The Top 10 LED Lights for Photographers, Videographers and Gaffers

Posted by Grant Patten on May 31, 2021 7:07:25 AM

The Top LED Lights for Photographers, Videographers and Gaffers

The Top 10 LED Lights

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Light-emitting diode (LED) lights are useful to photographers, videographers and gaffers alike; LEDs have a number of advantages compared to traditional bulbs, including:

  • LEDs tend to stay relatively cool
  • LEDs tend to last a long time
  • LEDs use less energy than traditional bulbs (e.g., incandescent, tungsten) and are therefore more environmentally friendly
  • Many LEDs offer continuous lighting (not just short bursts of light)
  • Prices on LEDs have been going down each year; they’re becoming more affordable

So, let’s do a resource round-up of some of the top LED lights for photographers, videographers and gaffers available on the market now:

(in no particular order)

  1. Quasar Science LED Lamp/Light Bar
  2. Neewer LED Ring Light
  3. Aputure Amaran 100d LED Light
  4. RaLeno LED Soft Light Panel
  5. Emart LED Portable Lighting Kit
  6. VILTROX LED Lighting Kit
  7. LED Light Great Video Maker (GVM)
  8. Slow Dolphin LED Ring Light Strip
  9. Fovitec Portable 2-Light LED Kit
  10. Rotolight Continuous Location LED Light

 

Quasar Science LED Lamp/Light Bar | best color spectrum LED light

Quasar Science LED LampQuasar Science, formed in 2013, is a California-based company that has already gained a solid reputation for manufacturing LED lights that are motion picture compatible. These lights have unique form factors and impressive color spectrums. One of their most popular products is the Quasar Science Q-LED T8 120V Dimmable Lamp. [Amazon Affiliate Link]

Created with the professional lighting technician/gaffer in mind, Quasar continues to design advanced lighting instruments for the film, TV and photographic industries.

Neewer LED Ring Light | best LED ring lights

Neewer LED Ring LightThe Neewer Ring Light Kit [Amazon Affiliate Link] has received good reviews on Amazon and consists of an LED ring light, a light stand (made of solid metal), a smartphone holder (compatible with most iPhones and Androids), a power adapter, a hot shoe adapter, a filter and a carrying bag for the ring light. This is a good amount of gear for a relatively low price.

This LED ring light has high color rendering, so it is capable of bringing out the most natural skin tones, which is of course ideal for portrait photography. Color temperature is adjustable from 3200K to 5600K.

Aputure Amaran 100d LED Light | best ultra bright LED light

Aputure Amaran 100d LED LightThe Amaran 100d [Amazon Affiliate Link] is a daylight point-source LED fixture with strong brightness and wireless Bluetooth app control. The 100d is a versatile light suitable for content creation, interviews, portrait photography and video production.

This light has ultra bright output: the Amaran 100d uses its 100W LED output to create an equivalent to a 750W tungsten light. It also offers dimming control from 0% to 100%.

Scoring a 95+ (out of 100) on the Television Lighting Consistency Index, this Amaran light is capable of illuminating beautiful colors on every shoot.

RaLeno LED Soft Light Panel | best soft light LED

RaLeno LED Soft Light PanelThe RaLeno LED Soft Light Panel [Amazon Affiliate Link] is more of a video light; its color temperature is adjustable from 3200K to 5600K. The product has backlight technology that is designed to distribute illumination to make the light softer.

This LED light has a built-in battery yet is still lightweight and portable. This light can be used for various professional shooting occasions, such as wedding, portrait and product photography.

Included in this kit: LED light, hot shoe mount, battery charger, user manual.

Emart LED Portable Lighting Kit | best continuous lighting LED

Emart LED Portable Lighting KitThe Emart LED Continuous Portable Lighting Kit [Amazon Affiliate Link] is an ideal continuous lighting solution for photography, providing multiple shooting solutions.

This Emart LED light is capable of increasing the brightness of light by more than 50% compared to other, USB-powered models.

The light’s color temperature (3300K to 5500K) allows for quick, professional images; the light offers a perfect daylight temperature for professional images. The light’s stereoscopic heat holes, on all four sides, effectively dissipate heat.

VILTROX LED Lighting Kit | best LED light for product photography

VILTROX LED Lighting KitThe VILTROX LED Video Lighting Kit [Amazon Affiliate Link] is great for both video and photography studio work. This LED light has a stable, adjustable color temperature of 3300K to ~5600K and has dual power options: AC/DC adapter (included) or Li-ion battery (not included).

This kit comes with two lights, a light stand, two adapters, two soft diffusion plates, two lamp brackets, a wireless remote control and an equipment bag. The LED light is portable, lightweight and comes with an adjustable stand that is also light yet strong.

This LED light is ideal for providing a lighting supplement when taking close-ups of objects such as products, highlighting the perfect visual effect.

Great Video Maker (GVM) | best bi-color LED lights

Great Video Maker (GVM)This LED Light from GVM Great Video Maker [Amazon Affiliate Link] is a bi-color light (3200K to 5600K and brightness from 10% to 100%) that is capable of providing real and vivid picture effects.

This light has excellent heat dissipation with a built-in silent fan cooling system, so it should hold up well even in complex shooting environments. The light comes with a power cord, tripod, lantern softbox, carrying bag and focus reflector. The included softbox produces a pleasing, uniform soft light.

The light can be controlled remotely using the GVM Easily mobile app (Android).

Slow Dolphin LED Ring Light Strip | best small-scale photography LED light

Slow Dolphin LED Ring Light StripThe Slow Dolphin LED Ring Light Strip [Amazon Affiliate Link] is another LED ring light that has good reviews on Amazon; this one has a color temperature of 3200K warm light to 6500K white light.

The light has dimming controls from 1% to 100%. This ring light is especially suitable for shooting small products such as scaled models, food, jewelry, watches, gadgets and other items.

The light comes with USB cables, a nylon cloth shooting tent, a carrying bag, a manual and six backgrounds (black, white, green, red, orange and blue).

Fovitec Portable 2-Light LED Kit | best LED lights indie filmmaking

Fovitec Portable 2-Light LED KitThe Fovitec Portable 2-Light LED Kit [Amazon Affiliate Link] would also be a good choice for both photographers and videographers. Founded in 2012, California-based Fovitec manufactures their lights specifically with product photography and indie filmmaking in mind.

This kit contains two bi-color panels, two 8'3" stands, two barn doors, four light filters, two AC adapters and two bags. These lights are ideal for large-scale video production: green screens and location sets.

Color temp of lights: 3200-5600K. The dimming control is from 0% to 100%, continuous.

Rotolight Continuous Location LED Light | best lightweight LED lights

The Continuous Location LED Light [Amazon Affiliate Link] from the UK-based manufacturer Rotolight is a powerful, ultra-portable, bi-color LED that brings tremendous versatility to any shoot.

Rotolight Continuous Location LED Light

Designed for portrait and location photographers and videographers on the move, this light has a unique “ultra thin” design and is therefore very lightweight (about three lbs.)

Color temperature: 3150K to 6300K, bi-color. The light’s continuous High Speed Sync Flash (HSS) provides a powerful color temperature adjustable flash, at 250% of the maximum continuous light output for traditional photographic workflows.

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If you’re researching LED lighting products, chances are that you own some photography and/or videography gear. And if you own valuable camera gear, you might consider protecting that gear with photography insurance and/or DigiGear insurance.

Consider Front Row’s online policies. If a location requires evidence of liability insurance before they will allow you on the property to shoot, Front Row can provide that to you in 5 minutes, 24/7 for 12 months of coverage. Online means lower cost.

Front Row’s insurance for photographers (Canada) is a good option for insuring your photo gear against theft, breakage and/or fire. You can get a quote and purchase a policy online in just a few minutes. (The online photography program provides coverage for still photography with a minimal amount of filming.)

DigiGear Insurance (Canada) is a good option for insuring your filming equipment. DigiGear is custom equipment insurance for owners of: cameras, sound and lighting gear working in the film/TV industry. Available online in Canada. Quotes in 2 minutes. Policy available in 5 minutes. If you’re in the US, get a quote here.

 

About: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent insurance broker that specializes in the entertainment industry – specifically, the film and photography industries. Front Row works hard to provide insurance protection for a very low cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row works diligently with clients and insurers to expedite the payment of claims. Offices in: Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax, NY, Nashville and LA.

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The 20 Best Photography Podcasts / Top Podcasts for Photographers

Posted by Grant Patten on May 4, 2021 7:23:54 AM

The 20 Best Photography Podcasts / Top Podcasts for Photographers

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Let’s review Front Row’s top 20 podcasts for photographers. We’ll discuss:
(in no particular order)

  1. Cameras or Whatever/The Stalman Podcast
  2. The Candid Frame
  3. The TWiP Podcast
  4. Visual Revolutionary
  5. Hit The Streets with Valerie Jardin
  6. Picture This: Photography Podcast
  7. Let’s Talk Photography
  8. Photofocus Podcast
  9. A Small Voice
  10. Magic Hour
  11. Behind the Shot
  12. F-Stop Collaborate and Listen
  13. Wedding Photo Hangover
  14. Photo Biz Xposed
  15. Photography Daily with Neale James
  16. Photo Taco Podcast
  17. The Moe and O Photography Show
  18. The Business of Photography
  19. Making Photos
  20. Embrace the Grain

 

1. Cameras or Whatever/The Stalman Podcast

Link: https://stalman.com/camerasorwhatever 

This podcast by Canadian cinematographer and photographer Tyler Stalman is for “full stack creators who take photos, make videos and love tech”. The podcast was created in 2017.

