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Editor Mar 31, 2005 43 comments
Backup for digital images is critical. There are a number of options available, including CDs, DVDs and separate hard drives. Which one do you use?
Briefly comment on the best way you have found to backup and catalog your digital images.
I backup all my digital images on CDs.
44% (54 votes)
I have switched to DVD backup because of the larger capacity.
20% (24 votes)
I work with a separate hard drive.
27% (33 votes)
I haven't started that yet and all my images are on my computer hard drive.
9% (11 votes)
Total votes: 122
Editor Jan 26, 2005 35 comments
Scene modes on cameras are pre-programmed solutions to common exposure and lighting situations, such as Portrait, Action and Night Scene mode. Some cameras now have as many as 20 Scene modes as options. Do you...
Briefly comment on the metering method that has worked best for you.
Use Scene modes often, as they help you solve what could be tricky exposure problems.
17% (21 votes)
Mainly rely on aperture- and shutter-priority exposure modes to get the same image effects of the Scene modes.
50% (61 votes)
Work in manual exposure mode and use spot, center-weighted or Matrix or Evaluative metering patterns, compensating exposure when
32% (39 votes)
Total votes: 121
Editor Jan 12, 2006 49 comments
A number of companies have recently announced organizing and editing tools specifically aimed at digital photographers, including Apple's Aperture, Adobe Lightroom and acdsee's pro. Do you currently make it a regular habit to organize your images carefully after downloading?
Briefly comment on the organizing software you currently use, or how you track and catalog your digital images.
Yes, it is a regular part of my regimen.
64% (114 votes)
No, but I will be looking at options closely as I realize the importance of this task.
25% (45 votes)
No, I don't consider it that important.
11% (19 votes)
Total votes: 178
Editor Nov 12, 2009 66 comments
Our review of the Canon G11 in an upcoming issue is part of our quest to find the ultimate “second” camera for DSLR owners. We’d like to know if you:
Briefly comment on what camera you might have selected as your “pocket” digital image taker.
Just carry your DSLR as your main and only camera
18% (30 votes)
Have a second digital camera as a “constant photo companion”
70% (117 votes)
Are still searching for that second camera
13% (21 votes)
Total votes: 168
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Editor Jun 04, 2007 54 comments
If you hear about a new camera, lens, printer etc. that you think will dramatically improve your work, would you consider purchasing same in the coming year?
Briefly comment on what criteria you would use to consider upgrading your gear in the coming year.
A) Yes, photography for me is more than discretionary spending.
39% (129 votes)
B) Maybe, although I will research it carefully and am watching my spending.
54% (180 votes)
C) No, even though I’d like to I’d hold off until the economy improves.
7% (25 votes)
Total votes: 334
Editor Oct 04, 2007 20 comments
At the recent Photo Plus show numerous companies, both printer manufacturers and "third party" paper manufacturers introduced so-called "fiber-based" inkjet papers. These emulate the look and feel of fiber based silver papers of the past. The ironic aspect of this is that many of the people to whom these papers are being marketed have never printed in the darkroom, and have little understanding of the difference between fiber and RC papers. If you are doing your own inkjet printing in your home or studio, do you relate to what their marketing message?
Briefly comment on what papers you currently use for inkjet printing.
Yes, I have done darkroom work in the past and can relate to what, for example, it means to have a "double weight glossy dried m
96% (551 votes)
No, I have not done darkroom work and use other criteria and references for paper selection.
2% (9 votes)
I am not sure how to judge the merits of a particular paper, and need to learn more about paper's various aspects.
3% (15 votes)
Total votes: 575
Editor Dec 20, 2004 48 comments
While some camera manufacturers have made it no secret that they are discontinuing their film SLR camera line, others have recently brought out new, highly sophisticated film SLR cameras. Would you ever consider buying a new film SLR camera in the future, or do you think your next SLR purchase will be a digital model?
Briefly comment on whether you think manufacturers should continue to develop new and more sophisticated film SLRs or whether you think they are wasting their time and energy and should just bring out digital models.
Yes, I would consider buying the latest film SLR models.
53% (76 votes)
No, my next purchase, now and in the future, would be a digital SLR.
27% (39 votes)
I'm waiting to see what happens with digital SLRs, and am happy with my film SLR for now.
20% (29 votes)
Total votes: 144
Editor Mar 22, 2010 19 comments
Most DSLRs these days come with built-in flash. While not very powerful they are fine for fill. Do you have an auxiliary hot shoe flash or other lighting gear yet?
Briefly comment on your approach to adding light to low light scenes using flash.
Yes I have the manufacturer's hot shoe flash to supplement lighting.
63% (40 votes)
I do but it is an independent brand flash and it works fine.
23% (15 votes)
No I don't use any flash other than the built-in.
14% (9 votes)
Total votes: 64
Editor Apr 12, 2007 25 comments
Today’s DSLRs allow for very high ISO ratings, with the newest featuring ISO 3200, and beyond. When shooting at these high speeds many manufacturers recommend, and offer Noise Reduction (NR) filters to help suppress noise. If you have worked at these high speeds, at what level of ISO do you find that NR filtration is important to retain image quality?
Briefly comment on your experience with high ISO settings and how you handle noise; mention your camera model in your comments
ISO 800
57% (77 votes)
ISO 1600
19% (26 votes)
I do not use NR filtration at all, as I feel the tradeoff between noise and image sharpness is not worth it.
24% (32 votes)
Total votes: 135
Editor Aug 16, 2005 40 comments
Most photographers agree that for the best quality, and steadiest images, a tripod is a necessary accessory. Aside from studio work with large format, how often do you use a tripod when you shoot?
Briefly comment on your experiences, pro and con, with tripods.
I use a tripod when I can and my results show it.
73% (74 votes)
I consider a tripod a bother, and rarely if ever use one.
12% (12 votes)
I would use a tripod more if I could find the right weight and model to use.
15% (15 votes)
Total votes: 101