Using Photoshop on iPad

Mon May 24, 2010

Can you really use the full Photoshop [not the free app] on your iPad? Is there, as the ad going around claims, a “secret way” or “trick” that allows you to do so? We decided to take a look. Let me give you the raw answer right now: don’t bother, you cannot.

See, when I read that there’s a way to run Photoshop on the iPad, what I understand this to mean is: someone has found a way to jailbreak the iPad and install PS (which, I must admit, sounds farfetched already).

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Using the iPad as a Photographer’s tool

Sun May 23, 2010

iPad Camera Connection Kit

iPad Camera Connection Kit (Image courtesy of Apple)

Can the iPad be used as a photographer’s tool? The Camera Connection Kit [QuickPrice Check] allows you to transfer your images from camera to the iPad. But how good is the iPad as a drive and image viewer?

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When to use — and not use — HDR

Sat May 22, 2010

Rick Sammon has probably written the easiest-to-understand concise article/tutorial on when to use — and, more importantly, when not to use — HDR in your photography.

Read the article at: Rick [RAW RULES] Sammon.


Thom Hogan Nikon vs. Canon (Tabulated)

Sat May 22, 2010

Thom Hogan has an interesting analysis about the state of where the DLSRs from Nikon and Canon stand vis-à-vis each other in the different categories. We have simply tabulated them below for your convenience.

D700 (ISO)
5DII (MP, Video)

According to Thom, Nikon still rules the PRO category; Nikon and Canon share the High PROSUMER categoy; Canon, the PROSUMER category; Nikon, the High and Mid CONSUMER category; Canon, the Low-end CONSUMER category.

You have to read the whole article to make sense of the table.

Read the article and analysis at: byThom [You may need to search for: Where Do We Really Stand? May 21 (commentary)].

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Build Your Home Studio

Fri May 21, 2010

What equipment and how much space do you need to build a home studio? Here are some of the best articles we found on the Web from photographers who have actually built their own home studios and are willing to share their experience with us.

How much should you expect to spend?

And here are some pictures of home studios:

Where can you learn more about lighting?

You can help support this site by purchasing your studio lighting and other equipment at: Studio Lighting. Thank you!


Nikon Perfect Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Fri May 21, 2010

Father’s Day is just around the corner (June 20) and I’m sure he’s not one to leave it to chance. Keep your ears open to the hints he’s dropping about his favorite digital camera.

Here are a couple of suggestions from Nikon for the perfect camera for Dad. It includes a selection of cameras for the Dad who just wants to take snapshots to the one who wants full control over his digital camera.

COOLPIX L110: Zoom in on the energy

Didn’t get those coveted front row seats at the big game? No problem. The user-friendly COOLPIX L110 is equipped and ready to capture all that life has to offer with its awe-inspiring zoom. Up close or far away, this camera takes every photo with stunning quality and clarity. The COOLPIX L110 features a 15x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens that covers a focal length from a wide 28mm to 420mm super-telephoto. Also equipped with Sport Continuous Mode, Dad can trust the L110 to capture all the intense and high-action plays from the stands and sidelines without compromising quality or accuracy. This power-efficient camera will allow Dad to shoot up to seven hours of HD video or take approximately 840 still images with a set of four AA Energizer®Ultimate Lithium batteries, included with the camera.

* 12.1-megapixel resolution
* 3.0-inch high-resolution 460,000-dot Clear Colour Display LCD
* HD movie (720p) with Optical Zoom and Auto Focus
* 5-way VR Image Stabilization System and Smart Portrait System
* Available in black and red

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP): CAD$279.95

COOLPIX S8000: Creativity at your fingertips

The thinnest design in its class, the COOLPIX S8000 is a compact camera that gives Dad more opportunities than ever to capture special moments and take sharp, crisp images with its powerful 10x telephoto Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens. This model features the Creative Slider, a fun new way to apply effects when shooting in Auto Mode. Using the Rotary Multi Selector, Dad can adjust brightness, saturation and hue while watching a real-time preview on the camera’s LCD screen. The COOLPIX S8000 also features new functions to enhance the quality of images taken in darker settings. Nikon’s Advanced Flash Control uses higher ISO settings and faster shutter speeds to create a more natural-looking flash in low-light conditions perfect for late nights around a bonfire as cottage season approaches.