Stalman has interviewed many notable content creators on his podcast, including Jesse Driftwood, Rene Ritchie, Gerald Undone and Justin Tse. Of particular interest to photographers might be episode #86, “Through the Lens of a Black Photographer, with Simbarashe Cha”.

2. The Candid Frame | best photographer interviews

Link: https://www.ibarionex.net/thecandidframe 

California-based photographer Ibarionex Perello hosts The Candid Frame, a podcast that interviews some of the world's best-established and emerging photographers.

Each week, Perello brings in-depth, intimate and thoughtful conversations with photographers on living a photographic life. This podcast provides insight and inspiration to anyone who has a passion and love for photography.

3. The TWiP Podcast | photography industry podcast

Link: https://thisweekinphoto.com/category/twip-episodes/ 

The “This Week in Photo” (TWiP) Podcast, based out of California, is a weekly podcast that takes deep-dives into various facets of the photography industry. TWiP talks with photographers of all skill levels and covers topics ranging from photographic technique to business, and even some controversial topics facing today's photographers.

This podcast has many interesting interviews with notable photographers (mostly American), including Greg Benz, Evan Tanaka, Kenna Klosterman and Atiba Jefferson.

4. Visual Revolutionary | photographer podcasts

Link: https://www.visualrevolutionary.com/podcast 

This podcast features in-depth conversations with some of the world's leading photographers, filmmakers and other “visual revolutionaries”, bringing you the backstory on how some of your favorite artists got to where they are today.

This podcast, based out of Denver, features many interesting interviews with notable photographers (mostly American), including Jeff Lipsky, Erin Trieb, Pete Souza and Danny Clinch.

5. Hit the Streets | street photography podcast

Link: https://valeriejardinphotography.com/podcast 

“A Photography Podcast for the Urban Photographer”, Hit the Streets with Valerie Jardin (based out of Minnesota) delves into case studies, answers listener questions and gives away cool prizes.

Jardin has had many notable photographers on the show who have shared their ideas, inspiration and techniques. Notable guests have included Bill Carlson (Beatles photographer), Antoine Didienne, Barbara Peacock and Jayme Halbritter.

6. Picture This | best photographer podcasts

Link: https://northrup.photo/podcast/ 

On this podcast, professional photographers Chelsea and Tony Northrup (based in the US) dig deep into the history, technology, and personalities of photography.

Episodes cover a myriad of topics, including gear comparisons (Canon vs. Sony vs. Nikon vs. Panasonic), technology predictions, street photography, photo shoot best practices, how photographers can work from home and more. 

7. Let’s Talk Photography | photography interviewS

Link: https://www.lets-talk.ie/blog/?cat=4 

Hosted by Irish photographer Bart Busschots, Let’s Talk Photography is all about the art and craft of photography. Around the middle of each month, Busschots gets together with fellow photography enthusiasts to discuss a single photography topic in depth.

This podcast includes some discussion of the kinds of tools used to create photographs, but it doesn’t involve comparisons of one brand to another or one model to another. “It's not about the tools, it's about creating images!” Busschots says.

8. Photofocus | top photography podcasts

Link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/photofocus-podcast/id512223214 

This podcast features innovative ideas that will help you build a stronger photography business. Some of the most respected business owners and artists in photography are guests on the show.

Photographers who have been interviewed on this podcast include Joel Grimes, Roberto Valenzuela, Nicole Begley and Mike Peters. Check out Photofocus.com for help with photography questions, inspiration, how-to’s along with more great podcasts.

9. A Small Voice | good photography podcasts

Link: https://bensmithphoto.com/asmallvoice 

Fortnightly in-depth interviews featuring a diverse range of talented, innovative, excellent photographers from established, award-winning and internationally exhibited stars to young and emerging talents discussing their lives, work and process with London-based photographer, Ben Smith.

Photographers interviewed on this podcast have included Christian Patterson, Tania Franco Klein, Alejandro Cartagena, David Yarrow, among others.

10. Magic Hour | best photo podcasts

Link: https://www.magichourpodcast.org/ 

Magic Hour is a podcast interview series with photographers and people involved in the medium. It was founded in 2016 and is hosted and produced by Jordan Weitzman.

Weitzman sits down with emerging and established photographers, publishers and editors to discuss their work.

11. Behind the Shot | best photography podcasts for beginners

Link: https://behindtheshot.tv/ 

This podcast out of California tries to get inside the mind of a great photographer by taking a closer look behind one of their shots. Hosted by live music photographer Steve Brazill.

Behind the Shot explores the photographic process, from conception to completion, and all the challenges that happen in-between.

12. F-Stop Collaborate and Listen | best landscape photography podcast

Link: https://fstopandlisten.podbean.com/ 

This podcast, started in 2017, focuses on landscape photography. The podcast includes candid, in-depth, and casual conversations with some of the world's best landscape photographers and covers topics of interest in photography including social media, business, motivation, workflow and more.

Hosted by Colorado-based photographer Matt Payne.

13. Wedding Photo Hangover | best wedding photography podcast

Link: https://weddinghangover.com/episodes 

As its name suggests, this podcast focuses on wedding photography in an irreverent manner. The show’s creators (based out of the US) claim that “this podcast, like aspirin, will help you recover from your wedding hangover.”

Less a wedding photography education show and more a comedy show about the pains of running a small business, photographers will likely learn a few things listening to this podcast and probably have a few laughs along the way.

14. Photo Biz Xposed | photo business podcast

Link: https://photobizx.com/ 

This podcast from Australian photographer Andrew Hellmich is described as “The Ultimate Portrait and Wedding Photography Business Podcast”.

Hellmich interviews successful wedding and portrait photographers and industry experts to reveal their business secrets for your success. PhotoBizX is the podcast where you hear answers to the questions that you would love to ask wedding and portrait photographers yourself but perhaps never had the opportunity to ask.

15. Photography Daily | best portrait photography podcast

Link: https://www.photographydaily.show/ 

This podcast hosted by UK-based wedding and portrait photographer Neale James is a Monday-to-Friday show about and for photographers of all styles and abilities. Snapshot editions during the week, with monthly longer Focus editions. Thoughts and inspirations from international photographers.

Episodes have covered a myriad of topics, including commercial photography, sports photography, funding projects using Kickstarter, photo book design and more.

16. Photo Taco | best technical photography podcast

Link: https://phototacopodcast.com/ 

Jeff Harmon, a hobbyist photographer based in Utah, works as an IT professional by day and loves to break down complicated and/or technical photography topics so that the newest of photographers can understand them. No topic is too simple or too complicated for the show. 

If Harmon doesn’t know the answer, then he brings in an expert to help break it down. “Get photography tips in the time it takes to eat a taco, or perhaps a burrito!”

17. Moe and O | photography gadgets podcast

Link: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-moe-and-o-photography-show/id1406819986 

Best friends Moe Morales and Omar Gonzalez talk tech, gadgets, photography and life. Episodes have included a discussion of buying and selling used cameras, street photography, bokeh, photography risk assessment, photography as a “side hustle” and many more topics.

Morales and Gonzalez have their own photography businesses and they’re based out of New Jersey.

18. The Business of Photography | Canadian photography podcast

Link: https://getsproutstudio.com/community/business-of-photography-podcast/ 

A podcast focused on the business side of photography from Ontario, Canada-based software company Sprout Studio. Hosted by photographer and Sprout Studio CEO Bryan Caporicci.

The podcast features interviews with the most successful photographers in the world and includes in-depth, actionable conversations that will help you simplify and clarify the business of photography.

19. Making Photos Podcast | photographer podcast Canada

Link: https://www.davidsornberger.com/podcast 

This podcast from Ontario, Canada-based travel and landscape photographer David Sornberger was started in 2019. 

Sornberger has discussed many topics on this podcast that can help you improve your photography skills, including drone photography, photography destinations, flower photography and more.

20. Embrace the Grain | film photography podcast

Link: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/embrace-the-grain-photography-podcast/id1459043812 

This podcast from Canadian photographers Sherry Christensen and Jake Rose covers topics related to both digital and film photography. The show mainly focuses on analog photography, with hints of digital photography included. Located in Alberta and NB.

The show has featured some interesting interviews thus far, including ones with Gary “the Lens Medic”, photographer Roxanna Angles, photographer Merlin Boissonneault and many more.

Get Photography Insurance | Insurance for Photographers | Photography Gear Insurance

If you’re listening to podcasts about photography, chances are that you own some photo gear; perhaps you’re even a photographer yourself. And if you own valuable camera gear, you might consider protecting that gear with photography insurance.

Consider Front Row’s online policies. If a location requires evidence of liability insurance before they will allow you on the property to shoot, Front Row can provide that to you in 5 minutes, 24/7 for 12 months of coverage. Online means lower cost.

Front Row’s insurance for photographers (Canada) is a good option for insuring your photo gear against theft, breakage and/or fire. You can get a quote and purchase a policy online in just a few minutes. Read more about the coverages available on the photography insurance site.

