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Taking photos... the long way

Daclotype

Handling incredibly dangerous chemicals and taking a single, earth-shattering shot -- as much as it sounds like a recent happening in Breaking Bad, we’re actually talking about daguerreotype. Invented in the early 1800s, the labor-intensive process laid the groundwork for modern photography. Today, artists like Dan Carillo keep the tradition alive. This short film features incredible shots of Carillo's daguerreotype process.

Buying Guide
More Than Just Coffee Table Fodder

30 Awe-Inspiring Photography Books

This list of our favorite photography books represents an attempt, however incomplete, to reseat the photo book in its rightful place alongside the Scarface posters Warhols lining your walls. We wouldn't call it a compendium of the greatest photographers or a comprehensive survey of the medium -- it's just a few selections to help broaden your photographic horizons, or at the very least spark some compelling conversation around the coffee table.

Original Series
Heart of glass

The Birth of a NIKKOR Lens

A good lens will burn your bank account faster than a real housewife after a bottle of chardonnay -- but there's a reason this precious glass costs so much. Dust-free production is an exacting process that requires plenty of human interaction to do right. But don't just take our word for it. Watch this brief Nikon film created in celebration of the 80th anniversary of NIKKOR lenses that highlights how their tubular bundles of photographic joy are brought into this world, and you'll see what we mean. And while you're at it -- have the missus watch too before showing her your latest receipts.

Take it or leave it?

The Burning House

We're all materialistic to some degree. Let's face it, that's why you come to this site (besides the bombastic and articulate writers, of course). We would never advocate loving objects more than our loved ones or even the act of living

A DSLR sensor in compact clothing

Sony Cyber-shot RX100

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 ($650) is your new Facebook adversary. Sporting a compact design, this little-camera-that-can packs a huge punch with a 1” 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor -— literally twice the size of sensors in other comparable prosumer point-and-shoots. In

Into the wild

Toward the Light: Chasing the Alaskan Aurora with Project Aether

Editor's Note: When we think of exploration, it's easy to envision the archetypical rugged explorer, battle-hardened by dozens of foot journeys to the Poles or the gurus manning the offices of private space exploration. But how about our youth? Is

Go deep, or go home

Timekeeping: Rolex Deepsea Challenge

Yes, they're doing it again. Are we surprised? Not at all. In 1960, Rolex created the Deep Sea Special with the express purpose of joining Jacques Piccard and Lt. Don Walsh on their record-breaking descent to the bottom

Your personal eye in the sky

Lehmann Aviation LFPV UAV

Lehmann Aviation's latest LFPV (~$2,352) is one of the more affordable ways to get movie-grade aerial videos and photos without renting a chopper. While it's certainly no predator drone, the small UAV does come equipped with a camera capable of

Poof Positive

Smoke Drops

Got a Michael Bay-like appetite for capturing destruction, without the matching slush fund to pay for it? Well, $50 can land you a neat bit of photographic trickery, known as Smoke Drops. Imported from Italy by the fine folks at

The new fixed lens king?

Canon PowerShot G1 X

Canon's PowerShot G-series has always strived to meld the smaller form factor of a point and shoot with the photo quality of a larger-sensor DSLR, and with the new Canon G1 X ($799), Canon continues to aim to do just

Stop and stare, a while

Slide Light

Buck the digital onslaught by adding some retro flair, Ektachrome style, to your walls with the Slide Light. The backlight fixture can be mounted vertically or horizontally and is available in a variety of different sizes ranges from 13 slide

And You Thought HD Made the Game Look Good

Guts and Glory: The Golden Age of American Football, 1958-1978

Neil Leifer is the world's preeminent sports photographer. Don't recognize the name? Well, just know that 160 of his images have graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, 40 have made the cover of Time, he's published over 15 books, and

One Facebook Actually Worth Studying

Power: Portraits of World Leaders

We don't expect everybody to devote their life to understanding the global political arena inside, and out. Still, a firm grasp of the world’s top leadership should definitely be a core part of any man's mental arsenal. Power: Portraits of

30 Minutes with Liad Cohen, Lomography General Manager and Chief of Retail

30 Minutes With: Liad Cohen

We tend to believe that technological advancement in the last 20 years has changed the world mostly for the better. Still, the waning of film-based photography is the worst causality in our books resulting from the collateral damage of

Shots for a Century

Photographers A-Z

Bone up on your photog knowledge with this beautiful coffee table book from one of our favorite publishers, Taschen. Released this April, Photographers A-Z ($42) is filled with 400+ entries on the most influential shutterbugs of the last 100

It Could Change Everything

Color for iPhone and Android

Imagine walking into your favorite dive bar, opening an app, and viewing all of the photos you’ve taken within 150 ft of that location with your buddies over the years, along with shots snapped by other patrons who were willing to

The 60's From a Man in the Thick of It

Dennis Hopper: Photographs 1961-1967

We're all aware of Dennis Hopper the actor and director. You may not know though that the man carried a camera everywhere he went too -- and unlike hipsters snapping shots of bicycles and alleyways -- Hopper was

Bag Your Shot, Conditions Be Damned

Burton F-Stop Photo Backpack

Burton's reputation in snowboarding needs no introduction, so we're sure that the F-Stop photo backpack can meet all of the crazy demands of professional photographers tasked with documenting the acrobatics of legends like Shaun White. Even if you haven't mastered the

Gear Patrol Upgrade: Ten Tips To Take Better Photos

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When it comes to photography, the Gear Patrol crew can certainly agree on one thing: we like it. Whether it's taking nearly all the original photos you see of the gear we test on this site or just as a personal

Camera Armor

Click... Snap... Boom.

camera-armor-casing.jpgSo you've just purchased that nice new digital SLR camera, like the Nikon D90 GP uses for our article images. You're ready to take it on the road with you where you'll encounter all kinds of conditions, but you're not