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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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Monday, October 1, 2007

Hanging With Mr. Greene

Planning and a healthy dose of luck can save the day

As someone who has labored in the vineyards of editorial assignment photography for more years than I care to recall, the one definite truism I’ve observed over time is that the operative law of assignment photography is the one written by Murphy ("Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong"). To that nugget, I’d like to add Krist’s Corollary: The simpler the job sounds at first, the more difficult it will become.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Harriman State Park, New York

Established in 1900, Harriman State Park is the second-largest state park in New York, spanning over 46,000 acres of forested mountainous terrain, with meadows, numerous lakes, bogs and streams in the scenic Hudson Highlands region of Rockland and Orange counties. It’s an easy 30-mile drive north of New York City via the Palisades Interstate Parkway, N.Y. Thruway or U.S. Route 17, or it can be accessed by Metro-North trains to Tuxedo Park. The park adjoins the popular Bear Mountain State Park and is near the West Point Military Academy.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Get The Most From Your Batteries

Don't run out of power before you run out of pictures

I’m the first to admit being a bit compulsive about batteries. I condition them, charge them, check them and clean their terminals when necessary. I even label them with the date they went into service. I attached a power strip to one end of a workbench and use it exclusively to feed my rechargeables. Before you yell, "Get a life!" understand that I’ve never—not even once—run out of power before I ran out of pictures.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Memory Card Sizes

Is Bigger Better? • Windows Or Mac, One More Time • Full-Frame Dust • Preserving RAW Files

I’ve been shooting with a 10.2-megapixel digital SLR for a few months. I have two 4 GB CompactFlash cards. As I go on safari, I’ve considered getting a couple of 8 GB cards so I won’t have to change and download so often when doing a lot of shooting. Now I’m hearing the 8 GB cards aren’t as good. If this is a fact, what’s the problem?


Saturday, September 1, 2007

Shoot From The Hip

The instant feedback of digital cameras offers new possibilities for travel street scenes

As a young newspaper photographer in the mid-'70s, I used to look at the work of the great street shooters, from Robert Frank to Alex Webb, and wonder to myself how these shooters could get so close to their subjects without seeming to be noticed by them. They created these wonderful, layered street scenes, using wide-angle lenses, where subjects were just bursting out of the frame, looking like they were about to walk right into the photographer’s lens. Yet they seemingly had no awareness of the photographer’s presence whatsoever.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Grand Canyon Solo

Searching for unique photos puts our columnist in a tough spot

Damn the sheep, damn the light, I was alone and I was trapped! I was 20 feet above a deep pool, having squeezed myself behind a truck-sized capstone in an effort to climb out of a canyon narrows. Blocking my exit were several bowling ball-sized rocks, spaced like bars in a cage, sealing a way out!

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