 

About: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent insurance broker that specializes in the entertainment industry – specifically, the film and photography industries. Front Row works hard to provide insurance protection for a very low cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row works diligently with clients and insurers to expedite the payment of claims. Offices in: Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax, NY, Nashville and LA.

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Disclaimer: Informational statements regarding insurance coverage are for general description purposes only. These statements do not amend, modify or supplement any insurance policy. Consult the actual policy or your broker for details regarding terms, conditions, coverage, exclusions, products, services and programs which may be available to you. Your eligibility for particular products and services is subject to the final determination of underwriting qualifications and acceptance by the insurance underwriting company providing such products or services. This website does not make any representations that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss, or type of claim or loss, under any policy. Whether coverage exists or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any policy depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss and all applicable policy wording.

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The Top 10 Camera Sling Bags for Photographers and Filmmakers

Posted by Grant Patten on Apr 1, 2021 7:16:30 AM

The Top 10 Camera Sling Bags for Photographers and Filmmakers

First off, what is a camera sling bag? A sling bag refers to bag designed much like a backpack but with a single strap worn over one shoulder and across the upper body instead of a strap for each shoulder.

This camera bag type has been getting more and more popular with photographers and filmmakers in recent years, likely because it provides faster and easier access to gear. Rather than taking off a backpack, you can simply swing a sling bag around to access gear. So, let’s do a resource round-up of 10 well-reviewed camera sling bags on the market now. We’ll discuss, in no particular order:

  1. Think Tank Photo TurnStyle
  2. BPAULL Camera Sling Bag
  3. S-ZONE Canvas Camera Sling Bag
  4. MOSISO Camera Sling Bag
  5. Chrome Niko Camera Sling
  6. Peak Design Everyday Sling
  7. Lowepro Passport Sling Bag
  8. Neewer Professional Camera Sling Bag
  9. Incase DSLR Sling Pack
  10. Timbuk2


Think Tank Photo TurnStyle | best camera sling bag

Think-tank turnstyle bag

The Think Tank bags are much loved by photographers and for good reason; their camera bags are high quality, spacious, rugged and look great. Their Photo TurnStyle [Amazon Affiliate Link] bag is light, body conforming and provides more than enough room for standard DSLR cameras. It looks small, but this sling bag can hold a lot of gear.

The Photo TurnStyle is well padded and comes with some adjustable separating pads, so the internal compartments can be customized. Amazon reviewers have noted the bag as being comfortable.

This bag also has a convenient tuck-away stabilizer strap and a tablet sleeve (zippered).

 

BPAULL Camera Sling | camera sling bag for travel

BPAULL camera sling bagThe BPAULL Camera Sling Bag [Amazon Affiliate Link] is very well reviewed on Amazon. This bag comes with a rain cover and is also made of splash-proof nylon, so it is dustproof and waterproof.

This bag’s triangular design makes it lighter and more convenient than many other bags. The compartment dividers inside the bag are adjustable, lightweight and firm.

The bag is spacious enough to hold a camera body, multiple lenses, batteries and other gear. It is very well padded and can be worn and carried in multiple ways. This is a versatile camera bag that is well suited to traveling.

 

S-ZONE Canvas Sling Bag | camera sling bag canvas

S-ZONE sling bagThe S-ZONE Canvas Camera Sling Bag [Amazon Link] is made of high-density durable canvas with shockproof cotton padded dividers, which can be used as a chest bag or backpack. The bag also has a buckle strap on the bottom that can be used to hold, typically, a tripod or monopod.

The S-ZONE bag is relatively small but can hold a camera body, a few lenses and some accessories such as filters, battery memory cards and cables.

Reviewers on Amazon have noted that the bag is comfortable to wear. The bag is also fairly nondescript and casual looking, so it won’t necessarily stand out as a potential target to thieves.

 

MOSISO Camera Sling Bag | best DSLR sling bag

MOSISO sling bagThe MOSISO Camera Sling Bag [Amazon Affiliate Link] is solid in construction and spacious enough to hold a lot of camera gear. The bag contains several compartments for gear such as a camera body, lenses, accessories and personal belongings.

This bag also has an adjustable buckle strap on the bottom to carry a tripod or monopod. This bag comes with a waterproof polyester rain cover.

The bag’s shoulder strap is padded, adjustable and flexible. The sling design makes it fast to turn from your back to the front for easy, quick access to your camera gear.

 

Chrome Niko Camera Sling | best photo sling bag

Chrome Niko sling bagThe Chrome Niko Camera Sling [Amazon Affiliate Link] from American company Chrome Industries has very good reviews on Amazon and is “made for the streets”, as the company claims. This bag was designed specifically with photographers and filmmakers in mind.

The bag has a sleek black design and its internal compartments can be customized (removable Velcro) to organize your camera gear just as you like it.

The bag is tough, water-resistant and lightweight enough to be used for everyday photography.

Check out this explainer video about the bag from the official Chrome Industries YouTube channel:

 

 

Peak Design Everyday Sling | high quality sling bag

Peak Design sling bag interiorThe Peak Design Everyday Sling [Amazon Affiliate Link] is described by Peak Design as the “ultimate low-profile, quick-access day bag for light carry and gear minimalists.” The bag has a convertible, reversible strap, so it can be used cross-body or as a waist bag.

This bag was designed specifically with photographers in mind. The bag is small yet spacious enough to hold a camera body, some lenses, batteries, a charger and a few accessories. There are many pockets placed throughout the bag to hold smaller accessories. There is also a tablet sleeve.

The bag has a waterproof shell and is made out of premium mixed-cotton materials.

 

Lowepro Passport Sling Bag

Lowepro sling bagThe Lowepro Passport Sling Bag [Amazon Affiliate Link] offers a modern and versatile way to carry camera and personal gear without looking like a typical photo bag. The bag comes with a "camera box" that can be customized and fitted to any DSLR camera, providing added stability while your camera is in the bag.

The bag's compartment is expandable by up to 30%. A water bottle pocket provides a convenient spot to keep hydration at hand. The detachable shoulder pad offers extra comfort; remove it for a more streamlined, stylish look.

 

Neewer Professional Camera Sling Bag

Neewer sling bagThe Professional Camera Sling Bag [Amazon Affiliate Link] from Chinese brand Neewer is a good sling bag at an attractive price.

The bag is spacious and can fit a DSLR with an attached medium zoom lens, 1-2 extra lenses, a water bottle, along with some other accessories.

This sling bag contains removable cushion inserts for custom organization of camera gear and comes with a water-resistant rain cover. The bag has a special strap to firmly fasten a tripod; the quick release strap prevents the bag from sliding and moving.

 

Incase DSLR Sling Pack | best durable sling bag

Incase sling bagThe Incase DSLR Sling Pack [Amazon Affiliate Link] was designed for photographers who are always in motion, according to Incase Designs. The exterior is crafted with refined, durable “Woolenex” material—a lightweight, lasting blend of abrasion-resistant fabric that repels the elements.

On the inside, there are compartments with customizable dividers to fit a full-frame DSLR, lens, MacBook Air, iPad and multiple accessories.

The form of this bag has a cross-body fit that is comfortable and allows the wearer to slide it from their back to front for complete access to all compartments without having to take the bag off.

 

Timbuk2 | best mirrorless camera sling bag

Timbuk2 sling bagThe Timbuk2 sling bag [Amazon Affiliate Link] is a smaller version sling bag that is more geared to mirrorless cameras and lighter accessories. This sling bag is ideal for city shooting and light travel photography with non-DSLR cameras.

The bag has a scratch-resistant modular interior that allows for custom organization of camera bodies and lenses. There is a mesh pocket for holding memory cards and cables. The adjustable padded cross-body strap fits all shapes and sizes. The bag’s grab handle makes for easy lifting.

The company Timbuk2, founded in 1989, manufactures these bags in San Francisco.

Get Photography Insurance | Photographers Insurance | photography equipment insurance

If you end up buying any of these above camera sling bags, chances are that you’re a photographer and/or filmmaker yourself. If that’s the case, you might consider insuring your camera gear.

Front Row’s insurance for photographers (Canada) is a good option for insuring your photo gear against theft, breakage and/or fire. You can get a quote and purchase a policy online in just a few minutes. Read more about the coverages available on the photography insurance site.

The photography insurance online program provides coverage for still photography with a minimal amount of filming.

Get DigiGear Insurance | Film Equipment Insurance | Videographer Insurance | videography insurance

If you’re more of a videographer/filmmaker, DigiGear insurance would make sense for you. Front Row’s DigiGear insurance policy (Canada) is a good option for insuring your filmmaking gear, including your film camera(s). Also available online. Quotes in 2 minutes; policies available in 5 minutes. Shop from your phone. If you are in the US, please complete this form.

About: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent insurance broker that specializes in the entertainment industry – specifically, the film and photography industries. Front Row works hard to provide insurance protection for a very low cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row works diligently with clients and insurers to expedite the payment of claims. Offices in: Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, NY, Nashville and LA.

