It might be in the 90s outside, but that didn't stop Panasonic from releasing two new superzoom digicams and three new pocket-sized digicams, all scheduled to hit the shelves at about the same time we head back to school and start ramping up for the holidays (yes... the holidays!).
When I first started shooting with digital cameras, I quickly realized that my old my muscle memory wasn't going to work with the new breed of cameras. Because there were more buttons and functions now, I compiled a loose list of things to consider before taking a picture. Over time, the list grew from simply digital considerations to an even broader checklist.
In one scene of this season’s finale of the television series House, the only light appears to be coming from a flashlight in a character’s hand. The picture, nevertheless, is sharp and clear with a wide range of brightness and color, allowing detail to be seen even in the face of the flashlight holder, behind its beam.
I love little babies, but photographing them can be challenging. I also love a challenge. Surmounting this challenge starts with my camera and lighting equipment. I use a Nikon D3s and 24-70mm Nikkor lens. I'm usually hovering right over the baby, so I prefer a shorter lens.
Have you ever found yourself on a tour in some exotic country, visiting a fantastic shooting location, but at the wrong time? Say you are on a tour in France and would love to photograph a certain castle in evening light, but you only have an hour to visit the castle at midday. You do the best you can shooting in this light, and then continue with your tour.
GigaPan technology first made a big splash during President Obama’s inauguration in 2009, where it was used to capture a rather phenomenal photograph of the crowds that gathered in the Washington Mall. Wolf Blitzer was like a kid in a candy store, and kept looking in on the progress of the picture as it evolved. Since then, amazing GigaPan images have been used to capture Major League Baseball games, the 2012 London Olympics, the Democratic National Convention, the Republican National Convention, the Discovery Space Shuttle and the Mars Rover Curiosity.
Editor’s Note: This article has been revised and updated as of October 2012.
Extreme wide-angle lenses can be powerful imaging tools when placed in the right hands, and in the world of ultra-wide zooms, the new Sigma 8-16mm/f4.5-5.6 DC HSM ultra-wide zoom is currently as wide as it gets for APS-C format DSLRs.
Seamless backdrop paper has long been a staple of studio photography. So have muslin backdrops, painted backdrops and other materials that can be rolled up or rolled out as needed. But they also take up room, ultimately need to be replaced, and if you're limited to a few choices, can get old and boring rather quickly. So if you're getting tired of the same old look, or if your client wants something different, you might be interested in Savage Digital Backgrounds.
We all have shared an awkward silence with perfect strangers on an elevator. We'd just as soon stare at our feet than initiate a conversation. There's some unwritten elevator law that says, "No Eye Contact or Talking is Allowed." I'm the non-conformist who breaks that law and says, "Hey there, how you doin'?"
Video-enabled DSLRs are a viable and compact option for shooting high-quality video. The season finale of the TV program House was shot entirely on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Now, Zeiss is offering cine-style lenses specifically designed for video-enabled DSLR cameras that overcome the issues associated with shooting motion with lenses designed for still photography.
The Panasonic DMC-GF1 is a fine pairing of form and function. A well-considered design makes the body irresistible to the touch— put it in your hands and you’ll want to start snapping pictures immediately. The quality controls and creative features should appeal to both enthusiasts and advanced photographers.
Sony seems to have a thing about constantly trying to improve upon their existing product line, and their successful Alpha line of DSLRs is no exception. The newest Alpha updates are the Alpha a290 and Alpha a390, which, due in great part to feedback from current Alpha owners, feel better in the hand—thanks to improved grip design. As a bonus, both cameras also feature the same 14.2MP CCD formerly found in the Alpha a380.
The GH1, long-time toast of the photo/video hybrid revolution, is facing heated competition from the new products of other manufacturers. But a recently announced firmware hack is bringing some attention back to the GH1. New native frame rates and extremely high bit rates are the hottest features of this DIY project.
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