Mel Gray

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Carry a DSLR, 2 lenses, and small tablet w/ an AmazonBasics Bag for $12.50 (Reg. $18)

This offer has expired!<p>Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest deals and more. Sign-up for our newsletters and have our best offers delivered to your inbox daily.<p>Amazon is offering its AmazonBasics Medium DSLR Gadget Bag for <b>$12.40 Prime shipped</b>. You will receive free shipping on orders over …

Consumer Tech

Is This the Only Camera Lens You'll Ever Need? Fstoppers Reviews the Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD

With recent advances in third-party lens tech and glass quality, Tamron’s new 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD superzoom lens with its small form …

DSLR Cameras

Learn How to Use Photoshop's Curves and Why They're So Powerful

One of the most fundamental and powerful features of Photoshop is the Curves tool, and knowing it inside and out is key to all sorts of compelling …

Tutorials

6 of the best historical documentaries on Netflix

<b>As is the case with many other subject areas, history buffs are enormously well served by the vast documentary libraries of Netflix.</b><p>While there are …

War

Eight Lesser-Known Features in Photoshop That I Couldn't Live Without as a Photographer

Although these eight features may not be the sexiest that Photoshop has to offer, they all really do help to make my life as a photographer so much …

Tutorials

The best and worst laptop brands 2018

Whether you're purchasing a $1,500 gaming laptop or a $200 Chromebook, the brand matters. That's why we rate the top 10 laptop brands each year, based on their support, design, innovation, value/selection and, most of all, product quality.<p>For 2018, Lenovo retained its place for a second year as the …

Computer Hardware

Dell 2-in-1 has an unknown Intel and AMD 'Pro' graphics chip

Dell has unveiled its new professional PC lineup, and among them was the intriguing 15-inch Precision 5530 2-in-1. Dell calls it the "world's smallest 15-inch 2-in-1 workstation," and it packs a lot of nice specs into a small, 4.36 pound body. Most interestingly, though, it comes with up to Intel's …

The best lightweight gaming laptops

Back at CES a few months ago, I wrote that we were entering a golden age in lightweight gaming laptops. It started last year with NVIDIA's small, power-efficient Max-Q graphics, followed by Intel and AMD's surprising team-up on Core H with Radeon RX Vega M graphics. Now Intel has ramped up the …

Computer Hardware

Flickr just got acquired by SmugMug - so where should your photos go?

Over the weekend, photo hosting platform SmugMug acquired Flickr from Yahoo– sorry, Verizon; merging two companies that have offered similar services for nearly 15 years. So what’s changing, and in which cloud should you stash your photographs?<p>SmugMug said that it couldn’t pass up the opportunity …

Here’s how to see, edit and delete the topics that Facebook advertisers use to target you

Why are you seeing that ad? Because this is what Facebook thinks you like.<p>If we’ve learned anything from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s lengthy congressional testimony this week, it’s that most people are woefully unaware of how much data Facebook collects about them, and then how that data is used.<p>…

Digital Advertising

Vegetable Foil Packets

<i>These vegetable foil packets are perfect for oven, grill or campfire. A mix of vegetables is seasoned with a simple homemade spice mix and cooked in</i> …

The Future of Elite Schools in the Trump Era (and the Future of Blogging)

A few days ago, for no intended reason, I came across this remarkable off-the-cuff essay from back in 2011 by my then-and-now colleague Ta-Nehisi Coates. In those days—before “The Case for Reparations,” before <i>Between the World and Me,</i> before the new, wonderful Apollo Theater rendition of …

Society

Felicity Cloake’s masterclass: a mayonnaise recipe

With a few exceptions, commercial mayonnaise is to homemade as processed cheese is to mature cheddar – convenient, but hard to get excited about. Proper mayo, gently wobbly and yolk-yellow, is a quite different beast: too good to hide away in a sandwich, it deserves to be the star of the show, …

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

How to Photograph Lightning: Tips from a Storm Chaser (VIDEO)

One of the most exhilarating things about being an outdoor photographer is capturing nature’s beauty and its power. And for some outdoor …

