Archive for October, 2005

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Comparison of Canon Midrange Zooms

Acapixus did a comparison of Canon EF 24-105/4.0 L IS USM versus a EF 28-105/3.5-4.5 USM and a EF 28-135/3.5-5.6 IS USM versus Canon EF 17-35/2.8 L USM versus Canon EF 50/1.4 USM versus Canon EF 100/2.8 USM macro.

The comparison was shot at ifferent focal length and at different f-stops using a Canon EOS 10D set at ISO 100. The camera was tripod mounted. Images were captured as RAW and converted to 24 bit TIFF files using DPP 1.503. Sharpness was set to 0 (no sharpening) and no other postprocessing has been applied to the images. 200×200 pixel crops were excised from the centre and periphery and saved as TIFF prior to conversion as JPEG files

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Canon 24-105mm F/4L USM IS Flare Problems

How to Make Natural Smooth Skin in Photoshop

Lunacore has a neat tutorial on making skin look smooth but still quite natural with your Photoshop.

“In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to make skin look smooth. The technique itself is not complicated, but does require you to be patient and work slow and accurate. If you can meet these requirements, then it’s not going to be very difficult to see good results.”

How to make smooth skin

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Tips for Framing Your Photographs

Imagine being able to frame all your own photographs just as well as a professional.

You can save enough money to easily pay for all the necessary tools, and the convenience of being able to do it yourself frees you from having to get someone else do it. If you’re an amateur a mount cutter, a frame clamp and a hand-operated frame joining tool is all the equipment you need to make professional looking frames.These days the tools are easy and safe to operate, inexpensive, and give you a good result. Picture framing can be divided into four areas. Cutting the bevel mount, cutting and joining the frame, mounting the photograph, and fitting and finishing the job.

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Kodak Announcement on Highest Resolution Image Sensors

Kodak Announces Highest Resolution Image Sensors for Professional Photography

Rochester, NY, October 20, 2005 – Eastman Kodak Company has once again set the quality standard for digital imaging with new high-resolution image sensors that allow commercial, studio and other professional photographers to capture digital images with the most life-like detail possible. These new products strengthen Kodak’s position as a leading image sensor supplier to a wide variety of markets, and reinforce strategic product and partnership announcements made earlier this year that target mass-market consumer applications.

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Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR ED-IF AF-S

Nikon 70-200mm

Exclusive Silent Wave Motor enables ultra-high-speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and powerful super-quiet operation. VR operation offers the equivalent of using a shutter speed 3 stops faster. In addition, active vibration mode selection is possible. For using in an active situation such as in a car, boat or plane. VR ON/OFF mode available. 5 ED elements reduce chromatic aberrations providing superior optical performance – even at maximum aperture.


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Photoshop Tutorial: Focused & Darker Effect (Easy)


This Focused & Darker Effect photoshop tutorial will show you how to create a darker and more focused image with your photoshop. I’ve tried this with some of my images and it turned out really good.

You can see the Focused and Darker Effect photoshop tutorial here.

Studio Flash Lighting Tips

Jack Neubart wrote an interesting Studio Flash Lighting Tips article at Shutterbug. He explained that it’s not necessary to buy everything at once. In fact, many pros succesfully work with only one or two lights. Moreover, he also wrote tips on matching your lights and lighting accessories to your needs:

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Apple Aperture

Apple Aperture Screenshot
Apple Aperture Screenshot

Apple has introduced their first Photo editor software called the Aperture. The software featuring a RAW-focused workflow which let photographers to import, edit, catalog, organize, retouch, publish, and archive your RAW images without never having to convert them into another format first. It supports the RAW from all leading digital camera manufacturers.


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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM – Review by Spoli58

Spoli58, a FredMiranda forum member, posted an extensive report on Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM and wrote:

“- Overall impression: good quality optics, better than EF 55-200, probably not L grade but not too far if you consider the price and the class of this lens.
- In the range 70 to 85mm @ F8…F11 the results look similar to my EF-S 17-85mm IS USM, surprisingly sharp at the corners (hard to see real differences in terms of sharpness and geometrical distortions) — great outdoor lens in good light conditions.
- At F8 the image is sharp for almost the entire focal range — at the long end (between 200-300mm) the image looks a bit soft without affecting the resolution — maybe it’s just the fact that I’m using a cheap tripod and IS turned on rather than a rock solid tripod, mirror lock and no IS.

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