Archive for March, 2007

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Video Tutorial: Basic Introduction to Macro Photography

Singletonj has made this great video tutorial available for anyone who’s interested in macro photography.

Canon Hack: Shutter Release for Canon DSLR

Here’s a nice and simple guide on how you can make your own shutter release for your Canon DSLR cameras. Materials and tools that you’ll need:


(1) One – 3/32” Stereo Audio Plug (MUST BE STEREO, NOT MONO)
(2) One – Small Toggle Switch
(3) Two – Momentary Switches (SET TO OPEN)
(4) Wire – Small Gauge Insulated wire w/ at least 3 insulated wires within the main outer insulation. (I used 20’ basic telephone wire and only used 3 of the 4 wires in it.) (length depends on how long you would like your shutter release to reach.)
(5) Wire – Small gauge scrap wire, for wiring switches
(6) One – Project housing or Something to mount your switches on



- Pentax Hack: DSLR Shutter Release Cable

Kodak EasyShare P712

Last updated: Review & Sample Photos @ LetsGoDigital (added on 26 March’07)

Kodak EasyShare P712 is a top-end point-and-shoot digital camera (announced 20.06.06), featuring a 7.1 megapixels (CCD sensor) with 12x optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ LCD screen and optical image stabilisation. The Kodak EasyShare P712 camera will be available in the UK from June 2006, with a suggested retail price of £349.99

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Kodak EasyShare P712
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Pentax Hack: DSLR Shutter Release Cable

Eagleapex has written a neat post at Instructables explaining how he made a shutter release cable for his Pentax DSRL camera from hands-free cell phone kit. Here’s a list of materials and tools that you need:


To keep this on the cheap, I kept it minimal. The most expensive item was the hands-free phone kit; on sale for $10.
(1) Hands-free cell phone kit (IMPORTANT: The DSLRs take a 3/32″ stereo plug. See the picture for details.)
(2) Momentary buttons (two colors)
(1) Mini micro switch
(1) Enclosure, for me a wonderfully ironic 35mm film canister
extra wire tape



- Canon Hack: DSLR Shutter Release Cable

SensorScope DSLR Cleaning System Wins DIMA Awards

Delkin Devices, has been honored with the Digital Imaging Marketing Association’s (DIMA) annual Innovative Digital Products Awards for the company’s new SensorScope System.

SensorScope DSLR Cleaning System

Sensorscope System Latest Price

SensorScope enables you to check your sensor to see if it needs cleaning-there’s nothing safer than not cleaning your sensor. The SensorScope looks like a camera lens; however, it allows you to look back into your camera to inspect your sensor. The SensorScope is easily portable and provides a 5x magnification lens and 4 ultra bright LED lights, which are focused to completely illuminate the field of inspection. Although specifically designed for Canon and Nikon DSLRs

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Tokina 50-135mm f/2.8 AT-X 535 PRO DX

The Tokina 50-135mm f/2.8 AT-X 535 PRO DX Lens is a large-aperture telephoto zoom lens designed exclusively for use with digital SLR cameras. It features a fast constant aperture of f/2.8, and provides a focal length equivalent to 80-216mm in 35mm format. This zoom range covers a broad range of frequent telephoto situations. DX series lenses feature a smaller image circle (rear of lens) and are designed to match the smaller dimensions used for the image sensor on digital cameras. As a result these lenses are also more compact and lightweight, and are better matched to digital SLR cameras.

Tokina 50-135mm f/2.8 AT-X 535 PRO DX

>> REVIEWS (last updated: 24.03.07)

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Layer Mask Video Tutorial

These video tutorials will show you how to make layer masks using Russell Brown’s method, as well as some general how-to info for masks.

Layer Mask Tutorial part 1

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Photo Inspiration: Scenes Around Oregon & the Pacific Northwest

Beautiful photo gallery of scenery around Oregon & the Pacific Northwest by Kimberly. They’re all very beautifully composed and processed.

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens

Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ Photozone (added on 23 March’07)

Canon has announced its new L-series standard prime lens: the EF 50mm f/1.2L USM. The lens is featuring Latest Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for fast and near silent auto focus with manual focus override with environmental seals providing dust and moisture resistance. The Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM should be available in November 2006 for US$1600.


>> REVIEWS (last updated: 23.03.07)

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Keywording Tips for Microstock Photography

Ellen Boughn has posted some keywording tips for Microstock Photography at Dreamstime;

keywording tips

“We often see still life images of bottles of wine with the keywords drinking and drunk. If someone drank the wine in the pictures above they might become drunk. But there is no drinking going on. Drinking and drunk are bad keywords for these images and will produce a less than optimum search result.”


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