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By Derrick Story | Friday, December 19, 2014

Drool-Worthy Gifts for Lucky Photographers

The quadcopter: a great gift for photographers

What if you weren’t bound by budget when shopping for your favorite photographer?

If a sudden windfall has blessed your bank account, or you have a new credit card in need of a proper maiden voyage, there’s no shortage of extravagant gifts for photographers with terrific taste.

Or just maybe, you’ll want to add these to your own holiday wish list—and send it to a generous aunt.

Hey—it’s fun to dream.

By Derrick Story | Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Instagram Update: 6.4.1 Adds More Fun with Filters

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Instagram users who update to 6.4.1 have a handful of new filters and a nifty way to manage them.

The latest effects are more subtle than their older siblings, such as the classic Lo-Fi that is heavy handed, to say the least. We have delicate choices such as Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Aden, and Perpetua. The Instagram update has thoughtfully placed them at the front of your filter list so you won’t overlook them.

Above, I’ve applied Ludwig to my latest post.

By Derrick Story | Friday, December 12, 2014

Rediscover Analog Photography with DxO FilmPack 5 Elite

Rediscover analog photography with DxO FilmPack 5

For years, Kodak Tri-X film was my favorite. I bought 100’rolls, then loaded my own 35mm cartridges. Each roll was hand-processed in Kodak D-76 developer, then printed using an Omega B22 enlarger. I still have many of those prints in my collection.

Since those days, I’ve moved from analog to digital, and without complaint. Photography is as exciting today as ever. But I do miss Tri-X film the same way that I miss my 64 blue VW bug and Yashica SLR (which, ironically, was stolen out of my VW, but that’s another story).

Like skinny ties, though, the good things in life have a way of coming back. I’m printing Tri-X again. This time the “darkroom” is DxO FilmPack 5 running my Mac laptop, and the “enlarger” is an Epson 13” printer.

By Derrick Story | Tuesday, December 02, 2014

11 Great Gifts for Photographers — All Under $100

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Photographers aren’t the easiest people to buy for. Ask them what they want, and you’ll most likely be greeted with a grin and a request for a $2,000 camera.

Fear not! The following gifts for photographers are sure to please the most finicky enthusiast. And with every item here priced below $100, you’ll both be smiling as the wrapping paper falls to the floor.

By Derrick Story | Monday, November 24, 2014

The Gift-Giver’s Guide to Premium Compact and Mirrorless Cameras

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Traveling photographers and those who just want to lighten the load are taking interest in the current class of premium compact and mirrorless cameras. Because of their popularity over the last few years, there are plenty of options with a variety of features and prices.

If you or someone you know is hoping to get one of these powerful, compact image-making machines as a gift this season, here’s a guide to help you find the right one.

By Derrick Story | Thursday, September 25, 2014

Road Test: iOS 8 Photos App Editing Tools

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Thanks to a major overhaul, the Edit button in the new Photos app for iOS 8 actually means something. What was once just a cropper, magic wand, and handful of subpar filters has blossomed into a decent image editor.

To demonstrate, I’m going to start with a landscape shot displaying on my iPad mini, then edit it using only the tools in the new Photos app. Let’s see how it turns out.

By Derrick Story | Friday, September 19, 2014

Manual Flash in the Digital Age

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Most seasoned photographers have an old flash or two stashed in the closet. And they probably work just fine.

It wasn’t because they didn’t work that we put those earlier generation strobes to pasture; it’s just that many of us went through a phase thinking that we needed the latest TTL capability to make good pictures.

We were wrong.

The irony is that the digital age has made manual flash viable again, and in some instances, even preferable. Here’s how I’m putting my old guns back to work.

By Derrick Story | Friday, September 05, 2014

Photography Hacks: Power Charging, Repurposed Loupe, MacGyver Box

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Power.

That’s the one thing all digital photographers need. So I’m going to show you a couple “off the beaten track” power sources for your digital devices.

I also have a quick tip for creating an on-the-go LCD magnifier and a handy MacGyver kit that fits in a repurposed filter box.

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