Lastolite Urban Backgrounds for Portraits

One of the very cool accessories that I saw at PhotoPlus 2012 were these urban backgrounds from Lastolite. These things fold up small and pop up into a large 5×7 background. Although the material is some sort of fabric the designs on them look absolutely real on camera.

You can get some sense of the effect in the video above; however, for a taste of how amazing these look with proper lighting, check out these samples from Frank Doorhoff.

They should be available soon. Keep watching here at B&H Photo.


The HDRI Handbook 2.0 – New Book

The HDRI Handbook 2.0 is a new book from Christian Bloch that updates the original HDRI Handbook from 2007. It is a 672 beast of a book covering all things HDR.

“It has been completely rewritten and is packed with practical hints and tips, background knowledge, reference tools, breathtaking artist portfolios, and inspiring interviews. The book includes dozens of new step-by-step tutorials, which are easy to follow with the material provided on the DVD. Beginners will get a methodically solid introduction and advanced readers will be able to refine their technique to perfection.”

The HDRI Handbook 2.0 retails for $59.95; however, it is currently available for $31.62 on

2012 Camera & Photo Gear Gift Guide

Best Digital Cameras & Holiday Shopping & Gift Guide 2012

Welcome to the 2012 edition of Photography Bay’s Photo Gear Holiday Gift Guide.

This guide is set up in categories that describe the general type of cameras – be it a price range or general features.  You can scan the headings until you find the right category for you and your special photographer.

In the category summaries below, I have identified the cameras and accessories that I feel are the best buys and best equipment based on my opinion of those products within the specified category. [Read more…]

The Photograph, 2nd Edition – New Book

The Photograph, 2nd Edition

The Photograph, 2nd Edition is a new book from photographer Harald Mante.

“The Photograph: Composition and Color Design, 2nd Edition is a unique book geared toward intermediate to advanced creative photographers who want to push their images in new directions. Also, anyone practicing, studying, criticizing, or administering in the visual arts are sure to find this book an invaluable resource.”

The Photograph, 2nd Edition retails for $49.95; however, it is currently available for $26.34 on