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DISCLAIMER: Informational statements regarding insurance coverage are for general description purposes only. These statements do not amend, modify or supplement any insurance policy. Consult the actual policy or your broker for details regarding terms, conditions, coverage, exclusions, products, services and programs which may be available to you. Your eligibility for particular products and services is subject to the final determination of underwriting qualifications and acceptance by the insurance underwriting company providing such products or services. This website does not make any representations that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss, or type of claim or loss, under any policy. Whether coverage exists or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any policy depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss and all applicable policy wording.

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Second Edition: Film Insurance 101 & How to Protect Your Film Project

Posted by Grant Patten on Mar 18, 2021 9:44:18 AM

Second edition: FILM INSURANCE 101 & HOW TO PROTECT YOUR FILM PROJECT

Second Edition of Film Insurance 101 book

We at Front Row Insurance are pleased to announce the second edition of our book on Amazon, Film Insurance 101 & How to Protect Your Film Project. Available in both eBook and Paperback formats. Learn how to protect your film project with information on all the different film insurance policies available (E&O, DICE, short shoot, etc.), including advice on how to reduce your project’s overall risk.

This second edition update includes:

  • 20 additional pages (compared to original edition), including new articles about preventing film equipment theft, fair use vs. fair dealing, minimizing the risk of errors & omissions (E&O) claims and more!
  • Coupon codes with discounts on various insurance policies amounting to $250 IN SAVINGS, including $150 in film/photo insurance policy savings. Coupons valid in Canada only, except for QC, ON, SK

The eBook can be purchased on Amazon for just a few dollars! And the paperback is only a few dollars more.

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Contents:
FILM PRODUCTION INSURANCE: WHY IT IS NEEDED
PRE-PRODUCTION INSURANCE
FILM PRODUCTION INSURANCE
FILM PRODUCTION INSURANCE: HOW THE PREMIUM IS DETERMINED
FILM PRODUCTION INSURANCE PREMIUMS: ONE WAY TO SAVE MONEY
CALL SHEETS
OBTAINING INSURANCE FOR YOUR SHORT FILM
WHAT DOES DIGIGEAR EQUIPMENT INSURANCE COVER?
PREVENTING FILM EQUIPMENT THEFT – TIPS & TRICKS
PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT AND PROPS/SETS/WARDROBE INSURANCE
PRODUCERS ERRORS AND OMISSIONS INSURANCE
E&O: WHAT FILMMAKERS NEED TO KNOW
DISTRIBUTOR’S E&O INSURANCE
TITLE REPORTS: WHO NEEDS THEM?
SCRIPT INSURANCE CLEARANCE REPORTS
FAIR USE VS. FAIR DEALING
FAIR USE AND E&O INSURANCE FOR FILMMAKERS - PART 1
FAIR USE AND E&O INSURANCE FOR FILMMAKERS - PART 2
INVASION OF PRIVACY AND FALSE LIGHT ACCUSATIONS
MINIMIZING THE RISK OF E&O CLAIMS
WHAT IS A DICE POLICY? - LET FRONT ROW TELL YOU
THIRD PARTY PROPERTY DAMAGE LIABILITY EXPLAINED
AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE FOR FILM PRODUCTIONS
I AM RENTING A CAR (IN CANADA) FOR MY PRODUCTION
FILM PRODUCTION COMPANIES AND CAMERA CARS
RENTING CREW PERSONAL VEHICLES
UMBRELLA VS. EXCESS LIABILITY INSURANCE COVERAGE
WATERCRAFT USE
HELICOPTER FILM INSURANCE
COMMERCIAL GENERAL LIABILITY
NEGATIVE FILM AND FAULTY STOCK / EQUIPMENT INSURANCE
ALWAYS ASK IF YOU ARE COVERED BY WORKERS COMP
CAST INSURANCE
ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS (EE) CAST INSURANCE
WHY YOU NEED EXTRA EXPENSE
IMMINENT PERIL INSURANCE COVERAGE
INGRESS & EGRESS COVERAGE
FOREIGN LOCATIONS EXPLAINED
LEGAL EXPENSE INSURANCE
WORKPLACE OFFICE INSURANCE
POST-PRODUCTION STUDIOS INSURANCE
A SPECIALIZED FILM INSURANCE BROKER
HOW TO CALL A WRAP ON TOP FILM INSURANCE CLAIMS
WHAT TO DO WHEN PRODUCTION STOPS
DISCOUNT/COUPON CODES

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The Best Budget Cameras for Photography in 2021

Posted by Grant Patten on Jan 12, 2021 8:19:06 AM

The Best Budget Cameras for Photography in 2021 | Best Budget Photography Cameras

The Best Budget Cameras for Photography

As a companion piece to our popular best budget cameras for filmmaking article, we thought it would be nice to provide a high-level overview of some of the best budget photography cameras available on the market also. 

We will discuss (in no particular order):

 

Nikon D3500 | The best budget DSLR | The best beginner DSLR

The Nikon D3500The Nikon D3500 [Amazon Affiliate Link] is a lightweight, reasonably priced, easy-to-use camera offering great image quality (24.2-Megapixel) and battery life (~1,550 shots per charge). 

Connecting the D3500 to a compatible smartphone or tablet is easy, allowing photographers to share what they capture. The Bluetooth connectivity allows continuous downloading of images to a phone. The camera shoots 1080/60p video, too.

The camera has a useful Guide Mode to help beginners learn and manual controls for more advanced photographers. Photographers can switch between autofocus, manual mode and turn Nikon's vibration reduction (VR) image stabilizer on and off.

 

Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR | Best budget digital camera

The Canon EOS Rebel T7The Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR Camera [Amazon Affiliate Link] is comparable to the Nikon D3500 in terms of image quality (24.1-Megapixel) and cost, but quite a bit lower in terms of battery life (~600 shots per charge).

This camera also offers the ability to download photographs directly to a compatible smartphone using its built-in Wi-Fi and NFC technology. The camera’s “scene intelligent auto mode” delivers accurate focus and exposure, simply. The autofocus can be overridden through the lens.

This camera includes a large optical viewfinder, auto-white balancing functionality and an on-board Feature Guide with a simple description explaining each function.

 

Canon PowerShot Digital Camera | Best point-and-shoot digital camera

Canon PowerShot G7Another good budget Canon camera to consider would be the PowerShot G7 Digital Camera [Amazon Affiliate Link]. This point-and-shoot camera has a large 20.1-Megapixel CMOS sensor; although smaller than the EOS Rebel T7 sensor, it will still capture very high-quality images.

The compact form factor of the camera (4.19 x 6.1 x 10.54 cm) means that it is very durable, portable and ideal as a travel camera. The G7 offers high-speed continuous shooting up to 8 fps in RAW2, JPEG and RAW+JPEG2 modes, so if you’re into photographing sports, animals or other fast-moving subjects, this camera is for you.

The large, high-resolution, 3.0" LCD touchscreen display is quite impressive for a point-and-shoot. The screen can be tilted up 180° and down 45° to compose “selfie” shots.

 

Panasonic LUMIX LX100 | Best budget point-and-shoot

Panasonic LUMIX LX100If you are open to a point-and-shoot camera instead of a DSLR, consider the Panasonic LUMIX LX100 [Amazon Affiliate Link]. This is a reasonably priced point-and-shoot with a decent sized image sensor (21.7-MP total) and fair battery life (~300 shots per charge when using flash or ~340 shots without flash).

This camera can shoot photos at 4K and offers “macro shooting” in which photographers can shoot at 3cm at wide-angle and 30cm at telephoto. This is ideal for photographing flowers, plants, etc. to reveal the finer details.

This camera also has Bluetooth/Wi-Fi connectivity, so photographers can share their images straight to a compatible smartphone using their Image App (Android/iOS).

 

Fujifilm X-E3 | Best budget mirrorless camera 

The Fujifilm X-E3The Fujifilm X-E3 [Amazon Affiliate Link] is a mirrorless digital camera that is quite reasonably priced and has a CPU (Fujifilm X-E3's X-Processor Pro) built for high-speed processing.

For those into photographing fast-moving subjects, such as sporting events, this camera offers continuous shooting at up to 8.0 fps. The camera has a sleek, somewhat retro, simple form factor and was “created in the pursuit of minimalism,” according to Fuji.

Various Amazon reviewers have commented that this camera’s ergonomics are excellent. The JPEGs look great, the dynamic range is stellar (9.6 to 9.8 f-stops), the highlight retention is excellent and the camera has accurate auto-white balancing.

 

Sony RX100 | Best affordable digital camera

The Sony RX100The Sony RX100 [Amazon Affiliate Link] is a fixed lens digital camera that is affordably priced and has a decent sized image sensor (20.1-Megapixel). The attached lens is a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mmviii F2.8-4.5 high magnification zoom lens.

Sony claims that this camera has the “world’s fastest hybrid autofocus system” to capture fleeting moments with precision. The camera includes a variety of other nice features, such as single burst shooting, AI-based real-time tracking to focus on moving subjects, “Active” mode image stabilization and Wi-Fi/NFC connectivity to compatible smartphones and tablets. 

This camera also has an LCD display that rotates in various angles (up ~180° and down ~90°) to be able to capture the perfect selfie.

 

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III | Best digital camera for travel | Best travel digital camera

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IIIThe Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III [Amazon Affiliate Link] is an affordable DSLR with a 16-Megapixel Live MOS Sensor. This camera’s in-body 5-axis image stabilization technology allows photographers to capture blur-free photos.

