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Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 12, 2011  |  First Published: Nov 01, 2011  |  0 comments

When I say filter, your first thought may be a Photoshop plug-in. That’s natural, especially if your first good camera was digital. But folks who cut their photographic teeth shooting 35mm film know all about the light-bending qualities of glass screw-in filters. Physical filters were once the best (and sometimes only) way to get certain types of creative shots. Although still as effective as ever, they’ve fallen from favor for several reasons.

C.A. Boylan  |  Dec 05, 2011  |  First Published: Oct 01, 2011  |  0 comments

In this month’s Roundup we offer an introduction to a sampling of backdrop companies with products ranging from cloth to paper to virtual. Space prohibits us from covering their often extensive product lines, so we encourage you to follow up by contacting them directly. Many offer online as well as printed catalogs.—Editor

C.A. Boylan  |  Nov 04, 2011  |  First Published: Sep 01, 2011  |  1 comments

Nik Software’s Snapseed is a photo application designed specifically for the iPad. It enables you to create amazing photos with a wide variety of filters and tools. Filter choices include Grunge, Vintage, and Drama. Snapseed features U Point technology in touch devices, bringing precise selective adjustments to change lighting, color, and more by simply touching and swiping the screen. Snapseed allows users to enhance, edit, and share their photos via social networks, e-mail, and even print via Apple’s AirPrint Wi-Fi printing standard. Snapseed for the iPad is available on the App Store (www.niksoftware.com/buysnapseedipad) for $4.99. Tutorial videos are available at: www.niksoftware.com/snapseed.

Jason Schneider  |  Oct 26, 2011  |  First Published: Sep 01, 2011  |  0 comments

The performance parameters of today’s cameras are flat-out astonishing. Many current entry-level and middle-tier D-SLRs provide image sensors with resolutions ranging from 12-18 megapixels (MP), burst rates of 5-7 fps, and full 1080p HD video capability. Sophisticated digital point-and-shoots are not far behind, with 10-14MP sensors, 720p or 1080p HD video, and respectable burst rates in the 3-5 fps range. Needless to say, pro and prosumer D-SLRs often exceed even these incredible specs, with sensors in the 20-25MP range, blistering burst rates up to 10 fps, deep buffers, and phenomenally rapid image processing software. Not surprisingly, flash memory manufacturers have responded with a veritable explosion of high-capacity, high-speed memory cards with incredible write speeds and an array of enhancements aimed at increasing reliability and security.

C.A. Boylan  |  Sep 30, 2011  |  First Published: Aug 01, 2011  |  0 comments

DeluxGear’s Lens Cradle system features a Neo Duet Camera Strap and a Cradle Mount. The strap has thick neoprene lycra for stretch and nonslip shark tooth webbing for comfort on your neck and shoulders. The Cradle Mount is made from durable polycarbonate and an auto-grade ABS blend. It offers an arc-like dual mounting platform for use with any camera and lens with a tripod collar and can safely support the heaviest lenses. The Lens Cradle can be configured into various mounting options. The system package includes the Cradle Mount and four-point Neo Duet Camera Strap for an MSRP of $49.99. The Cradle Mount and Neo Duet Camera Strap may also be purchased separately.

C.A. Boylan  |  Jul 27, 2011  |  First Published: Jun 01, 2011  |  0 comments

Calumet Pro Series Camera Cases And Protective Wraps Pro Series camera cases are made from ripstop water-resistant nylon and designed to protect your camera and a mounted lens. The cases feature a hinged lid, smooth nylon zippers with large pulls, a reinforced adjustable shoulder strap with metal quick-release clips, and a padded carrying handle. Products include the DSLR123 Camera Holster Case that can hold most popular model D-SLR cameras with a lens up to 200mm; the RC1188 Rolling Camera Case (14x10x20.75” and 14.4 lbs) that meets domestic carryon requirements and has an expandable compartment for a tripod or lightweight stand; and the RC2065 Rolling Camera Case Plus (15.5x12x23.5” and 14.4 lbs) that can hold four to five D-SLR camera bodies and three to four lenses (even a long telephoto or zoom lens), a portable flash, and accessories.

