Hot New D-SLRs
How seven recently introduced models stack up
With the biennial fall Photokina show in Germany always come many interesting product introductions. This year's batch included seven new feature-packed digital SLRs. All are scheduled to be on sale in the United States by the time you read this, except the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro (which will be available in early 2007) and the Sigma SD14 (no release date as of this writing).
Short Report: Pentax K100D
Shake reduction with every lens—at a very low price
Several camera manufacturers offer lenses featuring built-in image-stabilizing mechanisms that counteract camera shake, and these work extremely well. But you enjoy those stabilizing benefits only when using those particular lenses. More recently, other manufacturers have introduced D-SLRs with in-camera anti-shake mechanisms, which provide shake reduction with all lenses. The lowest priced of these is the new K100D from Pentax.
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.
- January/February 2007
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.
10 Tips For Better Night Photography
The secrets to getting great shots at night are revealed
Night photography is one of those aspects of photography that always gets attention. People love to see night scenes—that mysterious mix of ambient light and city lights. The challenge is to compose them well.
Creative Photo Sharing
Elevate your images above e-mail status with a more inspired approach to showcasing your best shots
E-mail is ideal for quick notes, but it's not a great way to share photos. There are better options. Software and Web-based services make it easy to create multimedia slideshows and professionally printed books, cards and photo gifts. You can even create your own online broadcast of photos to which friends and family can subscribe. All of these options are an improvement over the chore of saving and opening attachments, especially when you want to share lots of photos.
eBay Your Old Gear
What’s old to you is new to someone else. Get some cash back from cameras you don’t need and make new friends in the process.
What to do with your old gear after the irresistible upgrade? It seems a shame to let a perfectly good camera or lens languish in storage while you cavort with your new fling. Better to let your unwanted gear find a new home and get some cash back in return. eBay makes it easy, but you need to pay attention to the details if you want a good price and a trouble-free transaction.
Fast Basic Fixes
Use photoshop elements to make these essential adjustments
Readers of PCPhoto know that for my professional work, I depend on Photoshop CS2 for my image enhancements. For pros like me, it's the coolest program around. However, Photoshop Elements, CS2's little brother so to speak, offers many professional image-enhancement features, too. In fact, most of the image enhancements and creative stuff you want to do can be accomplished in Elements.
January/February 2007 HelpLine
* Dust And The D-SLR
* Workflow And The Unwanted
* Tip For Image Sharpness
Battling camera shake? Camera and lens manufacturers lend a hand.
It's true: If the camera moves during an exposure, the resulting image won't be sharp; and if you handhold the camera, it will move during exposure. Some people can hold a camera more steadily than others, and faster shutter speeds reduce the effects of camera shake, but some shake—and thus some unsharpness—is always there with a handheld camera. The higher the magnification and the longer the exposure time, the more blurred a handheld image will be.