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Friday, August 1, 2008

Essential Landscape Accessories

Filters, tripods and other extras will help you find and capture the perfect landscape

Packing the right photo equipment is just as important as finding the right place at the right time. With landscape photography, that isn’t always easy to do. When planning a photo expedition, whether it’s a day hike or an extended road trip, consider these essentials the next time you head out.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Gadget Bag: Hold It Right There

It’s a matter of precision. If the ability to point your camera exactly where you want and securely hold it in the same position is important to you, you need a ballhead.

The ballhead is beloved by landscape photographers for its infinite adjustability and ease of use, combined with the ability to align the camera with precision. In its simplest incarnation, a ballhead is a housing with a sphere trapped inside. A connecting screw attaches a camera tangentially to the sphere, and both rotate together around a single point.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Nik Software Silver EFX Pro

Quick, easy and complete control over your black-and-white conversions

There’s a whole school of photographers who do black-and-white and enjoy precisely controlling every aspect of the photographic process (think Ansel Adams and his aficionados). Those photographers will love Nik Software’s new Silver Efex Pro plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Apple Aperture 2.1 because it makes it easy to exercise precise control over the image-perfecting process.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Gear Up For Travel

Find your ultimate travel D-SLR

While photographers can (and do) travel with all sorts of cameras, it’s a welcome alternative to carry a lightweight model that incorporates features especially useful for travel photography. In compiling our list of travel D-SLRs, we used the following criteria:

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Gadget Bag: Polarizers

If there ever has been a single piece of gear that all nature photographers agree is indispensable, it’s the polarizer

The label reads somewhat like a too-good-to-be-true advertisement for photography snake oil: “Removes glare, darkens blue skies, enhances colors and lets you see underwater.” But all of this—and more—can be truthfully said about polarizing filters.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

In Focus: July 2008

Catch fast-moving wildlife on the Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1. This hybrid camera can capture 6-megapixel stills at a whopping 60 fps or record 720p and 1080i resolution HD video at 1200 fps. Other top-notch features include a 12x optical zoom lens with a 35mm-equivalent focal-length range of 36-432mm, a 2.8-inch screen, manual controls and a maximum shutter speed of 1⁄40,000 sec. The Best Shot function matches the type of image you want to record and the camera then sets it up automatically.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Samsung GX-20

This new D-SLR features 14.6 megapixels, a weatherproof body and a Live View LCD

The fourth D-SLR to result from the Samsung-Pentax partnership, the GX-20 shares much with the new Pentax K20D, including its new Samsung 14.6-megapixel CMOS image sensor and rugged dust- and water-resistant construction.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Sony Alpha A300 & A350

New D-SLRs offer low prices and excellent image quality

Sony’s newest D-SLRs, the A350 and A300, offer simple operation, great value and amazing versatility. The A350 features a 14.2-megapixel image sensor and a price under $800; the otherwise identical A300 features a 10.2-megapixel CCD sensor. Like all Sony D-SLRs, both can use a wide range of Sony, Zeiss and Minolta Maxxum lenses.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Choosing A Lab

Discover The Benefits Of Using A Photo Lab For Printing Photographs

Today’s photo labs have kept up with the digital age and have made it easy for us to get 4x6, 8x10 or larger prints. Whether you walk in with your media card in hand or upload your images using the Internet, a good photo lab can make quite a difference when you need lots of prints, big enlargements and more.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Choosing Inkjet Paper

The Right Inkjet Photo Paper Will Enhance The Look And Longevity Of Your Prints

The final look of your print has everything to do with the paper you place in your printer. Beyond size, the weight, whiteness and surface of a paper all make a dramatic difference in the appearance of color and tone, especially whites and blacks. By carefully selecting inkjet paper, you can move beyond merely copying an image and elevate printmaking to a more creative part of your photography.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Buying A Digital Photo Printer

Photo Inkjet Printers Deliver Prints With Better Color And Longer Life

While looking at a photograph on a camera’s LCD or a large computer monitor is exciting, neither replaces the satisfaction of holding a quality print. Improvements in the stability of inks have led to photo inkjet printers producing archival-quality prints that resist fading for a lifetime.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Choosing Digital Photo Storage

Digital Picture Storage Solutions For Creating A Reliable Image Library

Space—the final frontier or a simple necessity? Because digital imaging has picked up speed in the past few years, the need for extensive amounts of digital storage space has intensified. Replacing the temperature-controlled closets that film shooters used to store processed film is now the hard drive library.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Finding The Right Digital Camera Accessories

Tips For Selecting Digital Camera Bags, Filters

Faster, convenient and more efficient—that’s what today’s digital camera accessories make possible. Accessories have become an integral part of photography, as they can make shooting easier and your pictures better. Outfitting your gear with the latest technology and design isn’t just form, it’s function.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Choosing Digital Camera Lenses

Take The Guesswork Out of Choosing An Interchangeable Digital SLR Camera Lens

So you’ve made the leap from a point-and-shoot pocket camera to a digital SLR. Or perhaps you’ve upgraded an old manual film SLR for something a little higher-tech. Now you’ve got a problem: to get the most out of that new camera, you’ve got to choose the right interchangeable SLR lenses to go with it.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Fast Lenses

In the digital age, the advantages of a big maximum aperture are greater than ever

When Kodachrome 64 and Fujichrome Velvia 50 were the mainstays of outdoor photographers, a fast lens was a critical advantage, especially when handholding in early-morning or late-afternoon light. Lenses like the 300mm ƒ/2.8, 70-200mm ƒ/2.8, 105mm ƒ/2 and 50mm ƒ/1.4 or ƒ/1.2 were the workhorse lenses that propped up shutter speeds as light deteriorated.

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