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Let’s face it: much as we love softboxes and tripods, they’re not exactly the most scintillating of photographic accessories – at least, not as we knew them. However, as was the case with cameras in 2023, what’s old is new again. Electronic softboxes and tripods have transformed decades-old technology, adding much-needed innovation that changes the way we use these tried-and-tested tools. 

Innovation drives technology, but sometimes it’s the other way around. It took LED lighting panels becoming a legitimate technology before it became necessary to innovate a softbox to work with it, for example. Other times, innovation needs technology to catch up – such as adding AI algorithms to turn a standard tripod into something that moves depending on the kind of ground it’s on and becomes a cameraman that can follow you around as you film.


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Digital Photographer is the ultimate monthly photography magazine for enthusiasts and pros in today’s digital marketplace.

Every issue readers are treated to interviews with leading expert photographers, cutting-edge imagery, practical shooting advice and the very latest high-end digital news and equipment reviews. The team includes seasoned journalists and passionate photographers such as the Editor Peter Fenech, who are well positioned to bring you authoritative reviews and tutorials on cameras, lenses, lighting, gimbals and more.

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