Archive for January, 2010

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Sigma Announces The Winner of NBSP Photo Contest

Sally Bornbusch, an 18-year-old college freshman studying biology and fine arts, is the grand prize winner of the latest Nature’s Best Student Photography (NBSP) photo contest, which is sponsored by Sigma Corporation of America.

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Her winning image captured the reflections of two sandhill cranes in a body of water at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Bornbusch’s winning photo and description, and the images submitted by other contest runners-up, can be viewed at www.naturesbeststudents.com.

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Casio Exilim EX-H10

Last update (21 January’10):
- Review & Sample Photos @ CNET
- Casio Exilim EX-H10 Wins EISA Awards for European Travel Compact Camera 2009-2010

Casio Exilim EX-H10 is a 12 MP compact camera features 10x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 24-240mm), HD Movie, ISO 64-3200, and a 3.0-inch TFT color LCD (Super Clear LCD). The camera measures 4(w) x 2.5(H) x .96(D) in and weighs Approx. 5.8 oz.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Check Availability

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Photo Of The Day: America the Beautiful

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America the Beautiful by Crystal Howard

The ABC of Flash Photography – Terminologies

You will come across few terms which are used in telling you about how to bring the flash to your control. But unless you have the background of these terms (and how a flash works), it will be a guessing game for you (and land up in the… ‘ok just tell me the settings and I will shoot perfectly’ end of the road).

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The Secrets of a Story-telling Photo

A few weeks back I had visited George Eastman Museum of Photography where there was an exhibition on Travel photography. It was a great experience of watching world’s best photographs showcased in a 2hour tour of the exhibition halls. After looking at most of the photos (half way of the tour), I found an intangible element in almost all the photos. It’s the “story” behind what (and how) the photo has been shot. What can make a simple photograph of two children staring at the camera from inside a window of a mud house in Peru so unique and worth that it was displayed to thousands of people visiting the museum. We all have emotions within us and a careful shot of a scene (may be staged also) can make us laugh, cry or even angry. This is the magic of a photo that tells a story. When a person feels an emotion out of anything, process or event, the person will hardly be able to forget that specific thing, process or event.

Baby Care
Baby Care by Paul Wager

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Pentax Optio W80

Last update (18 January’10):
- Review by PCW.uk

Pentax Optio W80 is a 12 megapixel waterproof camera features Waterproof, Dustproof, Coldproof and Shockproof design, 5x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 28-140mm), HD Movie Capture, Face Detection, Pixel Track Shake Reduction (SR), Super Macro Mode, and a 2.5 inch LCD screen. The camera measures 3.9 x 2.2 x 1.0” and weighs approx. 5.3 oz loaded and ready.

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Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆ | Latest Price Info

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$5000 Photographer Grants

Photocracti just launched the first round of competition for Photocrati Fund, which will give $5000 grants to photographers working on important humanitarian and environmental projects. The grant is intended to identify great up-and-coming photography talent and give them a high profile platform for carrying out a worthwhile project. Steve McCurry, Michael “Nick” Nichols, and Art Wolfe are on the board and will be acting as judges.

You can see more information here: http://www.photocrati.com/photocrati-fund/

External Flash

Occasionally I get queries from my friends who have recently bought a DSLR that whether they need an external flash for “better” photography specially for indoors. So I thought I would put my few comments of where external flashes can really make the difference and make your photos stand out from the “pop-up” flash photographs.

The “higher” end cameras even do NOT have built-in flashes due to huge limitations of the in-built flash that can become bottleneck to their otherwise excellent image production quality. An external flash provide superior and “more” control over the lighting and exposure of the subject in low light (and even in bright light where you need to fill-flash) situations. Here’s why…

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Lexar Announces New Professional Memory Cards

lexarLexar has announced the availability of The Lexar Professional 300x CF in 32GB capacity, while the Professional 233x CF card is now available in 16GB and 32GB capacities.

Lexar also introduced the Lexar Echo SE and ZE portable backup solutions for notebook and netbook computers. Both USB flash products continuously backup files on the go and users have the option to encrypt data for further protection. The Echo ZE is a plug-and-stay backup solution, and is one of the smallest USB flash drives in the world. The Echo ZE is available in capacities up to 32GB, and the SE is available in capacities up to 64GB.

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