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iPad Pro: First Impressions

Monday, November 30th, 2015

The iPad Pro could be the perfect tool for a graphic designer or photographer.

First Impressions

  • It’s big. The iPad Pro may not be your first choice for carrying around town but the extra screen real estate is perfect for doing some serious work.
  • Even though it is light for its size, holding it one handed isn’t something I would want to do for long. Sitting with it in my lap is best.
  • Fingerprint recognition works from both a horizontal and vertical position.
  • The display is bright and sharp.
  • Apple didn’t make the camera a pro feature. As with iPhones and other iPads, the camera is auto only. Yes, it has some nifty new features such as slo-mo but I had hoped for manual control.
  • Battery life is great.

Look for upcoming posts for the Apple Pencil and Keyboard. I’ll also review various apps for photography, drawing, and painting.


CameraAddiction.biz

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Canon EOS T4iI’ve launched a new camera store called CameraAddiction. This camera store could become your #1 source for camera, photography, and video equipment. It is filled with over 9,000 products and includes categories for best sellers, most wished for, gift ideas, and our picks. You’ll find film and digital cameras, camcorders, and surveillance equipment. Where possible, each product has links to video reviews to help you make a informed decision.

If you are shopping for a mobile phone, try MobileAddiction. Like CameraAddiction, it is packed with products and video reviews.

Christmas Gift Ideas and Stocking Stuffers for Photographers

Monday, November 26th, 2012
My Take: I found this article by Mark Laurie from 2011. Most of it still applies for 2012 so I decided to share it with you. I deleted a few suggestions and added some links to help you shop for the items.

A Master Photographer shares his popular annual list of gift ideas to help give you some ideas for the photographer on your holiday shopping list. These aren’t just the normal things, though, but cool stuff that they will ask, “Wow, where did you find this?” Finding a gift for a photographer can be tricky – where does the non-photographer look? Well, here you go, from the fun to the serious, along with the obscure. This will make it easy for you.

1. Canon/Nikon Mugs store. Not really a camera accessory but I think these are just fun. Just be careful you don’t grab the real lens and pour coffee into it.

2. Wacom tablet. They come in different sizes with the Bamboo line for the starters, and the Intous line for the real creative types. Once they start using this to work on their images, the mouse will feel like a puck! Starts at $125. Most camera stores carry this.

3. Exotic lens. Bigger budget? Buy an exotic lens, super wide angle Fisheye, long telephoto or a macro lens. If you aren’t knowledgable about what you are buying, always buy the same brand lens as the camera.

4. The Eye-Fi. It’s not just a memory card, but a wireless transmitter so you can upload your images to the computer or your favorite photo sharing site. You can also get cards to work with smart phones and the iPad. $99 Click to continue »

Article source: http://ezinearticles.com/6715164

Best Canon Lenses for Portraits

Sunday, November 27th, 2011
My Take: This is a good article about Canon lenses that are on sale during the holiday season. For some of them, the price is so low that you will have to put the lens in your cart to see the price because Amazon says the price on the item is lower than the manufacturer’s “minimum advertised price.” Don’t worry, Amazon makes it easy to take the item out of your cart. The one that looks like a bargain to me is the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras. Being able to get an L series lens for under $600 is definately amazing. The only down side for this lens is that it doesn’t have IS, image stabalization. Since I usually use a tripod, the lack of IS isn’t a deal breaker for me.

The Holiday Season is right around the corner, and that means fantastic sales! It also means fighting for parking space and waiting in lines only to find out that the things you wanted to get for your friends and loved ones aren’t in stock.

This is where on-line shopping comes into play.

Not only do you not have to deal with the undue stress that comes with shopping at the malls, but you can be guaranteed that what you want to buy I in stock. On-line companies have even gone one step further by offering steep discounts on high-demand items.

So what do you get for your favorite photographer? Well, there are a bunch of lenses that Canon has out on the market this year, and they make the perfect gift for the person who loves taking pictures, but may not have the special attachments to take those detailed, wide angle, long distance, or even underwater shots. Canon Lenses are by far the most adaptable and widely used by professional photographers and home users alike.

Let’s take a look at a few of the great lenses Canon is offering during the Holiday Season.

Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II USM Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras

Most users and reviewers sum this lens up as being “outstanding.” The Canon Ef 85mm has an extremely sharp focus, which makes it ideal for portrait shots. The Ef 85mm also gives you control in low lighting, as well as giving you fantastic depth-of-field ranges. It’s a little on the heavy side, but the Canon Ef 85mm is easily portable, durable, and well worth the money.

Pros: Extremely durable; Fast accurate auto-focus; incredible depth of field

Cons: Bulky; A little on the high-end

Canon EF 180mm f3.5L Macro USM AutoFocus Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

This is by far one of the best telephoto lenses for beginners and professionals alike. The Canon EF 180mm AF Telephoto Lens is rugged and durable (perfect for photojournalists, nature photographers, and outdoor events), but comes packed with features. The EF 180mm has a long macro lens, which is fantastic for getting your subject matter in full detail at long ranges. The Canon EF 180mm will work at long ranges for both long zoom and close-up shots, and will also allow you to de-focus the background to let your subject matter stand out.

Pros: Ultra-sharp imagery; Superior design

Cons: Heavy; Comes with 72c adapter for macro flashes

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

The EF 70-200mm USM Lens comes from Canon’s Luxury Lens Series.Known for being extremely durable, the Canon EF 70-200mm USM is also very lightweight and portable, with metal mountings.

This Canon L-Series Lens is perfect for taking incredible shots of moving objects – birds, cars, players at a sporting event, kids running through the house. The Canon EF70-200mm’s built-in Ultra Sonic motor allows you to take clear and sharp pictures of moving object, while allowing you to toggle between auto and manual focus, so you don’t have to worry about missing any of the action while fiddling with settings.

Pros: Fast auto-focus; 4-Stop IS; Incredibly sharp images; Superior design and quality; Lightweight

Cons: A little on the pricey side – until you see the quality of your pictures

Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift Lens for Canon SLR Cameras 

With the Canon TS-E 90mm Lens, you have complete control over the tilt, shift, and rotate adjustments. This means that you can place your subject matter at the angle your want, form the position you are in to take a picture.

The Tilt option of the Canon TS-E 90mm allows you to adjust which objects are in and out of focus while taking a portrait shot. The Shift option gives you control over perspective distortion So if you want things to be enhanced or corrected, you can take care of that by using this lens, rather than dealing with photography software after you’ve already taken your picture. The Rotate function gives you complete control over the sharpness of the focus then taking specific portraits.

Pros: Ultra-sharp images; Superior design and lens quality; Consistent picture quality

Cons: According to reviews and users, there aren’t any.

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

This is without a doubt the best Canon portrait lens on the market today, combining blindingly fast focus speed and pinpoint accuracy. The Canon EF 135mm has response functionality, such that you can get focused on your subject matter in microseconds.

Portraits come out ultra-sharp, and you can use the Canon EF 135mm to blur anything within a 3-foot radius of your subject matter. This means your portrait shots will come out crystal clear, and no one will be distracted by anything other than your subject matter.

The EF 135mm from Canon is light and portable, making it easy for taking wherever you go. The Canon EF 135mm is a fantastic multi-purpose lens, but in the field of portrait shots, the EF 135mm gets nothing but rave reviews from professional and consumer photographers alike.

Pros: Super-fast focus; Ultra-sharp images; Full field-of-view focus control

Cons: None!

This is just a handful of the Canon lenses on the market for the Holiday Season. There are ten in total, but this is a good overview of a few of the best. The great thing is, that even with the Black Friday rush, many dealers are offering these lenses (and the rest in the Canon line) at up to 40% Off the in-store and catalog prices.

Article source: http://ezinearticles.com/6705051

Photography Gift Ideas under $50

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Some of the products listed below are under $50 because they are on sale.

Tiffen 58MM Circular Polarizer Glass Filter

A polarizing filter is mandatory. It darkens skies, makes blue skies bluer, removes glare, and should be in every photographer’s kit. Be sure to get the correct size filter for your lens.

CowboyStudio NPT-04, 4 Channel Wireless Trigger Receiver

This set is designed for photographic studio and on-location work to trigger various flash lights. The transmitter is attached on the hot shoe of the camera while the receiver is plugged into the studio flash. Each receiver works with one studio flash. You can also get an extra receiver and still be under $50. 

