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.
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.
- December 2005
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.
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.
Short Report: Epson Stylus Photo R1800
A versatile inkjet printer does both photo prints and blank discs
Printing on CDs with the Epson Stylus Photo R300 was quite satisfying. I enjoyed creating CDs for slideshows or a DVD of video footage and then printing a professional-looking label directly on the disc. The photo prints looked great, too, but the R300 was limited in size of prints to 8.5x11 inches. Thankfully, the Epson Stylus Photo R1800 came along. It offers quality printing up to 13x19 inches (13x44-inch panoramas), a new set of inks and even disc printing.
How To Process A RAW File
A step-by-step approach to getting the most from a RAW image file
RAW files are gaining interest among all photographers for good reason. In part, they hold a mystique as the "pro's format," which isn't completely true, as many pros also shoot JPEG. RAW files are notable for their processing potential to help you get the most from your shot.
Create personalized gifts using your favorite shots with the help of a photo lab
The holidays offer us the opportunity to spend time with the people who mean the most to us. But if you're anything like me, the idea of braving the local malls doesn't fill you with anything remotely resembling yuletide cheer.
Trade Tricks: Be Kind And Resize
E-mailing photos the nice way
It has happened to all of us. You click on an e-mail to open it and the waiting begins. The little spinning e-mail icon goes around and around. Your patience is running thin. Well, Uncle Pete didn't really mean to e-mail you a 10-megabyte file; he just didn't realize the necessity of resizing.