The 12 Best Cameras for Travel in 2017

When it comes to choosing a camera for travel photography there are some important factors to consider. Camera options are as varied as the types of photographers out there, so it helps to know what you are looking for. Here are some of our recommendations.

How to Shoot Great Cityscapes at Night

When the lights go down in the city, magic happens! How do you harness the incredible low-light capabilities of today’s DSLR cameras to create stunning urban nightscapes? With a solid combination of technical knowledge, gear, planning, and imagination, you can create incredible images in any city. Here’re some tips to get you started.

How to Set Up a Video Booth

Do something a little different for your next party or event. Many go straight to setting up a photo booth but why not a video booth? Video might seem more complicated and expensive but we’ll show you just how easy it can be and the results will wow your guests.

Dead-lifting the GoPro Hero 4 Silver

Kenneth M. Ruggiano’s work has appeared in ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, The Hollywood Reporter and Golf Digest. Recently, he tackled a project that required some unique solutions and some very lightweight gear. Find out his outside-the-box solution for mounting a camera to an Olympic-style crossbar.

Product Photography – The Basics

Product and fashion photographer June Kim has a tailor-made way about crafting images for her clients. Here, she outlines her workflow for product shoots by detailing her equipment choices and demonstrating how to successfully light a tabletop setup, plus how to create a seamless browsing experience for potential consumers.

The Sun: A Photographer’s Ultimate Lighting Source

We all know that without light there isn’t going to be a photograph. There are many different qualities of light and different directions to light, all of which can be accessed with the sun as our source. Every photographer strives to create imagery with the most dramatic and vivid light. This occurs naturally near sunrise and sunset but many of us forget about additional aspects of the sun that we can use to our advantage.

3 Major Graduation Shooting Tips: Metering, Exposure Compensation, and Focusing

Graduation ceremonies can be extremely difficult to cover. You are either shooting in dark stadiums or out on football fields in midday sun. There are gobs of people but only 1 star you care about – and they are being pulled in a million directions by teachers and classmates. You won’t get second chances on most shots so here are 3 quick lessons you must learn (or reacquaint yourself with) before the big day.

BL Spotlight with Graphic Designer and Photographer Joshua Fortuna

Triple threat graphic designer, photographer, and videographer Joshua Fortuna has created quite the Instagram following over the past few years for his unique combination of mediums. His hand-drawn designs atop common objects, such as his daily consumption of coffee and lay-flat camera equipment, has kept his followers engaged and showing their appreciation of his identifiable design aesthetic.

NAB Giveaway Winners Announced

We’re giving away a ton of brand new gear this year! At Imaging USA, we gave away a Fuji X-A2 and at WPPI we gave away the choice of a Canon 5D Mark III, Nikon D810, or Sony a7SII. Now, we’re giving away a new DJI Osmo 4K Handheld Camera!

See the Stars Anew: Settings & Tips for Sparkling Night Photos

Night photography has special benefits. You can keep shooting throughout the winter or keep up with your hobby without having to give up daytime work or other chores. Night photography also has its own special challenges. If you’re feeling a little in the dark about where to start, here are the most essential gear tips and settings to start the evening off right.

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