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By Seán Duggan | Wednesday, September 9, 2015

iPhone 6S and the Evolution of the iPhone Camera

Today Apple announced that the new iPhone 6S and 6S+ will feature an all-new 12-megapixel iSight camera and take Live Photos—capturing 1.5 seconds of motion and sound before and after each photo you snap.

As we look forward to that release on the 25th of this month, here’s a look back at the 8-year evolution of the iPhone camera over the years—from rudimentary to of-the-very-moment technology.

We’re already in the studio creating training for you on the new iPhone and camera. In the meantime, get the most out of your current iPhone camera with these courses on lynda.com.

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By Derrick Story | Friday, May 1, 2015

What to Pack for a Photo Trip to Cuba: Nine Essentials


Having just the right gear, and not too much of it, facilitates creative travel photography. A light bag means less fatigue. And when you’re not tired, it’s far easier to be creative.

Have you ever passed on a shot just because you didn’t feel like walking a couple hundred yards to investigate it? (Yeah, I don’t like to admit it, either.)

On a recent photo assignment in Cuba, I was allowed 17 pounds for a carry on. I needed to have enough gear to capture the required stills and video, but not so much that I would grow weary hauling it through long days that always stretched into night.

In preparation for the trip, I developed this list of nine essentials for my camera bag—scrutinizing each item carefully to make sure it provided the maximum performance per ounce.

Here are the things you need for a photo trip to Cuba:

By Justin Reznick | Friday, January 16, 2015

Freeze Frame: Cold-Weather Photography Tips

cold-weather photography is rewarding

Winter landscapes are stunning to behold—and to shoot. But cold-weather photography comes with a unique set of challenges.

It’s important for photographers to have the proper equipment and using smart techniques when shooting in the bitter cold.

Follow these strategies and gear tips to ensure that winter conditions don’t slow you down on your next photographic outing.

By Brian Matiash | Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Want to Be a Better Photographer in 2015? Master Focal Length


BrianMatiash_20141008-ILCE-7S-20141008-DSC00342-Edit-Edit-EditOne of the hallmarks of true growth as a photographer is learning to appreciate not only the what and how of creating photos, but also exploring the why. Once you understand what your camera and lenses can offer and how you can put them to use, the next step is to evaluate why you might use a particular lens or focal length over another.

I’m going to show you the importance of the lens you choose to use, specifically focusing on your actual focal length.

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 Brian Matiash | Sunday, December 7, 2014

9 Smart Gifts for Photographers Who Shoot Outdoors


We recently shared a list of 11 great budget-friendly gifts for photographers, from tripods and cases to reflectors and diffusers.

But as photographers ourselves, we know there’s no limit to the tools that photographers lust after! So here’s another list of “non-gear” gear that every outdoor photographer will find useful in making those shoots out in the elements more comfortable, safe, and productive.

Best of all: These gifts are all under $100, too.

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, December 6, 2014

Is the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Camera Right for You?

Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is gaining popularity in the micro four-thirds camera world. It’s a mirrorless camera with a sturdy build and intuitive controls.

But will this camera complement your workflow?

In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I explore what the Olympus OM-D E-M1 has to offer.

By Derrick Story | Tuesday, December 2, 2014

11 Great Gifts for Photographers — All Under $100


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.

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