Archive for March, 2006

In Your Face – The Art Gallery of Ontario

Monday, March 27th, 2006

The Art Gallery of Ontario has started a group on the dedicated to the expression ‘Art matters‘. You can participate by submitting your original, digital art portraits to the group. Your contribution will be considered for inclusion in the exhibition called In Your Eyes which will open July 1, 2006.


… for the first time in the history of the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Gallery is launching an exhibition created entirely by the public. The exhibition, called In Your Face, opens July 1, 2006. One of the AGO’s initiatives as part of Toronto’s Live with Culture celebration this year, In Your Face will allow everyone to become a creative part of the Gallery’s future.

Mamiya ZD – Review @ Luminous-Landscape

Monday, March 27th, 2006

Eduard de Kam has reviewed the Mamiya ZD, a medium format digital SLR with a huge 22 megapixel (48mmx36mm CCD sensor) which enables the camera to capture 35MB RAW file, a 1.8″ TFT LCD Screen, and dual memory card slots, and writes;


“The other comparison is of course with the Canon 1Ds Mark II. There are 25% more pixels in the Mamiya, whitch makes a difference. The other difference is in the shadows. There is more information in the bigger pixels of the Dalsa CCD then there is in the Canon CMOS sensor that is rated for higher ISO values. This is a difference that works to the advantage of all large format sensors and is of course of great value to the photographers that use such equipment.”

Nikon CoolPix S5 – Review @ ePhotozine

Monday, March 27th, 2006

ePhotozine has recently posted a review of Nikon CoolPix S5, a a 6.0 megapixels (CCD sensor) with 3x Optical Zoom lens (38-116mm equivalent), a 2.5″ LCD screen.


“The Nikon Coolpix S5 is a quality feature-packed camera that will satisfy anyone looking for an ultra-compact digital camera to take pictures whilst out and about. The only disappointments are the limited ISO sensitivity range, and the amount of noise present at the maximum ISO400 setting.

The amount of preset scene modes and features are easy enough for a complete novice to use, but still providing enough control for some more demanding users.”

>> Nikon CoolPix S5 Review Roundup and Sample Photos
>> Nikon Coolpix S5 Latest Price

Photoshop Video Tutorial: Creative Photo Effect

Monday, March 27th, 2006

This is a simple but really creative technique that you can use to put something else inside of an object for instant art.

Photo Inspiration: Underwater Photography

Monday, March 27th, 2006

Amazing underwater photographs with brilliant composition, colors and lighting by Danny..



Ricoh GR Digital Latest Firmware V2.01

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

Ricoh has released the latest firmware V.2.01 for the Ricoh GR Digital camera, a newly developed professional-grade high-resolution compact digital camera with an 8 megapixel CCD sensor.


The latest firmware will add the follwing features;
Selectable a setting value to increase / decrease using the Up-down dial and the ADJ. dial for some setting changes.
Selectable a setting of the LCD ON/OFF when you press the shutter release halfway in the Synchro-Monitor mode.
• [ON] / [OFF] for [ADJ SHTR BTN SET]
Selectable to add the feature to the shutter button for the [OK] command in the ADJ. mode or in some settings.

>> Download Ricoh GR Digital Firmware V2.01 for Windows or Mac

Olympus Evolt E-330 – Review @ ePhotozine

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

ePhotozine has recently posted a review of the 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.


“In summary the positive points of the Olympus E-330 are: Excellent image quality at up to ISO400, Innovative live-view screen, Quality of the bundled kit lens, Build quality and design

The negative points: Archaic three-point autofocus system. Having to open the menu each time you want to manually select a focus point is a real chore, Images at ISO1600 are noisier than images from competing cameras, Reflective screen cover can make it difficult to see in bright light”

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

Nikon DX VR 18-200 mm F/3.5-5.6G – Review by Thom Hogan

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

Thom Hogan has recently posted a review of the Nikon DX VR 18-200 mm F/3.5-5.6G, a compact, lightweight and packed with an array of advanced features, the AF-S DZ VR Zoom-Nikkor lens offers 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED focal range length and 11.1x zoom coupled with Nikon ED glass, Silent Wave Motor and enhanced Vibration Reduction (VR II).


“Sharpness is excellent throughout most of the range, with f/11 being the point of maximum sharpness on my sample once you get to 100mm. At the wide angle end, though, there’s actually little to distinguish the central area in one aperture from another–go ahead and use maximum aperture if you’d like. At all apertures at 200mm you’ll see a bit of softness, with the best apertures being f/11 through f/16. (I should note that I’ve seen tests from others that say the opposite–that their sample was a tiny bit soft, especially in the corners at 18mm but pretty darned sharp across the board at 200mm. “


Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR IF-ED Review Roundup & Sample Photos

Canon PowerShot SD450 / Digital IXUS 55 – Review @ PhotographyBlog

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

Mark Goldstein jus posted his review of the Canon PowerShot SD450 / Digital IXUS 55, a 5.0 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera with 3x optical zoom and 2.5″ LCD screen. He’re what he said about image quality;


“The Canon Digital IXUS 55 produced images of slightly above average quality during the review period. The 5 megapixel images were a little soft straight out of the camera and ideally require some further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop. The Canon Digital IXUS 55 dealt well with chromatic aberrations, which only appeared a few of the test shots – limited purple fringing effects could only be seen in high contrast situations. Macro performance is above average, allowing you to focus as close as 3 cms away from the subject. The built-in flash worked well indoors with virtually no red-eye and good overall exposure.

The Canon Digital IXUS 55’s main drawback in terms of image quality, however, is noise. The 1/2.5 inch, 5 megapixel sensor used in the Canon Digital IXUS 55 produces noisy images even at the slower ISO settings. ISO 50 and ISO 100 look fine, but there’s already a lot of noise at ISO 200, which isn’t exactly a quick speed, and ISO 400 is virtually unusable.”

Photoshop Tutorial: Seven Essential Steps to Digital Workflow

Saturday, March 25th, 2006

Photoshop Tutorial Secrets From the Trenches: Seven Essential Steps to Digital Workflow

I’ve been shooting with digital cameras in my portrait and wedding photography studio for about five years now, and in that time I’ve taken well over 50,000 exposures. Our studio has been around for about twenty five years, and it is busy, so creating a digital workflow that made sense was essential to not only our sanity, but our bottom line as well. After all, we’re in business to turn a profit, and time is money.


One of the reasons this is so important is because so many photographers get bogged down and stuck in time wasting systems, systems that are over complicated and too “perfect’. In the real world, where real clients pay the bills, and making them happy on a consistent daily basis is critical, getting the job done as fast as possible is essential.