Archive for October, 2006

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Video Tutorial: Photoshop TV Episode 51

In this episode you’ll learn how to turn a not-so-interesting photo into a very cool design with Quick Mask, get perfect white balance with the ExpoDisc from ExpoImaging, create flexible lighting effects with the Lighting Effects filter and Lens Flare, and creating automatic actions using Photoshop’s Script Editor.

Tutorial by Photoshop Guys

Nikon D200

Last Updated: Review by Photo.net (added on 20.10.06)

Nikon launches its powerful, feature-packed D200 digital SLR camera, delivering a high-precision, high-performance package and creating a new class of camera between entry-level and professional digital SLRs.

Nikon D200

The Nikon D200 combines the solid look and feel and advanced camera operation of Nikon’s D2 professional series with the approved user-friendliness and stunning image quality that are the hallmarks of all Nikon digital SLRs.

Please check out our related posts below to see sample images

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DIY: Build Your Own Tilt-Shift Lens

I’ve been wanting to buy a tilt-shift lens to shoot pictures like these for ages, but when you’re looking at the price and thinking that you just want to use the lens for fun, then those lenses are just too expensive. Fortunately, Dennison has written a really nice step-by-step tutorial to build your own PC Shift lens. What you need are Lens, Rubber Plunger, Cardboard, and Plastic Body cap.

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“The lens you use must be intended for a format larger than the format you intend to use the lens on. IE: In this example i use a lens intended for 6×6 image on a 35mm camera. If I wanted to build this for medium format I would not only need a larger plunger, but a lens that was capable of at least 6×8, with 6×9 being preferable.”

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Portrait Session Auction

October 17, Have your photograph taken by: Keith Carter, Paul Elledge, Greg Gorman, Susan kae Grant, Jay Maisel, Frank Ockenfels 3, Matthew Jordan Smith, Joyce Tenneson, or Albert Watson. You are invited to bid on portrait sessions with some of the most well-known and accomplished photographers of our time.

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Internationally renowned photographers Keith Carter, Paul Elledge, Greg Gorman, Susan kae Grant, Jay Maisel, Frank Ockenfels 3, Matthew Jordan Smith, Joyce Tenneson and Albert Watson are donating their time and talents to benefit the non-profit Santa Fe Center for Photography by contributing a portrait session to successful on-line auction bidders.

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Four Thirds Lens Catalogue Website Launched

The Four Thirds System is a standard for digital single lens reflex cameras designed and developed to take full advantage of the characteristics of digital technology. Because lens and body mounting information is based on an open standard, photographers can freely mix and match camera bodies and lenses supplied by participating manufacturers.

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The “Four Thirds Lens Joint Catalogue” was jointly compiled by the three participating manufacturers to provide a single source that would communicate the fun and versatility offered by this open standard. In addition to covering 24 of the exchangeable lenses supplied by the three participating manufacturers under the Four Thirds System standard, the 40 full-colour pages also provide a clear yet highly detailed analysis of the features of each lens, together with numerous examples of photographs.

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Download Ricoh Caplio R5 Firmware Version 1.44

Ricoh has updated the firmware for Ricoh Caplio R5 digital camera. The Firmware Version 1.44 will Improve the stability at writing data on an SD card and improve accuracy of the Auto white balance (AWB).

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>> Download Ricoh Caplio R5 Firmware Version 1.44

Pentax Optio W10 – Review Roundup and Sample Photos

Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ LetsGoDigital (Added on 18.10.06)

Pentax Optio W10 is a waterproof point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 16.02.06), featuring a 6.0 megapixels (CCD sensor) with 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 38mm – 114mm) and a 2.5″ LCD screen. It’s measuring 4.2 x 2.1 x 0.9 inches (107 x 55 x 23mm), 140 g (4.9 oz) and running on Lithium-ion D-LI8 battery

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Comic Strips: WTD 64 – “Not worth the weight”

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“Not worth the weight” © 2006 Aaron Johnson

Tips and Hints to Help You When Photographing Birds

The following is a several basic tips we have learnt along the way, we hope that they may assist you with your photography. I tried to describe all the things more simple.

Photographing Bird Tips

Hold It Steady: A problem with many photographs is that they’re blurry. Avoid ‘camera shake’ by holding the camera steady. Use both hands, resting your elbows on your chest, or use a wall for support. Relax, don’t tense up. You’re a marksman/woman holding a gun and it must be steady to shoot.

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PCWorld’s Top 5 Photo Printers

PCWorld have recently published their latest version of the best 5 photo printers. Here are the Top 3:

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[1] HP Photosmart 8250 – Rating: 88
Bottom Line: Fast at printing photos, the 8250 offers extensive software, but photo print quality was lower than on the other models.

[2] HP Photosmart 8050 – Rating: 86
Bottom Line: Includes impressive software and plenty of buttons. But it employs multi-ink cartridges and the LCD is small.

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