Archive for December, 2006

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Download Free Photography Tips Videos from Tamron

Tamron has published some great photography how-to videos contain a 4-minute lecture hosted by leading photographers giving you a clear step-by-step pointers on shooting everything from surfing to portraits to macro in Central Park. The information is presented in simple, direct language with verbal hints and tips immediately illustrated by concrete visual examples.

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Here are brief descriptions of the first four features plus short bios of the inspiring photographers who created them:

Surfers & Scenery on the California Cost: Don Gale with the 18-200mm

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Olympus Introduces a Successor to Its Olympus E-1

Olympus intends to introduce a successor to its Olympus E-1 “designed-for-digital” SLR camera, launched in 2003. The Olympus E-System currently includes five camera bodies and 17 Zuiko Digital lenses. Olympus has stated that future plans include a flagship model aimed at working professionals.

Mock-up images of the new professional model have been released.

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Source: Olympus Press Release

Macworld Conference & Expo 2007

Macworld Conference & Expo 2007, taking place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco January 8-12, brings together creative professionals from a wide array of disciplines to see and experience the latest in Mac technologies. The 2007 show offers attendees an unprecedented number of world-class interactive exhibits, educational/training sessions and speakers.

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For photographers, Macworld presents the Digital Photography Experience where novices and professionals alike can experience the latest tools, hands-on demonstrations, training, tips and techniques and learn from others who use Mac technology for business and for pleasure.

Highlights from this year’s conference and expo include:

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Photography Tips: Achieving a Pure White Background

If you’re a stock photographer, the ability to achieve a pure white background for your people or product shot is a must skill to have. WebPhotoSchool has some free tips for you;

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“Standing next to Clarence, I took a light meter reading with the meter facing the camera and adjusted the strobe power until the reading came up to f/5.6 at 1/125th of a second (figure 4). The main light power was set to 126-watt seconds. I then increased the power of the open heads evenly until I got a reading of f/11 at 1/125th of a second. The background lights were each set to 400-watt seconds”

>> More on Photography Lighting

Wolverine ESP – Review @ PPMag

PPmag online has published a review of the Wolverine ESP, a 80 – 120 GB portable storage disk featuring 3.6″ LCD, built in 7-in-1 Card Reader, capabilities of playing music (supports MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV, AAC (MP4-audio) & CDA) and video (MPEG-1, MPEG-4, WMV9 and Xvid), and a built-in FM Radio.

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“Image transfer from card to ESP and from ESP to computer is fast. It takes only about two thirds of a second to transfer each file from a CompactFlash card. The ESP is a USB 2.0 device, but it’s backward compatible with USB 1.1 if you need it. Using the older version of USB makes image transfer a slow and tedious process, though. You can connect the ESP to any Windows XP or newer Mac system without having to install drivers or other program components. “

>> More Portable Hard Disks

Comic Strips: WTD – “Whine Rack”

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“Whine Rack” © 2006 Aaron Johnson

PC INSPECTOR™ File Recovery

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Name: PC INSPECTOR™ File Recovery
Description: PC INSPECTOR™ File Recovery 4.x is a data recovery program that supports the FAT 12/16/32 and NTFS file systems. Here are some of the new features in PC INSPECTOR™ File Recovery 4.x: Finds partitions automatically, even if the boot sector or FAT has been erased or damaged, Recovers files with the original time and date stamp, Supports the saving of recovered files on network drives, Recovers files, even when a header entry is no longer available. Competition products cannot recover such files. The “Special Recovery Function” supports the following disk formats: ARJ, AVI, BMP, CDR, DOC, DXF, DBF, XLS, EXE, GIF, HLP, HTML, HTM, JPG, LZH, MID, MOV, MP3, PDF, PNG, RTF, TAR, TIF, WAV, ZIP.
License: Free
File Size: 5.8MB
Requirements: Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP

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Photographing in Winter

Dave Johnson has written good tips on how to shoot in an extreme cold weather. Here’s what he says about the camera batteries

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“First and foremost, remember that batteries don’t like cold weather one bit. Outdoors in winter, it’s not unusual for your digital camera’s batteries to give up in less than half the time they ordinarily last in more temperate conditions. It’s a good idea to carry a set of spares, especially if you plan to document the construction of an entire snowman. Here’s a tip that has worked on many winter excursions: I keep my spare batteries in an inside pocket, where they can benefit from my body heat. When it’s time to swap, I put the “dead” cells in that pocket so they can warm up a bit. If I need to, I can put those batteries back in the camera–they’ll often be good for a few more shots after they’ve warmed up a bit.”

>> Continue reading Cold Weather Photo Survival Guide

Comic Strips: WTD – “Focal length”

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“Focal length” © 2006 Aaron Johnson

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