The Olympus has an intuitive touch screen interface, shortcut buttons to make camera settings accessible and a built-in flash. The convenient touch autofocus function lets photographers instantly focus on their subject with one touch of the screen.

The Olympus is a good camera for traveling because of its small body (4.8 x 2 x 3.3 inches). The “OLYMPUS Image Share” mobile app (Android/iOS) makes it quick and easy to transfer pictures to your phone for sharing on social media.

 

Pentax K-5 | Best weather sealed DSLR | Best weatherproof DSLR

The Pentax K-5The Pentax K-5 [Amazon Affiliate Link] is an affordable DSLR that is weather sealed, robust and has good image quality (16.3-Megapixel CMOS sensor). The sensor and high ISO (80-12,800) perform capably in low light.

It should take 6 to 8 hours (~740 shots) to recharge a fully depleted K-5 battery. Pentax cameras are known for their durability and the K-5 is no exception; it is small and light but “built like a tank.” The camera’s continuous shooting mode can do 22 images in a single sequence, so it can comfortably handle high-speed subjects such as sporting events.

The K-5 can take good, affordable lenses and has a great optical viewfinder with a nearly 100% field of view. The camera’s autofocus system is excellent, featuring a new-generation, wide-frame SAFOX IX+ with 11 sensor points.

 

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The 10 Best Photography Schools in Canada | Top Photography Programs

Posted by Grant Patten on Nov 16, 2020 7:31:49 AM

The 10 Best Photography Schools in Canada | Top Photography Programs

Best Photography Schools in Canada

Let’s provide a high-level overview of some of the best photography schools in Canada. Of course, there are other good schools and this list isn’t comprehensive; however, the below photography programs are certainly among the most notable in Canada.

(in no particular order)

We’ll discuss:

 

1. Ryerson Image Arts/Photography Studies

Ryerson Image Arts

Ryerson’s Photography Studies 4-year BFA (bachelor of fine arts) program is a mix of theory and applied work, with a bit more emphasis on the applied. Students will take the standard photography theory courses in the first years of the program, with the final years more focused on the creation of photography work and a senior project.

The program includes courses on the history of photography, visual culture, photography production, and contemporary issues in photography.

Notable alumni include photographers Edward Burtynsky and George Pimentel.

2. OCAD U

OCAD University (Ontario College of Art and Design) has a respected 4-year photography program, resulting in a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree. Students learn skills from darkroom to digital photography in this program.

OCAD U has some of the best photography facilities in Canada and is one of few schools with both a colour and black & white darkroom.

Students take general art-related courses in their first year, such as sculpture concepts and painting. They progress into the photography-focused courses in subsequent years. In their final year, students can choose between the Thesis and the Directed Studio options.

3. Sheridan

Sheridan is one of the most reputable schools in Ontario for photography. Sheridan has positioned their program as a “business-focused professional photography degree program.” It is a 4-year program resulting in an Honours Bachelor of Photography degree.

Courses include Introduction to Studio, Photographic Language, Studio Portraiture, History of Advertising Photography, Photography Professional Business Practices, among others. Students produce a photography portfolio project in their final semester.

Sheridan photography alumni work can be viewed on the GRADWORK website.

4. School of the Photographic Arts (SPAO)

SPAO in Ottawa is not as well known as the aforementioned schools as it was only established in 2005 as an alternative for study in the photographic visual arts, although it has already earned a great reputation among the Canadian photography community.

SPAO offers a two-year photographic arts diploma that covers both analogue and digital photography. There are courses on still life photography, landscape photography, portraiture, projects and presentations, among others. At the end of the program, students take part in one-on-one or small-group critiques with SPAO instructors and visiting professionals.

The school is home to the SPAO Centre Gallery.

5. Emily Carr University

Emily Carr U

Emily Carr U has a world-renowned photo program, mostly because of the fine art photographers who have come out of the program or worked there (e.g., Douglas Coupland, Stan Douglas, Karin Bubas, Jessica Eaton, Ian Wallace, Marian Penner Bancroft, Arni Haraldsson, Scott Connaroe, Stephen Waddell). 

As far as photo schools in Canada go, it’s hard to find one with more heavy-hitters.

The program has courses on theory, writing, drawing, and electives in other media. Students will also do professional practice studies and will have produced a substantial body of work upon graduating.

6. Langara College

Langara College in Vancouver has a professional photography program that is more geared toward commercial photography. The program has hands-on, comprehensive training that provides graduates with the skills to achieve success in a career in the photographic industry.

There are courses on technical photography, studio lighting, publishing, digital imaging, photographic development, the history of photography, and more.

This program confers a two-year diploma.

7. NSCAD U

NSCAD University (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) has a reputation for being a radical art school; there is something to be said for having a reputation that you feel the need to live up to.

The school’s photography BFA program allows students the opportunity to balance technical and conceptual learning. The school’s photography facilities are excellent for both film-based and digital imaging. There is a darkroom and individual film processing cubicles, as well as a suite of computers available for digital photographic work.

By the final semester, students exhibit at the university gallery or other local venues.

8. AUArts

Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) is certainly one of Alberta’s best schools for photography. The program confers a Bachelor of Design in Photography degree.

The program involves a mix of photography-focused and liberal studies courses, along with challenging assignments that will allow students to develop their photography portfolios.

Renowned photographers Mitch Kern and Ann Mansolino sit on the school’s faculty.

9. Concordia

Concordia U

Concordia’s 3 to 4-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Photography is certainly one of Quebec’s best photography programs. The program covers both analogue and digital photography.

Courses comprise a mix of the theoretical and the practical, with an emphasis placed on the understanding of photography’s sociological and artistic ramifications. Studio Arts electives include Black-and-White Photography, Colour Photography, Large Format Photography, and more.

Notable alumni include photographers Barbara Davidson and JJ Levine.

10. The School of Life

As you’ve likely heard before, there is no better place to hone your photography chops than out there in the “real world”. Excellent photography gear is more accessible than ever, and more intuitive to use. Grab a camera, take thousands of photos, experiment, see what works and trust your instincts…

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If you are in photography school or thinking about going, you will almost inevitably end up working on photo projects and shoots that will require insurance. Consider Front Row’s online policies. If a location requires evidence of liability insurance before they will allow you on the property to shoot, Front Row can provide that to you in 5 minutes, 24/7 for 12 months of coverage. Online means lower cost.

Front Row’s insurance for photographers (Canada) is a good option for insuring your photo gear against theft, breakage or fire.  You can get a quote and purchase a policy online in just a few minutes. Read more about the coverages available on the photography insurance site.

 

About: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent film and photography insurance broker with offices across Canada that provides film and photography insurance for a very low cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row works diligently with clients and insurers to expedite the payment.

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Ryerson image: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 789206398, Shutterstock
Emily Carr image: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1775708516, Shutterstock
Concordia image: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1707348451, Shutterstock

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The 15 Best Photo Editing Apps / Best Photography Editor Apps

Posted by Grant Patten on Oct 26, 2020 7:27:59 AM

The 15 Best Photo Editing Apps / Best Photography Editor Apps

Best Photo Editing Apps: mobile app picSource: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1399145969 | Shutterstock

Let’s review the 15 best apps for photo editing available on the market now.

(in no particular order) We’ll discuss:

  1. Polish / Photo Editor Pro
  2. Snapseed
  3. VSCO
  4. Photofox
  5. ON1 Photo RAW
  6. DxO PhotoLab and ONE
  7. GIMP
  8. darktable
  9. RawTherapee
  10. PicsArt
  11. Pixlr
  12. Fotor
  13. Ribbet
  14. Colorcinch
  15. Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Spark

 

1. Polish / best photo editing apps for Android / best photography apps for Android

Polish / Photo Editor Pro is a great photo editor app that has excellent reviews on the Google Play store. The app offers stylish effects, filters, borders, grids and draw tools. With the app, you can post your edited photos directly to Instagram, Facebook and other social media. The app is also available on iOS.

One user’s review (Ross Peters) on the Play store: “I've tried a few photo editor apps, and this one is very competent, and allows the ability to do basic layering of additional photos with transparency, a basic need for me that's seemingly hard to find on Android.”

2. Snapseed / best photography filter apps

Certainly one of the best photo editing apps is Snapseed, which is available for FREE on both iOS and Android. With this app, users can easily edit their photos using swiping gestures. The app has many features, including 29 tools and filters.

The app has excellent reviews on the Google Play store, including this one from user Javi: “Reliable and functional, delivers great effects without destroying originals. HDR Scape and Selective adjust are two of my favorites.”

The iOS reviews are also great for this app, including this one from user Paul: “[This app’s] ability to select areas for retouching is uncannily accurate; its Structure feature beats anything Photoshop can do; and its Ambience tool provides a wonderful combination of brightness, shadow opening, warmth, and even incredible highlight protection all at once.”

3. VSCO / best photography apps for iphone / best filmic filter app / best photography filter apps

VSCO is a photography mobile app for iOS and Android devices. The app has a bunch of nice filmic emulation filters, and some editing tools.

The app includes multiple popular presets for free. From quiet and muted to vibrant and saturated, each preset produces a unique look. Additional presets can be purchased within the app.

