The line between still and video fades out as Live View evolves into HD motion video
by Mike Stensvold
Digital cameras have come a long way since we first began covering them in 1996. The serious limitation of the early days was resolution—the first 1-megapixel camera was a big deal. We’ve reached a point now where digital-imaging technology has met and surpassed the capabilities of film and is pushing into new territories that weren’t possible in the analog world. In this first of a two-part feature on the state of digital photography, we’ll look at one of the most significant advances to date that, combined for the first time with an interchangeable-lens system, may well change how photographers record, experience and even think about photography.
Aimed squarely at enthusiasts, the latest SLR from Olympus offers several unique capabilities for creative expression
by Mike Stensvold
The new E-30 fits into the Olympus D-SLR line-up between the pro E-3 and advanced-amateur E-520 models, but closer to the E-3. It offers the most megapixels of any Olympus D-SLR and is loaded with features aimed at the creative artist who likes to go beyond the straight shot. Like the E-3 and E-520, the E-30 incorporates sensor-shift image stabilization that works with all lenses.
Go from moderate to long telephoto with a single lens
by Dave Willis
A tele-zoom is the convenient solution for getting close to the action, even when you need to remain at a distance. For portrait, sports and wildlife photography, these zooms give you the compositional flexibility you need to frame your subjects creatively. Telephoto lenses tend to be large and often heavy, so one of the big advantages of a tele-zoom is that it can do the duty of the multiple lenses you would otherwise need to cover the same range, reducing the volume and weight of the gear you must carry.
From the ultra-mobile netbooks to full-featured desktop replacements, there’s a portable computer just right for your photography
by Jon Canfield
One of the joys of digital photography is the instant feedback you get from looking at your images right after capturing them. Whether you’re photographing a family event or traveling on vacation, having a laptop with you that lets you review, organize, back up, enhance and share your images will definitely add to your enjoyment. Even a few years ago, carrying a notebook computer powerful enough for digital imaging was a heavy proposition.
Add impact to an image by placing it in a virtual frame
by The Editors
One way to add interest and importance to a photo is to frame it. This is as true in the digital world of web-based photo galleries as it is in a brick-and-mortar gallery. Adding a decorative virtual frame to an image may also enhance its presentation when viewing it in a digital photo frame, on your computer desktop or on your HDTV. Creating a simulated frame effect in Photoshop is relatively fast and easy.
Finding and creating soft, flattering light for portraiture
by Tom Bol
One general question I’m asked frequently while teaching photo workshops is, “How can I improve my images?” Participants expect to hear answers like, “Try a different lens,” or, “Change the composition.” True, these things may help, but many times I reply, “Try shooting the subject in better light.”
by Michael Guncheon
While you can use lenses designed for "full-frame" 35mm-sized sensors on smaller-format (APS-C) sensors (subject to the telephoto, or magnification effect), the converse isn't true. For example, the Canon EFS 18-55mm IS, included in the EOS Rebel XS kit, is designed specifically for use with APS-C-sized image sensors, like those used in the Rebel series.
Re-create the look of early photo printing techniques
by Rick Sammon
Howdy, pardner! I’m glad you could join the posse in the search to rustle up new creative imaging ideas. You’re riding with some talented folks. By now you may have guessed that, like many kids who grew up in the 1950s, I have the soul of a cowboy rustling around inside me.
Environmental portraits tell a story with setting, props and creative light
Environmental portraits—photographs of people in a surrounding that relates to who they are or what they do—have been the staple of newspaper and magazine photographs since the halftone process enabled images to be reproduced in those mediums. Early practitioners such as Yousuf Karsh and Arnold Newman traveled the world, combining their incredible sense of composition and attention to detail with masterful lighting setups.
Envision the end result, and you’ll see your world differently
by Rick Sammon
Ansel Adams, one of the greatest photographers of all time, was big on thinking ahead, or as he put it, envisioning the end result. I’m also big on envisioning the end result, as illustrated by the picture of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco that I used to open this column. It’s one of my favorite images from a recent trip.
Speed through organization and image review with some of our favorite imaging apps
by David Willis
Aimed at keeping the work flow for photographers fast and fun, image browsers are designed to offer organization functionality at affordable prices. Most browsers are centered around simple interfaces to help you sort through images quickly, make the best selections and output them as prints, use them on the web or send them to family and friends. The best browsers also include essential image-enhancement tools and are the primary work flow tool for many photographers today.