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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Sep 18, 2014 0 comments

You bought your DSLR or high-end compact camera to shoot by available light without flash. The latest digital cameras, for the most part, are capable of producing exceptional results at high ISO settings under very dim conditions. But there are times when a little flash makes all the difference in the world. 

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Sep 12, 2014 0 comments

Looking for some fresh places to take pictures as the summer winds down? You may be living near one of autumn’s best locations and not even know it. 

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Sep 04, 2014 0 comments

Last month readers enjoyed our Easy Photo Tip that explained how to zoom during exposure to create an exciting special effect. But a few readers had trouble mastering the technique. Here’s a way to achieve nearly the same results using Photoshop Elements 12.

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Aug 29, 2014 0 comments

Deleted images do not “go away.” Formatting a memory card does not “erase” the images. Never sell or loan a memory card unless you’re willing to share every image that’s ever been on it.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Aug 22, 2014 0 comments

Many features of Photoshop Elements can be customized to suit your liking. Surprisingly, some experienced users overlook this powerful capability. A great place to start is at the Preferences menu. This screen shot is from the Mac version, but the same concept applies to Win as well as full-blown Photoshop products.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Aug 14, 2014 0 comments

What’s proper etiquette when capturing chow with a digital camera? If you like to shoot your food, here are a couple handy tips. 

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Aug 07, 2014 Published: Aug 08, 2014 0 comments

You've seen this technique used to streak lights in night scenes, right? Well, you don’t have to wait until it gets dark to join the fun. Learn how to do this easy trick and you can isolate your main subject from a crowded background.

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Aug 01, 2014 0 comments

The White Balance feature on your digital camera does more than advertised. Read this Easy Tip to learn how to add subtle adjustments to sunset and sunrise shots.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jul 27, 2014 0 comments

Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera systems promised us lenses that are more compact but fully featured. That promise has finally been fulfilled—and it took Tamron, the master of the All-in-One Zoom, to make it happen.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jul 11, 2014 1 comments
You may have used a beauty dish in the studio. Here’s a very portable model that you’ll find hard to leave at home. It’s quite affordable, too.
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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jun 25, 2014 0 comments
Beauty is as beauty does. A Leica M with a 50mm APO Summicron attached is the iconic archetype of modern digital cameras with retro design. Using it is a prodigious experience comparable to, let’s say, playing a concert Steinway grand piano, or maybe setting the hands on a Patek Philippe timepiece. I’m only guessing here, ‘cause I’ve done neither. But I did use a Leica M and 50mm APO Summicron for a week. Did they perform? Read on…
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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jun 19, 2014 0 comments
If a visitor from another planet arrived on Earth and asked to see the perfect specimen of what a digital camera and lens should look like, this combination might be the best choice. In terms of design and construction, fit and feel, the Leica M with 50mm APO Summicron is nearly perfect.
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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: May 25, 2014 0 comments
Misprint? No. The latest “all-in-one” zoom lens from Tamron ranges from 16mm to 300mm, the equivalent of 24mm to 450mm on my Nikon D300s (with APS-C size sensor). Add Vibration Compensation (VC), excellent Macro focusing and PZD Piezo Drive for quiet and blazing-fast autofocus and you’ve got “Lensational.”
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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Nov 24, 2013 0 comments
Lensbaby Spark lets your camera color outside the lines. It mounts directly on your Canon or Nikon and focuses manually when you squeeze it toward the rear while watching the sharp, sweet spot move around in the viewfinder. The affordable Lensbaby Spark deserves a spot on every photographer’s holiday wish list.
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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Oct 23, 2013 0 comments
Ever have a camera or gadget bag strap that wouldn't stay on your shoulder? Read about this tacky solution.

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