Olympus E-P5 The Olympus E-P5 has a classic viewfinder camera design but doesn’t have an optical or electronic viewfinder. It does have a swivel monitor which can be folded up- and downward and offers very high resolution (1,037,000 RGB dots). Its 3:2 aspect ratio shows additional information on both sides of the viewfinder image, which has an aspect ratio of 4:3 when taking images in the highest image resolution setting. By pressing the “OK” button in the center of the control field additional parameters are shown as overlays on the right-hand side of the live view image.
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.
On The Road I’ve seen my share, and I expect you have too, of people who basically spray the area hoping to get a keeper.
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.
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.
Handcrafted by Gura Gear in Ogden, Utah, Sabi is an innovative step up from the
traditional photography beanbag. Sabi is a compact, yet stable support system designed by photographers
simply trying to hold still while they shoot. The innovative double-pillow design lets you adapt to whatever the
situation without the bulk of traditional beanbags. There is no 'wrong' way to use a Sabi; they are designed for
versatility. Great for shooting from the car, rocks, tree stumps, or just on the ground, Sabi is perfect for those
times when a tripod just doesn't make sense. With Sabi, the world is your tripod.
The Phottix Odin is a radio frequency-controlled system, or simply radio remote. The basic package includes two units: a transmitter and a receiver. Additional receivers are optional. You only need one transmitter to sit in the camera’s hot shoe and trigger compatible i-TTL strobes, but you need a receiver for each off-camera flash. And recently, Phottix introduced a new combo pack that includes one additional receiver—perfect for my two-speedlight setups. The unit tested here is for Nikon and I worked with my Nikon SB-900 speedlights.
During the year I look at thousands of websites, selecting the ones that eventually appear here, and one of the most problematic design aspects I see is the Contact page. Believe it or not, some websites don’t have one! More than once this year I found a photographer with huge amounts of talent and no way to contact them about appearing in Web Profiles. Some sites have requirements that all data, including a phone number, must be provided before contacting the photographer. If a potential client wants you to have their number, they will call you. I prefer not to have visitors jump through too many hoops to contact me but had to implement an “enter the text” form—Captcha, a free WordPress plug-in—because spam robots overflowed my mailbox. The bottom line is your bottom line and you should make it easy and convenient for clients to contact you.
MeFOTO™ has announced the immediate availability of the MeFOTO WalkAbout, a monopod that can also be used as a walking stick available in 8 colors. Each WalkAbout monopod includes a compass making it ideal for outdoor photography and hiking. The WalkAbout monopod also provides extra mobility and allows for quick setups when photographing sports, weddings or events.
MacMate, the popular Mac-friendly cloud service, has revamped their packages and now have a free 10GB Disk version, which pits their service directly with other popular cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive. MacMate Disk (www.macmate.me) also includes its easy-to-use filesharing feature with upgrade options right up to 2TB - and a free iOS App for accessing your files on the move.
Photo District News (PDN) has released its extensive list of educational seminars during the PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo -- October 23-26, 2013 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. More than 90 seminars, keynote presentations, and symposiums will be presented by the world’s foremost experts on the trends, technology, and creative techniques in the fields of photography, video, post-production, and business development. In addition, many of this year's seminars and symposiums will celebrate the 30th anniversary of PhotoPlus Expo with topics supporting the show theme, "Honoring the Past, Envisioning the Future."
The Pentax K-50 is, in its basic specifications, identical with the company’s new K-500 model. Both cameras offer a 16MP sensor, a built-in stabilizer system (based on sensor shift technology), all standard exposure modes of a modern SLR system and a very large and bright optical SLR viewfinder. The optical viewfinder offers a 100 percent field of view, which is a very uncommon feature in this SLR class. The only difference between the K-50 and the K-500 is the sealedbody of the K-50. This allows the user to work with the K-50 even under challenging conditions, such as heavy rain.
When this old pebble balanced there by the Ice Age thousands of years ago in the Garden of the Gods Park near Colorado Springs, Colorado, tumbles from its perch, it could be the end of the world. I used a slow shutter speed to get this shot as the old boulder wasn’t shaking at the time. But who knows?
Tether Tools and Phase One have announced a special Pro Tether Kit with Capture One Pro 7 that provides photographers the optimal tools for professional tethered capture. Together, the Tether Tools photo workstation and Capture One Pro 7 provide an exceptional workflow configuration for photo capture, camera control, processing and output, whether the shoot is in the studio or on location.