Archive for February, 2006

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Always Carry Your Camera

Here’s one reason why you should always carry your camera everytime and everywhere you go..

the bridesmaids and the dog
Photo by Betina

“I’m so glad I had my camera on me. there was a wedding taking place at grace cathedral, and this was by far the funniest thing I’ve seen in a while. The bridesmaids have so much attitude in their ‘pretty in pink’ dresses, and the woman and her dog are just oblivious to the pack they’re leading across the street. “

Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 EX DG/HSM for Four Thirds

Sigma has launched the new Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 EX DG/HSM lens for Four Thirds, a huge 10x zoom lens optimized specially for digital SLR cameras. When the lens is used on a Four Thirds camera, the effective focal length will be 100-1000mm. Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 EX DG/HSM featuring Triple-cam Rear Focusing System ensures high precision throughout the whole focus range, Uses four SLD (the special low dispersion) glass elements for superior optical performance, and HSM system ensures quiet and high-speed auto focusing

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Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM for Four Thirds

Sigma has launched the new Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM for Four Thirds lens, a large aperture lens optimized specially for digital SLR cameras. The lens featuring STwo SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements and a hybrid aspherical lens provide the utmost correction for all types of aberrations, and HSM system ensures quiet and high-speed auto focusing

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Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC for Four Thirds

Sigma has launched the new Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC lens for Four Thirds , a large aperture zoom lens optimized specially for digital SLR cameras. The lens featuring one SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element and two aspherical lenses for excellent correction, and Super Multi Layer (SML) coating reduces flare and ghosting from which digital cameras tend to suffer

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High Dynamic Range Photography

David J. Nightingale’s Under the North Pier photo is one of the best sample of High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos we’ve seen so far.

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Photo courtesy of David J. Nightingale – Chromasia.com

David took the picture above in six different exposures at f/5.6, between 1/15th and 1/500th and merged them using Photomatrix software.

“As for this attempt: technically, it could be better, especially since the original images are slightly out of alignment with one another (tripod on sand, windy, and so on), but I just love the surreal effect. I wish it didn’t take quite so long to postprocess though – this one took around three hours from start to finish ;-)

RELATED LINKS

>> Understanding High Dynamic Range
>> HDR Photo Gallery @ Flickr
>> Introducing HDTR (High Dynamic Time Range)
>> Donwload Free Trial Photomatix Pro for Windows or Mac

Canon Launches imagePROGRAF iPF5000

Canon has announced a new printer model that offers 17-inch wide large format prints using 12-color “Lucia” pigmented inks aimed at professionals. The new Canon imagePROGRAF iPF5000 features dual print heads with a total of 30,720 ink nozzles (2,560 nozzles per color), and 12 separate ink tanks, and speed of 3 minutes for a 16.5″ x 23.4″ (A2 sized) print. Canon imagePROGRAF iPF5000 will be available in April 2006 with a retail price of $1,945

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Canon Launches PIXMA MP800R & PIXMA MP830

Canon has announced a new series of All-in-one printers aimed at home users. The new PIXMA MP800 & PIXMA MP830 both have PIXMA MP800 & PIXMA MP830 dpi resolution with five-color Canon ContrastPLUS ink set with separate ink tanks and 3,584 nozzle ink head and the capability to print up to 30 pages per minute in black and white, and 24 pages per minute in color.The difference between the two printers is that The PIXMA MP830 features a built-in fax, PIXMA MP800R offers both wired and wireless (802.11 b/g) networking

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Canon Launches PIXMA Pro9500 and Pro9000

Canon has announced a new series of A3 inkjet printers aimed at professional photographers. The new PIXMA Pro9500 and PIXMA Pro9000 both have A3+ 4800 x 2400 dpi resolution at 3 picolitre drop size. The difference between the two printers is that PIXMA Pro9500 uses a 10-colour pigment ink system and the speed up to 8ppm (colour). While PIXMA Pro9000 uses 8-colour ink system and has a max print speed up to 15 ppm (colour)

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Photoshop Video Tutorial: Painting

This photoshop video tutorial will show you how to turn your photographs in to paintings using the art history tool in Photoshop. This trick include tips on: Using the art history tool, Creating filled layers, Selecting custom brush sets, Advanced brush settings

Olympus Evolt E-330 – Review @ CNET

CNET has recently posted a review on Olympus Evolt E-330, a 7.5 megapixel MOS sensor Digital SLR with Live View feature which enables you for framing of shots without the need to look through the view finder. They give the camera 7.7 out of 10 (very good) and write;

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The good: Can preview shots on LCD; large LCD; very solidly built; strong photo quality.

The bad: Takes a while to figure out some of the features; kit lens is slow.

The bottom line: The Olympus Evolt E-330 is a very good midrange dSLR with unique live scene viewing on its large LCD. ”

>> Olympus Evolt E-330 Review Roundup and Sample Pictures
>> Olympus Evolt E-330 Latest Price

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