C.A. Boylan  |  Jun 30, 2011  |  First Published: May 01, 2011  |  0 comments

Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2
Nik Software has begun shipping Silver Efex Pro 2, a major upgrade to its Silver Efex Pro software. Silver Efex Pro 2 offers a unique darkroom-inspired workflow and the ability to fine-tune images with precise selective adjustments powered by U Point technology. The software’s new features include the History Browser for endless experimentation, revolutionary algorithms such as Dynamic Brightness, Amplify Blacks and Whites, Soft Contrast, and Fine Structure, plus finishing touches like Image Borders and selective colorization.

 

George Schaub  |  Jun 15, 2011  |  First Published: May 01, 2011  |  0 comments

Remote viewing and shutter release capability opens up a host of picture opportunities, from working high atop camera platforms from ground level to very low-level shooting without muddying your clothes (given your camera lacks an articulating monitor) to placing your camera in spots and being able to view and shoot without your being right behind the viewfinder. Many photographers routinely work with radio triggers for flash, especially in studio environments where the lights are set in position and photographer and model or subject move. The Hähnel Inspire adds to the mix with remote shutter release and viewing in one.

David B. Brooks  |  Jun 10, 2011  |  First Published: May 01, 2011  |  0 comments

A Shutterbug reader, Tracy Valleau, e-mailed me, suggesting that I take a look at the 24” widescreen Dell UltraSharp U2410 LCD display with 1920x1200 pixel resolution. What makes it suitable for digital photography and professional graphics is its wide color gamut of 96 percent of Adobe RGB and the fact that its white luminance is adjustable from 80.0 to 90.0 CD/m2, both of which provide a high reproduction screen image quality. Its 12-bit internal processing assures a smooth rendition of tones on screen. The screen is in a bezel and stand that is sturdy but light, with an excellent design that’s carefully manufactured. In all respects, this Dell U2410 is quite affordable at a list price of $599, while entirely competitive with more expensive brands favored for a color-managed digital photography workflow.

C.A. Boylan  |  Apr 01, 2011  |  0 comments

Calumet Pro Series D-SLR Camera Accessories
The Pro Series 4-Channel Wireless Trigger Kit is a 2.4GHz system that allows you to synchronize your camera and flash for remote operation over 328 feet. Calumet is currently offering two versions of this kit, one for Canon and one for Nikon cameras and flash systems, but it can also be used with studio strobes as well as...

C.A. Boylan  |  Mar 01, 2011  |  0 comments

In keeping with our wedding theme this month, our Roundup entries cover the albums beat. Keep in mind that Roundup is not a test report per se, but a place where we get to provide information supplied by manufacturers on new products and services.—Editor

 

Kingston Flush Mount Albums
Custom-made Kingston Flush Mount Albums can be created in three different ways: as a...

C.A. Boylan  |  Feb 01, 2011  |  0 comments

PocketWizard MiniTT1 And FlexTT5 For Nikon
Made for use with Nikon D-SLR cameras, the MiniTT1 transmitter slides into the camera’s hot shoe and measures just 2.8x1.9x1.3”. The FlexTT5 transceiver measures 3.6x2.9x1.4”. This system can be used to control single or multiple off-camera Nikon i-TTL flash units. The firmware is upgradeable and other accessories...

Roger W. Hicks & Frances E. Schultz  |  Jan 01, 2011  |  0 comments

Countless things appear at photokina that are not cameras, lenses, tripods, bags, materials, or lighting and studio. It’s part of the magic of the place. Calling this category “accessories” won’t do, because for most of us, “accessories” consist mostly of small things in blister packs: cable releases, lens caps, that sort of thing. At photokina, it can...

C.A. Boylan  |  Dec 01, 2010  |  0 comments

Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens
Designed for use with AF 35mm, full-frame sensor, and APS-C sensor D-SLR cameras, the SP 70-300mm lens features vibration compensation and a silent ultrasonic autofocus drive. It has an extra low dispersion lens element made from high-grade glass. The angle of view (diagonal) is 34? 21’-8? 15’; the maximum focus...

C.A. Boylan  |  Oct 01, 2010  |  0 comments

Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens
Sigma introduced their new 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM lens. This large aperture, standard zoom lens was created for APS-C digital cameras and features Sigma’s Optical Stabilization functionality, which allows you to shoot handheld at shutter speeds nearly four steps slower than would otherwise be possible. It also features their...

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