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Jun 12, 2009 0 comments

With a focal length of 24mm (35-mm-film equivalent) the Samsung WB500 offers very nice wide angle capabilities. The user can take images even in cramped and small rooms or use the wide angle setting for impressive landscape images. With a maximum setting of 240mm the lens systems allows forn...

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Jun 03, 2009 0 comments

The Panasonic TZ7 creates images with a nearly perfect saturation of 101.3%. The automatic white balance showed an ambivalent behavior: Darker neutral grays are shifted into the blue and magenta areas, the brighter gray fields have a tendency to be more apparent in yellow areas.

Sharpness:
The camera offers a nominal resolution of...

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Jun 01, 2009 0 comments

June 2009

On The Cover
When Chris Alvanas first started taking HDR photographs he was drawn to subjects he could portray with an edgy, even eerie feeling, like this fishing boat at a Newport, Rhode Island, pier. A distinct preference to turn HDR toward the dark side still plays into Alvanas’s plans and digital darkroom work.Explor...

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May 26, 2009 0 comments

Industry Perspective

GPS-Enabled Cameras and Other Geotagging Options

by Ron Leach

Whether you’re a backpacker, sailor, cyclist or simply a motorist, you are likely familiar with GPS devices which receive latitude, and longitude coordinates from global-positioning satellites to pinpoint your location. Applying thisg...

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May 26, 2009 0 comments

Commentary

Spring Cleaning: Some News Flashes from the Past

by George Schaub

The rush of events in the past few years has left us all fairly breathless, what with the pace of change wrought by digital. As product trumps product, and new operating systems and formats rush to grab our attention, older systems and gearquick...

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May 26, 2009 0 comments

Exposure Tips

Bracketing And Processing Multiple Exposures

George Schaub

One technique to expand the dynamic range potential of an image, in other words, to overcome contrast problems, is to make a number of exposures at different settings of the same scene and combine them later to pull the best out of each exposure.Ther...

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May 01, 2009 0 comments

May 2009

On The Cover
This month we share the gear and tips you’ll need to make great photos during your travels. For example, we tell you the six handy accessories to pack before hitting the road. We also have a “geotagging” update on the devices and software you need so you’ll always know where you took thoseshot...

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Apr 28, 2009 0 comments

In Brief

Tiffen Dfx Essentials

by George Schaub

While Tiffen made their name in Hollywood studios, the photo community always checked out Tiffen when anything from a polarizer to a center halo filter was called for in the shot. But those were the days when photographers put filters over their lens rather than gaining effects vias...

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Apr 28, 2009 0 comments

Exposure Diagnostics

The “Blinkies”

by George Schaub

When scene contrast is high there may be a danger of overexposure, particularly when you do not take care to read the highlight values to keep them well within the dynamic range capability of the sensor. When overexposure is extreme you lose detail in thesub...

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Apr 28, 2009 0 comments

Industry Perspective

The Passing of a Legend

by Ron Leach

America lost a national treasure with the recent passing of celebrated New York street photographer Helen Levitt. Born on August 31, 1913 of Russian-Jewish immigrants, Levitt died peacefully in her sleep on March 29 at the age of 95.

After dropping...

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Mar 31, 2009 0 comments

Exposure Tips

Outdoor Fill Flash/Exposure Compensation Combo

by George Schaub

When working outdoors think of your built-in flash or auxiliary speedlight as a secondary light source that can be used to supplement, but not overpower the essential light source, the sun. Use that secondary source as a way to highlightcertain...

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Mar 31, 2009 0 comments

Industry Perspective

Surge in Online Photofinishing

By Ron Leach

According to a recent report released by InfoTrends, online photofinishing revenues in the U.S. will surpass $1.5 billion by 2012—more than doubling since 2007. The largest growth category is expected to be custom photo gifts and merchandisew...

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Mar 31, 2009 0 comments

April 2009

On The Cover
This month our attention is focused on 2009’s hottest D-SLRs. Included in our Test Special you’ll find Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II, Nikon’s D3X, Olympus’ E-30, and Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-G1, which is also an ILDC (Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera). D-SLRs aside, we also have a veryi...

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Mar 31, 2009 0 comments

Test Report

Tamron SP AF10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 DiII LD Aspherical (IF) Super Wide, Lightweight Zoom

by George Schaub

There was time when those seeking super-wide lenses for APS-C size sensor cameras didn’t have much choice, but new light gathering systems that distribute light evenly from lens to sensor, as well as new...

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Feb 24, 2009 0 comments

Commentary

Imaging Companies Seem Intent to Continue to Stir the Pot

by George Schaub

As I pack my bags to head off to the PMA show in Las Vegas that starts March 3, I wonder how many new products and technological advances will be announced this time around. It might seem with the economy the way it is that the pace of...