One of the cooler attributes of digital capture is the fact that you retain the ability to 'fix' your pictures long after you've taken them, especially if you shoot RAW files. In the wrong hands however, this can become a not-so-cool attribute if it's seen as a green light for sloppy shooting habits. Even if you shoot RAW files it makes sense to set your camera controls properly (and thoughtfully) because if your JPEGs are dead-on, you'll also be spending less time diddling with your RAW files. And regardless of your personal taste in color rendition, it's always a better idea to pump up the tonal values of a 'clean' image as opposed to trying to neutralize a pumped-up image.
Everybody loves the smell of a new car, so much so you can 'bring back the love' with a shpritz or two of 'Au du Pee V'cee', which is available in 16 oz spray cans at your local car wash (the generics are reportedly just as good). Not so the look and finish of your camera gear. As spotless as they are out of the box, over time cameras, lenses, and tripods start showing the scuffs and ding-marks that inevitably come along with using your gear. And while you can't roll back the clock with anything sprayed out of a can, LensCoats offer a great measure of protection and functionality in a smart lineup of products.
I'd barely cleared off my desktop after a short (but sweet) holiday break when Jim Wagner, our dashing Leica rep, called to find out if I'd be interested in spending the afternoon with a Leica S2. In 2 words? "Oooooh baby!"
For the better part of a decade, Canon PowerShot A-Series cameras have offered a respectable set of features at an affordable price. Excellent resolution, sharp Canon optics, and quality handling have made the cameras extremely popular with budget conscious shutterbugs. Though never quite as compact or sleek as the Digital ELPH line, the PowerShot A-Series has always been renowned for capturing high-quality images with ease.
DSLR video has changed the industry. Over the past year, our photographic sensibilities have propelled the moving image-opening the door to a new realm of storytelling possibilities. For photographers, the form factor is comfortable and familiar. The lens selection? A dream come true. Custom color palettes, high ISO capture, all with a professional esthetic rivaling the production values of major Hollywood productions-how could this not be industry changing? Life changing, even?
The film of the digital age - memory cards - were dealt their biggest hands ever at CES even as two leading camera manufacturers seemed to abandon their largely proprietary formats in favor of the emerging SD card standard.
What camera companies don't promote in their new product announcements at CES can speak volumes. Sony, for example, introduced new cameras and camcorders that instead of incorporating its proprietary Memory Stick Duo card format contained slots for SD or micro SD cards.
I can't imagine a more perfect morning than the one we chose to go ballooning over the temples in Bagan, Myanmar on our recent photo safari. There was a soft breeze, only a few clouds, and the temperature was perfect. As the sun rose over the mountains in the east, it lit up the first of the literally thousands of temples and pagodas on our route with a golden light that made their historic brick facades glow.
If you're trying to decide which of the various pocket camcorders to give as a gift this holiday season, or maybe to gift to yourself, this article covers several possible choices. For such seemingly simple devices, the variations in this camcorder genre can make buying one a dizzying task. But have no fear, depending on budget, interests, and needs there is definitely a pocket camcorder out there that's sure to be remembered as this year's coolest gift.
Compared to point-and-shoot cameras, digital single lens reflex cameras (DSLRs) produce sharper image files containing noticeably richer colors, greater detail in both shadow and highlight areas, and way less noise when pushed to higher ISO ratings.
Ever since the introduction of the 3.3Mp PowerShot G1 in 2000, most every succeeding G-series digicam has boasted an ever-increasing pixel count. The G10 capped them all at 14.7Mp. But with the new Canon PowerShot G11, Canon's engineers have reverted to a 10Mp imaging sensor, which contains about a third fewer – albeit larger - pixels than the G10. So, the $64,000 question: How does this pixel-shrinkage impact image quality?'
Color management in digital photography is effectively the supervision of color from input to output. A camera captures color, a monitor displays this color accurately, and a printer outputs what's on screen. Seem simple? It's not. Plagued with a lack of standards and countless variables, color management is among the most confounding, perplexing, and difficult concepts to master in digital imaging.
You'd think that camera makers would run out of clever new tricks. But now Nikon has pulled a pair of point-and-shooters from its hat designed to astonish and enthrall users. The Nikon CoolPix S70 is the first handheld outside Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch to incorporate a multi-touch screen. The other rabbit is the Coolpix S1000pj, the first camera that is also a projector. When you see it in action, your jaw will drop.
"What type of camera do you use? A studio camera? A sports camera? Pro? Pro-sumer? Entry level?" The discussion of photography has changed dramatically in recent years. Dialogue has shifted from concept and intent to hardware and accessories. This talk is common on the internet, in art departments, even in university classes and photo clubs. But when studying an actual image, something changes. We forget the branding and the specs and the marketing hype. Our consideration of time, value, and life is forever altered. We are reminded in fact, that we are human – not studio human, sports human, professional or entry level. We experience things and, in the click of a shutter, can share those experiences with one another.
What shoots stills, HD video, and comes in a choice of colors? If you said 'My phone does', your point is well taken. But if you want seriously sharp stills and video – imagery that holds up way beyond the borders of a palm-sized LCD – you have to look past the nifty snappy set to vibrate in your pocket or ring with Madona from your purse.
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