Archive for October, 2006

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Tokina AT-X 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 AF D Review Roundup & Sample Photos

The Tokina AT-X 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 AF D is constructed of 16 element in 10 groups. It has a minimun aperture of f /32 and a minimum focal distance of 2.5 m (8.2 ft). The maximum aperture of f/4.5 will change to f/5.6 at the >300 mm setting. it weighs in at 2.23 lb and will cost you around $650.

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Tokina AT-X 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 AF D Latest Price

>> REVIEWS (last updated: 27.10.06)

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Comic Strips: WTD – “One man’s ceiling is another man’s flaw”

“One man’s ceiling is another man’s flaw” © 2006 Aaron Johnson

Video Tutorial: Photoshop TV Episode 52

In this epidsode you’ll learn how to turn a photograph into a sketch using an awesome technique, creating a funky background using the Fibers filter, warp and elements from other images, and using displacement maps to manipulate images.

Tutorial by Photoshop Guys

Sigma APO 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM Review Roundup & Samples

This monster lens provides constant aperture of f/5.6 from 300mm telephoto to 800mm ultra-telephoto. The lens also features New coating reduces Ghost and Flare, HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor for Sigma, Canon and Nikon mount lenses), Internal Focusing and Internal Zooming, ELD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass elements and it accepts both 1.4X and 2X APO EX Tele-Converters which will cover you 420-1120mmF8 MF lens or a 600-1600mm F11 MF lens respectively.

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Sigma APO 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM Latest Price

>> REVIEWS (last updated: 27.10.06)

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Comic Strips: WTD – “Trick or cheek”

“Trick or cheek” © 2006 Aaron Johnson

HP Photosmart 8750 Photo Printer Review Roundup

Last update: Review by ITReviews (last updated: 21.10.06)

The HP Photosmart 8750 produces 9-ink colour prints, provides colour management controls and remarkable printer flexibility to produce realistic colour and true black-and-white photos.

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HP Photosmart 8750 Latest Price

Features including: Print true-to-life photos at home, Long-lasting colour photos with the look of traditional photographs, Print in sizes as large as 13 x 19″, with or without borders, Print on different paper types and sizes using multi-size tray and media sensor, Produce rich colours compatible with Adobe® RGB and sRGB with HP’s colour-management tools, Use on a small network of PCs and Macs, plus enable wireless printing, Print directly from PictBridge-enabled digital cameras, Index photo proofing from memory card for quick and convenient photo referencing.

>> REVIEWS (last updated: 21.10.06)

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Tips for Taking Professional Looking Product Photos

Lindsay Landis has written some neat tips for taking professional looking product photos. Her tips including how she sets up her budget lightings, how she takes the pictures and how she does her photo editing in Adobe Photoshop.

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” When taking your own photos, you want lots of light – but not direct light. Direct light will cause harsh shadows, which you don’t want. DO NOT USE A FLASH! Flashes wash out colors and details – and even the entire photo if you are taking close up shots. Professional looking product photos have soft shadows and a subtle background. “

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Download Adobe Photoshop Lightroom beta 4.1

Adobe has recently released the latest Lightroom. Minor updates to the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom beta 4.1:

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- Resolves external editor conflict
- Corrects export orientation for constrained portrait images
- Resolves missing image error with large web galleries
- Provides Photo Binder platform compatibility on optical media

>> Download Adobe Photoshop Lightroom beta 4.1

DIY: Grid Spots for Your Flash

Strobist has published a great step-by-step tutorial on how you can make your own Grid Spots for your flash. With this accessory, you can create professional looking environmental portraits that emphasizes the subject, yet downplays the environment like this picture.

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>> Continue reading Grid Spots for Your Flash

Nikon Coolpix P3

Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ ImagingResource (20.10.06)

Nikon Coolpix P3 is a point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 21.02.06), featuring a 8.1 megapixels (CCD sensor) with 3.5x optical zoom lens (36-126mm equivalent), a 2.5″ LCD screen, Vibration Reduction (VR), a Built-in WiFi, and it’s running on EN-EL5 Rechargeable Battery. Nikon Coolpix P3 is measuring approx. 3.6 x 2.4 x 1.2 in. (92 x 61 x 31mm), weighing 170g (5.9 oz.) and it’s priced at $449.95 USD. The camera will be available in stores from march 2006

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Nikon Coolpix P3 Latest Price

>> Download Nikon Cooplix P3 Specifications

>> REVIEWS (last update: 20.10.06)

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