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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 10, 2009

Gadget Bag: Plug-Ins For Nature Photographers

These specialized software plug-ins give you a lot of power in easy-to-use packages

Ask any group of photographers to name the most important plug-in, and you’re sure to start an argument. That’s because plug-ins have become an essential element of nearly every photographer’s creative process. They’re so diverse in their application—and so effective in their performance—that everyone has at least one favorite. And now that Apple has opened Aperture’s architecture to make use of its own plug-in version, newer and better products are serving an even wider audience.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

In Focus: March 2009

If you like to get creative with your wildlife and nature photography, the Olympus E-30 is loaded with features for going beyond the straight shot. Six Art Effect Filters, including Soft Focus, Pop Art, Grainy Film, Pale & Light, Pin Hole and Light Tone, can be activated using the camera’s mode dial, and you can see their effects in real time on the Live View LCD. Like other Olympus D-SLRs, the E-30 incorporates sensor-shift image stabilization that works with all lenses.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Gadget Bag: Special-Effects Camera Filters

Craft the image in-camera instead of wrestling with Photoshop

Mention the word “filter” to a young shooter, and he or she probably will think you’re talking about a Photoshop plug-in.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

In Focus: January/February 2009

Named for Ono no Komachi, a famous Japanese poet, Olympus delivers the limited-edition E-420 Komachi Kit, which includes the compact D-SLR and the ED 25mm ƒ/2.8 Zuiko Digital lens in a vintage-looking, handmade brown leather case.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Gadget Bag: Ultralight Carry Solutions

Keep things light without sacrificing protection for your cameras and lenses

We expect a lot from our gadget bags. They have to be comfortable, durable and fashionable, but still versatile enough to hold everything we want to carry.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

In Focus: December 2008

If you’re looking to boost the quality of your landscape and nature images by stepping up to an SLR, Pentax delivers a complete entry-level system with a camera body, lens, flash and an affordable price tag.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

2008 Editors' Picks

Our annual look at gear from the past year that the OP editors found particularly useful

Welcome to our annual Editors’ Picks for 2008—the year of the D-SLR. Suddenly, there are more cameras from more manufacturers at lower prices, and all with more and better features than ever.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Gadget Bag: That’s A Wrap

When you want to shoot without the full bag on your back, you can keep a few lenses and accessories protected with a small pouch or wrap

There are times when no gadget bag will do. When you’re out shooting with one D-SLR and two zooms, a bag can just get in the way. Even so, it’s still important to protect the lens that’s not on your camera. That’s when you reach for a wrap or a floppy case.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Gadget Bag: Travel Zooms

These “do it all with all-in-one zoom lens” solutions can be ideal travel partners when you want to minimize your gear

Whether you call them “travel zooms,” “walkabout lenses” or simply your “go-to glass,” zoom lenses that cover the 18mm to 200mm range (or thereabouts) have a place in everyone’s gadget bag.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

In Focus: October 2008

Step up to shooting with a D-SLR using the EOS Rebel XS, the latest entry-level camera from Canon. Top-notch features include a DIGIC III image processor, 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, 2.5-inch LCD with Live View, Auto Lighting Optimizer, 7-point wide-area autofocus (AF) sensor and 3 fps continuous JPEG burst rate.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Nikon D700

The newest member of Nikon’s FX-format (full-frame) lineup looks to be a serious contender for nature shooters

For the outdoor photographer who loves the full-frame capability and superb performance of Nikon’s top-of-the-line D3, but would prefer a smaller, lighter camera (and a lighter price), Nikon has introduced the D700. The camera shares many of the D3’s fine features, but is much more compact (albeit still quite rugged) and costs $2,000 less. The D700 even adds a few features not present in the D3, like a pop-up Speedlight flash unit and a sensor-dust reduction system.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Gadget Bag: Portable Hard Drives

External hard drives serve as entire image libraries in the palm of your hand

What fits in your jacket pocket and holds 75,000 digital images or more? The answer: a portable external hard drive. Built using the same high-quality storage components you’ll find inside most notebook or laptop computers, these external hard drives typically consist of a 2.5-inch drive mechanism, a controller card and a high-speed interface connection—all housed in a durable and transportable shell.

Monday, September 1, 2008

In Focus: September 2008

Go from wide-angle to telephoto range with a constant ƒ/4 maximum aperture using the smc Pentax DA 17-70mm ƒ/4 AL [IF] SDM. The 17.1-ounce lens covers a 4.1x focal range of 26-107mm (35mm equivalent) on Pentax D-SLRs. Some of the standout features include a 0.31x maximum magnification, an 11-inch close-focus distance and a QuickShift Focus System for instant switching from auto to manual focus.

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

In Focus: August 2008

Take sharp handheld shots with the Tamron AF28-300mm ƒ/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical (IF) Macro lens. The compact, high-power zoom gives you a four-stop shutter speed advantage by incorporating a highly accurate gyro sensor that detects hand shake.

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