First Look: Nikon D700
Nikon's newest SLR offers many D3 features while reducing size and price
For the many photographers with their eyes on Nikon's full-frame D3, but who would prefer less bulk and expense, Nikon has introduced the D700. The new D-SLR shares many of the top-of-the-line D3's fine features, but in a smaller, lighter (yet still rugged) body and at a much lower price. The D700 even adds a few features not present in the D3, like a pop-up Speedlight flash unit and a sensor-dust reduction system.
Still + Video Camcorders
Two cameras in one, digital camcorders can capture still photos alongside your HD video
Only a few years ago, high-def video recording was out of reach for most of us. It was the stuff of broadcasters and movie studios, not the home enthusiast. A lot has changed since then, with HD camcorders becoming increasingly mainstream and affordable.
One of the benefits of digital capture is the possibility of capturing motion video and still images with one camera.
Top D-SLRs Under $1,000
Six cameras that deliver hot shots for a fistful of dollars
It was just five years ago that Canon introduced the original EOS Digital Rebel, which became the first digital SLR to sell for less than $1,000. That was a big breakthrough, and today there are more than a dozen models selling for less than that, including some models selling for half the price.
Available in a variety of price ranges, lighting kits are creative tools that give you control over your photographs
Whether you're shooting portraits, still lifes or even eBay product shots, the subtlest changes in lighting can have a profound impact on the final image, and studio lighting kits offer more than subtle changes—they offer complete control.
- September 2008
Toolbox: External Storage Solutions
Smart image backup solutions for home and on the go
They say you never can be too thin or too rich. If you're a digital photographer, you can add "have too much disc space" to that list. As camera resolutions grow and shooting in the RAW format becomes more common, hard drives fill quickly with all the digital images you accumulate.
Adventures In Aperture
Apple’s aperture offers cool creative enhancements easily
I made this image during my trip to Carnevale in Venice, Italy, this year. Sure, the model is terrific, and the location, an 800-year-old palace, is fantastic. From a technical standpoint, the image is super-sharp, the lighting is flattering and well balanced, the colors are vibrant, and the tight crop draws attention to the subject.
Five steps to ensure you never lose an image
Pro photographers are masters of archiving and safekeeping their photos. They have to be—losing a saleable image can amount to hundreds or even thousands of dollars of lost revenue. And when you consider that a typical working pro may capture thousands of images a month, a plan is needed to ensure that images are securely stored and backed up quickly and easily, with no room for error.
Digital Infrared Photography
How to use software to creatively enhance
Digital infrared photography opens up a whole new world of creativity, even for photographers who already have a creative bent. If you have an older digital camera that you're not using, two companies, Life Pixel (www.lifepixel.com) and IRDigital (www.irdigital.net), convert many Canon and Nikon cameras—both SLRs and compact models—to infrared-only cameras. The image for this article, taken in Mongolia, was taken with a converted Canon SD-800 compact camera.
Exploring Focal Lengths
Changing your focal length can do much more than simply give you a wider or more telephoto shot
How much thought have you given to that lens on your camera? Most lenses today are zooms, and photographers use that zoom to get more or less of a scene, but your lens is capable of a lot more. Understanding lenses will help you better use any lens you own (even if it's the one permanently attached to your camera), as well as buy new ones as you need them.
Six techniques to use motion for exciting photos
Are you sure you want to do this? I holler to my friend Patrick above the thunderous roar of the waterfall. He gives me a thumbs-up and a smile. One mistake, and Patrick is going to get seriously injured—or worse.
September 2008 HelpLine
Tales Of Two Choices
While searching online for a mid-priced, 67mm circular polarizer for my Nikon D200, I came across this filter description that has me puzzled: "Used like and gives the same effect as [a] polarizer, but designed for cameras with beam-splitting metering." Is this filter a polarizer? How do I know if my D200 has beam-splitting metering, and if I use this particular lens with my D70 or something new later on, will this filter no longer work? Is this a concern for all circular polarizers, or is this model by Tiffen something special?
Tiffen Dfx Digital Filter Suite
Replicate the effects of traditional filters and beyond with Tiffen’s Dfx Digital Filter suite
Known for its glass optical filters, Tiffen has taken some of its most popular filters and translated them into digital equivalents. Tiffen's Dfx Digital Filter Suite offers an enormous array of options for postprocessing creativity. And this suite of tools goes far beyond approximating common glass filters—you can simulate up to 1,000 different filter effects, reproducing the look of specialized lenses, optical lab processes, film grain and more.