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Monday, October 23, 2006

Making It Sharp

I have a Tamron 28-300 lens that I’ve been using with great success on my film camera. When I use it on my newer digital camera, there’s a softness to the images. Is the lens not good for my digital camera? Is there another lens as versatile as the 28-300mm that would give me tack-sharp images?

Sunday, October 1, 2006

Handling Condensation From Temperature Changes

Condensation And The Camera • Save, And Save Again • Scanning Formats • Are LCDs Worth Their Color? • Sensor Cleaning • Just Blowin' In The Wind

I recently was photographing in the tropics with air-conditioning inside and hot, humid conditions outside. I had to let the camera and lenses "thaw" for 45 minutes before I was able to shoot because of condensation. All was well after that, but I wondered if this practice was doing any long-term damage to my lenses or camera.

Sunday, October 1, 2006

Sharing Your Vision

From gallery-quality prints to self-published books, you have options for displaying your images

Let's suppose you've worked hard to build a beautiful portfolio. Well, it's time to reap your rewards. There are few things more rewarding to a photographer than seeing an elegant presentation featuring one's own art! I'll be practical and list different types of presentations to help illustrate your options. Among your choices are a book, a slideshow and prints for an art show or an exhibition. The presentation you select can be an important starting point for marketing your photography and developing a career.

Sunday, October 1, 2006

Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the best places in the world to see wild tigers. It’s located in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, an 18-hour train ride southeast of New Delhi. The journey by train is the best and easiest way to reach this remote reserve. The nearest airport is six hours away, and you should avoid the pothole-covered roads that lead to Bandhavgarh.

Sunday, October 1, 2006

The "Right Way"

Are you doing things correctly when working digitally? What does "correctly" mean, anyway?

What’s right and what’s wrong? No, I’m not going to get metaphysical with you. I want to talk about the right way to do things and the wrong way to do things in digital photography.

Sunday, October 1, 2006

John Isaac: Master Printer

The former U.N. photographer shares his experiences in creating superior prints

Though John Isaac has traveled to all corners of the globe, capturing some of the world‚’s most poignant moments, his photographic career began humbly.

Sunday, October 1, 2006

Slides To Digital

Duping with a D-SLR

Most longtime film photographers who want to convert slides and negatives into digital images do it by using a film scanner. Scanners offer high resolution (a 4000-dpi scanner turns a 35mm slide into a 21-megapixel digital image) and versatility (including built-in dust and scratch reduction, color restoration, grain management and even dynamic range-expansion features), along with settings optimized for color slides, color negatives and black-and-white films.

Sunday, October 1, 2006

Scouting Report: Palau

Unexpected and off beat visions of this South Pacific paradise

A longtime secret kept mostly by avid scuba divers, the island nation of Palau is now being discovered by photographers who stay on or above the water. Palau is some 500 miles east of the Philippines and consists of eight principal islands and more than 250 smaller ones, offering a spectacular array of scenery, culture and wildlife imagery that you can capture without ever donning a scuba tank.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Exposing In RAW

Digital cameras have a linear response to light. Adobe, in its tutorials on Camera Raw, suggests “exposing to the right” in order to maximize the midtones and shadow information recorded by the camera. What's the best practice you suggest, and how does one go about determining the right “exposure” when using Raw capture?

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