Not long ago, we brought Ryan Brenizer into the B&H studios to talk about the Brenizer Method. This technique involves taking numerous photos in a panoramic portrait and stitching them together in Photoshop. However, you don't necessarily need Photoshop to stitch the photos together as this can be done with Photoshop Elements. As we've stated before in our posting on Minor Retouching, many of the features that most people need and use can be done with the more affordable option.
Lensbabies are often used for extra creativity in images because of the tilt-shift effect that they mimic. Creatvity is the lifeblood of many photographers and exploring new methods keep the juices flowing. So when I was loaned a lensbaby composer for the Micro Four Thirds mount, I immediately tried to figure out how I'd use it creatively and differently from the images already on the internet.
I took up photography while attending music college for recording engineering, and although I didn’t pursue a career in music, I’ve tried to follow the industry and technology very closely. What I’ve noticed is that there are some very striking parallels with photography.
One of the reasons people get blurry images with their point-and-shoot camera is because of camera shake. This happens when the camera isn't held very steady, causing trailing in the image. Granted, there are other reasons—such as misfocusing—but browse through the images of many of your friends on Facebook and you'll see that lots of them are blurry due to camera shake. Here are a few pointers that we would like to share with you.
Nostalgia—that's the word that will come to the minds of many photographers when they hold the Fujifilm X100 digital camera. I've spent lots of time with it by my side as a constant companion, and the little camera has grown on me tremendously. At the moment, these cameras are a bit hard to get your hands on, due to the unfortunate occurrences in Japan. However, it's a small but powerful camera that is worth taking a look at.
The Nikon CoolPix S9100 is a compact camera with an 18x zoom, VR stabilized Nikkor lens—giving you a 25–450mm equivalent angle of view. To date, it is one of the longest optical zooms in a compact lightweight camera. Nikon has a solid reputation of producing some of the sharpest lenses available, and—coupled with the Nikon vibration reduction stabilizer—will help you achieve outstanding results, even at full zoom.
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Is your SD card waterproof? When browsing the websites of some manufacturers, I stumbled upon claims that their SD cards are tested to be waterproof. I decided to put a couple of my very own SD cards to the test to see what would happen if my precious memory was dropped in water and all washed up. The results may surprise you.
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