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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Hi-Tech Studio: Exact Focus

Even high-end lenses can exhibit some slight front and back focus. A simple device can have you dialed in for perfection.

Hi-Tech Studio: Exact Focus While photographers have enjoyed the benefit of autofocus for 25 years now, many still struggle with its accuracy and repeatability. You may have heard the terms “front focus” and “back focus.” In fact, you may be struggling with this phenomenon in your own kit.  Read More...

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Lens Tech

What’s under the hood of modern photography optics?

Lens TechWhat is a photographic lens? Essentially, just a tube that holds a number of glass or plastic elements that make light do something we want it to do: produce an image of the subject/scene at a certain magnification and angle of view, sharply focused on the image plane in the camera.  Read More...

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Time For An Upgrade

With so many recent advancements in optics technology, is now the time to revamp your collection of lenses?

Time For An UpgradeTechnology moves ever onward, especially in the realm of digital imaging. Cameras get better and better, computers get more powerful and, happily, prices for things like memory keep coming down. Even with 35mm-format D-SLRs, the value for your dollar keeps improving.  Read More...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Misinformation: Camera Tech

Misinformation: Camera TechIt’s as close to a law in photography as anything that photographers interested in producing the best possible black-and-white images should capture in color. Thanks to digital, shooting in color maintains image information that’s basically thrown away when you capture directly in monochrome or hue modes. Saving this information gives you a lot of flexibility during the conversion process, including such perks as enhanced tonality and the ability to return to a color image if so desired or needed.  Read More...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Black-&-White Printing Redefined

Now is the time to upgrade your printer. The latest models can output prints that exhibit less metamerism, smoother tonal gradations and

Black-&-White Printing RedefinedBlack-and-white imagery is more popular than ever. We’re seeing an increase every month in the demand for quality monochrome inkjet prints, especially for portrait/fashion work and landscape images. High-quality monochromatic images from inkjet printers haven’t been without their issues though, with complaints of unwanted colorcasts and bronzing being common.  Read More...

Friday, February 27, 2009

Misinformation: Archival Tech

Digital archaeologists may someday need a Rosetta Stone to decipher image files

Misinformation: Archival TechBackup strategies are a well-covered topic, and for good reason. From floods to fires to file corruption, there are innumerable ways that a digital file can be destroyed. Thanks to the ease of duplicating dig-ital images, however, circumventing these problems is often as easy as pushing a button. So your images are safe, as long as you use a variety of methods for backing them up, right?  Read More...

Friday, February 27, 2009

Hi-Tech Studio: Workstation To Go

Apple’s new MacBook Pro and LED Cinema Display are a sleeker, faster and greener solution for the fluid studio

Hi-Tech Studio: Workstation To GoIn a 24-hour world, work doesn’t wait quietly at the studio. For agile photographers who need consistent software and display performance wherever they are, Apple’s recently introduced MacBook Pro and companion 24-inch LED display make an intriguing combination as a possible do-it-all combination and desktop workstation replacement.  Read More...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Straight To Video

The newest evolution in D-SLR technology has finally brought us high-definition video and stills in one camera. Here’s a look behind the scenes.

Straight To VideoIn the new media, where business savvy includes Facebook and MySpace, convergence has taken on a new meaning for the professional photographer. Whether you’re shooting video for online newspapers, designing behind-the-scenes promotional work for your website or making a music or wedding video at the same time that you’re shooting stills, a D-SLR that’s capable of capturing HD video offers new opportunities for the professional photographer. Video makes photography more versatile and, ultimately, valuable, and it’s now available at essentially no extra cost with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Nikon D90.  Read More...

Monday, January 5, 2009

First Look: Nikon D3X

A year after the original D3, Nikon’s 24.5-megapixel full-frame D-SLR arrives

First Look: Nikon D3XAlmost from the moment the D3 was introduced in fall 2007, photographers started wondering why it was only 12.1 megapixels. At the time, Nikon already had two D-SLRs in the 12-megapixel range, and while the D3 had a full-frame image sensor (Nikon calls it FX format), the resolution was a little puzzling.  Read More...


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