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Green Tuesday helps ecommerce sales reach record number

Mon December 21, 2009

More than $900 million has now been spent in a single day of online shopping. According to the latest comScore information Green Tuesday (December 15) ecommerce sales reached $913 million, which brings the total holiday spending, so far, to nearly $25 billion, a 4% increase over 2008 numbers.

[ Read the article at: BizReport]


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To HDR or not to HDR, that is the question

Mon December 21, 2009

When the BBC announced their “In pictures: Landscape photo of the year 2009″ winners, readers were up in arms at what they perceived to be pictures that were heavily manipulated digitally using a technique known as High Dynamic Range or HDR.

HDR is a technique where the photographer takes a number of shots of the same scene at different exposures to ensure that shadows, midtones and highlights are accurately preserved. These shots are then merged together in post processing to produce one photograph with seemingly impossible dynamic range.

HDR has long been a technique reserved for professional photographers who produced incredible landscape photographs that the amateur photographer could never seem to reproduce no matter how hard they tried. And even when the secret finally came out in print, the process of manually merging these pictures in Photoshop was just too time consuming and difficult for the average user. It was not until special HDR software such as Photomatix came out that HDR exploded onto the amateur photographer scene.

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Modifying The Light @ RobGalbraith

Thu December 17, 2009

Rob Galbraith tests out the The Paul C. Buff PLM system umbrellas and shows his setup for photographing indoors and outdoors. Use lighting in sunny outdoors? Yep!

[ Read the article and view the setup at: Rob Galbraith ]


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Mc Media Dishes Out Fast Food Content

Thu December 17, 2009

It looks like our appetite for fast food does not stop with… food. It also applies to online content. Witness the incredible rise in web sites that dishes out “10 Amazing this” and “20 Awesome that” and a myriad of “How to”s videos that barely scratch the surface.

We like bite-sized morcels, something quick to munch during a lunch break or watched surreptitiously during work hours [nothing can be done surreptitiously these days, folks, it’s all recorded, tabulated and reviewed by HR], barely digested, a quick fix, a quick high, and we forward it to our friends, retweet, and flood the Web with drivel.

And, they are doing quite well, too, thank you very much! In fact, “it’s profitable as hell.”

Demand Media, started by Rosenblatt (of iMall, excite.com, Dr. Koop Men’s Prostate Formula pills, and Intermix Media “fame”), “excels” at producing videos and articles [about 4,000 videos and articles every day] that people are demanding — even if they do not know it. It analyzes what people are searching in Google, then uses an algorithm to decide what videos to produce. An army of freelancers jump to produce them at $20 a piece and the videos are quickly posted on eHow and YouTube.

[ Read the article at: Wired ]

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How To Get Your Pictures Displayed In Hotels

Thu December 17, 2009

There’s an interesting article over at Black Star Rising about one of the ways you can get your pictures displayed in Hotel Lobbies and rooms — and even get paid for them. Sounds like an attractive proposition, right? Until you hear about the commissions you’ll be receiving, akin to what microstocks pay. But if you are already into microstock and not making much, here is a different venue to consider that may just work for you. Tell us what you think or if there are different ways to have your pictures displayed in Hotels!

[ Read the article at: Black Star Rising ]


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Canon EOS 5D Mark II Snags PopSci Gadgets Grand Award Winner 2009

Wed December 16, 2009

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

There’s no doubt that the Canon EOS 5D Mark II made video acceptable in DSLR. The combination of a large image sensor, HD video and the availability of high quality 35mm lenses meant that quality video could be filmed with a relatively inexpensive camera. Soon, it was being used in commercial shots, indie films and even parts of network TV shows. The Canon 5D MK II was simply a portable alternative to big, five-figure movie rigs.

View the PopSci 100 Best Innovations of 2009.


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How to Shoot [Difficult] Celebrities

Tue December 15, 2009

Some celebrities can be quite difficult to work with and their list of demands are fodder for ridicule. But if you must get the pictures, you must “learn to roll with the punches.” So say the professional photographers who have shot celebrities.

[ Read the article at: PDN ]


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Shoot Concerts Like A Rock Star

Tue December 15, 2009

Shooting concerts can be specially tricky with low light, fast moving subjects, and people in your way to a good picture.

Joseph Linaschke is a freelance photographer in Los Angeles and shoots lifestyle photography for clients like Apple, Inc. and concert photography for clients like Seal.

In this article, he gives his best 8 Tips for Getting Great Images at Rock Concerts. He covers lens, aperture, ISO, focus… and shares his experience for getting great shots.

[ Read the article at: Black Star Rising ]


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Use Shallow Depth-of-Field to Isolate Your Subject

Tue December 15, 2009

Most beginner photographers rate a digital camera by scrutinizing a picture taken by the camera to see how sharp it is. Sharpness is prized for good reasons and yet it is often important to be able to throw the background out of focus to get maximum impact from a photograph. We do that by using a shallow deapth-of-field.

Shelton Muller of Total Image magazine (www.total-image.com.au) explains depth-of-field and demonstrates how to use depth-of-field to your advantage when taking portraits.



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Shoppers, Beware of Bait & Switch Deals

Sun December 13, 2009

A great article on how the lowest price are often just a “Bait & Switch” tactic disreputable retailers and etailers use to bait you to call them and then switch you to higher prices.

[ Read the article at: BobAtkins ]


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Q and A: RAW Capture @ Photocrati

Fri December 11, 2009

Q. I need some advice about using RAW capture mode. I have just started shooting in RAW mode but after some research on the Internet, I still have some questions about RAW. Why won’t Photoshop CS3 or Elements 7 open and convert the RAW files from my EOS T1i? Also, when using the Canon DPP software, should I save the photos to an 8-bit Tif or a 16-bit Tif?

Read the Answer at: Photocrati

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How to Light a Big Group in a Big, Dark Room @ STROBIST

Fri December 11, 2009

Lighting a big group in a dark place is no mean feat. David Hobby of the Strobist shows how and Ronan Palliser tries it out with good success.

[ Read the article at: Strobist ]


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