Short Report: Sony DSLR-A100
This new entry into the D-SLR category offers a lot of features at an affordable price
Whatever brand D-SLR you shoot, Sony's new entry into the market affects you, as it puts a very strong camera into the competitive fray. I had a chance to spend a couple of days shooting solidly with the Sony DSLR-A100, or Alpha camera, early this summer.
What to know about camera batteries for maximum performance
During the first few generations of digital cameras, you couldn't help but pay a lot of attention to batteries. Early-model cameras were notoriously power-hungry, burning through a full charge in minutes, not hours. It was left to the battery manufacturers to develop longer-lasting, faster-charging power sources that could keep shooting for a reasonable period of time.
- September 2006
Short Report: Canon EF 24-105mm ƒ/4L IS USM
The new L-Series zoom delivers under demanding lighting conditions
The appeal of the Canon EF 24-105mm ƒ/4L IS USM is two-fold for me. The lens offers the zoom range that I frequently use for most of my photography. The equivalent of a 38-168mm lens on my Canon EOS 20D, it provides me with the flexibility to shoot virtually any subject, from portraits to street scenes. Additionally, its Image Stabilizer feature helps ensure that I get sharp results despite hands that aren't as steady as they used to be.
Short Report: Tamron AF18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II
Get true wide-to-tele performance with this extreme-range zoom designed for digital
Users of 35mm SLRs have long enjoyed extreme-range zoom lenses of 28-200mm and, more recently, 28-300mm. These lenses can be used on digital SLRs, too, but since most D-SLRs have image sensors that are considerably smaller than a full 35mm film frame, these zooms provide a much narrower field of view when used on D-SLRs—equivalent to 42-300mm and 42-450mm on a 35mm SLR.
Wide-Angle Lenses For Digital
Yes, you can do wide-angle photography with a D-SLR!
Wide-angle photography opens up vast new vistas to the photographer, but "going wide" presents a special challenge to the digital-SLR user. That's because the image sensors used in most D-SLRs are considerably smaller than a 35mm film frame and thus "see" a smaller portion of the image produced by any lens than that seen by a 35mm SLR. As a result, a given focal length produces a narrower angle of view when used on a D-SLR than when used on a 35mm camera.
Toolbox: Networks & Storage For Photographers
Get connected and protect your image archive with the latest in networking and backup devices
With the growth of file sizes and the sheer number of archives created in digital photography, transferring and storing files has leaped from a simple home-computing environment to something resembling more of a business scheme (albeit on a smaller scale). Hubs, routers and network-attached storage (NAS), once confined to corporate IT departments, are now common components in the digital photographer's realm as well.
Clean Up The Background
Remove distractions to enhance your subject
In my workshops, I used to tell students that the background was almost as important as the main subject. Today, I tell them that it's just as important as the main subject and that it can make or break a photograph. When we're traveling, we don't always have control over our subject's surroundings, so we may have to take photos with backgrounds that distract from the subject.
Gain more power and control in photoshop by mastering layers
The use of Layers is consistently the most feared part of Photoshop. I've had photographers tell me that they just can't deal with Layers, and I know very good photographers who do excellent Photoshop work, but still believe they "aren't ready for Layers," or "don't really need Layers" or even "just can't do Layers."