Archive for February, 2006

Northern lights in Iceland by Thor Marteinsson

Sunday, February 12th, 2006

Amazing gallery filled with stunning pictures of Northern Lights in Iceland by Thor Marteinsson.

Please click on the image above to visit the gallery

“The photos on this page were all taken with normal film cameras. I have not made them with a help of a computer or used other techniques in that way.
These are all real photographs, and if you think they are strange and unreal, wait until you see the Northern lights with your own eyes. “

Wireless Flash Setup Tips

Sunday, February 12th, 2006

David Honl has written pretty good tips on how to set a wireless flash up at outdoors.


A great example of my daily lighting setup was used this past Sunday on Turkey’s southern Mediterranean coast. This young Turkish girl, dressed in traditional nomad clothing (typical of what her great-grandmother would have worn as a young girl) provided a colorful series of shots for my tourism archive and took just a few seconds to set up…

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Nikon D200 Banding Issue FAQs

Sunday, February 12th, 2006

Nikon USA and Europe has officially published a FAQs regarding Nikon D200 banding issues that have been found by several Nikon D200 users. Here’s our previous post regarding Nikon D200 banding issues.

Nikon D200 Banding Issues Sample

Question 1: Why do I occasionally see vertical lines in my images?


Ricoh Caplio R30 – Review @ BiosMagazine

Saturday, February 11th, 2006

Bios Magazine has just posted their review on Ricoh Caplio R30. The Ricoh Caplio R30 equipped with a 5.7x optical wide zoom equivalent to 28-160mm in 35mm camera format with 5.13 megapixels CCD and 2.5-inch large-scale LCD


“Ricoh’s Caplio R30 is a relatively powerful digital camera packed into a very compact metal body. The 5-Megapixel model is very good feature wise, with quick access to options and speedy performance, but is let down by average image quality – expect high noise, soft focus, and purple fringing.

Pros: Solid build; easy to use; long & wide zoom; excellent macro mode
Cons: Average image quality; no image stabilisation; zoom locked to 7 steps”

>> Ricoh Caplio R30 Review Roundup
>> Ricoh Caplio R30 Latest Price

Pentax Optio WPi – Review @ Trusted Review

Saturday, February 11th, 2006

TrustedReview has posted their review on Pentax Optio WPi, a 6.0 Megapixel point-and-shoot water resistant digital camera with 3x optical zoom and 2.0″ LCD screen.


“If you have a camera-killing lifestyle but enjoy taking pictures, then the WPi is the ideal solution. It is well made, looks superb, handles well, has reasonably good image quality and can survive and take pictures in conditions that would destroy any other camera. There’s nothing else on the market like it.”

>> Pentax Optio WPi Sample Photos
>> Pentax Optio WPi Latest Price

Shooting Waterdrop Tips

Saturday, February 11th, 2006

Eon has written a good tutorial on how he shot waterdrop photo below at PhotoSig.

How to shoot waterdrop

“A few basic things are needed for this photo. Firstly, we want a black background; I used an old black shirt and draped it over some books in the background. Remember to have the black cloth at an angle otherwise the flash will just reflect against it and you will have a white background ;)”

>> Visit How To Shoot Waterdrop Tutorial

Canon EOS 5D – Review by Bob Atkins

Saturday, February 11th, 2006

Bob Atkins has posted his review on Canon EOS 5D, a 12.8 megapixel full frame Digital SLR camera with 2.5″ LCD Screen, at his website and he writes:

Canon EOS 5D

“The EOS 5D is a good compromise for a significant number of photographers. It combines high image quality with the ability to fully utilize EF series wideangle lenses (like the EF 16-35/2.8L). If 3fps is a fast enough frame rate (and for most photographers, it is) and don’t need to regularly shoot outdoors in pouring rain, at around $4200 less than it’s nearest full frame competitor (the EOS 1Ds Mk II) it’s a very attractive camera. Under most shooting circumstances it produces higher quality images than the EOS 20D and it’s undeniably a nicer camera to use with the larger viewfinder, clearer LCD screen and additional firmware functions such as the style modes and RGB histogram. There are circumstances under which it is possible for the EOS 20D to outperform the EOS 5D, specifically if the 5D image must be cropped because of the lack of a long enough lens – but obvious solution for this dilemma is of course is to buy both an EOS 5D and an EOS 20D for backup – and get the best of both worlds! That would still be about $3000 cheaper than buying an EOS 1Ds Mk II. “

>> Canon EOS 5D Review Roundup
>> Canon EOS 5D Latest Price

Fujifilm FinePix S9000/S9500 – Review @ Bytesector

Saturday, February 11th, 2006

Emad G. has just posted a review on FFujifilm FinePix S9500/S9000 Zoom at Bytesector. FinePix S9500/S9000 Zoom is a SLR-like digital camera featuring 9 Megapixels with a long 10.7 optical zoom and a 1.8″ LCD screen.


“Images typically came out fairly soft and colours carried the typical Fuji coolness that I’ve come to love. In addition to this, the onboard flash on the camera is fairly powerful and well placed. Red-eye was minimal under all shooting conditions. The lens provided for some great shots both close up and at long distance with only a minimal amount of purple fringing to be noticed in most shots. In some, it was glaringly obvious, but it was a rare occurrence. This is due more to the fact that most point-and-shoot cameras just don’t have the quality of optics offered in the lenses for true SLR cameras.”

>> Fujifilm FinePix S9500/S9000 Zoom Review Roundup
>> Fujifilm FinePix S9500 Latest Price

How to Build your Photography Portfolio

Friday, February 10th, 2006

As a photographer there is no greater joy than being recognized for what you love doing. A large part of that recognition will come through the self promotional tactics you employ. One way to ensure you get recognition for what you do is to create a photography portfolio which is second to none.

Photographer's Portfolio

Step 1) Choosing your theme You may already have the pictures to create a themed portfolio or you may be planning on capturing them over the next little while. Either way, your portfolio, like a well written book, should have some unifying theme. This theme can be conceptual or it can be technical. For example, your theme could be about courage, love, urban life, rural life, garbage. Alternatively you can create a theme based on photographic technicalities. For example you could create a portfolio showcasing all of your best wide angle work, or one which displays your best black and white work. The themes for creating a portfolio are only limited by your own imagination. So take your time and create a themed portfolio which means something to you.


Samsung Unveils 1 GB MMC Micro Memory Card

Friday, February 10th, 2006

Samsung has announced the new 1 GB MMCmicro, which they claim is the fastest micro memory card at 7.12 MBs per second. The 1 GB MMCmicro measuring only 12mmx14mmx1.1mm and it will be used in small cell phones, digital cameras, MP3 players and it would be available in the third quarter of 2006