Studio Flash Lighting Tips

Jack Neubart wrote an interesting Studio Flash Lighting Tips article at Shutterbug. He explained that it’s not necessary to buy everything at once. In fact, many pros succesfully work with only one or two lights. Moreover, he also wrote tips on matching your lights and lighting accessories to your needs:

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Apple Aperture

Apple Aperture Screenshot
Apple Aperture Screenshot

Apple has introduced their first Photo editor software called the Aperture. The software featuring a RAW-focused workflow which let photographers to import, edit, catalog, organize, retouch, publish, and archive your RAW images without never having to convert them into another format first. It supports the RAW from all leading digital camera manufacturers.

PRESS RELEASE

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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM – Review by Spoli58

Spoli58, a FredMiranda forum member, posted an extensive report on Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM and wrote:

“- Overall impression: good quality optics, better than EF 55-200, probably not L grade but not too far if you consider the price and the class of this lens.
- In the range 70 to 85mm @ F8…F11 the results look similar to my EF-S 17-85mm IS USM, surprisingly sharp at the corners (hard to see real differences in terms of sharpness and geometrical distortions) — great outdoor lens in good light conditions.
- At F8 the image is sharp for almost the entire focal range — at the long end (between 200-300mm) the image looks a bit soft without affecting the resolution — maybe it’s just the fact that I’m using a cheap tripod and IS turned on rather than a rock solid tripod, mirror lock and no IS.

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Do You Need a Full Frame DSLR ?

Petteri has posted an interesting article discussing wheather you need a full frame Digital SLR ( Canon EOS 5D ) or not. In conclusion he wrote:

“A full-frame camera is more satisfying to shoot and, when handled right, produces even better image quality than an APS-C camera. Whether these advantages outweigh the negatives, especially when considering the much higher cost of both the camera body and the better glass it needs to feed it, is a different question. For some people, the expense and inconvenience of a Hasselblad is worth the improvement in image quality and the satisfaction of using an enormous viewfinder and a camera system engineered to incredible levels of precision. For most, it’s not. Unfortunately, a 35 mm based digital SLR isn’t a Hasselblad, but in terms of image quality, shooting satisfaction, and to a degree price, it stands in the same relationship to APS-C digital as medium-format stands to 35 mm film. Like 35 mm film, APS-C digital is significantly more convenient, easier to shoot, and less expensive than full-frame digital. So, if you’re standing on the fence and wondering what it is you’re missing out on, the answer for most people would be “a luxury.” Full-frame is in no sense of the word a necessity for the vast majority of purposes and photographers, and the ones who really do require it won’t need to read this piece of pontification to know that they do. But if you can afford it and are prepared to go the extra mile when it comes to shooting technique and choice of glass, it is immensely satisfying. It would take a lot to tempt me back to APS-C.”

Read “To Full Frame or Not To Full Frame” article by Petteri

Canon 24-105mm F/4L USM IS Production Stopped ?

Canon EF 24-105mm F/4L IS USM

There is a rumor floating around the photography forums since yesterday regarding Canon is stopping all production of 24-105 L lens due to some problems with the lens.

The rumor started from these 2 Japaneese forum websites:

- http://www.eos-d-slr.net/digi_bbs/wforum.cgi?list=tree&no=27388&mode=allread
- http://kakaku.com/bbs/Main.asp?SortID=4504973&ViewRule=1&CookieNon=1

You can try to read them using Babel Fish Translation here

LAST UPDATE: (21.10.05)

One of Nikonnian members had a conversation with a lens technician at Canon about supposed flair issues with the new 24 – 105 lens, and here’s what the technician said:

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Take Better Cat Photographs

Donia, a DeviantArt member, wrote pretty useful tips on how to take better photos of your cat.

Cat
Canon 300D with Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 @ f/1.8 & 1/60secs

She even wrote some interesting cats’ nature and tempers:

“Not all cats have the same nature, and there’s nothing you can do to change you cat’s temper. So when you are taking photos don’t try to imitate the attitude of another cat, try to study and represent your own cat’s feature and character. Curious Cat…”

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Lens Cleaning Tips

FallisPhoto has quite good tips for any DSLR users on how to clean lenses.

He explained that we must use blower and lens brush first to remove as much grit as possible then we need some commonly used solvents in camera restoration and lens cleaning which are:

1. denatured alcohol, used to remove tar (from cigarettes, or pine pollen) and detriorated light seal material (sometimes found stuck to rear lens elements). Do NOT use rubbing alcohol; it will work, but it is not a benign solvent and it can attack some balsam cements used to glue lens elements together.
2. naphtha (Ronsonol lighter fluid), used to remove grease and oils (naphtha is REALLY good for fingerprints).
3. distilled water, used to remove everything else.
These are all benign and won’t harm your camera if you just keep them out of the electronics.
4. a 50/50 mix of hydrogen peroxide and ammonia, used to remove lens fungus.

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Download Bibble Labs 4.4 Photo Software

Bibble Labs releases version 4.4 Update with support for Canon 5D & 1D Mark II N

Includes new Fill Light control and improved sharper output.

Austin Texas (October 17th, 2005) – Bibble Labs today announced availability of version 4.4 of its popular Raw Workflow software. Now supporting over 60 of the most popular DSLR and prosumer cameras, this update includes support for the new Canon 5D and 1D Mark II N cameras, as well as the Minolta 5D, A200 and Pentax *ist DL. Using Bibble’s integrated Photoshop plug-in, users of older versions of Photoshop including 7.0 and CS can now open raw images from the latest cameras without having to pay for a costly upgrade.

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Photoshop Tutorial: Selective Coloring (Intermediate)

Selective Coloring

This cool tutorial was originally written by Dennis, a DeviantArt member based in Germany. The tutorial will show you how to use an adjustment layer (in this case Solid Color) and the layer mask to color only a portion of a black & white picture.

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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II firmware

Firmware update for the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II v1.1.4

What’s new?

1. Fixes the phenomenon of horizontal line noise appearing when P.Fn-21 is set to ON.
Fixes the phenomenon of horizontal line noise appearing occasionally in shots taken with P.Fn-21 set to ON at high ISO setting, depending on the shutter release timing.

2. Fixes the phenomenon of file number errors that occurred when shooting bulb exposures.
Fixes the phenomenon of file numbers not being sequential even if the file number setting is for sequential numbers if a CF card is replaced while the power of the camera is switched on.

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