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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: May 04, 2015 0 comments

You don’t need three magic wishes to make your Mac or PC more digital photography-friendly. Here are five ways anyone can upgrade their computer to improve the speed and efficiency of Photoshop, expand storage space for all those Raw image files, add room for unlimited back-ups of your photo archive and make the whole shebang more secure—without touching a screwdriver.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jul 13, 2013 1 comments
After one of their most dramatic marketing build-ups in recent times, Leica unveiled the X Vario camera on June 11. I was fortunate to get a working sample—for just a few days—and put it through its paces. Here are my impressions.
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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Apr 01, 2009 0 comments

Whenever you place a call to tech support—for any reason—take notes. Get names and of course dates and jot down a summary of all conversations. Nine times out of 10, when a customer complains about the behavior of a tech support agent, the conversation begins “I don’t know who I was talking to but…”

When you’re on hold and hear: “Your call...

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Feb 01, 2009 10 comments

Grey market goods are products that were manufactured to be sold outside the US but, because of pricing inconsistencies, made their way to our shores to compete with merchandise that was localized for our market.

Ah, the lure of the bargain. Everyone wants to get the most for their money, and some folks are willing to take significant risks to stretch their budget. That’s why...

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jan 21, 2015 0 comments

For centuries, scientists have labored to understand the nature of light. Some ancient Greeks believed that light was emitted from the eyeball the same way a bat sends out an echolocation chirp which allows him to determine his precise position in physical space. Understandably, there were problems with that hypothesis. Other theories followed. Those who embraced the wave theory were right—mostly. Light behaves like a wave up to a certain point. Similarly, those who professed the particle theory were also correct—partly.

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Aug 21, 2013 0 comments

Identity theft is a serious problem worldwide. Carelessness with your camera or memory cards may help thieves in some really scary ways. Here are two ways you might be donating information without realizing it.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Dec 27, 2005 0 comments

Image Editing With Paint Shop Pro 9

A Software With Its Own Approach And Style

Text And Photography By Jon Sienkiewicz

For
certain tasks, Paint Shop Pro 9 produces results faster and easier than other
products in its category. For novices, or for those among us who haven't
mastered all ofth...

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jun 01, 2005 Published: Jul 01, 2005 0 comments

Photos © 2004, Jon Sienkiewicz, All Rights Reserved

For certain tasks, Paint Shop Pro 9 produces results faster and easier than other products in its category. For novices, or for those among us who haven't mastered all of the intricacies of more sophisticated software, this latest version of Corel's popular image editor provides simple and satisfying...

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jun 24, 2011 Published: May 01, 2011 1 comments

“Can you use a tripod and IS at the same time?”

 

Almost 20 years after the dramatic success of the first autofocus 35mm SLR, the Minolta Maxxum 7000, Minolta introduced “body integral” Image Stabilization (IS) to the world in the DiMAGE A1, and the game changed. Advanced photographers recognized the value of stabilization. That was back in 2003, but it wasn’t the first attempt to quell camera jitters. Previously, IS had been performed optically. Minolta did it in the camera body by physically moving the sensor to counteract camera movement. We called it Anti-Shake, and I was a member of the team that brought it to market.

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Sep 16, 2014 0 comments

You’d wash your car inside and out before you tried to sell it, right? At the least you’d vacuum the dog hair from the back seat. Why do so many people offer downright dirty cameras and lenses for sale at online auction websites? While you cannot (and should not) remove signs of wear, you can easily make used gear clean and presentable.

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