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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

D-SLRs For The Professional

2008 was a big year for D-SLRs, and there are now more choices than ever for pros seeking a primary or backup camera. Check out some of the key innovations and the latest models.

D-SLRs  For The ProfessionalWhen we last left the D-SLR Wars a year ago, high-resolution LCD monitors and Live View shooting were the hot items.   Read More...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

RED’y for takeoff

RED Digital Cinema is rumored to be releasing a hybrid digital motion-picture and still camera. Just don’t call it a D-SLR.

RED’y for takeoff    With the introduction of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and the Nikon D90, the hottest trend in the D-SLR marketplace is video capture.  Read More...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Milestone In Time

Full HD video comes to digital SLRs

A Milestone In Time It was a fairly innocuous start. A hastily assembled, last-minute project conceived and shot in 14 straight hours, edited together in three hours (no time for color correction) and a quick posting to a blog with the link to the completed five-minute short. This was as close as you could get to a straight line from the camera to the web.  Read More...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Hi-Tech Studio: Triggering The Light

Wireless flash systems give more freedom when it comes to creative lighting

Hi-Tech Studio: Triggering The LightThere are two main categories of wireless flash control: standard optical slave triggering and the more modern and more versatile radio transmitter/receiver triggering. Both provide us with a variety of control over flash setups, whether it’s firing multiple compact flash units or the more powerful strobes and power packs.  Read More...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Stylize Your Images Using Digital Filters

The difference between a technically solid photograph and a real winner that makes clients stop for a closer look is a matter of style

Stylize Your Images Using Digital FiltersWhat makes winning images win? Apart from the opportunities and advantages that are afforded by huge leaps in digital technology, one point stands out, as always—style! Today’s light-meter technology helps ensure technically correct exposure, but it’s personal insight and style that bring the exposure to a higher level—being aesthetically correct! The same can be said for the aesthetics of composition, color treatment, focus, contrast, balance and every other aspect of an image that strikes your eyes and grabs your mind. Aesthetics and style help make an image stand out.  Read More...

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Photoshop CS4 Takes Off

Adobe alpha tester and all-around digital master Jeff Schewe takes us on a tour of the improvements to the new version of the Adobe Creative Suite, CS4

Photoshop CS4 Takes Off       Yes, it’s that time again, another update to Photoshop, called by its full name, Adobe® Photoshop® CS4 (and, yes, there are regular and Extended versions again, with the Extended version designed for specialized image types and 3-D and multimedia). This represents the 13th time Photoshop has been updated (there were two .5 versions, so this is considered version 11).  Read More...

Monday, September 29, 2008

New-For-Fall D-SLRs Reimagined

In the lead-up to the huge Photokina 2008 trade show, there were a number of big new camera announcements—more megapixels and better image quality, and in the spirit of convergence, HD video makes the leap to still cameras!

New-For-Fall D-SLRs ReimaginedThis was a Photokina year, and Photokina 2008 included a number of exciting new camera introductions (even if they actually appeared a bit ahead of the actual show). On these pages, you’ll meet new low-cost, 20-megapixel-plus, full-frame D-SLRs from Canon and Sony, versatile new mid-range D-SLRs from Canon and Nikon, new D-SLRs with movie capability (and HD, no less) from Canon and Nikon, and 50-, 56- and 60.5-megapixel, medium-format entries from Hasselblad, Leaf and Phase One.   Read More...

Monday, September 29, 2008

Go Large With High-Tech Printers

Modern large-format printers are cost-effective and give you the opportunity to make exhibition-quality prints right in your studio

Go Large With High-Tech PrintersMany photographers are looking to control the entire process, from capture to output, these days for a number of reasons, including quality, price and turnaround for clients. While most studios have at least a 13x19 printer in-house, larger work is often sent out to a lab or service. Large-format printers have had the reputation of being expensive and demanding to operate, and it’s just one more thing to pull you away from the camera.  Read More...

Monday, September 1, 2008

Megapixels: How Much Is Enough?

Pixel count certainly plays a key role in photography, but we’re approaching a point of diminishing returns and potentially reduced image quality as more pixels are packed onto a sensor

Megapixels: How Much Is Enough?It’s time for the “megapixel wars” to end once and for all. You can bet the march of technology will continue to give us imaging sensors with ever-greater numbers of megapixels, but for most photographers, more pixels won’t give us better images. Sure, more megapixels generally are welcome. But the reality is that we’ve reached the point where most photographers won’t benefit from more megapixels.  Read More...


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