information about how the two cameras compare…


Becoming a better travel & vacation photographer -- Talk at B&H

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 11:00

 I'll be back at the B&H Event Space in New York to give a talk on how to take better travel & vacation photos on May 27th. It should be a lot of fun, with some great tips, techniques, and of course, images to look at. Thanks to our event sponsor, Datacolor, one lucky attendee will win a FREE Spyder5 PRO -- a $200 value. As always, the event is free, but B&H asks that you register in advance. You can find more information and register online.