If you are taking lots of shots each day then I suggest you should come up with a system that would make your work faster and easier. If you’re still wondering how you should work with your photos, Stilllifewith.com has a quite interesting article on food photography workflow.
“I try to get the photos onto my computer the same day, hopefully within a few hours so I can remember what I was going for (and so I don’t accidentally forget and format the card as I am trying to get into a habit of it everytime I start shooting). I copy the photos onto my machine simply using Finder (I’m on Mac). Then I start up Adobe Bridge and do a quick browse of all the photos I’ve just taken. Before I touch any of them, I batch rename them based on their content.”
ImagingResource have posted a review of the Sony hCyber-shot DSC-M2, a 5.1 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera with 3x Optical Zoom and 2.5 inch Hybrid LCD screen.
“The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M2 is about as unique a digital camera as could be imagined. It packs a 3x zoom lens and high-resolution five megapixel sensor into a reasonably compact body, and offers generally good image quality as well as movies that are much better than average…. At the end of the day, while the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M2 does a lot to emphasise how to integrate (and really take advantage of) video in a still camera, its flaws, particularly in its zoom control and general overcomplexity, make me stop short of strongly recommending it. It shows clear potential, and with further refinement I could see the next generation earning praise, but the concept doesn’t yet live up to its initial promise.”
Lewis Kemper has written a quite interesting article about the benefits of processing your RAW file two or even more different ways and then combine them together using an image editing software such as photoshop to get the best result.
“When shooting with a digital camera in the RAW format, you have the capability of processing your image specifically for different exposure values, highlights, midtones and shadows. You can use this flexibility of the RAW format to your advantage when photographing scenes with a high dynamic range of light. “
Name: RawShooter Essentials 2006
Description: RawShooter essentials 2006 is a RAW workflow software tool that sets new standards for digital photography. It is a fully functional RAW converter which allows any level of user to get excellent results with the minimum of effort and knowledge. It provides the highest quality output and fastest conversion time for any RAW converter on the market today.
Requirements: Windows 2000/XP
Casio Exilim EX-S600 has been reviewed at Steve’sDigicams. Casio Exilim EX-S600 is a 6.0 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera with 3x optical zoom (31-93mm) and 2.2 inch screen.
“Image quality was excellent for a consumer 6-megapxiel camera. We used the highest quality setting, 6M Fine, and were very pleased with our results. Outdoors it captures images that are sharp and well exposed. Colors are richly saturated, and you can even adjust the saturation as well as sharpness and contrast via the Record Menu..Bottom line – The Exilim EX-S600 wears the Casio name proudly, continuing the tradition of a durable, lightweight model that can be tucked away just about anywhere, while still capturing great photos and offering outstanding performance. Not to mention, there are loads of user-friendly exposure modes. With an MSRP of around $399, we feel it offers a good value, and is sure to please the family, business or tourist user.”
DCRP’s Jeff Keller has recently posted a preview of the Canon PowerShot S3 IS, a 6.0 megapixels (CCD sensor) with 12x Optical Zoom lens (36 – 432mm equivalent) with Canon’s Image Stabilizer, and a 2.0″ Vari-Angle LCD screen.
“Overall, the PowerShot S3′s photo quality is very good. The camera took well-exposed photos with accurate color, low purple fringing levels, pleasing sharpness, and Canon’s trademark “smooth” look. Noise levels were low through ISO 200, and even ISO 400 is usable for small and midsized prints. This new 6MP sensor that Canon is using on many of their 2006 cameras has really impressed me in this area…Overall, I really like the PowerShot S3, and it earns my enthusiastic recommendation. Yes, it has a few flaws, but doesn’t everything? For people wanting a solid and capable ultra zoom camera, this one should be high on your list. If you yearn for a few more controls, external flash support, and manual zoom and focus rings then you’ll want to look at the Panasonic FZ30 or the Fuji S9000″
David B. Brooks has written an interesting review of the Apple Aperture, Apple’s first Photo editor 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.
“Although $499 is a substantial software investment, the breadth and capabilities of Aperture makes it worthwhile. There has been some talk that you need a super powerful Mac to run it, but from my experience I think the horsepower of a G5 Quad is only required by very prolific pro shooters doing 1000 exposures a day or more. It worked fine, efficiently and faster than any other digital camera raw file application I’ve used on a year-old minimally configured G5, and the published minimum requirements include both Mac PowerBooks and the latest model iMacs (the new Intel Dual Core will be supported by the time you read this). You can be sure I will continue to use Aperture on a regular basis, and I can’t really imagine a photographer not finding it a great advantage in speed, efficiency, quality, and capability.”
An interesting webpage by Canon USA which gives you a good visual simulation of what affect various focal lengths have on your image.
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Here are some basic things you have to look at when purchasing your digital camera. Purchasing a digital camera maybe be a costly expense but the need to choose one that fits your shooting style and needs will count a lot.
Things to consider:
1. Price: What price range are you willing to spend? Are you planning to get a point and shoot or do you want a Digital SLR? For long term purposes, I would recommend getting a DSLR because it will cost you less. I would suggest that you buy a camera you can grow into rather then getting a camera than you will grow out of.
DigitalCameraInfo have just posted a review of the Sony CyberShot DSC-W30, a 6.0 megapixel (CCD) point-and-shoot digital camera with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x optical zoom lens (38 – 114mm equivalent), and a 2.0″ LCD Screen.
“Pros: Remarkably fast startup time, Slim camera at slim price, Optical viewfinder is more accurate than most, Plenty of movie mode options, Nice 80-1000 ISO range, Good battery life, Function guide explains modes and image sizes
Cons: Optical viewfinder is tiny, Poor quality LCD, Tiny buttons, Short burst mode, Very noisy High Sensitivity mode”