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Monday, June 2, 2008

Adaptable Digital

I know that I’m going to have to enter the digital age, but right now I can’t afford to jump into it with both feet. I’d like to buy the best camera body (most likely EOS) I can afford, but would like to be able to use the fleet of FD mount lenses that I used with my older Canon F1 and FTb until I can afford better lenses and while I brush off the cobwebs and relearn the photographic thought process and techniques.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Easy Digital Video

Add some movement and sound to your next trip into the wilds

How often have you been to a beautiful location and wished you could bring some of it back as a video? There’s no question that still photography has its limits in portraying a location. Video brings movement and sound to a setting and offers a whole new dimension for nature images.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

The Need For Speed

Speed Trumps All • More Display Methods • Capturing In RAW + JPEG • Keeping On Budget • Erase, Erase, Erase

Everyone touts the fast wide-angle zooms (ƒ/2.8 lenses) and says that speed is the most important factor in a lens. I’m an avid amateur photographer who shoots everything from family/kids to nature to travel. Is it worth the money to get the fastest optics?

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Master Of The Moment

The Photo Traveler in conversation with Joe McNally

Photographers are a funny lot. Because we're so visual, we're often, shall we say, less than articulate with the written word. That's why how-to books tend to fall into one of two categories: well written with mediocre photos or strongly photographed with pedestrian text. To find one that's as well written as it is photographed is a rare treat.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Assignment Vietnam

A snapshot sparks an idea

The worst season to visit southeastern Asia, specifically if you want to explore and climb northern Vietnam’s spectacular karst limestone towers, is in the middle of summer. The summer temperatures have an uncanny ability to match the daytime humidity that averages 95%. That’s unless a summer monsoon inundates the region.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Focus On The Foreground

Look down to add depth and emotion to your images

In landscape photography, the foreground is often an important element in composing a photograph. The use of nearby objects such as flowers, a flowing river or branches of a tree is a common way to lead the viewer back into the scene toward the major geographic landmarks of a place. A field of poppies leads the eye back toward green, rolling hills. A meandering stream wanders across the image frame to reveal golden desert cliffs beyond. One key advantage to using prominent foregrounds is that it gives the viewer a sense of being there, that one could walk right into the scene. On the other hand, if one wishes to create some mystery to a landscape, providing a lot of context and description will leave little to the imagination.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Blowing Rocks Preserve, Florida

Blowing Rocks Preserve is a spectacular sanctuary located on Jupiter Island, Florida, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon. The preserve features several coastal ecotones, transition areas between ecosystems, including maritime hammocks, mangrove wetlands and beach dunes. A ledge of surf-carved, petrified marine sediment, dating to the Pleistocene era and referred to as Anastasia limestone, is the main attraction.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Scratched Sensor?

When I clean my sensor, I worry about what would happen if I scratched it. How would I know, and what could I do about it?

Monday, May 19, 2008

IR Processing

I have a Canon EOS D60 converted to infrared, but there’s one problem. I use Lightroom exclusively for image management (and Photoshop for the fine details/fixes when needed), and I’m hoping for some advice on how to optimize the infrared images imported into Lightroom. Is there a way to get rid of that horrible red cast? Is there anything to bring back the traditional infrared look? When I import 100 infrared images at a time, I’d like to think there’s a way to convert them all without moving them into PS3.

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