According to internet authorities, about 64% of the U.S. population (about 96 million of us) wears glasses. And depending on which of these authorities you place your bets with, about 1.5% of the world population wear glasses; though another site claims 5%. According to yet another site, about 74% of all librarians, 71% of all teachers, 56% of all lawyers, 27% of all artists, and about 20% of all actors and actresses also wear glasses. And for what it’s worth about 60% of the male population and 62% of the female population disagree with the adage ‘Boys don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses”’.
Photography and hiking have gone together for years and years. Whether you’re planning a day hike with friends or a 7-day solo trek, here are 5 tips to carry you through your journey. May your photos be second only to your adventures!
There are few things that elicit a bigger ‘wow’ than a strong close-up of something – it can be anything - especially when the image is viewed larger-than-life on a large screen or in print-form. This holds true for many of the ‘mundane’ things we see on a daily basis from afar, and only in passing. And that’s one of the reasons close-up photography is so visually seductive. In a world of non-stop hustle and bustle, close-ups make us pause and observe.
Keeping dust and other forms of atmospheric detritus off your camera’s imaging sensor has been one of life’s challenges since the inception of digital imaging. With more mirror-less Four Third and Micro Four Third cameras coming to market, dust issues are undoubtedly going to become even bigger issues for many shooters upgrading to interchangeable lens cameras.
In our latest installment of ‘Tips from Townsend’ ('The Photographic Instruction Book by Townsend T Stith', Sears Roebuck & Company, 1903), our hero, Townsend T, discusses the 3 primary types of lenses – wide angle, portrait, and telephoto, which at the turn of the last century was a concept that was for the average shooter of the day as mysterious as the basics of digital imaging were a decade ago.
You already know about the Gorillapod -- the quirky little tripod with the bendy legs for attaching your camera to posts, fences, and tree branches. The latest iteration, the Gorillapod Magnetic, adds door hinges and steel poles to the list with surprisingly powerful magnetic feet. Support for up to 11.5 ounces puts pocket cams and shoot and share camcorders right at home atop the tripod’s included quick release.
If you’re anywhere near 2nd Avenue and 2nd Street today, you should stop by for the premier of ‘Ghost Birds’, a documentary making its debut at the ‘Birds at Anthology Film Archives’ (Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave @ 2nd St.). This film is about the fabled Ivory-billed Woodpecker, a rather large and possibly extinct woodpecker that was supposedly sighted in the swamps of Brinkley, Arkansas.
As compact, interchangeable-lens camera systems go, the Samsung NX10 is noticeably smaller than most entry-level DSLRs and size-wise is on par with Micro 4/3-format digicams. And it can be easily mistaken as a sub-compact member of either tribe. But it’s not until you peek behind the body cap where the NX10 makes you go ‘whoa’.
Until the early 90s photography and computing managed to work together using a scanner to digitize prints. My first electronic still camera, the Canon Xapshot (left), wasn’t digital but it did record 50 images to a 2-inch disk. I'd view them on my TV, but I needed a capture board to transfer them to a computer. My first erasable shots were of retired San Francisco trolleys returned to active service one Labor Day weekend.
Nikon will be shipping an updated version of its popular 200-400mm f/4 telephoto lens in late May. Headline features include VR II (with up to 4-stops of shake savings) and Nano Crystal Coatings to keep colors consistent while reducing ghosting and lens flare. The optical formula and lens design are basically the same as the previous version -- no major changes in speed, size, weight, etc. Price? Under $7000.
We always hear about loyal customers who travel great distances and visit New York City's many incredible sites and always find the time to stop by B&H's Superstore on 34th Street and 9th Avenue. These customers are usually flabbergasted at the sheer size, overwhelmed by the amount of products on display, marvel at the conveyor belt system and equally impressed with the knowledge of our Sales Associates. But most of our out-of-town customers only know B&H as the home for photography and nothing else. Well, B&H is a lot more.
If you've been toying with the idea of getting an entry-level DSLR, or perhaps a smaller, lightweight alternative to your heavier 5D/7D'1D/1Ds EOS camera bodies, Canon is offering tasty instant rebates on EOS Rebel XS and T1i body and lens kits.
Want to learn all about digital filmmaking using a video-enabled DSLR camera? Want to create a killer app for iPhones and Android smartphones? Looking to sharpen your Photoshop and web design skills? A cool new website called creativeLIVE.com is the place where all of these classes are happening, and you're invited to join every course for free! Check out this post to find out how you can register for Vincent Laforet's upcoming Introduction to HDDSLR Cinema course...
If you own an Olympus Pen E-P1, E-P2, or E-PL1 it's firmware update time! Easily accessed and downloadable form Olympus' website. According to Olympus, the new upgrade improves, among other iprovements, autofocus response times when shooting stills and video when using Micro FourThirds and FourThirds lenses. (If you currently shoot with a 'digital Pen, on the count of three say 'Amen'!)
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