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I Fell Victim to a $1,500 Used Camera Lens Scam on Amazon

I’ve been ordering used lenses for years and have never had a problem with any purchases. That is, until now. I recently ordered a $1,500 used camera …

Personal Information

Tip: Try Keeping Both Eyes Open When Shooting Through a Viewfinder

This 2-minute video from Adorama highlights one super-simple tip that could make your life behind the camera a little easier.<p>Most photographers close …

Cameras

Best smart home system

From smart light bulbs and thermostats that think for themselves to Bluetooth door locks, wireless security cameras, and all manner of sensors, …

Smart Homes

Be patriotic: Buy American made audio

The Audiophiliac assembled this far from complete list of made in the US audio products.<p>Like most manufactured goods you buy today, the majority of electronics are made outside the United States. But when it comes to home audio equipment -- headphones, speakers, amplifiers, turntables, phono …

Audiophile
Motor Racing

Bottas: Mercedes ‘didn’t expect’ Ferrari resurgence

<b>Valtteri Bottas says Ferrari have been “surprisingly good” this season, something his new team Mercedes did not expect from their rivals.</b><p>Four races …

Stop taking the same boring photos! Shooting thinking differently.

Today Peter McKinnon is talking about expanding the way we THINK so that we can pull MORE out of photoshoots. Angles when shooting photos, thinking …

Photography

This is the wireless charging pad your Galaxy S8 deserves

Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will start shipping next week, and there’s no question that they’re the two hottest smartphones the world has …

Tech Trends

Ferrari's F1 Car Already Found The Same Loophole As Mercedes

Once more, the much heralded 2017 Formula One season has not even started and already we have a question of which team came up with which loophole …

Regulation

New password guidelines say everything we thought about passwords is wrong

When I recently discovered a draft of new guidelines for password management from NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology), I was amazed about the number of very progressive changes they proposed.<p>Although NIST’s rules are not mandatory for nongovernmental organizations, they …

Mossberg: Samsung Galaxy S8 squeezes more into less

But the new flagship phone has its downsides<p>If you’re a smartphone company and your last major product caused fires and explosions and had to be removed from the market, you’d want to make sure your next big phone model really stands out and is an object of desire. Samsung did exactly that with the …

Gear & Gadgets

Here's why hackers find it so easy to steal your most personal data

Consumers have been overwhelmed by stories that their personal data has been breached by hackers. A new story seems to pop up everyday.<p>So we …

Cybersecurity

5 Great Ways To Grow as a Photographer

You want to become a better photographer? You’re not alone. Whatever your levels of skill and experience are, there are always so many ways to …

What Sebastian Vettel needs to do to win the F1 drivers' title – and the warning from Lewis Hamilton's past

After three years of Lewis-Hamilton-led Mercedes domination in Formula One, Sebastian Vettel's first-round win for Ferrari in Australia suggested he could be the man to finally depose the Silver Arrows in 2017.<p>The German has certainly proven he can win titles, having swept up four in a row between …

Motor Racing

6 Travel Photography Accessories To Bring On Your Next Trip

You’re headed out on your next adventure, and you want to come back with lots of great photos. But, camera and lenses aside, what gear should you …

Landscape Photography

Getting out of Auto: Understanding the metering modes on your camera

Metering modes allow a camera to determine how much light there is in any given scene, and how much there should be. However, the way the modes …

Cameras

Every serious photographer should own these 2 lenses

If you're just starting to set up your camera kit, you face a baffling array of choices: fixed-lens or interchangeable? DSLR or mirrorless? Nikon, Canon, Olympus, or Sony?<p>Most people don't need to buy expensive equipment, since smartphone cameras have gotten pretty damn good. It's probably more …

Cameras

Sebastian Vettel: New Ferrari Formula 1 car ‘a step forward’

Sebastian Vettel feels that Ferrari’s new Formula 1 car feels like “a step forward” after enjoying his first test with the SF70H at Fiorano on Friday.<p>…

Auto Racing
Motor Racing

Lewis Hamilton questions F1’s new regulations before first test session

On the eve of tests in Barcelona the three-times world champion believes overtaking will be worse and drivers will face more powerful and turbulent dirty air<p>Reading anything into Formula One’s first testing session is a dangerous game – unless a radical interpretation of the rules has bestowed an …

Motorsport

The best mirrorless lens you can buy for less than $500

Debate will always rage on about who makes the best mirrorless camera, but one thing that photographers can agree on is that it’s the lens that …

Cameras

A Quick Photography Checklist to Help You Minimize Mistakes

Let's face it...<p>There are plenty of enemies we have to combat to get a shot that looks like the one above.<p>We all have things that require our time, …

Storytelling in Street Photography

Many street photography tutorials discuss the same topics over and over—focussing techniques, composition, candid shooting, etc. However, I believe …

Street Photography
Cameras

These are 28 common mistakes in Street Photography you should avoid

<b>1.Always using the Manual Mode</b><p>One common misconception and Street Photography mistake is the believe that professional photographers always use the …

11 Point-and-Shoot Cameras for Every Price Range

Point-and-shoot cameras vary a great deal in terms of price, sensor size, and available features. From pro-grade options with full-frame sensors, all the way to highly pocketable budget-friendly offerings, we round up the best picks available on the market today.<p>Point-and-shoot cameras have taken a …

Full Measure – The Key to Impactful Images

Monument Valley: A Special Place If you are an outdoor photographer whose passion drives you to: Travel to many locations seeking to capture and …

Landscape Photography

Cheat Sheet: Masters of Photography

We’ve all heard name-droppers at photo exhibitions, galleries, and other places.<p>I’m going to give you a cheat-sheet of all the masters of photography …

Street Photography

Lightroom 6 and CC 2015 - Adobe's Photo Editing Suite

What You Need to Know About Adobe Lightroom<p>We're a pretty diverse bunch here at Lightstalking. Some are experienced photographers, some are just …

Something Totally Different: Using a Telephoto Lens for Landscape Photography

Yep, a <i>Telephoto</i> Lens for Landscape Photography!<p>When photographers encounter the dreaded creative rut, it is often accompanied by feelings of <b>panic</b> or</b> …