Archive for March, 2006

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Photoshop Tutorial: Editing Down a Shoot in Bridge

The video version of our show on how to quickly rate and sort your downloaded photos in Adobe Bridge.

This trick include tips on:

* Launching Bridge
* Rating images
* Filtering thumbnails by ratings
* Creating and viewing slideshows in bridge.

Canon PowerShot A530 – Review @ Steve’sDigicams

Steve’sDigicams has reviewed the Canon PowerShot A530, a 5.0 megapixels (CCD sensor) point-and-shoot digital camera with 4x Optical Zoom lens (35-140mm equivalent), and a 1.8″ LCD screen

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“Image quality is one of the most important aspects of a digital camera when considering a purchase, and the A530 won’t disappoint. When using its Large SuperFine quality settings, it produces sharp, well exposed images with good color saturation. I noticed very little edge softening and when shooting outdoors the exposure system did very well, capturing beautiful sky detail. Noise levels were very low when using ISO 80 and 100. As the ISO sensitivity increases, so does the noise; a common problem with almost all consumer cameras. Unlike the usual cut off at ISO 400, the A530 (and 540) allow you to use an ISO speed as high as 800. This will allow the use of higher shutter speeds in marginal lighting conditions, which helps reduce the effects of camera shake (blurring.) While noise levels are very noticeable at ISO 400 and 800, I still feel the usefulness of being able to capture images when you just can’t use the flash is much more important. Sure you don’t want to make large prints with these images, but your typical 4×6′s will still be usable.”

>> Canon PowerShot A530 Sample Pictures @ Steve’sDigicams
>> Canon PowerShot A540 Review Roundup & Sample Pictures
>> Canon PowerShot A530 Latest Price

Canon EOS 5D $500 Cash Back Promotion

Canon Australia has announced A$500 Cash Back Promotion when you buy Canon EOS 5D DSLR between 20/3/06 and 31/5/06.

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To claim $500 Cash Back you must:

(i) Complete this Claim Form
(ii) Photocopy your receipt
(iii) Cut out the original barcodes from the product box.

Then you can send in your claim to:

‘Canon EOS 5D Cash Back Promotion’,
PO Box 1810,
North Sydney NSW 2060.

Claims must be received by 5pm EST on 30/6/06.

Source: Canon Australia

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Canon PowerShot A430 – Review @ Steve’sDigicams

Steve’sDigicams has posted a review of Canon PowerShot A430, a 4.0 megapixels (CCD sensor) point-and-shoot digital camera with 4x Optical Zoom lens (39 – 156mm equivalent), and a 1.8″ LCD screen

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“The overall image quality is excellent for such an affordably priced camera. In fact it sometimes rivals that of more expensive cameras with similar resolution. You can choose from several image sizes (Large: 2272 x 1704, Middle 1: 1600 x 1200, Middle 2: 1024 x 768, Small: 640 x 480, Wide: 2272 x 1280, and Postcard Date Imprint Mode: 1600 x 1200.) And, the quality is also selectable between Normal, Fine and SuperFine. The better the quality the less compression of the image. More compression may equal a smaller file size, but you will see a difference in you images. We’ve found that the most popular settings are either the default Large Fine mode or Large SuperFine, which is what we used. Either of these modes will produce awesome pictures and beautiful prints.”

>> Canon PowerShot A540 Sample Pictures @ Steve’sDigicams
>> Canon PowerShot A430 Review Roundup & Sample Pictures
>> Canon PowerShot A430Latest Price

Download Free PhotoLightning Software

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Name: PhotoLightning
Description: Photolightning is the easiest, fastest digital camera software available. It’s the best way to print, email, and enhance your digital photos. The program detects your camera and downloads your photos. It has a lightning-fast thumbnail browser; offers red-eye reduction, cropping, and autolevels; fixes backlighting; adds/reduces flash; fixes out of focus; crops, sharpens, and boosts color; adds brightness/contrast, hue, saturation, or an unsharp mark; and reduces noise. It has batch-processing functions, CD and DVD burning, print previewing, and album-page prints; creates HTML slide shows for e-mailing or posting to Web sites; and has complete album and organizational features.
License: Free to try; $39.95 to buy
File Size: Approx. 5.22MB
Requirements: Windows 98/Me/2000/XP

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Canon PowerShot A540 – Review @ Steve’sDigicams

Steve’sDigicams has reviewed the Canon PowerShot A540, a 6.0 megapixels (CCD sensor) point-and-shoot digital camera featuring 4x Optical Zoom lens (35-140mm equivalent) and a 2.5″ LCD screen.

