Short Report: Sigma APO Macro 150mm ƒ/2.8
This fast, telephoto macro lens offers a great deal of versatility for field shooting
I love being surprised by the world, and a macro lens is a great way to discover those surprises. A macro lens lets you isolate and focus in on the often amazing and unexpected details around us. I had the chance to work with Sigma's new 150mm ƒ/2.8 macro lens (officially, APO Macro 150mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG HSM), and this combination of focal length and wide aperture offered a wonderful experience in exploring the realm of the close-up.
Extras! Extras! Read All About 'Em!
Gear up with the latest and greatest in accessories for digital photography
So you've created more space in your pack by replacing the dozens of film canisters for a few memory cards. What to do with that extra space? You can't just leave it empty, awaiting deposits of dust and used gum wrappers. No! Use that space wisely. Attach it, clamp it, screw it on. Accessorize! You don't have to spend a ton of cash for something extremely useful. Here are some handy tools that will help boost your creativity and add a little technical ease to your digital shooting.
Buyer's Guide 2006: Inkjet Papers
Choosing wisely will enhance the look and longevity of your prints
The final look of your print has everything to do with the paper you place in your printer. Beyond size, the weight, whiteness and surface of a paper all make a dramatic difference in the appearance of color and tone, especially whites and blacks. By carefully selecting paper, you can move beyond merely copying an image and elevate printmaking to a more creative part of your photography.
Trade Tricks: Digiscoping
Achieve high magnification with a digital camera and spotting scope
Photographing wildlife or the Little League left-fielder at a great distance can be a challenge, especially if you don't have the deep pockets to afford a large super-telephoto lens of 600mm or higher. All hope isn't lost, however; digital photography gives us the benefit of high magnification through digiscoping.
Cool Gear: iPod And Photography
Apple's iPod is more than just the stylish jukebox you can’t live without
If you haven't heard of Apple's iPod, you need to get out more. No single product has so dominated popular culture in recent memory like this shiny little icon of the digital lifestyle. What you may not know is that the iPod does more for photographers than merely play music.
2006 Editors' Choice Awards
30 of our favorite new products & technologies for 2006
It's tough being an editor for a magazine like PCPhoto. Not that we don't love getting our hands on the latest gear, but trying to cover all of the excellent products that are introduced each year within our limited number of issues makes for some difficult decisions. That's one of the reasons we feature our annual Editors' Choice Awards in each December issue. It's our chance to highlight unique products that we feel can help make your experience with digital photography more enjoyable and successful.
Download, print, surf the web and more—the digital world is better when you cut the cord
I despise wires, but I love the devices they connect. On or around my desk, there are no less than a dozen peripherals, tools and gadgets, each of which requires at least one wire, and some, two or more.
Cool Gear: Fresh Frame-Up
Picture frames will never be the same as new technology changes the possibilities of display
How can you display your favorite digital images and movie clips in any room of your house without being connected to a PC? By using a digital picture frame. These mini-monitors have been around for a while, but recent improvements in features—combined with more attractive pricing—are causing people to take a closer look.
Toolbox: Camera Supports
Ensure sharpness by using a variety of camera platforms
Photographers are always concerned with sharpness. They'll often search for reviews and lens comparisons to make sure that their optics produce the sharpest image possible. Yet even the best-engineered lens in the world will deliver soft photographs when the camera isn't as steady as it needs to be. Whether you're shooting landscapes or portraits, a sharp result is sometimes only possible when the lens and the camera are seated on a stable platform, be it a tripod, monopod or beanbag.
Cool Gear: Bluetooth
This hot wireless standard is changing the way we interact with technology at work, at play and in the car
In the last issue of PCPhoto, we featured WiFi wireless technology and introduced you to some new cameras that can connect to wireless networks. That universe has since expanded, as Canon recently introduced the PowerShot SD430, a 5-megapixel compact camera with WiFi built in. We suspect this is just the beginning, and expect that WiFi will be a buzzword in digital photography for 2006.