4. Photofox / best photography apps for iPhone

Photofox is (at time of this writing) only available on iOS/Apple devices, but it has excellent reviews on the App Store, including this one from user Nick: “This app is the absolute best for creating and editing photos, no other app does it better. It helped me make some REALLY impressive pictures I never would’ve thought I could make without this app.”

Features include double exposures, advanced editing, glitch art, adding text, drawing, painting on images, and adding cool effects. Surreal backgrounds and effects can be added to a photo in a single tap, for example. The basic app is available for free (with in-app purchases).

5. ON1 Photo RAW / best photography app for computer and mobile

ON1 Photo RAW is one of the rare photo editing apps that is available on computers (Mac and Windows) AND mobile devices (iOS and Android). It is billed as “THE professional-grade photo organizer, raw processor, layered editor, and effects app.”

The app allows photographers to adjust myriad photo elements, including Exposure, Contrast, Shadows, Mid-tones, Highlights, and more. The companion product, ON1 Photo RAW 360, allows seamless cloud syncing of photos and editing between computers and mobile devices.

6. DxO PhotoLab and DxO ONE

PhotoLab from the French photography company, DxO, is an image processing app available on Windows and macOS. They also have the DxO ONE app for the App Store and Google Play.

The PhotoLab app (includes free trial) has some powerful AI and deep learning technology to be able to enhance the overall look and feel of your photos, especially photos with noise. The app’s “ClearView Plus” feature reduces haze, enabling quick restoration of the natural radiance of photos.

The DxO ONE app is available for free and is meant to be used with the DxO ONE cameras [Amazon Affiliate Link] that connect to iPhones and iPads. This app includes various features for the DxO ONE camera, including Shoot in Auto mode, scene modes for Sport, Portrait, Landscape and Night photography, and a “Selfie mode”.

7. GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

GIMP has been around since 1996 and is still going strong! The app is a free, open-source raster graphics editor used for retouching and photo editing, free-form drawing, transcoding between image file formats, and other tasks.

GIMP’s interface has perhaps a bit of a steeper learning curve than a mainstream product like Photoshop, but the designers have made improvements to its UI in recent years to make it more streamlined and less cluttered.

Features include photo manipulation, colour management, original artwork creation, graphic design elements, and the app even offers extensibility via integration with various programming languages.

8. darktable / best open source photo editing app

darktable is a powerful open source photography workflow application and raw developer. Features include non-destructive photo editing, GPU accelerated image processing, professional colour management, and more.

The app has a bit of a learning curve, though. It can be installed on a variety of operating systems, including Windows, macOS, Linux, Ubuntu and Debian. This app is designed to be used on computers, not mobile devices.

9. RawTherapee / best photo processing app

RawTherapee is a free and open-source app for processing photos. The app has photo editing functions specifically for non-destructive editing of raw photos and is primarily focused on improving a photographer's workflow by facilitating the handling of large numbers of images.

RawTherapee is available on Windows, macOS and Linux at the time of this writing. As with darktable, this app is designed to be used on computers, not mobile devices.

Features include a 32-bit (floating point) processing engine, best-in-class demosaicing (reconstructing a full colour image from incomplete colour samples), hot/dead pixel correction, and the compositing of raw photo files with automatic ghost masking.

10. picsart / best online photo editor

PicsArt is an online photo editor that is free, has advanced tools such as effects & filters and includes 100+ million free-to-edit images in its library.

The app includes a "sticker maker" to create stickers, clipart and emojis to add to your photos. There is also a "collage maker" with preset collage formats. The app is available on iOS, Android and Windows PC.

11. pixlr / best saas photo EDITING APP

Pixlr is a cloud-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) suite of image tools and utilities, including photo editors, created in Sweden in 2008. These apps range from simple to advanced photo editing.

Pixlr's creative library features over 3,000 overlays, 5,000 decorative texts and 7,000 icons and stickers for its users. Though the platform is free, it offers subscriptions plans for access to more advanced features and functionality.

12. fotor / photo editor and design maker

Founded in the UK in 2012, Fotor is a photo editor app available on Mac, Windows PC, iOS and Android platforms and also online in the browser. Though the basic app is free, some options are only available through an in-app purchase.

In addition to basic photo editing tools such as cropping, red eye removal, the use of stickers and overlays, photo deblurring and aperture addition, Fotor can also be used for graphic design and collage making.

13. ribbet / intuitive photo editing app

Ribbet from Ukraine-based design shop Tubik Studio is a photo editor available on Mac, Windows PC, iOS, Android and desktop web browsers. Most of their tools can be used for free, but there is a Ribbet Premium membership tier that provides full access to their desktop and mobile apps.

The app has a large library of fonts, advanced tools such as curves & special effects, over 2.7 million free stock photos and there is a Ribbet editing community to connect with other photographers and photography fans.

14. colorcinch / best photo cartoonizer app

Colorcinch (formerly Cartoonize) describes itself as "the #1 photo editor & cartoonizer designed to be simple, beautiful, and free." The app is available online.

This app takes an intuitive, one-click approach to design. Their AI-powered photo enhancers are excellent and the app has solid photo manipulation capabilities. Colorcinch provides access to a library of ~2.5 million photos, graphics and icons.

15. Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Spark

Yes, we have saved the most obvious ones for last! Everyone reading this has likely already heard of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom [Amazon Affiliate Links], but they deserve mentioning in any “best photography apps” article. They work seamlessly together – you can use Photoshop for the initial image work, and then take it into Lightroom for any additional image organization and manipulation.

Unlike Photoshop, Lightroom's edits are always non-destructive by keeping the original image and the edits applied to it saved separately.

Some readers potentially haven’t yet heard about Adobe Spark, however. Spark is an integrated suite of digital media apps for mobile and web, comprising Spark Page, Spark Post, and Spark Video. Access to Spark is included in Adobe Creative Cloud.

Photo Editing Accessories for your Laptop | Photo Editing Laptop Accessories

If you’re doing photo editing, don’t forget about these important accessories:

Having an external monitor is generally better than having just the laptop screen, so consider getting a nice 4K resolution monitor to complement your laptop (you’ll want a monitor that is colour accurate. Computer speed and high performance don’t matter so much if your colours are off!) A good one to consider is the ViewSonic VX2776-4K-MHD 4K Frameless IPS Monitor. [Amazon Affiliate Link]

An external hard drive and/or subscription to a cloud storage service such as Dropbox would be advisable because even if you have a large hard drive on the laptop, you will likely be surprised at how quickly that drive can fill up. A well-reviewed external HD to consider is the Seagate portable external HD. [Amazon Affiliate Link]

Note: ~8GB of RAM can be a bit tight if you're using both Photoshop and Lightroom, plus other software like a web browser, so if you’ll be using a lot of software simultaneously, always opt for more RAM.

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Front Row’s insurance for photographers (Canada) is a good option for insuring your photo gear. You can get a quote and purchase a policy online in just a few minutes, or read more about the coverages available on the photography insurance site.

Note: Cellular phones are not covered under this policy, either as equipment or office equipment, regardless of whether they are used as part of your photography practice. Coverage for your cellular phone may be available through other insurance or product warranties.

 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Lightroom
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Spark
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demosaicing

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How to protect your camera in snow | protect your camera in cold weather

Posted by Grant Patten on Oct 1, 2020 8:19:39 AM

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CAMERA IN SNOW | PROTECT YOUR CAMERA IN COLD WEATHER

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CAMERA IN SNOWSource: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 551251480, Shutterstock

It’s true – most modern photography equipment is generally durable enough to withstand snowy conditions, but there are still some best practices that you’ll want to keep in mind when handling your photography gear in snow and cold weather conditions. Let’s review those in this post.

Tips to protect your camera in snow / tips to protect your camera in cold weather

Try to avoid changing lenses outdoors, as that could trap condensation in the camera/lens for an extended period. If you must do so, be very careful!

Also, try to avoid breathing on your camera’s LCD screen. The moisture from your breath could freeze the screen and it can be a pain to get the ice off. If you think breathing on the LCD cannot be avoided, it wouldn’t hurt to have some de-icer spray in your camera bag, such as the CRC Ice-Off Windshield Spray De-Icer [Amazon Link] (yes, it can work on LCD screens, too!)

You may also experience LCD screen playback issues in cold temperatures. Consider disengaging the automatic playback of images while shooting.

Your batteries will drain faster in the cold. Look into getting a spare battery and an external battery pack handle/battery grip, such as the Sony Vertical Grip for Sony Alpha cameras [Amazon Link]. The grip provides some good moisture resistance.

Keep extra batteries in your jacket or pant pockets to keep them warm with body heat.

Break a hand warmer pack [Amazon Link] to keep your batteries warm. You could wrap a hand warmer around the section of the camera that contains the batteries (usually the handgrip for DSLRs).

Get a water resistant hard case for your memory cards, such as the Honsky Water Resistant Memory Card Carrying Case [Amazon Link]. A water resistant phone case would also be an option for holding the memory cards, such as the JOTO Universal Waterproof Pouch [Amazon Link].

Use a lens hood to prevent snow from touching the lens. The Kiwifotos 50mm Reversible Lens Hood seems to have mostly positive reviews on Amazon. The FOTGA Bayonet Mount Lens Hood is also well reviewed. [Amazon Link]

Use a camera rain cover / rain sleeve; these are generally inexpensive. Some well-known brands include Zacro and OP/TECH [Amazon Links]. You can find waterproof camera cases, lens hoods and custom rain covers.

