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.
In this update on new bags and cases, with information gathered by reporter Jack Neubart at the CES/PMA show, we’re seeing even more innovative styles and practical solutions for carrying our gear. Backpacks, sling bags, and messenger bags garnered most of his attention, along with a sampling of hard cases.–Editor
Russell R. Caron
Sep 06, 2013
Published: Aug 01, 2013
One of the challenges to home or professional photographersthese days is trying to keep every portrait set from looking the same. In a world where “freshness” counts a lot, being able to mix things up from one session to another, from season to season, all without jumping through too many hoops to change the set, is an advantage for many. A current trend is the ability to not only change backdrops but flooring as well, and with that in mind we recently had the opportunity to work with products from a division of the pro lab White House Custom Colour called “Backdrops by WHCC.” They have a wide range of interesting offerings in both fabric backdrops and rugged “rubberized” studio flooring.
SKB Corporation has introduced another size to the ever-growing line up of Watertight Injection Molded cases, the 3i-1309-6 and added a new custom interior to their photographic line of cases. The iSeries 13096BKMG is the ideal case for protecting the Blackmagic Cinema Camera or Production Camera 4K and popular accessories. The interior of this case is made of high quality PE foam to fit the camera with an additional accessory compartment that measures 5.5” x 7.5” x 4.5” for a lens, cables, sun hood, or memory cards.
ILFORD together with Canon U.S.A. Inc. announced the limited time promotion for the successful Canon Try My Photo program. Exclusive to United States residents, the program allows participants to print one of their favorite images on select ILFORD GALERIE Prestige professional-quality media using a Canon PIXMA PRO series professional inkjet printer.
Unified Color Technologies announced the latest upgrades to its professional-level HDR software lineup.
These upgrades improve the HDR workflow and significantly reduce the traditional limitations of HDR techniques, and most notably eliminate the need to photograph static scenes and the absolute necessity of a tripod to steady HDR exposures. New state of the art merge, alignment and deghosting algorithms have made the standalone HDR Expose 3 the most powerful and intuitive professional HDR application available. With its comprehensive, 32-bit color editing capabilities, also available in the Photoshop plug-in 32 Floatv3, the upgraded software ensures photographers can realize their vision for the most true-to-life HDR images possible.
While the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 lens has been out for a good while we decided to take a closer look at one of the most interesting pro-oriented products in their lineup. One of the key selling points in this lens is built-in optical image stabilization (“OS” in Sigma-speak) to aid in achieving camera-shake-free, handheld exposures. Granted, image stabilization in a macro lens is not the be-all and end-all of successful close-ups, though it sure gives added insurance. And because the Sigma 150mm OS macro is optimized for full-frame D-SLRs, it allows for use at the stated focal length with such cameras and provides even greater effective focal length with APS-C-type SLRs.
Alien Skin Software’s Exposure 5 is powerful monochrome conversion software that lets you produce accurate film simulations while adding a range of creative effects. Wrapped up in a redesigned and easy-to-use interface, Exposure 5 can also be launched as a stand-alone application, which can be useful in a workflow that doesn’t support plug-ins. This latest version includes controls for emulating color or black and white so you don’t have to switch between modes or, as in previous versions, separate plug-ins. It’s all one happy family.
The Nissin MF18 fully supports Nikon’s i-TTL autoexposure as well as Canon’s E-TTL system. I tested with the Nikon 60mm Micro, but also had success with a zoom, namely the Tamron 70-300mm with a Marumi DHG Achromat Macro (plus-diopter) lens attached, both on my Nikon D300. Much of my close-up work with the MF18 involved Manual shooting mode set on the camera for tighter exposure control, and manual focus.