Well there’s real food and then plastic food. The latter we all know about: the real version does not look anything like the plastified one we see in ads. Shame to the photographers and companies indulging in this blatant lie. But real food photography can be beautiful. Witness those by Leemei Tan, Author of My Cooking Hut.
Have a good DSLR and have always wanted to photograph the stars? Here’s a tutorial from Bob Atkins on just how to go about doing it with your camera, a sturdy tripod and a telephoto lens. It covers focusing, exposure, image stacking, shutter speed to use, and how to photograph the Moon (how we all start), star trails, the Sun (yikes, but beautiful) and the planets.
Michael Chiusano over at Luminous Landscape has a must-read article about an era gone by when “Kodak meant photography.” What’s interesting is the part about how we misread the market when we are on the top of the world, so to speak. The “we know best” attitude that looks down on new competitors is always the beginning of the end of any empire. The same people who made Kodak film great and #1 in the world refuse to “compromise” to meet competitors’ onslaught. Threats are not taken seriously.
The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS features 20x optical zoom (25-500mm equiv.), a 3.0-in. (461k-dot) LCD, Continuous Shooting of 10fps, AUTO, PASM, Scene Modes, built-in Flash, and Full HD Movie 1920 x 1080 @ 24fps with stereo sound.
The ultra wide-angle allows you to capture wide landscapes, while the long telephoto is great for sports and wildlife shooting. Optical Image Stabilization helps stabilizes the camera at the long focal lengths. A dedicated Movie Button allows you to start recording movies instantly. You can use the full range of optical zoom when you’re shooting a video and the electronic wind filter suppresses wind noise.
Smart AUTO and Scene Modes make the SX260 HS an easy point-and-shoot camera, while more advanced users can use PASM for full control. The PowerShot SX260 HS is equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to allow you to automatically record the locations and local times of your stills and videos. A special bundled Map Utility software displays the locations of each photo on a world map and even tracks your route from photo to photo. You can create and share custom maps and personal mini-travel guides with friends and family members.
The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS is a compact ultra zoom that is packed with practical features to allow you to capture great stills and movies. Built-in GPS and the Map Utility software make the SX260 HS a perfect travel camera.
15-1/3200 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
Normal: Approx. 2.4 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Approx. 10.3 shots/sec. (in High-speed Burst HQ mode)
Auto, PASM, Scene Modes
Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
Auto, ISO 100-3200 (in P mode)
Normal: 2.0 in (5cm) – infinity (W), 3.3 ft. (1m) – infinity (T)
Auto: 2.0 in (5cm) – infinity (W), 3.3 ft. (1m) – infinity (T)
Macro AF: 2.0 in – 1.6 ft. (5-50cm) (W)
Contrast TTL AF system
Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Underwater, Custom
3.0 in. LCD, 461k-dot
[Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080 24fps with stereo sound
Li-ion Battery Pack NB-6L, Compact Power Adapter CA-DC10 (included with AC Adapter Kit CA-DC40)
Approx. 230 shots
Dimensions (W x H x D)
106.3 x 61.0 x 32.7 mm / 4.19 x 2.40 x 1.29 in.