Get the right gloves for shooting in cold weather. The Under Armour Men's Armour Liner 2.0 [Amazon Link] gloves are thin enough to operate a camera while wearing them. The FanVince Touch Screen Gloves Windproof in Cold Weather [Amazon Link] would also work well for snow photography.

OP/TECH USA Tripod Sleeves Tripod Leg CoverYou can get insulating sleeves or pipe insulation for the legs of your tripod, such as the OP/TECH USA Tripod Sleeves Tripod Leg Covers [Amazon Link]. Alternatively, use a carbon fiber tripod to prevent ice burn, such as the Neewer Carbon Fiber 66 inches/168 centimeters Camera Tripod [Amazon Link].

Include some silica gel desiccant [Amazon Link] in your camera bag to absorb residual moisture and any water from melted snow.

Make sure you get the snow off your camera and lens(es) before you bring them back inside. You do not want snow melting and having water get in your lens/body.

Acclimatize your camera! | Bringing your camera from outdoors to indoors (& vice versa)

Avoid rapid changes in temperature; limit the number of transitions from cold to warm, and vice versa.

When you must transition your camera from a cold to warm area, acclimatize the camera:

  1. Put your camera and lens back into the camera case
  2. Then put the camera case into a bag (any plastic bag that fits the case will do)
  3. Then go inside and leave the camera alone for a while in the case/bag until all reach room temperature. Following this process will minimize the chance that moisture will condense on the camera’s cold surfaces if brought too quickly into a warm room

If you cannot cover the camera case with a plastic bag, a simple towel can suffice. When you are finished shooting outside, wipe off the outside of the camera, the camera case and any other gear to remove any excess moisture.

Additional tip: turn the lens barrel to wipe off any moisture that may have gone under the outer barrel during times when the lens was retracted.

Best cameras for snow photography / blizzard-ready cameras

As a rule, do not use mechanical film cameras in the cold. These cameras are more susceptible to breaking, especially older ones. Always favour weather sealed cameras. Weather sealing a camera refers to having rubber gaskets in the seams to keep water from the camera’s internals. However, if the lens doesn't have weather sealing also, water can still enter into the camera through the lens mount. Therefore, make sure to keep the lens mount dry.

Many cameras are already weather sealed, but don’t assume that your camera is necessarily weather sealed just because it’s a new model. Be sure to check with the camera manufacturer to verify.

The Pentax K-70 Black [Amazon Link] is fully weather sealed and has largely positive reviews on Amazon. This camera is built specifically for outdoor shooting. Another solid, less expensive option from this brand is the Pentax K-30 Weather-Sealed 16 MP CMOS Digital SLR [Amazon Link], which is also weather sealed and built for shooting outdoors.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark IIIThe Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III [Amazon Link] is rugged and durable; this camera can withstand water and snow spray with ease. The larger form factor also makes it easier to handle while wearing gloves.

The Sony RX100 [Amazon Link] is tiny, but tough. You can easily stuff it inside a jacket pocket and keep your hands tucked away from the cold when not in use.

The Sony Alpha a6100 Mirrorless Digital Camera [Amazon Link] would be good for snow photography as it is more compact than traditional DSLRs and Sony claims that it has “the world’s fastest auto-focus”.

The Canon PowerShot G9X Mk II [Amazon Link] would be a good compact point-and-shoot option for snow photography. It is ultra slim and lightweight, so stuffing it inside a jacket pocket and pulling it out again for snow pictures would be quick and easy.

Finally, consider using a polarizing filter to cut down on glare from the snow, such as the Gobe 58mm Circular Polarizing (CPL) Lens Filter. [Amazon Link]

Some Snow Photographs | Snow Photography | Snow Photographer

Snow photography tip: Set your camera to overexpose by 1 1/3 to two stops. This will ensure that the snow actually looks white, not grey!

Maybe one of these nice snow pictures can help inspire you to do some snow photography of your own:

Mocănița steam train from Bucovina

Mocănița steam train from Bucovina (Romania) travel in wintertime.

Shutterstock: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1022616715

Siberian Tiger running in snow

Siberian Tiger running in snow. Beautiful, dynamic and powerful photo of this majestic animal. Set in environment typical for this amazing animal. Birches and meadows.

Shutterstock: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 574476025

After the light snow in early spring

After the light snow in early spring.

Shutterstock: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1253253541

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Following these tips will, hopefully, allow you to avoid snow-related damage to your photography gear. However, just in case something like that does happen, you will want to have photography insurance in place to help cover the cost of repair/replacement.

Front Row’s insurance for photographers (Canada) is a good option for insuring your photo gear. You can get a quote and purchase a policy online in a few minutes, or read more about the coverages available on the photography insurance site.

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The 10 Best How-to Photography Books

Posted by Grant Patten on Jul 20, 2020 6:50:39 AM

THE 10 BEST HOW-TO PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS

Let’s review Front Row’s top 10 how-to photography books. We’ll discuss:

  1. Understanding Exposure
  2. Digital Photography Boxed Set
  3. Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs
  4. The Photographer’s Eye
  5. The Art of Photography
  6. The Hot Shoe Diaries
  7. Digital Photography Masterclass
  8. Picture Perfect Practice
  9. How to Create Stunning Digital Photography
  10. Black & White Photography

 

1. Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera | Best How-to Photography BooksUnderstanding Exposure

Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera [Amazon Link] by Bryan Peterson has received excellent reviews across both Amazon and Goodreads, indicating that it is a very useful and popular how-to photography book.

The book covers the fundamentals of photography: exposure, aperture, shutter speed, light, and includes a discussion of special techniques and filters at the end.

One user’s comment (Meghan) on Goodreads: “I couldn't put this book down! I read almost all of it in one sitting. I am an amateur photographer and I learned so much from this book.”

 

2. Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set | Best How-to Photography Books

Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set

Kelby (an American photographer) has written five parts to his Digital Photography Book series and now you can get all books together in a boxed set [Amazon Link] for a reasonable price.

This book series includes myriad useful photography tips with chapters on each, including “avoid increasing your ISO on a tripod”, “use your flash at outdoor weddings”, and “pre-focus to get the shot”.

One user’s comment (Dreama) on Amazon: “I love Scott's books. He does not write in a technical way. He writes so the non-professional photographer can understand how to improve and get better pics.”

 

3. Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs | Best How-to Photography Books

Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs

The straightforward book title says it all. Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs [Amazon Link] by Henry Carroll has positive reviews on Goodreads and Amazon and is a short, concise read at just 128 pages.

The book contains sections on composition, exposure, light, lenses and seeing.

Famous photos taken by master photographers – including Henri Cartier-Bresson – are included throughout the book.

 

 

 

4. The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos | Best How-to Photography Books

The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos

The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos [Amazon Link] by Michael Freeman (professional photographer) is a book that focuses more on teaching the design and artistic side of photography, as opposed to just the technical.

The book includes sections on the image frame, design basics, graphic & photographic elements, light, intent, and process.

One user’s comment (Nicholas) on Amazon: “This is a really important book. Most photography books are solely concerned with cameras and lenses, but this book focuses (pun intended) on the psychology of the way images are interpreted and understood by people, which I think is far more important than equipment.”

 

5. The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression | Best How-to Photography Books

The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression

The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression [Amazon Link] by Bruce Barnbaum is a highly readable photography textbook.

This hefty book (360+ pages) includes sections on composition, visualization, filters, the zone system of exposure, presentation, and even the philosophy of photography. There is also a section on rebutting photographic myths. The book contains over 100 beautiful photographic illustrations.

One user’s comment (Justin) on Goodreads: “Shifts your thinking when it coming to photography. Some aspects of the book are hard to grasp, but worth re-reading.”

 

6. The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes | Best How-to Photography Books

The Hot Shoe Diaries

The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes [Amazon Link] by Joe McNally (acclaimed photojournalist) is a book focused on the lighting aspects of photography. McNally – a former National Geographic photographer – shares his tips on photography lighting best practices and techniques.

McNally recounts the entertaining stories behind his myriad photographic assignments, and then goes on to describe in technical detail how he managed to get the lighting just right for each photo.

 

7. Digital Photography Masterclass: Advanced Photographic Techniques for Creating Perfect Pictures | Best How-to Photography Books

Digital Photography Masterclass

Digital Photography Masterclass: Advanced Photographic Techniques for Creating Perfect Pictures [Amazon Link] by Tom Ang is a book appropriate for both new and experienced photographers.

The book has sections on key camera controls, exposure control, tonality and contrast, timing, light, image manipulation, documentary photography, sports photography, wildlife photography, and more.

One user’s comment (vuddha) on Amazon: “The sections are detailed and logical. The photo examples are beautiful and interesting. The discussions with the professionals in their respective fields are invaluable.”

 

8. Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs | Best How-to Photography Books

Picture Perfect Practice

Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs [Amazon Link] by Roberto Valenzuela (photographer, specializing in wedding photography) is also well reviewed on Amazon.

The book is broken up into four main sections: locations, poses, execution, and deliberate practice. The chapters include practice exercises to improve your photographic abilities.