Timer Remote Control RS-60E3

If you are interested in taking long exposures or time-lapse photos, you will need an external remote. Make sure that you get the model that will work with your camera. This remote will work with the following cameras:

  • Pentax K100D,K110D, K10D, *ist Ds2, *ist D, *ist Ds, *ist, *istDL, *ist DL2
  • Samsung GX-1L, GX-1S, GX-10
  • Canon EOS 30, 33, 50E, 300, 300V, 3000, 50, 300D (Digital Rebel), 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), 450D (Digital Rebel XSi), 500D, 1000D

If you have a Nikon, try the following link: LCD Digital Timer Remote Control (MC-DC2) for Nikon D Series Digital SLR Cameras (Check Compatibility)

Cowboystudio Backlight Strobe Flash Studio Photography Kit

This inexpensive studio flash requires AC power. It is a slave flash that will fire when your primary flash fires.

Serif PanoramaPlus X4

  • Powerful, easy-to-use digital-photo-stitching software
  • Create stunning panoramas in just 3 easy steps
  • Easily import photos and movie clips to create panoramas
  • Edit and enhance panoramas with simple-to-use correction tools
  • Save and share panoramas to share with family and friends

Eye-Fi Connect X2 4 GB Class 6 SDHC Wireless Card

The Connect X2 is Eye-Fi’s entry level SDHC card. Automatically upload photos and videos to your computer and to your favorite site – they’ll just land there already organized. Choose from 25 websites, including Flickr, Facebook, Picasa and more.

  • 4GB Memory to store up to 2000 photos or 90min or video
  • Upload JPEG photos & videos fast through your home Wi-Fi network thanks to built in 802.11n speed
  • Get email, Facebook, or Twitter alerts when your photos are uploading online
  • Photos and videos can automatically land in date-based folders of your choice on your computer or even directly into iPhoto for Macs

If you want more capacity and features, take a look at my review of the Eye-Fi Pro X2 SDHC card.

2011 Gift Guide

Monday, October 17th, 2011

My Top Picks

Apple iPad 2 MC775LL/A Tablet (64GB, Wifi + AT&T 3G, Black)

If you plan to use the iPad to display your photos, get this model which has 64GB. The 3G network isn’t manditory but I have found myself wishing that I had gotten the 3G version when there isn’t a Wi-Fi network in the vacinity. iPad apps such as NIK Software’s Snapseed and Adobe’s Photoshop Express make this gift a no brainer — display and edit your photos. Who can resist that combination?

Eye-Fi Pro X2 8 GB Class 6 SDHC Wireless Flash Memory Card

The Eye-Fi Pro can wirelessly send your photos to your computer, iPad, iPhone, Picassa, Facebook, Flickr, or YouTube. When combined with an iPad or iPhone, you have got a great combination that works with or without a Wi-Fi network. The Eye-Fi can now create its own network for the iPad or iPhone to join! The new iPad software for the Eye-Fi is much easier to use and can now change the configuration of the Eye-Fi card. This is a welcome addition to the software. Some digital cameras can even communicate with the Eye-Fi card. Other versions of the Eye-Fi card to consider are the Eye-Fi Connect X2 or Eye-Fi Mobil X2.

Epson Stylus R2000 Wide-Format Wireless Inkjet Printer

Pigment inks that last a 100 years, individual ink cartridges, accepts paper up to 13″ wide, and wireless 802.11n support round out the features of this robust printer. The ink is Espon’s Ultrachrome Hi-Gloss pigment ink. The Epson Stylus R2000 can even print on glossy, matte,  fine art paper and canvas. Being able to also print on ink jet printable CD/DVDs is a bonus. It can also load cut-sheet or roll paper in sizes up to 13″ wide.

Photomatix Pro

Photomatix Pro gives you incredible control over the look of an HDR image. You can produce images that range from natural to extreme and everything in between. It comes with many presets that help you to instantly create dramatic results. This software is my first choice when creating HDR images.

Framed Artwork

Of course, you should have guessed that my gift guide would not be complete without mentioning my own photographs. You can order many different sizes to fit your budget. The prints can be framed or mounted on foam core. There are even gallery wraps available.

You can also have your own photographs framed or mounted by going direct to MPix. This is the company I use for printing and framing the artwork ordered through my gallery.