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Stay in focus with our digital photography equipment reviews. You'll discover a wide range of information on nature photography in these informative articles.


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Gadget Bag: SDHC Memory Cards

Secure Digital memory cards are becoming more popular in all sorts of cameras, and as maximum limits approach terabyte capacities, the format is poised to be the mainstay for still and HD video shooting in the future

Despite strong competition from CompactFlash, the Memory Stick family and xD Picture Cards, the Secure Digital High Capacity memory card format—known as SDHC, for short—leads today’s popularity parade for digital image storage.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

In Focus: March 2010

Take the size of a pocket point-and-shoot, add to it the interchangeable-lens capability of a DSLR, and what you get is the Olympus PEN E-P2.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Gadget Bag: Field Storage

Multimedia storage viewers, MSVs for short, are much more than just a place to dump image files before reformatting a memory card while in the field

Today’s sophisticated multimedia storage viewers (MSVs) offer large, bright LCD screens to browse images, making it possible to zoom in to check sharpness or delete the bad shots as necessary.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

In Focus: January/February 2010

The Pentax K-x is an entry-level DSLR that packs in plenty of advanced features such as Live View, HD video capability and a high-dynamic-range mode. The loaded and ready 1.3-pound camera has a 12.4-megapixel CMOS sensor with Shake Reduction.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Next-Gen Photo Printers

Despite the proliferation of photo-sharing sites online, the print remains the ultimate expression of a photograph. New printer technology and models will have your prints looking better than ever.

Printing is about sharing. Prints are tacked to the wall for all to see or given outright for others to treasure. Making prints at home heightens the pleasure of sharing your images with others.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

In Focus: December 2009

Editors' Picks

If you’re a fan of Lensbaby’s special-effects lenses, the Lensbaby Optic Kit gives you three more creative ways of expanding your photography. The kit consists of three optics: Plastic, Pinhole/Zone plate and Single Glass.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Gadget Bag: iPhone Apps

Instead of always hauling the Big Boy D-SLR, get creative with the iPhone’s built-in camera and these apps. Low cost and often free, they let you break away from the constraints of your “serious” photography and stay fresh.

We’ve largely ignored camera phones in OP because they just haven’t been part of the nature photographer’s main photo-shooting toolkit.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

In Focus: November 2009

Make sure the rich colors and sharp details you capture outside look as striking in the final print using the Epson Stylus Pro 3880.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Gadget Bag: Organizing Your Images

Digital cameras make it possible to shoot a vast number of photos quickly. To keep those pictures organized, you need software that’s up to the task.

So much has been written about digital workflow for photographers that it sounds like something that would be nice to have. The truth is, you already do—all of us already do.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

In Focus: October 2009

Nikon has upgraded its popular AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm ƒ/2.8G ED VR II lens with several features designed to boost image quality.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Gadget Bag: Photo Backpacks

When you want to take more than just a body and lens into the field, a backpack gives you the capacity and the comfortable means to carry everything

This time of year, just about every outdoor photographer is enjoying the late-summer weather and some quality time with nature and a camera.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

In Focus: September 2009

Get to your photo gear quickly using the Tamrac Aero Speed Pack, which features a convenient side-door entry for grabbing your camera when wearing the bag over your shoulder.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Filters For B&W Photography

On-camera filters still give you the best results when shooting black-and-white

Every photographer who shoots black-and-white (digital or film) should own at least six filters for their SLR.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

In Focus: August 2009

Head out on your next photo journey with one of Sony’s smaller and lighter Alpha D-SLRs. The A230, A330 and A380 are more compact versions of their respective A200, A300 and A350 predecessors.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Hard (Drive) Decisions

In the era of high-megapixel cameras, storing your large image files requires the use of a separate hard drive

You can set your watch by it—well, your calendar, anyway. Within 30 days of buying a new 12-megapixel camera, photographers everywhere are smacking themselves on the side of the head and asking, “Where am I going to keep all of these large image files?” Having a large number of large files is a good problem to have.

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