Digital Darkroom: Windows On Your Mac?
Apple's Boot Camp breaks down the barrier between the two rival systems
Apple recently made a rather mind-blowing announcement: Intel-based Macs now permit loading and running Windows XP natively via Boot Camp software. Apple released a public beta version of the Boot Camp software and announced that its upcoming update to OS X, 10.5, or "Leopard" in its feline naming convention, will fully support a "dual boot" system. Leopard is due out in early 2007.
Toolbox: Inkjet Printers
What you need to know about photo printers today
For more than a decade, inkjet printers have provided photographers with a relatively inexpensive way to produce high-quality prints at home. The speed and convenience of being able to print your own images at your desktop, whenever you want, along with the control that doing it yourself offers, makes home printing well worth the investment in a printer, ink and paper.
Cool Gear: Ultramobile Computers
Take your digital darkroom just about anywhere with this new breed of portables
The future of computing is looking very portable. In March, Microsoft, Intel and some other high-profile consumer electronics companies announced a new platform for portable computing, the "Ultra Mobile PC," or UMPC for acronym enthusiasts. A handheld computer running Windows XP sounded like a great idea, but one that would probably not materialize as a real product for some time.
Color Spaces & Printer Profiles Revealed
Crayon color choices have some important similarities to how color spaces are defined and used When I visited the Crayola Factory in Easton, Pa., with my five-year-old daughter, I had an epiphany about color space. Back when I was in kindergarten, crayons came in boxes of eight colors. Nowadays, 64 colors is average. I knew all that, but what I didn't realize was that Binney & Smith (Crayola) makes hundreds of different colors. The typical set includes all of the hues kids need to make refrigerator-ready artwork. But it's possible to assemble a 64-piece set that includes some colors that aren't found in the standard box. And that's where color space comes in.
Toolbox: Networks & Storage For Photographers
Get connected and protect your image archive with the latest in networking and backup devices
With the growth of file sizes and the sheer number of archives created in digital photography, transferring and storing files has leaped from a simple home-computing environment to something resembling more of a business scheme (albeit on a smaller scale). Hubs, routers and network-attached storage (NAS), once confined to corporate IT departments, are now common components in the digital photographer's realm as well.
Buyer's Guide 2007: External Storage And Backup
Hard drives, CDs and DVDs provide reliable backup for your thousands of digital images
Recent advancements in storage technology make it easier than ever for photographers to back up and preserve precious image files. The most reliable systems are automated and leave little to chance, but good work habits also play an important role. There are many options, and the right hardware for you depends on both the volume of files you must protect and your budget.
Buyer's Guide 2007: Ultimate Systems
Speed through digital darkroom work with these powerful computers
If progress bars and spinning hourglasses are choking the fun out of your digital darkroom work, it may be time to upgrade your system. You can usually get a significant increase in performance by adding more RAM and a faster hard drive, but sometimes that's not enough.
Filters, memory cards, power solutions and other tools to enhance your photo experience The right accessory can do as much for improving your photography as a new camera. Here are some of our favorite extras that can make your time shooting more enjoyable and productive.
Add extra capacity as you need it for backups of your expanding photo library
Today’s inkjet printers, inks and papers bring out all of the detail and color captured by a high-megapixel digital camera Today's world is filled with digital devices that will easily display and share your photos.
For fine-art display prints or sharable snapshots, dedicated photo printers deliver stunning color, improved longevity and fast print speeds This is an exciting time for photographers who like to make their own prints.