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Hillary K. Grigonis is a photographer and tech writer based in Michigan. She shoots weddings and portraits at Hillary K Photography. A mother of three, she enjoys hiking, camping, crafting, and reading.

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We Raced 5 Photo Editors. The Results May Surprise You

Between the shoot and the edit is the cull — the dreaded time spent sitting behind the computer, sifting through photos for keepers. Slow software only makes the tedious task worse. Importing can take several minutes, even hours, with large uploads. But, can a specific photo editor speed up the culling process?...
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Fancy Lanyard Is a Better Description for This Strap: Wandrd Neck Strap Review

Mirrorless cameras and DSLRs have seemingly endless neck strap options. But, cameras with only a single attachment point have few choices. Point-and-shoots, both digital and film, often have slim pickings when it comes to strap choices and even fewer for photographers that don’t want a wrist strap. The Wandrd Neck Strap is a new option for those cameras. Using Wandrd’s custom attachment hardware, the Neck Strap attaches in seconds....
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It’s For Art. Not Pixel Peeping. Lensbaby Spark 2.0 Review

Lensbaby launched when founder Craig Strong literally took part of a shop vac hose to mount a vintage lens on his DSLR. The company’s first lens took on a similar look, with a plastic bumpy black tube creating a tiltable lens. The new Lensbaby Spark 2.0 mixes that heritage with a few modern updates, including mirrorless compatibility....
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This 1.4 Is Remarkably Light: Sony 35mm F1.4 GM Review

Wide apertures create spectacular bokeh — but cumbersome lenses. The newly launched Sony FE 35mm f1.4 GM defies the norm, weighing in at only a touch over a pound. A lens that just fits in the palm of my hand, the glass mixes an exceptionally bright aperture and near-perfect sharpness at a low distortion focal length. The result? Excellent images that capture a scene yet deliver the soft backgrounds typically reserved for longer lenses....
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It Taught a Pro Something. Serge Ramelli’s Lightroom Masterclass Review

As one of the more popular photo editors, Lightroom tutorials are easy to find. But, learning the photo editor and asset management system through random YouTube tutorials creates a hole-riddled foundation. The Lightroom Masterclass with Serge Ramelli is designed to create a complete understanding of the software. With classes on both Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC — and even a taste of Photoshop — the Mastercourse is the ideal start-to-finish course. Both beginners and intermediate users can build a complete understanding of editing in Lightroom....
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It’s Improved! But It’s Still Not Perfect: Nikon Z6 II Review

Two years after bursting into the Full Frame mirrorless market, Nikon is polishing its first draft with a second generation. At first glance, the Nikon Z6 II is a look-alike to the original mid-range mirrorless. But, Nikon is making some important strides towards addressing the wish list that the first didn’t quite fulfill. The Nikon Z6 II adds dual card slots and improves the autofocus. It even adds dual processors for a faster burst mode and larger buffer....
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New Tools Clear the Haze in This Photo Editor: Capture One 21 Review

While most photo editing software offers a list of similar features, the same tool’s performance may vary across the board. Capture One has consistently delivered more flexibility with RAW photo editing than the competition. It starts with better noise reduction algorithms to squeeze out a bit more shadow recovery–and runs the gamut. But they’re not done yet. Announced today, Capture One 21 adds several new features topped by a customizable Dehaze tool and Speed Edits....
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Is This Extra? PhotoWhoa 5100+ Lightroom Photo Presets Bundle Review

Lightroom presets are good for more than just faster photo edits. Presets can serve as creative fodder when you’re stuck. They can introduce new effects you never thought to try. Presets can keep the style consistent across an album or photo story. And so, if Lightroom presets can be used for more than just one thing, it makes sense to have more than one preset. Like, 5,100 Lightroom presets, right?...
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A Woman’s Perspective on the Nino Batista Retouching Tutorial Series

Retouching is part art, part technical savvy. Nino Batista’s Premium Retouching Video tutorials builds on the latter. The series of 30 retouching videos covers topics from retouching skin to perfecting color. Skin is one of the trickiest edits — and as a glamour photographer, Batista has a lot to work with in his edits....
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A Spectacular Point-and-Shoot With Wings: DJI Mini 2 Review

If a point-and-shoot camera drank a Red Bull and sprouted wings, it would look something like the DJI Mini 2. A compact folding drone, the Mini 2 doesn’t dazzle with the larger sensors and high megapixel count of the company’s pricier quadcopters. Instead, it impresses with a lower price point and easy-to-use features to get drone newbies — like myself — off the ground....
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For the World Traveler: Gura Gear Chobe 2.0 Review

From designs for hiking to street photography, camera bags are becoming less one-size-fits-all and more specialized. The Gura Gear Chobe 2.0 is designed with the opposite idea in mind. Dubbed as an everyday bag, the Chobe 2.0 easily converts from a laptop bag to a camera bag to a carry-on bag. Even the design crosses genre boundaries — the compartments and design feels like a briefcase, yet the rugged sail cloth material feels like an upscale duffel bag. The bag comes in a 13-inch and 16-inch version, with narrow and wide camera cube options (only the wide cube will fit a mounted lens)....
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A.I. Edited This Photo, It’s Not Bad: Luminar A.I. Review

From replacing the sky to correcting acne, Skylum Luminar is one of the most forward-thinking photo editors using artificial intelligence. Now, Skylum has re-packaged the biggest A.I. tools into a single, straight-forward program. Using A.I.-based templates mixed with traditional editing tools, Luminar A.I. aims to both help photographers edit faster and help non-photographers complete advanced edits....
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Budget Portrait Magic: Canon RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM Review

We’re streaming daily on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts, and Spotify! At the initial launch, the Canon RF mount had few budget-friendly options, but the Mirrorless lens line-up is quickly catching up. The Canon RF 85mm f2 Macro IS STM is one of those lenses. An ideal focal length for portraiture, Canon also...
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I Was a Drone Virgin, But the New DJI Mini 2 Has Me Hooked

Getting your feet off the ground — both literally and figuratively — to try drone photography for the first time is intimidating. DJI’s Mavic Mini lowered the entry point to drone photography with a sub $500 price and lightweight design while still building several safety features from the company’s pricier drones. The DJI Mini 2, announced today, adds 4K video and RAW shooting, more powerful motors, and a more reliable connection....
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