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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.

The iPad is a Great Portable Display for Photographs

Monday, June 27th, 2011

The Apple iPad is such a perfect accessory for photographers, some camera bag manufacturers have started to design camera bags with iPod pouches. For instance, the Tamrac Zuma 7 Backpack is designed to hold an iPad or a netbook. I’ve used an iPad on location and teamed with an Eye-Fi Pro SD card it was possible to wirelessly send photos to the iPad to check focus. Seriously cool! Professional photographers could even use it with clients in the studio so that they could view shots immediately.

You may notice that I have targeted the WI-FI version of the iPad for my links. The reason why is that you don’t have to invest in the 3G version to use the iPad with your camera. The WI-FI version works with the Eye-Fi Pro or you could go lo-tech and use the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit. What’s most important is RAM. If you plan on transferring RAW files to the iPad, consider the 64GB version.

Enhance Google Searches for Photography

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Google has a new service to enhance Google searches.

In order to use Google Subscribed Links, you must create a new Google Account or sign in with an existing Google Account.

Review: Eye-Fi Pro X2 SDHC Card

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Summary: The Eye-Fi SDHC card includes the ability to connect to a WIFI network and upload pictures and videos from the camera to a computer, portable device, or website. The latest version of the firmware also includes the ability to create a WIFI network so that devices such as an iPad or iPhone can connect to it directly when another WIFI network isn’t available. Click to continue »