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Monday, November 5, 2007

More Duping

I’m still shooting film, though the switch to digital seems inevitable. I’ve been considering purchasing a Nikon Coolscan film scanner to convert slides to digital files and start learning Photoshop. Some of my older slides are Kodachrome; I read recently that Kodachrome doesn’t scan well because of the high silver content, and that Digital ICE doesn’t handle it well. Is the problem with the scan or the ICE process? Can ICE be switched off when scanning?

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Moving Fast And Going Slow

Technology lets us go through life at breakneck speed, but not always in the correct direction

It’s surprising how often we curse the complexity and expense of the new cameras and computers, but at the same time, demand more speed and efficiency. And this isn’t just limited to cameras and computers, but extends into every facet of our lives, including cell phones, handheld GPS, satellite phones, MP3 players, compact, high-power strobe lighting and an endless array of other electronics we now depend on when we go outdoors to shoot photos. Ten years ago, most of these devices had no part in our lives, yet today we couldn’t see doing without them. I’m not reminiscing about the good old days because I absolutely love all the new electronics. I’m not a tech wizard, but I still probably spend too much time exploring the photography applications of the newest and fastest technology. I figure I only need to know enough to operate the device—I don’t have to understand the design of its inner workings.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Daily Lessons

When you have a camera with you, photographic opportunities just seem to arise

Last summer, I had to make a quick trip to the San Francisco Bay area. I didn’t take my camera since I was picking up family at the airport and thought I might not have enough space for my camera bag. We headed home at sunset and watched the most amazing rainbow, with great clouds, strong colors and a full 180 degrees for most of the 20 minutes it lasted! It was thrilling enough at the time that I didn’t dwell on not having my camera, but later, as I replayed visions of the scene in my mind, a bit of frustration surfaced.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

The Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska

The Mendenhall Glacier is one of the many glaciers flowing off of the majestic Juneau Ice Field—a dramatic, 1,500-square-mile expanse of glaciated ice and rugged mountain peaks located in the southeastern panhandle of Alaska. A well-established visitor’s center is just 13 road miles from downtown Juneau, and it shouldn’t be missed. Built in 1962 on a prominent rock outcropping, it’s an outstanding interpretation center for glacier dynamics and history, and it provides excellent photo opportunities of the terminus of the glacier.


Thursday, November 1, 2007

Best Polarizer Techniques

A Polarizing Topic • Digital Duping Vs. Scanning Standards? • Cheaper Presentations

Most of the time, I leave my polarizer on the lens. I’ve been told that isn’t a good idea. When should I have it on and when should it be stored away?

Thursday, November 1, 2007

My Conversion!

Seeing the infrared light can take your photography to entirely new places

Brothers and sisters, my conversion came on the road to Pienza in the beautiful Tuscany region of Italy. I was strolling with Elizabeth Opalenik, a well-known art photographer and a fellow instructor at a weeklong workshop, when she pulled out what appeared to be a Nikon D70 and photographed the beautiful countryside. It was when she showed me the LCD on the back of her camera that I saw the light, and it was black-and-white infrared—and it was good.

Monday, October 29, 2007

The Focal Lengths Of Macro

I want a macro lens, but I don’t know which to choose. I see that there are three sizes available from Canon: 50mm, 100mm and 180mm. Which is best?

Monday, October 22, 2007

Blue/Gold-Gold/Blue

A friend told me about a polarizing filter that imparts color to the image. Where would you use this kind of filter? Does it make sense to use a filter like this if you’re photographing in digital and can add color in Photoshop?

 

 


Monday, October 1, 2007

ISO & Digital Image Quality

Lowest ISOs • Blowin' In The Wind • Stacking Tele-Extenders • Performance In Cold Environments

I’ve noticed that many of the Nikon cameras, such as the D100, have a starting ISO of 200, while Canon digital cameras start at ISO 100. Is there a difference?
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