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October 2006


Books & DVDs

Gear

  • Gadget Bag: Memory Cards


    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.
  • Nikon D80


    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.
  • Notebook Computers In The Wild


    Bring your digital darkroom with you on your next photo adventure



    Whether you call it a laptop or a notebook, having a computer that can travel along with you has changed the way digital photographers work. In the field, a laptop becomes a portable darkroom, a repository where images can be downloaded and stored and a place where the best shots can be soft-proofed long before returning to the studio. In other words, portable computers have become indispensable.

Locations

  • Empowering Photography With Action


    The International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) is devoted to using photography to help people better understand environmental challenges



    Special among the ranks of nature photographers is a group of individuals who have dedicated their careers to document not only the beauty of nature, but also the threats facing the world’s most remote wildlands and endangered creatures. Called the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), members of this newly formed association combine their skills, talent and experience to help save the places all nature photographers cherish.
  • Fall Foliage In The American West


    James Kay has a passion for the grand vistas of autumn in the wide-open spaces of North America


    To photograph colorful fall foliage, the conventional wisdom says go to New England, but for photographer James Kay,no place is better in autumn than the American West. Kay, who makes his home in Salt Lake City, has photographed the mountain west for almost 25 years, and he still relishes its grand vistas of vivid autumn color.
  • Isolating Fall Scenics


    Discover the forest for the trees using these



    The Appalachian Mountains have always served as a source of inspiration for me. Born and raised in the remote recesses of southern West Virginia, these ancient mountains became my mentors as I explored their steep slopes, narrow ridges and constricted valleys. Once I became smitten with nature photography, the Appalachians became my favorite location to explore through a viewfinder.

  • Lone Star Hotspots


    Discover the American landscape, Texas-style



    Diversity is the textbook definition of Texas. The Lone Star State offers a menagerie of faces that define a natural heritage known to photographers throughout the world. From the palette of color in the flora and mountains along the historical Rio Grande River to the oceanic sky over the undulating grasslands and canyons of big ranch country, Texas offers a variety of locations, subjects and seasons to fit your photographic needs.

Columns

  • Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh



    Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the best places in the world to see wild tigers. It’s located in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, an 18-hour train ride southeast of New Delhi. The journey by train is the best and easiest way to reach this remote reserve. The nearest airport is six hours away, and you should avoid the pothole-covered roads that lead to Bandhavgarh.
  • Handling Condensation From Temperature Changes


    Condensation And The Camera • Save, And Save Again • Scanning Formats • Are LCDs Worth Their Color? • Sensor Cleaning • Just Blowin' In The Wind



    I recently was photographing in the tropics with air-conditioning inside and hot, humid conditions outside. I had to let the camera and lenses "thaw" for 45 minutes before I was able to shoot because of condensation. All was well after that, but I wondered if this practice was doing any long-term damage to my lenses or camera.


  • John Isaac: Master Printer


    The former U.N. photographer shares his experiences in creating superior prints



    Though John Isaac has traveled to all corners of the globe, capturing some of the world‚’s most poignant moments, his photographic career began humbly.
  • Scouting Report: Palau


    Unexpected and off beat visions of this South Pacific paradise



    A longtime secret kept mostly by avid scuba divers, the island nation of Palau is now being discovered by photographers who stay on or above the water. Palau is some 500 miles east of the Philippines and consists of eight principal islands and more than 250 smaller ones, offering a spectacular array of scenery, culture and wildlife imagery that you can capture without ever donning a scuba tank.
  • Sharing Your Vision


    From gallery-quality prints to self-published books, you have options for displaying your images



    Let's suppose you've worked hard to build a beautiful portfolio. Well, it's time to reap your rewards. There are few things more rewarding to a photographer than seeing an elegant presentation featuring one's own art! I'll be practical and list different types of presentations to help illustrate your options. Among your choices are a book, a slideshow and prints for an art show or an exhibition. The presentation you select can be an important starting point for marketing your photography and developing a career.
  • Slides To Digital


    Duping with a D-SLR



    Most longtime film photographers who want to convert slides and negatives into digital images do it by using a film scanner. Scanners offer high resolution (a 4000-dpi scanner turns a 35mm slide into a 21-megapixel digital image) and versatility (including built-in dust and scratch reduction, color restoration, grain management and even dynamic range-expansion features), along with settings optimized for color slides, color negatives and black-and-white films.
  • The "Right Way"


    Are you doing things correctly when working digitally? What does "correctly" mean, anyway?



    What’s right and what’s wrong? No, I’m not going to get metaphysical with you. I want to talk about the right way to do things and the wrong way to do things in digital photography.

News

  • New Software Bundle from Nik Software, Inc. and iView Multimedia


    San Diego, CA – October 25, 2006 – Digital imaging software developer Nik Software, Inc., today announced an arrangement with digital asset management pioneer iView Multimedia Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft Corp., to offer a software bundle of Nik Color Efex Pro 2.0 Select Edition and iView MediaPro 3. This bundle combines two leading software solutions for improving digital imaging workflow to provide solutions for busy professional photographers.

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