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Monday, January 7, 2008

DPP Solutions: Printer Drivers

Get the highest-quality prints even when your printer's drivers won't cut it

DPP Solutions: Printer Drivers

Professional printers are getting even better, giving us amazing picture quality with exceptional printer drivers. Usually printing with the manufacturer's media guarantees the best print with its printer drivers, but when using a third-party paper or any other sort of substrate medium, it becomes harder to get the best and most predictable results. For those of us who want the highest-quality photos and the most control over our output, there are reliable options that ensure what we have on the screen will be yielded when we queue our print jobs.

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Monday, January 7, 2008

Hi-Tech Studio: Complete Color Calibration

Color management from reality to reproduction

Hi-Tech Studio: Complete Color Calibration

Plato said that art is thrice removed from reality. Although the philosopher wasn't a photographer, he hit the nail right on the head where digital imaging is concerned. If we follow what happens to the color of an object during the photographic process—from capture through output—we see several junctures where the colors are likely to be changed unintentionally, and we can gain a better understanding of why it's important to use calibrated devices.

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Monday, January 7, 2008

Flash Memory Basics

What's the anatomy of a memory card?

Flash Memory Basics

Have you ever wondered what's inside your memory card? How can they keep cramming more storage in the same space, or how much further can the prices fall? It seems like, only yesterday, we needed to take out a second mortgage to buy a 256 MB CF card. Now you can find 2 GB cards for as little as $15.

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Monday, January 7, 2008

D-SLR Wars: Episode III

Resolution always will be a buzzword for digital cameras, but the current crop of professional-quality D-SLRs is about much more than advances in megapixel counts

D-SLR Wars: Episode III

The war of technology is raging with renewed vigor as the next installment of weapons has come to the battlefield. Product development, with its furious and relentless pace, has taken us one step further into the golden age of digital photography. But that step is now at least as much about features and new onboard technologies as it is about gains in resolution.

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Monday, November 26, 2007

DPP Solutions: Infrared Camera Conversion

Infrared photography has been transformed from a finicky medium full of frustration and technical difficulty into a field where anyone can try to expand their portfolio and creativity

DPP Solutions: Infrared Camera Conversion

Infrared camera conversions are for the professional trying to obtain a unique look. The results give you an array of imaginative pictures from a portion of the spectrum of light that the human eye can't see. Through a conversion process, a standard D-SLR can be converted to a dedicated infrared camera that records images in that part of the spectrum. These conversions have become more popular as photographers have been attracted to the evocative results. Cameras can be converted to black-and-white or color infrared.

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Monday, November 26, 2007

The Digital Lens Revisited

In a world of marketing buzzwords like 'optimized' and 'designed for digital,' what's really going on behind all the hype?

The Digital Lens Revisited

Before plunking down a credit card to purchase a new lens, I think all of us want to know we're making a good decision. Is this really the best lens for my camera and the type of work I want to do? Or can I use one I already have, even if the lens isn't specifically designed for digital capture?

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Friday, October 19, 2007

First Look: Olympus E-3

This fast, high-performance D-SLR is loaded with a powerful autofocus system, 5 fps continuous shooting, Live View and more.

First Look: Olympus E-3

Olympus has released the successor to its E-1 flagship D-SLR model, the 10.1-megapixel E-3. Designed to be the fastest autofocus D-SLR in the world, the E-3 has an articulated Live View LCD, internal image stabilization, TruePic III image processing, ISO sensitivity up to 3200 and a wide selection of other advanced features.

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Monday, October 8, 2007

DPP Solutions: HMI

In the realm of continuous lighting, these lamps are king, and for good reason

DPP Solutions: HMI

Even though strobes are favored by many pros, there's definitely a core group who prefers continuous lights and, in particular, HMIs. They have a phenomenal watt-to-luminance ratio, produce comparatively little heat, are flicker-free, and emit a quality of light that's something to behold.

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