Nikon Coolpix A The Nikon Coolpix A is an unusual camera with a very robust, retro design and a body based on a magnesium-alloy chassis. It is extremely compact but has a 16.2MP DX-format sensor (Nikon’s version of the APS-C format). It also incorporates Nikon’s EXPEED 2 image processor system.
Under Construction With jAlbum There are many ways to share images these days, from social networks to clouds to full-fledged e-commerce platforms. For some, simple online albuming will do, but for others it can become an involving project that puts your images on the Internet in a very engaging way. It’s not only in the personalization of the look and feel of the wrapper around your image content that can separate your site from the crowd. It’s also the ability to work cross-platform, include an e-commerce component, and allow for a “translator” that can make your site accessible to folks and even clients around the world that can add to its attractiveness and functionality.
DxO FilmPack 4 Vs. Alien Skin Exposure 5 I have always had mixed feelings about so-called “film simulation” software, programs that offer one-click presets that add effects and options for manipulating digital images. On one side, I am unsure why the designers use visual references to types of film for their preset IDs. It strikes me that an increasingly small proportion of folks relate to them.
A Tilt/Shift For A Variety Of Mounts A tilt-shift lens can be thought of as a flexible visual tool in the many ways it allows you to image the world. Unlike a standard lens, even a zoom, with a set point of view enforced by stance, elevation, focal length, and, within certain limits, depth of field, the tilt-shift lens opens visual doors a “fixed” lens will not. By tilting the lens within the mount you can enhance or greatly diminish depth of field beyond the “normal” abilities of the focal length and aperture setting. By shifting the lens you can “fix” perspective distortion or exaggerate it for “trick” effects. It is somewhat like using a 4x5 field camera in that you can work with these visual variations in the finder or, with Live View models, right on the back using the camera LCD. Can you get some of these same effects and corrects using software?
Web Profiles In a previous column I offered a few ideas on creating Contact pages with built-in spam protection. Littleton, Colorado’s Tim Mosholder sent me a tip for WordPress users that lets you use an e-mail link that’s impervious to spambots.
Picture This! Our assignment this month was Stacking, the lingo used to describe the optical effect that makes subjects at some distance from one another seem closely packed together through the use of a telephoto lens.
Business Trends The past few years have witnessed many challenges to those who want to earn money with their photography for both full-timers and those who use their talents to earn extra income.
Lighting Effects There I was, 20 years old behind the sideline barricade of an arena football game clutching to my now outdated Canon EOS 20D with a 200mm lens slapped on it.
Triggertrap has announced Triggertrap Mobile 2.0, the brand new version of its popular iOS and Android mobile apps. The latest generation disguises 14 oft-complex advanced remote triggering options in a visually seductive and simplified design which makes the app easier than ever before to pick up. By matching any SLR camera or advanced compact with the Triggertrap Mobile Dongle, these kissing cousins let the apps turn even the most novice shooter into a master of photographic Tantra.
X-Rite Photo Marketing announced it’s first annual Festival of Color Calibration taking place all through the month of November. X-Rite has created a nationwide celebration of digital color calibration for photographers, filled with education, demonstration, creative workflow revelation and jubilation both in stores and online. X-Rite’s goal is to help its customers better understand the calibration process, recognize its importance in their digital workflow and see how easy it is to get accuratecolor results.
The new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is compact, lightweight, and easy to hold in your hand. It has an industry standard Super 16 size sensor that is perfect when using Super 16 cine lenses via MFT adapters and the 13 stops of dynamic range look is almost identical to shooting with a pro Super 16 film camera. The Micro Four Thirds lenses are compatible with mount adapters such as PL mounts for large lenses and pro motion picture film rigs.
When it comes to portraiture, celebrities are like everyone else, except that for editorial shoots your time with them is very limited. “I’ve literally had as little as 3 minutes and as much as 20 minutes with an individual,” Los Angeles-based photographer Michael Becker observes.
Phase One has released Capture One 7.1.4, a software update that includes support for new cameras and new lens profiles as well as stability and performance improvements.
This release also adds 32 new lens profiles, primarily for Mamiya, Nikon and Pentax lenses. As of today, Capture One supports more than 150 different lens profiles. Phase One is focused on ensuring the highest quality for its available lens profiles. Each is developed for all zoom and focus ranges through a program of extensive field testing with professional photographers and a rigorous Phase One quality assurance process.
FUJIFILM North America Corporation has announced the new FUJIFILM X-A1 compact system camera (CSC), the fourth interchangeable lens system camera introduced within the award-winning FUJIFILM X-Series. The ultra-light X-A1 gives consumers an affordable entry point into the X-Series line of digital cameras and delivers outstanding image quality using its large 16.3 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, easy operation and wireless image transfer for quick photo sharing.
Award-winning photographer Nick Veasey used his artist’s eye to move beyond the surface of every day objects in order to reveal the complex beauty hidden deep within them. His book, X-Ray, contains a wonderful collection of unique and well-crafted images that allow you to see the world like never before. With the aid of scientists and medical personnel, Veasey used X-rays to capture the inner workings of everything from musical instruments, animals, plants, various types of electronics and people. The results are both stunning and inspiring.
As billions of images are produced by millions of devices, the demand for bigger capacity storage, faster memory cards, and speedier methods of transferring huge files has become apparent. Cloud storage has become a standard offering among many camera makers; so independent cloud services have grown. Essentially branded server farms, the competition for your data is increasing, as are capacities of desktop backups.
Leica Camera is proud to present the Leica C, the first model of a new line of Leica digital compact cameras that every stylish, fashion-forward consumer will want to own. A first in Leica’s impressive history of compact cameras, the Leica C camera offers Wi- Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC) which not only allows for remote access of images and videos from a smartphone or tablet but enables the user to view images and watch videos being captured by the Leica C in real-time from their smartphones. Its technical features are impressive, but the sultry beauty of the Leica C is in its slim, sophisticated form. The elegant body of the camera is the work of Audi Design, who were also commissioned to develop the unique range of camera accessories for the Leica C.
StrapShot attaches securely to any backpack strap. High-quality Velcro wings hug the backpack strap, and tether clips onto the backpack’s D-ring to prevent slippage for additional security. Cotton Carrier’s patented locking system keeps cameras securely mounted. StrapShot includes a camera hub that attaches to your camera’s tripod hole on the base of the camera. The camera hub slides in and is securely mounted into the StrapShot locking system, and releases once the camera is turned 90 degrees so that you’re ready to shoot in an instant.