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Monday, May 30, 2011

CameraSim: Learning DSLR Settings in Your Browser

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 09:30 AM

http://lifehacker.com/5801710/camer...ou-how-it-works

"So you've been thinking about getting a DSLR but you're not sure if you're ready to step up to a heavy-duty camera. If you don't have a friend who can teach you how it works, or you'd rather learn on your own, CameraSim can give you a pretty realistic account of what it's like to use a DSLR-but in your web browser."

If you're new to using a digital DSLR - or, more than likely if you're reading this site, you might know someone who is - this Web-based tool allows you to see that impact of using various sliders that emulate camera ISO settings, aperture, and shutter speed. Pretty slick!


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

PMA/CliQ 2011 Cancelled; Moves to CES 2012

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home News" @ 05:00 PM

http://www.dealerscope.com/article/...2012-25017480/1

"The rumors that flew around cyber-space all day Wednesday are true – the 2011 PMA, recently renamed and re-positioned as CliQ, has been moved from it’s early September, 2011 dates (6-11) to Jan. 10-13 at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas, running concurrent with the 2012 International CES."

The PMA trade show is the photography industry's biggest trade show, along with the biannual Photokina. It has been a place where many new camera announcements were made (for example, the Nikon D70 was formally announced at PMA 2004), but it looks like the tsunami in Japan has caused major players like Nikon and Canon to pull out of the 2011 event, and I would not be surprised to see that part of the reason is in the commoditisation of consumer digital cameras. Still, PMA has always been an annual event through its long history, including the film days (yes, you know, before digital cameras came along). I am a little sad to see it get folded into CES, a show that is more consumer than photographer focused. Expect camera announcements to be scattered in September and October as a result.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Lifehacker's Guide to Getting the Most Out of Your New Camera

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 02:00 PM

http://lifehacker.com/5717451/how-t...your-new-camera

"Whether it takes photos or videos, and whether it fits in the palm of your hand or has interchangeable lenses, you've got a brand new camera to play with. Here's how to get the most out of your great new gift."

Lifehacker has complied a very long guide for those who just got a camera; personally I think it is a bit too long to read in a sitting, but take a look. You never know what might be useful. Oh, and if you did just get a camera, share with us what you got!


Monday, July 7, 2008

Is the Full Frame Sensor Here to Stay?

Posted by Suhit Gupta in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 06:00 AM

http://theonlinephotographer.typepa...ll-frame-t.html

"In the wake of the introductions of Nikon's first two "full-frame" (FF) (~35mm sensor size) cameras, to add to Canon's two, the internet is awash in prognostications that "full frame is the coming thing" (or "the whole market is moving that way" or one of several other common phrasings). And that might be true...unless it isn't. It's equally possible that 35mm-size (~24x36mm) sensors will end up as an historically momentary diversion, an evolutionary dead-end; or a constant but smallish niche. In which case(s), full-frame won't have been the coming thing. So which is it? Impossible to tell. I mean literally impossible: the uncertainty is epistemologically absolute. No one knows what the future is going to hold in this regard. That doesn't stop it from being a fascinating question."

Why do I want full frame - well so that the lenses that I buy actually turn out to give me the focal length that I paid for. I am positive that my next camera (most likely the Canon 5D update, unless Canon really screws up on the feature-set) is definitely going to be a full frame. There is also the depth of field argument that the article lays out which is quite tue. I would recommend reading the article, especially the hilarious telephoto lens theory. :-)


Monday, May 12, 2008

Turn Your Canon Point-and-Shoot Into a Super-Camera

Posted by Tim Williamson in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 03:00 AM

http://lifehacker.com/387380/turn-y...-a-super+camera

"If you're using a consumer grade point-and-shoot Canon digital camera, you've got hardware in hand that can support advanced features way beyond what shipped in the box. With the help of a free, open source project called CHDK, you can get features like RAW shooting mode, live RGB histograms, motion-detection, time-lapse, and even games on your existing camera. Let's transform your point-and-shoot into a super camera just by adding a little special sauce to its firmware."



Ever since I bought a Canon PowerShot SD870 IS, I've been a little disappointed that Canon didn't offer "advanced" features such as the ability to manually set the aperture and shutter speed (you'd think a $300 camera would have these features). But it looks like my disappointment can finally come to an end now that I've discovered CHDK! CHDK (which stands for Canon Hacker's Development Kit) adds manual aperture and shutter speed settings, plus about a thousand (not really) other features. Plus for those of you worried about messing up your factory ROM, don't worry about it, CHDK doesn't overwrite your current firmware. It loads onto a memory card and you choose when to activate it. So what are you waiting for? Unlock the full potential of your Canon P&S! Let us know how it works out for you.


Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Make Your Own Flash Diffuser Part 2 - Airline Barf Bag

Posted by Tim Williamson in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 01:00 PM

http://digital-photography-school.c...line-barf-bags/

"Call me crazy, but I happen to like airplane travel…no, I’m not a huge fan of screaming babies, recirculated air, or stale snack crackers. Nor do I like lengthy airport security lines, accusatory customs agents, or the way that my equipment cases get beaten, mauled, and abused by the TSA whenever I travel from city to city. Nope, what I happen to like so much about airplane travel is that — each and every time I fly — that I always manage to walk about from the flight with at least two portable/foldable flash diffusers tucked away in my pockets."

Suhit recently posted an article that explains how to make your own flash diffuser for built-in camera flashes using an empty film roll canister, but the article here explains an easy and cheap (if you don't count the price of the airplane ticket!) way of making a flash diffuser for external camera flashes with an unused airline barf bag. It's funny that I came across this article last week since I'm headed out to Washington DC this Wednesday and should be able to get my hands on a few of these "flash diffusers" while in transit. I'll be interested to try this out for myself since I normally just aim the flash at the ceiling and bounce the light onto the subject of the photo. This seems to work well, but I wonder if the barf bag would work even better.


Friday, March 28, 2008

Panasonic's Latest Point-And-Shoot Camera - Now With 100% More Touchscreen!

Posted by Tim Williamson in "Digital Home News" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0803/0...asonicfx500.asp

"Fans of flexibility will be bending over backwards to grab a glance at the latest offering from Panasonic. The FX500 features a 5x optical zoom that starts at 25mm (in 35mm terms), featuring the company's O.I.S anti-shake system. The FX500 is also the first Panasonic to feature a touch-screen interface, which can be controlled using either fingertips or the included stylus."

This camera definitely would have been a contender in my recent search for the ultimate compact point-and-shoot camera (I ended up with a Canon SD870IS which I'll be putting through the paces the next couple weeks while on vacation in Washington DC). It's pretty unbelievable that Panasonic has managed to fit a 5x optical zoom plus a 25mm equivalent ultra-wide-angle lens in such a compact body. The touchscreen interface is a feature I'd need to experiment with before I'm sold (I typically like tactile feedback), and I'm not too sure I'd want to be fumbling with a stylus while trying to frame the perfect shot. It looks really good on paper, but I'd wait for some photo samples and reviews before jumping on the bandwagon.


Monday, March 17, 2008

Luminous Landscape: Your Camera Does Matter

Posted by Suhit Gupta in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 08:00 AM

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/e...as-matter.shtml

"One of the most annoying questions on the web is seen when someone on a forum asks – Should I get a Whatsiflex or a Thingabobblad? Which is better? The problem is not with the questions. The problem is the answers! This often innocent query unleashes not only the dogs of war, but the clowns of cliche as well. Among the fan boys rallying for their favourite brand there are bound to be at least a couple of bright sparks who write – "It's not the camera, it's the photographer", or some similar pithy aphorism. Inevitably someone will also quote from Saint Ansel (who in reality was quite a gear head himself). Then some kind soul will start ranting about how even a Holga can take great shots, pinhole cameras are all one needs, and how the camera industry is a vast conspiracy intended to turn us into mindless robots, godless heathen, communists, or worse."

This article reads more like a letter to the editor than anything else. :) And I agree. While a person's photography skills are crucial, the tool itself cannot be underestimated. My favorite quote of the article is "Discussing the merits of one tool over another is relevant. Some lenses, cameras and other photographic tools are better than others. In some cases they are objectively better, while in others their degree of betterness will be subjetive and will depend on the specific needs of a particular photographer". Do any of you believe that a great photographer can get good shots out of pretty much any equipment?

Tags: camera

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Sony's New Cyber-Shot DSC-H50 "Super Zoom" Camera

Posted by Suhit Gupta in "Digital Home News" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/s...04761437&EDATE=

"Sony today announced the latest addition to its high-zoom camera line, the 9.1-megapixel Cyber-shot(R) DSC-H50 digital camera. It is the ideal choice for people looking for high zoom, high-resolution and speed. This new model utilizes a powerful Carl Zeiss(R) 15x optical zoom lens with Super SteadyShot(R) optical image stabilization to capture action at a distance. One of the main lens elements is manufactured from super low-dispersion glass, which helps it produce more exact point-to-point correspondence between an object and its image. The lens yields sharp, high- contrast images and reduces color fringing, even when shooting in telephoto ranges. The camera also features a large, 3-inch tilting LCD screen so you can shoot comfortably from nearly any position, at low and high angles. Its scratch-resistant, UV hard-coat finish adds a premium look and feel that mirrors the performance of the model."

15x zoom, 9.1MP, Carl Zeiss lens, long-distance flash, 3-inch tilting LCD and all for around $400. The DSC-H50 also has an "advanced sports" shooting mode which allows it to utilize ultra-high shutter speeds (like 1/4000 of a second). Looks very cool, and seems like a great option for people looking for a camera that's more than a point and shoot, but less than a full on DSLR.

Tags: camera, high-zoom

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