Kodak recently announced the next generation of digital camera sensors could see low-light performance improve by a factor of four. That translates into an image file with the noise characteristics of an ISO 100 image but with the added light sensitivity of ISO 400.
One of the most underrated tools in a photographer's gadget bag is the lens hood. Without it almost any image is subject to flare (the errant light that can enter the lens creating halation and desaturation and downright damaging an otherwise perfect picture).
If there's one thing I've said a lot in my life, it's this: They're not dolls, they're action figures. Hasbro's G.I. Joe was always my favorite, and one of the saddest moments of my life was the day in seventh grade when my pal Robbie and I realized that we had officially outgrown our toys.
Q) I just bought my first digital SLR; actually, it's my first SLR, too. I've been spending nights and weekends trying to learn all of the various features, but there's one feature that I'm just not getting. Depth-of-field preview doesn't seem to work-all it does is make the viewfinder darker.
Photoshop CS3 has some pretty cool new features. My favorite might be the Smart Filters, which allow nondestructive editing and have the potential of revolutionizing, and streamlining, the "new layer/edit/save" workflow that many of us have come to know and (ahem) love.
Q) Red-eye has been a problem that I thought might go away with my new camera. I talked to someone and they were talking about red-eye reduction and red-eye correction. When I took a picture, they said that my camera didn't have red-eye reduction because the flash only fired once, but my manual says it does. What's going on?
In my day, a slideshow meant the family sat around a darkened living room while grandpa projected Kodachromes of his most recent vacation onto the huge retractable screen he'd purchased for just such occasions.
Q) I read your HelpLine column a few months back about photographing fireworks. Thanks for the tips. I really like the shots I got, but I'm wondering about overexposure. Also, the center of many of the fireworks seemed to be just plain white with no color. Was I exposing wrong?