Hot New Tech
A look at some of the cool new products and technologies introduced at this year’s CES and Macworld Expo
Just in case you didn't receive your perfect holiday gift, tech and electronic companies kick off the new year with two festivals full of stuff you didn't even know you couldn't live without: CES and Macworld. CES is one of those mega-trade shows that's legend, where all manner of must-have tech toys are debuted. And in recent years, thanks to the juggernaut that is the iPod and the growing demand for all things Apple, Macworld has been increasingly interesting to us, too.
2008 Editors' Choice Awards
Our annual guide to the best of digital photo gear and technologies
Our annual Editors' Choice Awards is consistently one of the most popular features in PCPhoto, but it's also one of the toughest for us as editors. We cover hundreds of new products each year, and trying to pick just a handful of these for recognition isn't easy. So, while we can't include every product worthy of mention, we try to highlight a variety of products we think represent the best of what's available for photographers today.
Trick Shots: Snow
Jump in to winter photo opportunities with these tips
Taking pictures in the snow is cool, literally and figuratively speaking, but snow scenes present certain photographic challenges. First, all that white can fool a camera's exposure meter into thinking that the scene is brighter than it actually is, therefore setting the camera for an underexposed picture. The remedy: Set your exposure compensation dial to +1. The increase should give you a better exposure, which, of course, you can fine-tune further with exposure compensation and in the digital darkroom.
Buyer's Guide 2008: Papers & Inks
Printing your best images with the latest and greatest in inks and papers The key to making beautiful prints is to choose the best inks and papers. By experimenting with high-quality papers and inks, you can turn your images into printed works of art. The print technology of today has given us the power to make the kind of prints at home that you used to have to go to a professional lab service to achieve.
Buyer's Guide 2008: Digital Camera Accessories
Gear and gadgets to make your photography more productive, rewarding and creative
Choosing the right accessories is as important as selecting a camera and lenses. There are so many creative possibilities of which you simply can't take advantage without certain pieces of gear—filters, tripods and unique extras like underwater housings.
Trade Tricks: Selective Focus
Using depth of field creatively
Using selective focus is a powerful technique to help frame and present your subject. Playing with depth of field will help transform your image from one that looks like a quick snapshot to one that shows you've put some creative thought into how you want to present your subject.
Cool Gear: What's New In Projectors?
Round out your high-tech home studio by showing images on the big screen with the latest generation of digital projectors. Smaller, sleeker and more versatile, the newest projectors deliver top-quality images without breaking the bank.
10 Accessories To Choose And Use
Filters, field storage, tripods, cleaning kits and more—the essential items for a digital photographer
The moment you're running out of room on your memory card in the middle of the Sequoia National Forest isn't the time to start thinking about getting a portable hard drive—especially when the light and the weather is perfect and you're missing some great shots!
Cool Gear: Whats On TV?
Apple’s new multimedia player streams the photos, music and movies on your computer to the comfort of your living room
All the media we used to shelve around the house—photo albums, movies and music—are increasingly finding a home on our computers. It’s convenient to have everything stored digitally and in one place, but you probably spend a lot of time in front of your computer already, and wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy your photos and entertainment media in the living room instead of the office?
Toolbox: Photo Filters
They may seem like old tech for the digital photographer, but traditional photo filters are still important photography tools
One of the fastest, easiest ways to improve your digital photography is to understand and use traditional filters. Yes, imaging software can simulate the effects of some traditional photo filters, but this isn't ideal. Applying digital filters means spending a lot more time in front of a computer and less time behind the lens. As a general rule, there's no good digital substitute for capturing the image as you envision it right from the start. That's why filters are so important for all photographers. They help us to capture better digital files, making our editing work faster and more successful.
Cool Gear: Mitsubishi PK20 Pocket Projector
Getting a big, bright image has never been so small
What fits in the palm of your hand, fills a 60-inch diagonal screen with a digital image at SVGA resolution and weighs in at just about one pound? The very cool Mitsubishi PK20 Pocket Projector. It's a DLP projector that uses eight LEDs to work its magic. The LEDs have a rated life of 10,000 hours (that's just about forever in dog years) and fully utilize Texas Instrument's Digital Light Processing technology to make the most of your digital images. DLP projectors, if you don't know, use an array of DMD (Digital Micro-Mirrors), each of which represents a single pixel. At the present time, it's the best image-display technology available.