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Thursday, March 1, 2007

Digital Projectors For Photographers

Show off your images using the latest in projection technology

We may still call our multimedia productions "slideshows," but there’s no way anyone will ever confuse one of today’s digital projectors with the slide projectors of yesteryear. Compared to their analog ancestors, they’re quieter, brighter and more versatile—they’re also more expensive, so here’s what you need to know to prepare for your foray into the world of digital projectors.


Thursday, March 1, 2007

Gadget Bag: Have Tripod, Will Travel

Take along a tripod when away from home to ensure sharp photographs

Many of us look forward to vacation travel for the photo opportunities such journeys provide.Away from our daily routines, visiting a new and visually rich destination makes it easier to come away with great photographs.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Lensbaby 3G

Change the qualities of focus for repeatable and dynamic results

The Lensbaby series of lenses has quickly grown in popularity, not only among fine-art and portrait photographers, but also with those of us interested in outdoor photography. Providing some of the creative flexibility of a view camera, these lenses offer the ability to control the quality of focus with a D-SLR.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

In Focus: March 2007

In Focus

Give your images some room to stretch on the Samsung SyncMaster XL20 monitor. Designed for users with lofty color demands, the 20-inch display uses a unique light-emitting diode backlight unit for an ultra-wide color gamut. The monitor is further enhanced by a color-management system that helps provide vivid and precise color. The system includes color calibration and Image Viewer, a tool that corrects color differences between monitors and printers. Other notable features include a 1000:1 contrast ratio, a wide 178-degree viewing angle and a high resolution of 1600 x 1200.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Nikon D40

The latest from Nikon is loaded with features at an eye-popping price

Ideal for photographers who want to travel light but don’t want to give up functionality, the D40 is also Nikon’s most compact and affordable D-SLR to date. A camera that will no doubt be promoted to those making a transition from a compact digital camera, the D40 offers a host of features that will appeal to many outdoor photographers, regardless of experience and skill level.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Canon imageProGraf iPF5000

A large-format printer for big color and B&W enlargements

The benefit of digital cameras with resolutions of 8 megapixels and higher is the ability to make larger and larger prints. It’s because of these increased resolutions that large-format inkjet printers have gained in popularity among professional labs and photographers producing their own enlargements. With its imageProGraf iPF5000 printer, Canon offers a printer capable of producing exceptional color and black-and-white prints.

Monday, January 1, 2007

Gadget Bag: Weather Tamers

Dramatic weather makes for dramatic photos, but you need to protect your camera for the conditions

Raindrops on roses—no problem. But rain, snow or condensation on camera equipment can mean disaster. Likewise, low temperatures can impede battery performance, and very low temperatures can impair human performance as well. High temps are hazardous, too—direct sunlight can make black lenses excessively warm and prevent proper operation. It’s safer to stay indoors when the climate becomes extreme.

Monday, January 1, 2007

Sigma SD14

Sigma's latest D-SLR delivers better color and performance

For outdoor photographers, the accuracy of the color captured by a digital SLR is crucial. So a camera that promises higher color accuracy and great performance definitely piques our interest. The Sigma SD14 is a camera that delivers on those counts with the help of its innovative Foveon technology. Improved image quality with a selection of new features should prove attractive to enthusiasts and professionals alike.

Friday, December 1, 2006

The Story Behind The Bag

Camera bag designs are based on very real photographers' needs. Here are some of their stories.

No piece of camera equipment says more about its owner than the ubiquitous gadget bag. They come in all sizes and colors, every shape and configuration, and they have been constructed from just about every material under the sun. The best gadget bag designs are born from photographers’ needs. Every major bag company has cultivated a network of users who provide real-world input and help refine product development.

Friday, December 1, 2006

2006 Holiday Book Guide

OP's annual collection of photography books make long-lasting and memorable gifts for you and the outdoor photo enthusiasts in your life

Satisfying your holiday wish list with photo books shouldn’t be too difficult this year. With so many books hitting the shelves on such a broad range of topics, it’s paring down your list that won’t be easy. You’ll find career retrospectives from legendary photographers; how-to guides on software, equipment and techniques; and colorful pictorials showing landscapes from the mountainous terrain of the American Pacific Northwest to the sand dunes of Namibia. And there are, of course, plenty of pages devoted to wildlife.

Friday, December 1, 2006

Gadget Bag: Stocking Stuffers

Discover how some affordable accessories can fill a holiday niche

While holiday dreams of the latest D-SLRs rather than sugar plums dance around most photographers’ heads, there’s no shortage of more affordable fair to satisfy passionate shutterbugs. Though a large wrapped box with our name on it is always appealing, we decided to suggest a variety of stocking stuffers for yourself or the photographer in your life. While some of these items might not fit snugly in a stocking, each one fits a special niche that will help keep your favorite photographer happy and perhaps more eager to produce memorable photographs.

Friday, December 1, 2006

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

An effective anti-dust system and 10.1 megapixels come to this D-SLR

I do almost all of my photography outdoors. That means lots of lens changes in the field, and that means dust on my D-SLRs’ image sensors (and my photos). Blower brushes don’t completely remove it, and though I’ve bought a clean-it-yourself kit, I haven’t quite worked up the nerve to try it yet. So one of my favorite D-SLR features is an anti-dust system.

Friday, December 1, 2006

Sigma APO 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro HSM

A new lens with macro capability and high image quality

Sigma APO 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro HSMA telephoto zoom is an important part of most outdoor photographers’ gear. But unlike the casual shooter, for a pro or serious amateur, a fast maximum aperture becomes essential because we often find ourselves shooting in relatively low light, such as at dusk or dawn. Yet such fast lenses can often be expensive and out of reach for some photographers. With the Sigma APO 70-200mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG Macro HSM, a fast telephoto zoom for less than $1,200, I was curious to see how well this affordable zoom would perform.

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Going Tele: A Complete Guide

What you need to know about buying and shooting with long lenses

Long lenses are terrific tools when you can’t get close to your subject, providing dramatic frame-filling images of distant wildlife and sports subjects. Long lenses are also useful to isolate a subject from busy surroundings and for telephoto compression effects. There’s a variety from which to choose today—both prime (single-focal-length) lenses and tele-zooms. Following are some considerations when buying and using long lenses.

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Gadget Bag: Rolling, Rolling, Rolling...

When you're traveling and you have lots of gear to move through airports, along sidewalks and anywhere else in the urban jungle, a roller bag is a welcome companion

A rolling bag won’t help you much if you’re pulling your camera pack through a South American rain forest, but if you’re sprinting to make a flight connection at LAX (or just sauntering along the sidewalks of New York), having wheels can save the day—and your back. When you’re tired of toting that heavy load of gear, do what the flight crews do—pull it along behind you. There’s a tremendous assortment of rolling photo bags available these days from nearly every manufacturer. There are a few things to keep in mind when shopping, but most of all remember—it’s a bag first and roller second. Make sure it satisfies all of your camera bag requirements; otherwise, you might end up with a heavy refrigerator on roller blades.

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