Approx. 208g / 7.34 oz (Body only)
Approx. 231g / 8.15 oz (includes battery and memory card)
US $349.99 / CAD $ / UK £ / EUR € RRP
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CLASSIC OM DESIGN REVIVED INTO A NEW STATE OF THE ART DIGITAL CAMERA – THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW: OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5
The Olympus E-M5 Unites an Intuitive Built-In Electronic Viewfinder with the World’s First*1 5-Axis Image Stabilization and World’s Fastest*2 Autofocusing System inside a Powerfully Portable and Rugged Dustproof and Splashproof Body
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., February 7, 2012, 9:00pm – Today Olympus builds upon the 40-year legacy of the OM SLR film camera series and marks the beginning of the new digital imaging era with the launch of the Olympus E-M5, the first of the new Olympus OM-D (OM Digital) Series of Micro Four Thirds™ products. Designed to meet the needs of advanced photographers, the Olympus E-M5 is packed with a built-in electronic viewfinder, superior image technology, blazing fast speed and total creative control in a classic, rugged body ready for sand, sun, sleet or snow. Continue Reading »
NEW OLYMPUS TG-820 iHS IS TOUGHER ON THE OUTSIDE AND SMARTER ON THE INSIDE FOR INCREDIBLE IMAGE QUALITY ANYWHERE
iHS Technology Brings Intelligence, High-Sensitivity and High-Speed Performance to Active Families and Adrenaline Junkies Alike So They Can Focus on Fun
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., February 7, 2012 – The Olympus digital camera line-up for spring features a next-generation Olympus TOUGH compact that sets a new benchmark for Waterproof, Shockproof, Freezeproof, Crushproof and Dustproof performance. Combining proven durability with superb image quality courtesy of the new iHS (Intelligent, High-Sensitivity and High-Speed) family of technologies, the Olympus Tough TG-820 iHS has both brains and brawn. iHS harnesses the power of a new 12-megapixel BSI (Back-Side Illuminated) CMOS sensor and the TruePic VI image processor (originally developed for DSLR cameras) to dramatically improve low-light performance, speed up camera response time, enhance scene and subject recognition and double zoom magnification without losing image quality. Continue Reading »
NEW OLYMPUS SZ-31MR iHS DIGITAL CAMERA GETS YOU SO CLOSE TO THE ACTION, YOU CAN ALMOST TOUCH IT
iHS Technology, High-Resolution Touch LCD, and 24x Zoom Extends the Power and Performance of the Olympus Long Zoom Line
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., February 7, 2012 – The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS camera packs incredible power and performance into a single, compact and lightweight body thanks to new enhancements to the popular Long Zoom line. Like its predecessor, the SZ-31MR iHS incorporates revolutionary Multi-Recording functionality that simultaneously captures 1080p HD Video and 16-Megapixel still images without missing a frame. But the innovative Olympus SZ-31MR iHS goes further by combining an outstanding 24x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom Lens (25-600 mm zoom equivalent in 35-mm format) with a new touch panel LCD and powerful new iHS (Intelligent, High-Sensitivity and High-Speed) technologies that capture excellent images and videos in the most challenging backlit and low light conditions. Continue Reading »
OM-D. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 harks back to the 35mm film era when the Olympus OM-1 took the camera world by storm. Back then, the OM-1 was a revolutionary DSLR with everything squeezed into a compact and light body, yet unmistakenly professional in both quality and performance. In addition, the OM-1 came with a complete system of lenses and accessories.
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 wants to pick up that legendary mantle with a mirrorless DSLR, the film having been replaced by an image sensor, the optical viewfinder by a high-resolution electronic viewfinder and, since the mirror is now redundant, the latter is removed — hence the mirrorless label. In all other aspects, the OM-D E-M5 is a professional DSLR camera.
In addition, the OM-D E-M5 features a magnesium-alloy housing that is dust-proof and splash-proof for trouble-free shooting in all environments. This protection is extended to the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ lens, the bundled attachable flash unit, and the optional grip with power battery holder.
Though the Electronic View Finder enables photographers to check exposure levels, white balance and preview Art Filter effects in real-time. The display screen is a high-resolution (610k-dot) 3.0-in. tilting OLED touchscreen with a fast 120fps refresh rate.
The OM-D E-M5 has PASM shooting modes, blazing fast Contrast-detect AF, Continuous Shooting at 9fps. Other features include Art Filters and Multiple Exposure capability.
The E-M5 has the Micro Four Thirds (mFT) mount and therefore accepts all mFT lenses, as well as Four Thirds (FT) lenses, OM lenses, some Leica lenses and lenses from other brands with the appropriate adapter. A Dust Reduction System ensures any dust that may have entered the camera when changing lenses are removed from the sensor.
A direct HD Movie button gives instant access to Full 1080 HD movie 1920×1080 pixels with manual control over aperture and shutter speed. The popular in-camera Art Filters apply to both still shots and video.
The Olympus OM-D E-M5, in all its retro-look glory, is the first of the new OM-D mirrorless DSLR line and is sure to become a favorite of enthusiast photographers. It comes in Black or Silver, and is priced at about US $999 (CAD $999) body only.