* 14.2 megapixels
* HD movie (720p) with built-in stereo sound recording
* 3.0-inch ultra-high resolution 921,000-dot Clear Colour Display LCD
* 4-way VR Image Stabilization System
* Subject Tracking
* Available in black, red and bronze

MSRP: CAD$339.95

D300s: Don’t miss a moment

With the D300s, Dad can have more time for what really matters. This digital SLR camera combines professional-level performance with agility and enhanced D-Movie capabilities to deliver versatile and reliable photos every time. With a rapid startup time of only 130 milliseconds and a shutter release time lag of only 49 milliseconds, Dad won’t ever have to miss a moment. Nikon Picture Control will allow Dad to adjust sharpening, brightness, contrast, saturation and colour hue on the camera itself, eliminating the often tedious task of touching up pictures on a computer screen. He will also never have to miss getting the winning goal on video while trying to switch memory cards. Dual memory card slots make it possible for Dad to choose the one with the most available capacity, and also copy and paste files between cards. When using the included EN-EL3e Li-Ion rechargeable battery, approximately 950 shots can be taken under normal shooting conditions. Additionally, Dad can save time cleaning thanks to the D300s Integrated Dust Reduction System, which combats the accumulation of image degrading particles on the optical low-pass filter.

* 12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor
* HD video (720p)
* 3-inch 920,000 dot LCD screen
* Integrated Dust Reduction System
* Dual Card Slots for CF/SD memory cards
* Face Detection System and Scene Recognition System
* Quiet Shutter Release Mode for candid and unobtrusive photo-taking

MSRP: CAD$1,719.95 (body only)


Is There A Bad Camera?

Wed May 19, 2010

This is a great article for those who are still looking at the unsatisfactory results they are getting from their DSLR and wondering, “Which DSLR camera should I buy [next]?”

Thom Hogan answers this question [though you may not like the answer] and shares a pro tip many beginners may not have considered seriously at all [and many still don’t].

Read the article at: byThom.

Articles, Videos

Top 10 Photography Tips by Rick Sammon

Mon May 17, 2010

Read the article at: Photofidelity

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Kodak’s [Nearly] Invisible Ink

Thu May 13, 2010

Kodak introduces Virtually Invisible Ink for the NEXPRESS

Eastman Kodak Co. is introducing a new virtually invisible clear ink named the KODAK NEXPRESS Red Fluorescing Dry Ink. It is clear to the naked eye but illuminate it with an appropriate ultraviolet (UV) light source, and it becomes red fluorescing. The ink can be used to print unobtrusive images and non-reproducible bar codes which then can be read with specialized bar code readers. Possible uses include printing security marks on certified documents, such as medical prescription pads, drivers’ licenses and event tickets.

Read the whole article at: PMANewsline.


So Use What in the Field @ byThom

Thu May 6, 2010

Apple iPad

Apple iPad

My simple recommendation for casual shooters (and even many trips)? Just get more cards.

Thom Hogan’s “My iPad-isn’t-quite-there comments” (see story here) provoked a number of “so what do you use in the field?” questions. Thom answers for casual shooting and serious shooting.

Read the full article at: byThom [search for “So Use What in the Field?” or “May 5 (commentary)”].


Nikon’s Vibration Reduction Explained

Wed April 28, 2010

byThom has published an article to explain Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) technology, also known as, Image Stabilization.

Read the article at: byThom.


America’s Prettiest Cities

Sun April 25, 2010

If you are planing a Summer vacation, then here are 8 of America’s prettiest cities as listed by Forbes:

  1. Union, Washington
  2. Crescent City, California
  3. Deadwood, South Dakota
  4. Cape May, New Jersey
  5. Marfa, Texas
  6. Savannah, Georgia
  7. Lake Placid, New York
  8. Guttenberg, Iowa

They should provide lots of great photography opportunities to try out your new DSLR and lenses.

Read the article at: Yahoo! Travel

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