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“When it comes to image quality, Canon’s models are almost always at the top. And, the A540 is no exception. We were very pleased with its Large SuperFine 6-megapixel images. Our sample images were sharp, well exposed, and showed accurate color balance. As you can see from our kayak shots, the exposure system of this model does an excellent job of capturing sky detail. Imager noise is an issue we touch with just about every model we test, and the A540 showed very little, if any, when using ISO 80 and 100. As the ISO sensitivity is increased, so does the noise; a common problem with almost all consumer cameras. Unlike the usual cut off at ISO 400, the A540 (and 530) allow you to use an ISO speed as high as 800. This will allow the use of higher shutter speeds in marginal lighting conditions, which helps reduce the effects of camera shake (blurring.) While noise levels are very noticeable at ISO 400 and 800, I still feel the usefulness of being able to capture images when you just can’t use the flash is much more important. Sure you don’t want to make large prints with these images, but your typical 4×6′s will still be usable.”

>> Canon PowerShot A540 Latest Price
>> Canon PowerShot A540 Sample Pictures @ Steve’sDigicams
>> Canon PowerShot A540 Review Roundup & Sample Pictures

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Photo Inspiration: People Photography by Bryan Miller

Excellent black and white family photo gallery by Bryan Miller. We really love the mood, the lights, and the composition. They’re just really warm and soothing, just what we need in our tough everyday life. ;)

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Click on the image to visit LIFE – the MOMENTS gallery by Bryan Miller

So.. Why do you need to spend so much time chasing the perfect moment everywhere else, while the most precious moments are where it counts the most, at home and in your heart?…

Nikon D200 Vs Canon EOS 5D – Review @ DigitalCameraInfo

Alex Burack & Patrick Singleton have recently posted their head-to-head review of the Nikon D200 and Canon EOS 5D and wrote;

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“The D200 is a much faster camera with a more logical ergonomic design. With the Nikon, users can turn the camera on and snap off a shot in a single motion – an action that would require two hands and far more time with the 5D. The D200 can also shoot 5 frames a second, while the 5D can only muster 3. This combined with the D200’s more robust body (not to mention its more affordable price tag), makes it a much more formidable alternative for photojournalists or casual shooters.

At lower sensitivity settings (ISO 100-400), the two cameras produce images of comparable quality in terms of noise, color, dynamic range and sharpness. While the 5D still retains a slight edge, the difference is negligible for the quality both cameras produce. However, once the sensitivity is pushed to ISO 400 and beyond, Canon earns the extra $1,300 tacked on the 5D’s price tag. At sensitivity settings beyond ISO 500, the 5D continues to create images of exception quality, while the D200 falters and produces results more consistent with consumer-level designs.”

>> Nikon D200 Review Roundup and Sample Pictures
>> Nikon D200 Latest Price
>> Canon EOS 5D Review Roundup and Sample Photos
>> Canon EOS 5D Latest Price

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Free Wallpaper: Melbourne at Dusk

Free Wallpaper: Melbourne City at Dusk

Free Photographic Wallpaper: Melbourne City at Dusk (1024×768)
Location: Mt. Dandenong, Victoria – Australia
Camera: Canon EOS 300D Digital SLR
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm APO II
Aperture: f/8
Speed: 1/500
Digital ISO: 100
Filter: None

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>> Download Melbourne at Dusk wallpaper

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Fujifilm FinePix S5200 – Review @ PCWorld

PCWorld reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix S5200, a 5.0 megapixel Super CCD digital camera with a 10x optical zoom lens (38-380mm equivalent) featuring an “anti-blur” mode, 1.8″ LCD screen, Pictbridge, and RAW mode. They wrote;

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“We were very impressed with the image quality of the S5200: In our tests with studio and natural lights, images displayed bright, vivid colors and lots of detail. Flesh tones looked great, with natural colors and plenty of shadow detail. Though the camera shoots only at a resolution of 5.1 megapixels, the results were noticeably sharper than from many higher-resolution cameras (such as the 8-megapixel Panasonic DMC-FZ30 and the 6-megapixel Konica Minolta DiMage 6Z). The sharpening that the camera applies didn’t cause much color interference: We saw very little evidence of color fringing.”

>> Fujiflm S5200 Review Roundup and Sample Photos
>> Fujiflm S5200 Latest Price

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