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May 2006

May 2006


  • Digital Convergence

    Is the “one-device-does-it-all” camera here yet?

    Consumer digital still cameras have long offered limited movie-shooting capability, and some digital camcorders have provided the ability to shoot decent-quality still images. But of late, those capabilities have improved immensely, and today you can make good videos with many digital still cameras, and good stills with a number of digital camcorders.


  • Cool Gear: Palm-Sized HD Video

    Sanyo’s Xacti VPC-HD1 is a glimpse into the future of Hi-Def video capture for consumers

    With high-definition television finding its way into more and more living rooms, it's natural that consumer-level video cameras are beginning to follow suit. Consumer HD camcorders, though still somewhat rare at this point, aren't exactly new, but they tend to be pricey.

  • May 2006


  • Toolbox: Navigating Memory

    Get the most from your storage media and digital camera

    While you may have a memory card that fits into your camera, it doesn't automatically mean that you'll get the best performance from either the card or the camera. A 1 GB CompactFlash card may promise storage for hundreds of JPEG images, but when that same card relegates the camera to performing sluggishly, we may well feel that we're more decked out for sweeping off the porch than dancing at the ball.

  • Trade Tricks: Life With A Digital Projector

    Show off your photos with a three-LCD projector

    The old slideshow was a venerable tradition at my house while I was growing up, and I suspect it was part of many PCPhoto readers' youth as well. While the slide projector is rapidly disappearing, taking its place is the digital projector, with bundled computer and slideshow software. Digital slideshows can be done faster, far easier and with more production value, meaning better looking and with superior sound and effects.


  • Double-Process RAW For Better Tonality

    Don't try to do it all in one step. Use the power of RAW to process two separate images optimized for different tonalities.

    One problem photographers have always faced is the fact that no medium yet invented can capture the tonal range our eyes can see. Film can't get close to recording the brightness range of light that the human eye can perceive. This holds true for digital sensors as well. While some high-end sensors can record more tonal information than film, they still can't record all the tonal variations the eye can see.

  • Experts On Their Own Lives

    Students use digital cameras to document their world

    Kids are easily our most frequently photographed subjects. The shutter release button is depressed innumerable times as they take their first steps, perform at a recital, dress up for prom or fall asleep with their head resting on the family dog. Parents, relatives and friends eagerly capture these moments of their lives.

    But what happens when these kids are given the opportunity to document their own lives?

  • How-To Fundamentals: Image-Stabilization Options

    Once you try it, you can't go back

    I admit it: I'm an addict; I'm hooked on image-stabilized shooting. Once you try it, you can't go back. Fortunately, for me—and all photographers who shoot handheld—there now are a number of "fixes" available: Canon, Kodak, Konica Minolta, Nikon, Panasonic, Pentax, Sigma and Sony all offer stabilized gear, with more on the way.

  • Instant Classic

    Use photoshop actions to give new photos an antique finish

    Transforming an old photograph into one that looks as though it was taken with one of today's top-of-the-line digital SLRs is relatively easy in Adobe Photoshop CS2 and other image-editing programs. You'll find many retouching and restoration articles on the topic on the web and in photography and Photoshop magazines.
  • May 2006 HelpLine ƒ-Stops And Bad Crops

        * Digital Camera ƒ-Stops
        * Straight-Line Troubles
        * Cropping Casualty
        * PPI Canon Vs. Nikon
        * Out-Of-Shape Histogram?

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