Articles, Videos

Pentax K-x Video Introduction

Thu September 17, 2009

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Adding Noise Into Your Photos

Wed September 16, 2009

Tutorials on how to add a film grain effect into your photos.

With all the discussions we have about digital cameras producing too much noise at high ISOs, some readers may be surprised to learn that the right kind of noise may not be a bad thing in a photo.

In fact, high ISO film grain (especially in B&W) has a charming effect all its own. In the following tutorials, the authors show how to add that film grain effect.

Film Grain Effect Tutorials:
- Film Grain Effect in Photoshop
- Natural Film Grain using Photoshop
- Realistic Film Grain in Photoshop [step-by-step tutorial]
- Film Grain Effect in Flash
- How to create a Film Grain effect in Flash

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Tripod Use Rules

Fri September 11, 2009

If you’ve watched the movie “Cider House Rules,” you know that there are rules to follow when living in the Cider House. Using a tripod (or even monopod) in a public venue also calls for some common sense rules that show courtesy to others (and other photographers) around you. Of course, you may decide to break some of the rules (like in the movie), but Gareth Glynn Ash writes in Black Star Rising why you shouldn’t break his “Tripod Use Rules” and end up being “that guy.”

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Print Exhibition Quality Prints at a Budget

Tue September 8, 2009

Can you get exhibition quality prints at Sam’s Club? John Sevigny says so in his article, How to Make Exhibition-Quality Prints on a Budget. But there are a couple of things you’ll need to do first to prepare your prints….

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Should You Upgrade your Nikon?

Sat September 5, 2009

Ask Thom Hogan and he’ll tell you. In fact, he already has in this article: The Ultimate Upgrade Guide. Read it and save yourself some anxiety — and dough.


Canon EOS 7D

Tue September 1, 2009

Canon EOS 7D
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Category: Serious to Advanced Amateur

The Canon EOS 7D is a new series that sits between the 50D and the 5D Mark II. It features 18MP resolution using an APS-C size (22.3 x 14.9mm) CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to ISO 12,800), and claims that its enhanced, low-noise high-sensitivity optimization makes shooting in situations previously possible only with flash as simple as point and shoot.

Unheard of in a camera in this category, the EOS 7D features a blazing continuous shooting of 8fps, allowing capture of up to 126 Large/JPEGs with a UDMA CF card and 15 RAW. This makes the EOS 7D a perfect action shooting digital SLR camera.

Read the Canon EOS 7D QuickFact Sheet >>

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Articles, Videos

Next Generation of Leicas 09/09/09

Mon August 31, 2009

Leica is set to begin “a new chapter in photography” and will unveil their next generation of Leica Cameras September 9, 2009 in a live webcast. You need to register to watch the webcast.

Live Webcast on 9/9/2009 – The next Generation of Leica Cameras from leica camera on Vimeo.

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- Watch on Vimeo 09/09/09


The Art of the Headshot

Mon August 31, 2009

Steve McCurry’s Afghan Girl on the cover of National Geographic and Korda’s photograph of Che Guevara are headshots that are two of the most well-known images of the 20th Century. In this article, John Sevigny covers equipment choice, depth-of-field, capturing emotion, and the need for patience.

John Sevigny was born in Miami and studied English and art history at Miami Dade College. He has spent more than 15 years as a professional photographer, working for the Associated Press, EFE News, and many newspapers. Currently working as an independent fine art and documentary photographer, he has exhibited his work in the United States, Portugal, and Mexico, where he currently lives. He is finishing a degree in art education at La Universidad Veracruzana and regularly gives photographic workshops. His writing on photography and the arts regularly appears in a number of online magazines. Check out his Gone City blog.

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Nikon School Schedule 2010

Fri August 28, 2009

Nikon School of Photography

Nikon School of Photography

Nikon School of Photography has published their class schedule for 2010. They are offering “Introduction to Digital SLR Photography” (US $119) on Saturdays and “Next Steps: Color, Light, Technology” (US $159) on Sundays. Attendance is limited to the number of seats available.


Wedding Photography Tutorials & Tips

Sun August 23, 2009

We thought we’d compile a list of free wedding photography tutorials and tips we’ve found on the Web. There are lots of them but some are better than others. At then end of the list, we have two book suggestions that seem to garner good reviews.

Wedding Photography Tutorials:
- Photographing a Friend’s or Relative’s Wedding
- Wedding Photography 101
- Digital Photography Tutorials – Weddings
- Wedding Photography – Lessons Learned
- Wedding Photography Tutorials

- Wedding Photography: Art, Business & Style (by Steve Sint) [ US | CA | UK ]
- Professional Digital Imaging for Wedding and Portrait Photographers (by Patrick Rice) [ US | CA | UK ]

- LightSPhere [ US | UK ]

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Nikon Wireless Flash System

Sat August 22, 2009

Nikon’s Advanced Wireless Lighting allows you to use up to 3 groups of remote flash speedlights and control the flash output of each group independently. Each group can have it’s exposure individually adjusted by a range of -3.0 to +3.0 EV steps. While this all seems complicated at first sight, Nikon has really made this almost idiot-proof — once you get past setting the Commander and Remote units to trigger properly.

I have collected a short list of online tutorials that take the sting out of these settings:

- KenRockwell: How to Use Nikon’s Strobes Wirelessly (1 remote unit)
- Imaging Resource: Nikon’s Wireless Lighting System At Work (3 remote units)
- Nikon: Advanced Wireless Lighting (6 remote units)
- Moment Corporation: Wireless Flash Settings Illustrated

Related Links:
- Nikon SB-600 Speedlight Flash [Quick Price Check]
- Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlight Flash [Quick Price Check]

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Panasonic How to Capture the Perfect Landscape – PART 2

Sun August 16, 2009

Digital Photo Academy and Panasonic Presents: How to Capture the Perfect Landscape – PART 2 webinar on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 from 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT.

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