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Editor Feb 08, 2011 58 comments
With so many "art filters" built into cameras these days, and a host of image processing programs that offer special effects, some photographers no longer carry glass, screw-on filters in their kit. The ND and polarizer are two filters some still recommend. Do you work with any screw-on filters for your digital SLR?
Please briefly comment on your experience with polarizer and ND filters for your DSLR photography.
Yes, I still work with glass filters and always carry NDs and a polarizer.
77% (115 votes)
No, I get all the special effects I need from software.
19% (29 votes)
I am not sure what advantage ND or polarizer filters offer.
3% (5 votes)
Total votes: 149
Editor Sep 27, 2010 44 comments
Do you think that smaller, compact system cameras can match DSLRs with the APS C chip in features and functionality? This new class of cameras generally comes with a full range of lenses, but only with electronic viewfinder and/or LCD viewing.
Please briefly comment on your thoughts about this new breed of digital cameras.
Yes, the chip size is the same and I appreciate the smaller size.
32% (40 votes)
No, the electronic finder is less functional than "mirror" finders.
50% (63 votes)
Not sure as I have not worked with one yet.
18% (23 votes)
Total votes: 126
Editor Jul 15, 2009 65 comments
With the advent of software plug-ins and image processing filters now built into cameras, do you still see a need for add-on filters for your lenses?
Please briefly describe what filter (s) you use and why.
Yes, there are still good reasons to use lens filters.
62% (187 votes)
No, I don't use any filters over my lenses.
36% (108 votes)
I am not sure what use filters are these days so haven't made up my mind.
2% (5 votes)
Total votes: 300
Editor May 11, 2010 19 comments
There are numerous programs now that allow you to catalog, edit and manipulate images. Digital allows us to shoot lots of images--the issue is getting to them later, and keeping them safe. In your work, how have you managed to manage all those images?
Please briefly describe what programs you use and how they have done the job for you.
I have settled on one program that I use consistently to handle all my work, cataloging and editing.
30% (16 votes)
I use one software programs to catalog my work, and then open them in separate software for manipulation.
54% (29 votes)
I am still seeking the best solution.
17% (9 votes)
Total votes: 54
Editor May 23, 2006 0 comments
As summer approaches you might be considering taking your digital camera on the road. And, with camera producing ever-larger file sizes, the need for downloading and reformatting your memory card probably becomes greater. Please indicate your backup solutions, if any.
Please briefly describe your
I just carry extra memory cards, and edit to save space on each one as I go.
20% (25 votes)
I download to my laptop, burn a CD or DVD and then reformat my card.
35% (44 votes)
I use a portable download device.
36% (45 votes)
I have yet to develop a solution for this.
9% (11 votes)
Total votes: 125
Editor Aug 14, 2007 40 comments
More and more digital cameras have a “monochrome” mode for making digital images in black and white, in camera. But you can also “convert” images later easily enough in Raw converter or from JPEGs. If you do use digital for black and white photography, how do you prefer to do it?
Please briefly describe your black and white digital workflow.
I use the Monochrome mode so I can see the results in black and white in the field.
64% (191 votes)
I shoot in Raw and make the conversion later using my Raw converter.
10% (31 votes)
I shoot in either Raw or JPEG and convert to black and white in my main image editing software.
26% (77 votes)
Total votes: 299
Editor Sep 11, 2007 54 comments
With Nikon's recent announcement of a "full frame" DSLR, do you think that we are beginning to see a break between advanaced amateur and "pro" DSLRs based upon sensor size? If so, how does this affect your purchasing decision when shopping for a DSLR?
Please briefly describe your purchasing decision when shopping for a DSLR?
No, it makes no difference--as long as I have enough resolution (megapixels) to get the images I want.
71% (291 votes)
Yes, I will look forward to getting a "full frame" sensor DSLRs.
6% (26 votes)
I would prefer working with a full frame DSLR, but only if prices come way down.
23% (93 votes)
Total votes: 410
Editor Jul 07, 2008 36 comments
Noise reduction can be useful at high ISO settings or with long exposure times. But there is some debate as to whether this should be applied in camera when the exposure is made (in fact some cameras automatically apply NR at ISO 400 and above unless you turn it off) or later using Photoshop or some third-party software. Do you:
Please comment briefly on an NR workflow you have found effective.
Let the camera handle NR at its default setting.
88% (602 votes)
Keep the NR setting OFF, and handle NR later.
8% (55 votes)
Always use NR at HIGH or LOW setting, depending on the subject, scene and lighting conditions.
4% (30 votes)
Total votes: 687
Editor Oct 19, 2006 75 comments
There's a trend in digital cameras to offer more and more in-camera processing, including making copies that change resolution and "retouching" white balance, red-eye etc. Given that you had such a camera, would you use the camera for these tasks or wait until later after downloading to do it in your image processing program?
Please comment briefly on any experiences you might have had with in-camera image processing techniques.
I would use the camera as part of my image processing solution.
33% (99 votes)
I think all that is better done in an image processing program.
62% (186 votes)
I just use the images as they come from the camera and don't do any post-processing work on them.
5% (15 votes)
Total votes: 300
Editor Dec 02, 2004 64 comments
Image stabilization lenses and camera systems offer the ability to shoot at slower shutter speeds than usual with a handheld camera. Is some form of image stabilization important to you as a feature when considering lens or camera purchase?
Please comment briefly on experiences you might have had with image stabilization systems, good or bad.
Yes, even a greater cost it's worth the ability to work with slower speeds.
84% (107 votes)
No, the extra cost is not worth it and I don't have the need for this handheld aid.
11% (14 votes)
Not sure, as the benefits of image stabilization are not that clear to me.
5% (6 votes)
Total votes: 127