Les Shu

Les Shu

As the photography editor for Digital Trends, I bring with me more than a decade of tech and lifestyle journalism experience. I have written for a variety publications that include Laptop, Men's Fitness, Computer Shopper, More, Best Life, and Men's Journal. My approach to tech is simple: Highlighting the best products that are easy to use with the most bang for your buck. On the side, I am an airline nerd who enjoys building Lego sets.

Lensbaby Twist 60 lens creates swirly bokeh for awesome backgrounds

Lensbaby has a new art lens for interchangeable lens cameras that creates dynamic background swirls and vignettes for portrait shots. The new Twist 60 is based on an old lens by Joseph Petzval, and gives portraits a creative blurred…

How to dodge roaming fees and still stay connected abroad

Wireless providers around the world make a significant amount off international travelers by way of roaming fees. With the right tools, you can stay in touch while keeping fees to a minimum, or even zilch.

Nikon adds Pulitzer winner, celebrity photographer to 'Ambassador' program

Nikon's three-year-old Ambassador program announced four additions, which includes notable photographers in wildlife, commercial, editorial, and sports. These photographers, who are Nikon users, would help the company promote the cameras.

Winner of Ricoh's second Theta dev contest will receive cash, trip to Tokyo

Ricoh is holding its second developers contest, focusing on how the Theta camera platform could be optimized for Internet of Things applications. The developer would win a cash prize and trip to Tokyo.

Sony adds affordable 50mm prime, 70-300mm as full-frame E-mount lens options

Sony continues to expand its lineup of full-frame E-mount (mirrorless) lenses. The new 70-300mm is the first E-mount lens to reach 300mm, while the new 50mm f/1.8 is an affordable prime that delivers great bokeh.

Sony’s third-gen RX10 bridge camera gets 25x long-zoom lens

Sony's third generation RX10, the Mark III, takes the best of the RX10 II and pairs it with a capable 25x Zeiss lens with optical image stabilization. The lens covers a long focal range, and uses Sony's latest lens technologies.

In a social world, Nikon asks, do you ‘like’ or ‘love’ your photos

With a commentary on social behavior, Nikon has launched a new advertising campaign that asks if users simply 'like' or 'love' their photos. Nikon says quality photos can enhance our emotions and passions.

Record-breaking fiber-optic research is good news for high-speed VR, 4K data transfer

Engineers at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champagne broke a record by delivering the fastest "error free" transfer speeds through fiber-optic wires, to date. The technology is promising for sending big data quickly.

Google’s advanced desktop photo editing software are now free downloads

Google is known for making terrific software that's available for free. For professional and enthusiast photographers, the company has just made its suite of advanced photo editing tools, the Nik Collection, gratis.

Kayak hack lets you search for flights and hotels within Slack messages

Travel website Kayak has added support for searches within the Slack messaging tool. Now, you can quickly find flight and hotel information simply by hacking Slack with "/kayak" and a search query.