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Article: Wide-Angle Lenses For Digital

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...

Also labeled: Still Cameras, Lenses, Cameras

Article: Cool Gear: Ultramobile Computers

The future of computing is looking very portable. In March, Microsoft, Intel and some other high-profile consumer electronics companies announced a new platform for portable computing, the "Ultra Mobile PC," or UMPC for acronym enthusiasts. A...

Article: Toolbox: Sports Video Gear

There's no time to fumble with a camera when scaling steep mountains or cycling through deep canyons. With action sports attracting more devotees every year, the gear for capturing these athletic feats on camera is becoming more affordable. Of...

Article: Digital Darkroom: Windows On Your Mac?

Apple recently made a rather mind-blowing announcement: Intel-based Macs now permit loading and running Windows XP natively via Boot Camp software. Apple released a public beta version of the Boot Camp software and announced that its upcoming...

Also labeled: Digital Darkroom, Computers

Article: Toolbox: Inkjet Printers

For more than a decade, inkjet printers have provided photographers with a relatively inexpensive way to produce high-quality prints at home. The speed and convenience of being able to print your own images at your desktop, whenever you want, along...

Article: Cool Gear: Palm-Sized HD Video

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...

Also labeled: Video Cameras, Cool Gear, Cameras

Article: Toolbox: Navigating Memory

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...

Article: Trade Tricks: Life With A Digital 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,...

Also labeled: Projectors, Digital Darkroom

Article: Cool Gear: Designer Hard Drives

Mundane tasks like data backup and image archiving aren't as exciting as working with your images on the computer. It may be essential to protect our irreplaceable photos, and the time and creative effort we put into perfecting them, but as I write...

Article: Cool Gear: Bluetooth

In the last issue of PCPhoto, we featured WiFi wireless technology and introduced you to some new cameras that can connect to wireless networks. That universe has since expanded, as Canon recently introduced the PowerShot SD430, a...

Also labeled: Cool Gear

Article: Toolbox: Archival Storage

Although professional photographers are always searching for and approaching new clients, a large percentage of their income often comes from images they have shot in the past. Whether measured in months or years, a photographer's body of work is...

Article: Short Report: Epson Stylus Photo R1800

Printing on CDs with the Epson Stylus Photo R300 was quite satisfying. I enjoyed creating CDs for slideshows or a DVD of video footage and then printing a professional-looking label directly on the disc. The photo prints looked great, too, but the...

Article: Cool Gear: iPod And Photography

If you haven't heard of Apple's iPod, you need to get out more. No single product has so dominated popular culture in recent memory like this shiny little icon of the digital lifestyle. What you may not know is that the iPod does more for...

Also labeled: Cool Gear

Article: WiFi Basics

I despise wires, but I love the devices they connect. On or around my desk, there are no less than a dozen peripherals, tools and gadgets, each of which requires at least one wire, and some, two or more.

Article: Buyer's Guide 2006: Inkjet Papers

The final look of your print has everything to do with the paper you place in your printer. Beyond size, the weight, whiteness and surface of a paper all make a dramatic difference in the appearance of color and tone, especially whites and blacks....

Article: Buyer's Guide 2006: Printers

While looking at a photograph on a camera's LCD or a large computer monitor is exciting, neither replaces the satisfaction of holding a quality print. Improvements in the stability of inks have led to inkjet printers producing archival-quality...

Article: Buyer's Guide 2006: Speedy, Spacious Storage

Space—the final frontier or a simple necessity? Because digital imaging has picked up speed in the past few years, the need for extensive amounts of digital storage space has intensified. Replacing the temperature-controlled closets that film s...

Article: Buyer's Guide 2006: Monitor Calibration

If you've ever been frustrated with prints that don't match what you see on your monitor, you understand the importance of color management. Having a calibrated monitor allows you to make changes to an image with confidence because the colors...

Article: Trade Tricks: Hot, Cool And Continuous

Stop wondering. While strobes throw out a short burst of light, continuous lights provide a constant output that allows you to see where your light is going. You don't have to constantly check your image via LCD screen or computer monitor to make sure...

Article: Think Ink: Buyer's Guide To Inkjet Inks

When shopping for a photo printer, you'll probably consider physical dimensions, print speeds, resolution and droplet size, plus extra bells and whistles such as a built-in card reader and LCD, all of which are important. Some of these features...

Article: Printing Pleasures

I was 12 years old when I created my first print. The small darkroom was filled with the red glow of the safelight and the strong chemical scent of fixer. I looked down at the developing tray, the liquid sloshing back and forth over the submersed...

Article: Short Report: Epson Stylus Photo RX620

Not too many years ago, the all-in-one printer and scanner was handy, but not particularly useful for the photo enthusiast. How that has changed! The Epson Stylus Photo RX620 is designed for some serious photo usage. Right from the start, the specs...

Article: Extras! Extras! Read All About 'Em!

So you've created more space in your pack by replacing the dozens of film canisters for a few memory cards. What to do with that extra space? You can't just leave it empty, awaiting deposits of dust and used gum wrappers. No! Use that space wisely....

Also labeled: Photography Gear

Article: Trade Tricks: Easy Color Management

When your goal is to create a beautiful print, understanding basic color management is a key component in the digital darkroom. Because monitors and papers are two completely different media, it's important to realize your print isn't going to be an...

Article: Think BIG!

If you're tired of squinting to view menu items on your digital camera's LCD or feeling cramped by all of the palettes in Photoshop, maybe it's time to think outside the confines of tiny monitors. Even if you have perfect vision, there's no...

Also labeled: Digital Darkroom, Computers

Article: Trade Tricks: Computer-Less Downloads

Photographers are investing in higher-capacity memory cards and most of us are happily filling them up with digital images. If nature abhors a vacuum, then photographers dislike empty space on a card. But what happens if you aren't close enough to...

Article: Choosing A Camera For...

We may share a passion for photography, but we don't all shoot the same subjects or like to work in the same way. Camera manufacturers understand this, and as most digital cameras now have ample resolution for excellent output, manufacturers are...

Article: POWER GUIDE: Battery Options & Tips

As digital photographers, we enjoy the freedom of working with a flexible, creative medium. Without batteries, though, our cameras and flash units would become high-tech paperweights. With the development of new batteries and chargers, there's now...

Also labeled: Photography Gear, Batteries

Article: Short Report: Sigma Zoom Combo

If you're looking for a low-priced, compact set of lenses that offer a great range for small-format digital SLRs, check out Sigma's new pair, the 18-50mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 DC and the 55-200mm ƒ/4-5.6 DC. These are ideal all-around focal lengths offering...

Also labeled: Lenses

Article: Lighting The Way

When it comes to flash, it's easy to consign its use for night when there isn't enough light. The real power of flash lies in its ability to improve the quality of almost any photograph, however, whether shot at twilight or midday. More than just a...

 
 

 
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