One user’s comment (Michel) on Amazon: “This is one of the only books I have that actually shows you correct pictures and pictures with mistakes so you can easily compare what works and what doesn't.”

 

9. How to Create Stunning Digital Photography | Best How-to Photography Books

How to Create Stunning Digital Photography

How to Create Stunning Digital Photography [Amazon Link] by Tony & Chelsea Northrup is – according to the book’s description – “Amazon's #1 rated and best-selling digital photography book, and the first ever Gold Honoree of the Benjamin Franklin Digital Award”.

The book has sections on lighting & flash, controlling your camera, portraits, weddings, animals, landscapes, underwater photography, and more. The book also comes along with access to over 20 hours of video training on photography.

 

10. Black & White Photography | Best How-to Photography Books

Black & White Photography

For those interested in black & white photography on film, look no further than Black & White Photography [Amazon Link] by Henry Horenstein (American artist and photographer).

The book has sections on the camera body, the camera lens, the shutter, film exposure, film developing, camera accessories, and more.

One user’s comment (kkrome25) on Amazon: “The book contains excellent quality black & white drawings and photographs, and the style of writing is in straightforward, plain English.”

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If you’re reading how-to books on photography, chances are you own some photography gear. In addition, if you own valuable photography gear, you should consider insuring that gear. If you have received any money for your photography, your gear is now considered “commercial equipment.” This, in turn, means that your homeowner or rental insurance policy likely will not cover your photo gear.

Front Row’s insurance for photographers is a good option for insuring your photo gear. You can get a quote and purchase a policy online in just a few minutes, or read more about the coverages available on the photography insurance site.

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10 Best Laptops for Photo Editing in 2021 / Best Photography Computers

Posted by Grant Patten on Jun 23, 2020 12:05:45 PM

10 BEST LAPTOPS FOR PHOTO EDITING IN 2021 / BEST PHOTOGRAPHY COMPUTERS

Let’s review the ten best laptops for photo editing available on the market now. We’ll discuss:

  1. Apple MacBook Pro
  2. HP Spectre
  3. Lenovo ThinkPad
  4. Dell XPS
  5. Dell Inspiron
  6. Microsoft Surface
  7. Asus ZenBook
  8. Acer ConceptD
  9. MSI Prestige
  10. Razer Blade

 

1. Apple MacBook Pro (various sizes) | best computers for photo editing

Apple MacBook Pro

The famous MacBook is at the top of our list of best laptops for photo editing simply because its performance is excellent (especially if you opt for up to 32GB of memory) and it can handle high-level processing for programs like Photoshop, Lightroom and Final Cut Pro.

The 16-inch larger screen is more expensive than the smaller 13-inch [Amazon Link], of course, but both are excellent machines.

2. HP Spectre x360 15 | best computers for photo editing

HP Spectre x360 15

The HP Spectre [Amazon Link] was rated by Laptop Mag as the all-around best laptop for photo editing.

A stunning 4K OLED display; this display is coated in Gorilla Glass, so it has a high quality, sturdy look and feel, with a touchscreen that is both accurate and responsive. The computer’s discrete graphics card (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q) should allow photographers to do demanding photo editing without any issues.

Colour gamut values are very good: it reproduces 256% of the sRGB gamut.

3. Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 | best computers for photo editing

Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 2

Are you a professional photographer looking for a laptop that excels at both image editing and manipulation? Then, the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 [Amazon Link] is the best photo editing laptop for your unique needs.

This computer is compact, lightweight, and highly portable.

The Lenovo P1 has a 15-inch 4K display and supports 100% of the Adobe RGB colour space.

4. Dell XPS 15 7590 | best computers for photo editing

Dell XPS 15 7590

The Dell XPS 15 [Amazon Link] is a laptop geared toward video production, photo editing, and professional use. The dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB graphics card provides excellent performance and fast speed in graphic design, photography, and photo editing.

The OLED screen is 4K. It has a full SD card slot, which should be useful to photographers.

The XPS 15 and MacBook Pro use the same CPU. Includes 16GB of RAM; can be upgraded.

5. Dell Inspiron | best computers for photo editing

Dell Inspiron 13 7373

Another solid option for photo editing in the Dell line is the Inspiron [Amazon Link].

The generous 256GB solid state drive will be able to store plenty of images at large file sizes. The 1080p display is bright and vibrant.

The RAM is 8GB, though, which should be acceptable for light-to-moderate photo editing work, but heavy-duty, complex photo editing may not be ideal at this modest level of RAM.

6. Microsoft Surface Book | best computers for photo editing

Microsoft Surface Book 2

Microsoft’s Surface Book 3 [Amazon Link] is a powerful little machine that is able to convert into a laptop or a tablet. However, if you wish to use a stylus with the touchscreen, a Surface Pen has to be purchased separately.

The 3000x2000 display is vibrant and impressive, and the 256GB solid state hard drive will be able to store a generous amount of photos.

Colour accuracy is adequate for most graphic design and photo editing. Should you need 100% Adobe RGB, you'll have to connect to an external monitor.

As with the Inspiron, though: the RAM is also 8GB, which should be acceptable for light-to-moderate photo editing work, but could be challenging for highly complex photo editing.

7. Asus ZenBook Pro Duo | best computers for photo editing

Asus ZenBook Pro Duo

The Asus ZenBook Pro Duo [Amazon Link] is an impressive computer with 16GB RAM, so it should be able to handle even complex photo editing work. The 1TB solid state hard drive will be able to store an enormous amount of images at large file sizes.

The 4K secondary touchscreen works seamlessly with the main 15.6-inch 4K UHD OLED touchscreen.

This ZenBook has excellent heat dispersion; there are fans on both sides of the chassis that blow heat outward to the left and right.

8. Acer ConceptD 7 | best computers for photo editing

Acer ConceptD 7

The Acer ConceptD 7 [Amazon Link] is an excellent laptop from an underrated, often overlooked brand. This machine includes 32GB of RAM, which means that it will be able to handle even the most complex photo editing jobs and RAW photo files.

The magnesium alloy chassis is durable, thin, and lightweight, measuring only 0.7″ thick.

The 15.6” 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) screen is more than adequate for most photo editing jobs. This display runs in the Adobe RGB colour space and is Pantone Validated.

9. MSI Prestige 15 | best computers for photo editing

MSI Prestige 15

The MSI Prestige 15 [Amazon Link] is a powerful laptop with 16GB RAM and a 512GB solid state drive. The computer is specifically marketed toward photographers, videographers and content creators.

This computer has an excellent 4K True Pixel display, delivering 100% of the Adobe RGB colour gamut.

The Intel Core i7 U-Processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 work together to deliver “a 40% increase for editing programs such as Photoshop and a 50% faster experience for a fluid creative workflow, especially during multi-threaded processes.” (MSI)

10. Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition | best computers for photo editing

Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition

The Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition Laptop [Amazon Link] includes 32GB RAM and a 1TB solid state drive, making it capable of handling the most complex photo editing tasks.

The 0.7" thin aluminum unibody makes this computer lightweight and highly portable. The computer also has a “vapor chamber cooling” system for maximum performance and comfort.

The 4K OLED touch display will be pleasing to most photographers.

Photo Editing Accessories for your Laptop | Photo Editing Laptop Accessories

If you’re getting a laptop for photo editing, don’t forget about these important accessories:

A laptop sleeve will help protect your laptop against dust, debris and scratches. You could get the “official” one that is usually an accessory to the laptop purchase, or you could get a generic one that fits various laptops of a certain size, such as the RAINYEAR 13 Inch Laptop Sleeve. [Amazon Link]

Having an external monitor is generally better than having just the laptop screen, so consider getting a nice 4K resolution monitor to complement your laptop (you’ll want a monitor that is colour accurate. Computer speed and high performance don’t matter so much if your colours are off!) A good one to consider is the ViewSonic VX2776-4K-MHD 27 Inch 4K UHD Frameless IPS Monitor. [Amazon Link]

KwiltGo Personal Cloud Storage DeviceAn external hard drive and/or subscription to a cloud storage service such as Dropbox would be advisable because even if you have a large hard drive on the laptop, you will likely be surprised at how quickly that drive can fill up. A well-reviewed external HD to consider is the Seagate portable external HD. [Amazon Link]

Photo editing software will obviously be essential and some standard options to consider are Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Photolemur and/or ON1 Photo RAW. Pro Tip: consider getting an external graphics-processing unit (eGPU) if you’ll be doing highly complex image work/editing many RAW photos. Many laptops have a substantial amount of RAM and a powerful CPU, but often lack a powerful graphics processor.

Note: ~8GB of RAM can be a bit tight if you're using both Photoshop and Lightroom, plus other software like a web browser, so if you’ll be using a lot of software simultaneously, always opt for more RAM.

Get Photography Insurance | Photography Equipment Insurance | Photographer Insurance | Photography Laptop Insurance

Front Row’s insurance for photographers (Canada) is a good option for insuring your photo gear. You can get a quote and purchase a policy online in just a few minutes, or read more about the coverages available on the photography insurance site.

Note: Front Row’s insurance for photographers automatically includes $5,000 (CAD) Laptops Coverage, at no additional cost. (subject to change)

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https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-photo-editing-laptops
https://www.windowscentral.com/msi-unveils-prestige-and-modern-laptops-built-creators

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