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High-tech tools to keep your images secure when you’re in the field
Among the latest cameras and lenses showcased at the big PMA trade show every winter, there’s also a slew of new gadgets, technological innovations and services that don’t drum up the kind of attention that a hot new D-SLR does. While we can’t cover everything we saw, what follows is a look at some of the offerings from those smaller, “back of the show” manufacturers that caught our attention.
A tripod is one of the most important tools for getting your best images, and there‚’s a lot more to them than just three sturdy legs
A good tripod is essential gear for the outdoor photographer. It will hold the camera rock-steady, so you can stop down for depth of field or use a high-magnification lens without suffering blur due to camera shake. Plus, it will lock in your composition so you can study it carefully and you won’t accidentally change it as you squeeze off the shot.
In the season of giving, check out our collection of inexpensive, but incredibly useful photo accessories for outdoor photographers
In photography, we tend to concentrate our efforts and our wallets on the big-ticket items. Cameras and lenses always seem to be at the top of everyone’s wish list, but even as the latest camera or super-zoom can be a welcome addition to your bag, it’s often the little things that can make some of the biggest differences in your photography.
A hard drive/viewer that lets you leave the laptop at home
Though my wife believes my laptop is permanently tethered to my body, there are times when I don’t want to tote around my computer. Such a time is when I’m out shooting in the field. But since I still want to back up my digital files before I get home, the Epson P-5000 Multimedia Storage Viewer provides a good way to both secure and share my images.
Wireless is a great way to go for using flash with macro shots
Recently, I had the chance to work with Nikon’s new wireless close-up flash kit. The R1C1 breaks new ground, offering ease and convenience in close-up flash that we’ve never had before. The kit includes an SU-800 flash controller, two SB-R200 flash heads and a mounting bracket to fit the front of a lens (a macro, for example).
Use a spotting scope and a digital camera for wildlife photography
When photographing wildlife, especially small, elusive animals, one of the biggest challenges is having enough magnification to fill the frame with your subject. Most of us have taken a photograph of a bird or a deer where the animal is so small in the frame that it’s difficult to tell what it is. Although a super-telephoto lens of 600mm or longer would help, the price tag for one of these focal lengths can be prohibitive for many.
Use simple and affordable accessories to take your landscapes to the next level
My job requires me to look at a lot of photographs, thousands of them. It’s something that I’ve always enjoyed, and I consider myself lucky to be able to review the images of some of today’s best photographers. When it comes to landscape images, I often see familiar locations: Yellowstone, Arches, slot canyons. The places are immediately identifiable because of some distinguishing landmark and because I’ve seen the location photographed hundreds of times before.