Archive for May, 2006

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Concert Photography Tips

Photocritic.org have some pretty useful tips for taking better photos at a live band concert. So here’s what the author has to say regarding the tricky light conditions on most live band concerts.

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“Second, observe. Concert lighting move in patterns, and you need to try and snap the photo of once the lighting is exactly right.

Always shoot in fully manual. It’ll be too dark for your auto focus, and the rapidly changing lights mean that your light meter is worthless. You need to be good, but your instincts will save you. If you can’t “feel” how a photo is going to turn out before you look at your digital display at the back of the camera, perhaps you aren’t ready for concert photography quite yet. There’s no shame in that – just keep practicing. “

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Download Free Photo Software: QuickSnap

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Name: QuickSnap
Description: QuickSnap is an interactive photo crop software for selecting and cropping an object in a picture or photograph from its background. The result can then be placed on a different background to create a new picture.
License: Free to try; $25.95 to buy
File Size: 6.22MB
Requirements: Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server

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Sony Cybershot DSC-T30 – Review @ ImagingResource

ImagingResource have recently published a review of the Sony CyberShot DSC-T30, a 7.2 megapixels (CCD sensor) point-and-shoot digital camera with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x Optical Zoom lens (38-116mm equivalent), built-in image stabilisation, and a huge 3.0″ LCD screen.

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PROS: Ultra-slim form factor, literally shirt-pocket sized, Very effective image stabilization for steady photos even in limited lighting, Excellent lens, very sharp, softens only in extreme corners, chromatic aberration is lower than average, Excellent video capability (with sound), surprising in such a tiny camera, Excellent battery life, Excellent print quality. CONS: High-ISO shots are very noisy under limited-light conditions, So-so white balance performance under household incandescent lighting, Bright color is nice, but strong blues are oversaturated, may be a bit much for some users.”

>> Sony CyberShot DSC-T30 Review Roundup & Sample Photos
>> Sony CyberShot DSC-T30 Hottest Deals

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Photoshop Video Tutorial: Prototype Product Packaging

This video tutorial will show how you can combine digital product photography and Adobe Photoshop CS2 to create quick virtual prototypes.

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Nikon Coolpix S6 – Review @ Let’sGoDigital

Let’sGoDigital have recently published a review of the Nikon Coolpix S6, a 6.0 megapixels (CCD sensor) point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 21.02.06) with 3x Optical Zoom lens (38-116mm equivalent), a huge 3.0″ LCD screen, and a Built-in WiFi. In conclusion Steve writes;

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“The Nikon Coolpix S6 proves to be a pleasant digital camera to work with. For a snapshot digital camera, it even performs exceptionally well. Those who appreciate user-convenience will find the Nikon S6 meets the requirements; this digital camera carries out all its tasks without hesitation. Compactness, a lightweight body and an entry-level operation are the keywords that describe the Nikon Coolpix S6 camera. The use of the intelligent in-camera software, however, is what truly makes the Nikon S6 stand out from its competition. This functionality really does add to the value of the camera. ”

>> Nikon Coolpix S6 Review Roundup & Sample Pictures
>> Nikon Coolpix S6 Latest Price

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Download Free Photo Software: Graphic Converter Pro

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Name: Graphic Converter Pro
Description: Graphics Converter Pro is a powerful batch graphics converter and picture viewer. Graphics Converter Pro can import more than 500 graphic file formats, including BMP; DIB; EMF; GIF; ICB; ICO; JPEG; PBM; PCD; PCX; PGM; PNG; PPM; PSD; PSP; RLE; SGI; TGA; TIFF; VDA; VST; WBMP; WMF; VST; CEL; PIC; and PDD. Graphics Converter Pro can export about 100 formats, including BMP; GIF; PNG; TGA; WMF; EMF; WBMP; RGB; BM; RPPM; RPGM; PCC; DCX; RPBM; PIX; BPX; VDA; ICB; VST; WBM; WAP; JIF; RL4; and TIM. It has 50 image filters, including Blurring, Sharpening, Embossing, Diffusing, and Color Balance, and 12 image effects, including Flip, Wave, Noise, and Arbitrary Rotation.
License: Free to try; $29.95 to buy
File Size: 8.8MB
Requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP

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Sony CyberShot DSC-H5 – Review @ DPInterface

DPInterface have published their review of the Sony Cyber-shot H5, a point-and-shoot digital camera with 7.0 megapixel (6.0 mp for H2) CCD sensor, a huge 12x optical zoom (equivalent to 36 – 432mm), and 2.5″ LCD screen display.

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“In terms of performance, the H5 did better than the Canon S3 IS and Kodak Z612 but lagged slightly behind Panasonic’s cameras. Overall image quality was good and impressed me much and I’d be more than happy to recommend this camera to anyone who wants a big zoom camera with manual controls. Despite that, the Sony H5 does not have the ultimate control or super speed which may put off sports photographers or speed fanatics (like me). Oh yes, one more thing – is the H5 a better deal than the H2? It definitely is.”

>> Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5 Review Roundup & Samples
>> Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5 Latest Price

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Samsung SyncMaster 244T (214T) – Review @ Shutterbug

Shutterbug’s David B. Brooks has recently published a review of the Samsung SyncMaster 244T (214T), a huge 24″ analog/digital LCD display with 1920×1200 pixels (1600×1200 pixels) native resolution, and a blazing 6ms response time.

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“On the basis of my experience, the 244T, and by extension its slightly smaller relative, the 214T, have to be among the best LCDs for photographic computing of any displays offered at a competitive price. Frankly, that doesn’t leave many brands left to try. The Samsung SyncMaster 244T I worked with is a solid, finely-crafted product that reproduces photographic images with a beautiful richness of color. It also provides the means to adjust the image attributes to individual perception that allows for a close match to what you would expect from the image on screen.”

>> Samsung 244T Latest Price

Olympus Mju Digital 810 – Review @ CNET

CNET have recently published a review of the Olympus Mju Digital 810, a 8.0 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera featuring BrightCapture Technology for brighter LCD and better images in low light including a special mode to reduce possible image blur, 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 35 – 105mm lens in 35mm format), and 2.6″ TFT LCD screen.

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“Image quality was generally good, with lots of detail in both highlights and shadows, and we noticed fewer JPEG artifacts than we’ve seen in other recent compact cameras. Highlights tended to blow out, and we saw textbook examples of lateral chromatic aberrations: well-defined cyan and magenta ghost images, respectively, to the left and the right of high-contrast subjects. Noise is the biggest problem with the Olympus Stylus 810. Quite visible by ISO 400, it added a distinct texture to most images at ISO 800 and above.”

>> Olympus Mju Digital 810 Review Roundup & Sample Photos
>> Olympus Mju Digital 810 Hottest Price

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Download Free Photo Software: My Photo Album Edit

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Name: My Photo Album Edit
Description: My Photo Album Edit is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and album editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, resizing, resampling and color adjustments. It supports dozens of image formats, include TIF,TIFF, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, ICO,WMF, EMF, PCX, TGA, AVI, MPG, MPEG; it does support whole HTML, DOC, XLS, PPT, VSD, PDF and DWG file to image file conversion.
License: Free to try; $29.95 to buy
File Size: 18.49MB
Requirements: Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003 Server

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