Glenn Close stuns in riveting trailer for likely Oscar bid The Wife

As the old saying goes: behind every great man, there’s a great woman. But, judging by the just-released trailer for Glenn Close’s upcoming drama <i>The</i> …

Dell's new laptops are for gamers who don't want to pay the Alienware premium

There are two types of laptop gamers: those who are willing to pay a premium for design and features, and those who simply want the cheapest laptops that can run modern games. Dell has long had its Alienware series for the former crowd, but today it’s launching a new ‘G Series’ for the latter.<p>There …

Laptops

Dell's new XPS 15 has faster chips in the same bezel-less body

Dell has just revealed its new spring lineup, and among the all-in-ones and gaming PCs taking centre stage is the revamped Dell XPS 15 -- and it's the most powerful version yet. While it looks largely the same as its 2017 predecessor, with an identical chassis, what lies beneath packs a serious …

Laptop Power: Intel Calls Its New i9-8950HK Processor the 'Ultimate Content Creation Experience'

As laptops become more and more powerful, many photographers and videographers are turning to them as their primary work machines. Intel's first ever …

This hard drive offers 1TB of storage for photos and an app that lets you edit on the go

For anyone who suffers from a long wait while attempting to upload large video and photo files onto their computer, there’s a new Kickstarter for a portable hard drive that says it can back up your files and offer faster on-the-go file uploading services you can use right after taking photos. The …

'You Were Never Really Here' Review: Joaquin Phoenix's Revenge Thriller is Brutal, Brilliant

Joaquin Phoenix is simply stupendous in <i>You Were Never Really Here.</i> His performance is damn near flammable—dangerous if you get too close. What a team …

Black Panther

Best Netflix documentaries for May 2018 🎥

Check out these mind blowing original documentaries and docuseries this weekend.<p>Netflix original documentaries and docuseries have been knocking it out of the park lately. Not only did Netflix win Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards this year, they've also racked up six nominations for …

Entertainment

Killing Eve Review: A Wickedly Clever Thriller With Two Killer Performances

With a body count that easily reaches double digits, it might sound strange to describe BBC America’s new crime drama <i>Killing Eve</i> as “fun.” But …

A phenomenal Edie Falco makes the modest indie Outside In heartbreaking: EW review

Outside In (Movie)<p>We gave it a <b>B+</b><p>Lynn Shelton is a bit like a third Duplass sibling. After all, the indie director gained her first real mainstream …

4 Fantastic Do-It-Yourself Macro Photography Tips for Shooting Creative Images of Water (VIDEO)

Here’s a fun tutorial that’s guaranteed to give you a creativity boost in under four minutes, with four DIY macro photography tips on shooting …

How to Enlarge Photos Without Losing Detail in Photoshop CC 2018

With the new Adobe Photoshop CC 2018, a new image enlargement algorithm, “Preserve Details 2.0,” came as an improvement over the previous upsampling …

Photo Basics: Why the Histogram Is So Important and How to Use It for Better Photographs (VIDEO)

The histogram is a powerful, yet frequently overlooked, tool that can make a big difference in your photographs. This simple tutorial will help you …

Here’s how to check which apps have access to your Facebook account—and delete them

If you’ve been on Facebook for a while, you’ve probably installed games or given sites permission to log into your Facebook account. You may even use Facebook to log into services like Spotify, Netflix, or Tinder.<p>But if you’ve been following the news around Cambridge Analytica, the data consultancy …

Here's How to Share as Little Data as Possible Without Deleting Facebook

As you may have realised by now, Facebook can’t be trusted with your data, and has been caught out time and time again letting it leak out to places …

Social Media

How to use Facebook while giving it the minimum amount of personal data

The Cambridge Analytica revelations illustrate why we can’t trust Facebook to police its own platform<p>Facebook has found itself embroiled in yet another colossal controversy related to how its sprawling, multibillion-person social network has been abused by bad actors. This time, the culprit is …

Marilyn and Miller: Star-crossed Misfits

When Arthur Miller met Marilyn Monroe, she was crying. Or at least that’s the story he always told her, the one she repeats in footage used in the …