How To Build A Camera System
Selecting cameras, lenses and accessories for your favorite subjects
When you buy a D-SLR, you're choosing more than just a camera—you're selecting a system of lenses and accessories, as well. Camera features like sensor size and resolution, metering and autofocus technology, exposure modes and so on are all important considerations; but you'll also want to look beyond the camera at the range of additional options available for the models you're evaluating.
10 Ingredients For Successful Images
A digital recipe for smokin’ photos
If you're in the mood to cook up some sumptuous photographs, here's a quick 10-step recipe that I think you'll find appetizing. To illustrate this article, I'll use photographs that I took on a recent trip to Papua New Guinea. While some of you may not get to (or may not want to go to) that exotic destination, the same ingredients can be used to create images that will quench your photographic thirst in any location. Let's dig in!
Add A Creative Touch To Your Pictures
Artistic expressions are only a few clicks away
We all strive for pictures that look unique, artistic and creative. That goes for when they're framed and hung on a wall, when they're posted on the web, and maybe even when they're published in a book or magazine article. One creative idea is to add emphasis to the main or central subject in an image. Another is to dress up the image with a digital frame or border. In this column, we'll cover a few easy techniques for accomplishing both goals—and more.
Create A Web Gallery
Get your photos online
It's pretty much expected these days that if you're a photographer, you'll have some kind of web gallery. The good news is that you don't have to know very much about how the web works to create a home on the web for your photos.
Golden Light Photography
Use the warm light of the “magic hours” to your advantage
The magic hours—the hours immediately after sunrise and just before sunset—are times of amazing light for photography. The time is brief, but the great thing is that twice a day, every day, there's a generous helping of breathtaking ambient light that's complemented by the dramatic backgrounds and mood of the rising and setting sun.
Keep The Noise Down In Your Digital Images
It’s the grain of the digital age. Learn how to tame it.
Noise, the digital equivalent of film grain, can be a challenge to overcome. It appears as an irregular, sand-like texture that, if small, is essentially invisible; if large, it can be unsightly and a distraction from your image. Noise can have color to it (chromatic noise) or only vary in brightness (luminance noise). (As with grain, this fine-patterned look is sometimes desirable for certain creative effects.)
October 2008 HelpLine
What’s Your Priority?
I typically use my camera in automatic mode, but occasionally I step out of my comfort zone and move into some of the other modes. I really understand the full manual mode but, quite honestly, I don't get the whole aperture priority and shutter priority. I know what they are supposed to do and I sort of get when you are supposed to use them, but when I take pictures, I often switch between the two and I really don't see much difference. Is it me or the camera?
Photo Workout: Flex Your Photographic Skills
Try these five exercises for strengthening your core photo techniques
How do you become a better photographer? You can read articles in magazines like PCPhoto, study books and attend workshops. All of these pursuits will help you learn new and improved techniques for photography.
Photoshop Actions And Batch Processing
Skip to the good parts with photoshop actions and batch processing
I frequently hear photographers talk about maximizing their time behind a camera and minimizing their time at the computer. It's not the creative postproduction that these photographers want to avoid—it's the digital drudgery that can consume so much of a one's time. Tasks like file management and basic processing aren't nearly as fun and interesting as creative retouching and image processing.
Use ICC profiles to take the guesswork out of printing
Printing is one of those areas of digital photography that lead to baldness. Seeing a photo on paper, and often expensive paper, that looks nothing like the image on screen will have you pulling your hair out—hence, the baldness problem. There are a few ways to keep your hair and ensure that you're getting the best possible print.
Shooting Indoor Events
Tips to make the most of low-light photography
Photographing a stage show basically is an exercise in photographing in a low-light, nonflash situation. I took these photos of a stage performance of the Rising Sun musical and dance troupe in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. You can use the same tips and techniques for photographing any stage performance, even one in your neighborhood, because all of the same principles apply.
Canon Lens Rebate
Save Money on Select Canon Lenses
Save up to $125 on select Canon Lenses with our new Canon Instant Savings Rebate. Purchases eligible for this rebate must be made between October 19, 2008 and January 17, 2009.
Digital Railroad Closes Today
Due to lack of financial backing
A few of you may be in for a shock, especially if you used Digital Railroad for archiving your images. Digital Railroad posted a bulletin on their Web site today officially closing down their operations. Despite seeking investors and financial backing for the last few weeks, the company has succumbed to the financial crisis and has shut its door to its customers.
Manfrotto Announces New Products
Launches New D.I.Y. Photo Kits and Carbon Fiber Tripods
Ramsey, NJ (October 23, 2008) – Manfrotto, a world leading manufacturer of professional photo and video support products, today introduced its D.I.Y. series of comprehensive athome photography kits. Designed for the enthusiast, the D.I.Y. series comprises four kits, each of which combines specific Manfrotto support products that work together as a system to assure optimal lighting results for the most common and sought after photo applications.
Olympus Lens Update Available
Firmware Upgrade For Micro Four Thirds System
Today Olympus announces a firmware update for the following five Zuiko Digital Lenses:
Sony Announces Pro-Photographer Program
Five Pros to be Included on the Roster
NEW YORK (PhotoPlus Expo #1018), Oct. 23, 2008 – Sony today unveiled its professional photographer program at the PhotoPlus Expo tradeshow.