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.
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.
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.
A low-priced D-SLR with very effective built-in Shake Reduction
As one who shoots handheld almost all the time, I appreciate image stabilization. With some digital SLR brands, stabilization is available only in special stabilized lenses. But it’s currently also built into some D-SLR bodies. The lowest-priced of these by far is the new Pentax K100D.
The successor to the popular D70 boosts resolution and features
It never ceases to amaze me how much camera manufacturers are able to fit into an SLR body these days. The Nikon D80 is a thoughtful combination of controls and features that makes creating pictures a pleasurable experience.
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.
Nikon provides high resolution and a host of new features in itslatest D-SLR
If you've been putting off making your transition from film to digital or you've been holding out for a suitable upgrade from your existing digital camera, the Nikon D80 is very likely the camera that you've been waiting for. At a price under $1,000, the camera offers a lot in a compact, lightweight package that’s sure to satisfy the serious and passionate photographer.
What you need to know about digital camera storage media
Today’s digital cameras store images on removable memory cards (a few cameras have small amounts of built-in memory, but even they accept memory cards). There are several types of memory cards on the market, and within each type are several varieties. Here’s how to make sense of it all.
How Sony changes the playing field for the D-SLR market
Outdoor photographers have had a strong interest in digital SLRs because of their versatility and access to varied focal lengths. Plus, high megapixels provide the digital data to make large prints with lots of detail, so when Sony announced a new 10.2-megapixel D-SLR, everyone in the industry paid attention. Whatever brand D-SLR you shoot, Sony’s new entry into the market affects you as it puts a very strong camera into the competitive fray.
Improved B&W printing is delivered with a new large-format printer
For me, the allure of the Epson Stylus Pro 4800 wasn’t only its ability to produce prints up to 17 inches wide. It wasn’t just that it could create dramatic, borderless panoramic prints on roll paper. And although the printer’s UltraChrome K3 pigment inks provide a lightfastness of more than 100 years, it wasn’t what was driving me to quickly set up this large-format printer and put it through its paces.
Take the work out of photo organization with these smart applications
Organizing digital photos isn’t why most of us enjoy photography. Managing images rates right up there with chores we’d rather put off, like taking out the trash. In spite of that, it’s something we all need to do as the number of images in our collection grows rapidly.
The new flagship D-SLR from Nikon adds a few twists to its professional workhorse
The 12.4-megapixel D-SLR features the High-Speed Crop Mode of its predecessor, which delivers a resolution of 6.8 pixels, but the new D2xs viewfinder is now automatically masked. This eliminates the need to replace the camera‚’s focusing screen and allows the photographer to switch between modes on the fly.
Prized for solid construction and ease of use, ballheads are the choice of professional landscape photographers the world over.
There are as many ways to shoot a landscape photograph as there are landscape photographers. The very best of these images all have one thing in common, however: when the exposure was made, the camera was on a tripod. We just can’t overemphasize the simple fact that using a tripod results in better images. Okay, so you get that. But between the tripod and the camera, there’s a critical component that’s every bit as important as the tripod: the tripod head.
I was rather late in going digital, as it wasn’t until 2003 that I found a D-SLR that met both my photo needs and my budget. That camera—a Canon EOS 10D—still serves me well as a hiking companion, or anytime I don’t want to risk my "good" camera, an EOS 20D. The 20D represented a quantum leap in performance and image quality over the 10D, so it was with great eagerness that I awaited arrival of the 20D’s successor, the EOS 30D.
Now that my digital photography has changed to an almost exclusively RAW workflow, I’m frequently testing the limits of my computer. Though it’s maxed out with more than 1 GB of memory, the computer is having increasing difficulty with the multilayer Photoshop files I’m producing. It’s even more of a challenge when I have other applications open for browsing the Web, managing e-mail and cataloging thousands of images.