FotoFusion logoLumaPix FotoFusion provides easy-to-use image layout editing tools in an affordably priced software package. It is very difference from an photo editing software such as Adobe Photoshop. FotoFusion allows users to create complicated and high resolution composite pages using a what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) user interface. Users can easily share their work via email and the web, or create high quality prints with many options.

For users who are not familiar with the software, the best place to start is obvious the Company website at http://www.lumapix.com/. FotoFusion software has three different license types for different users from fun-seeking hobbyists, very serious enthusiasts, to high-volume professionals with different price tags. Please read the detailed comparision chart for the feature differences and the prices. Read More…

Posted in Software on February 28th, 2008. 1 Comment.

Once a very popular lens selling even above MSRP not too long ago, the Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED has lost its charm somewhat. I guess the demands drop as most people who wanted it already got it. It can now be easily found at most photography equipment places for less than MSRP.

It appears that DPReview just started doing lens reviews but I am a little surprised to see the review of this lens coming from DPReview at this time (two years after its release), when many people are waiting for an already-late Nikon D300 review.

Based on the review, the lens is “about making some optical compromises to provide the broadest possible range in a single lens”. It is “nothing more than an expensive snapshot lens”, and it is for “he photographer who wants to shoot a little bit of everything and not have to change lenses”. I guess that’s quite accurate.

For reference, here are some other reviews of this lens:

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras, Lens on February 26th, 2008. No Comments.

The English version of Nikon’s Asian support site has posted the latest update (Version 1.3.2) to Nikon Capture NX. It fixed a well know bug we reported in last December and also included the support for the recently announced Nikon D60 Digital SLR camera. The changes are: Read More…

Posted in Software on February 19th, 2008. No Comments.

After the successful series of the 100 in 100 – 100 Photography Tips in 100 Days, Adorama Imaging Resource Center (AIRC) brings us the part II of the series starting Monday February 18, 2008. A major difference from the first series is the theme-based tips organized weekly. The first week’s tips are about low light photography.

Posted in Online Resources on February 18th, 2008. No Comments.

This is the last total lunar eclipse you can see before December 2010. Don’t miss this great photo opportunity if you missed the last one. For more details, please visit this NASA page and read the viewing guide at space.com. Here are some moon shooting tips on DPTnT:

Posted in Photo Spots & Opps. on February 17th, 2008. No Comments.
Red Eye Removal

Nikon Capture NX has an easy-to-use red eye removal tool: RedEye Control Point. Most times it works well.  All you need to do is to place a red eye control point on each of the red eyes and set the proper radius. However, sometimes it leaves a green tint and other times it doesn’t work at all. In this tutorial, I will show you a red eye removal technique that is more flexible and always works (even on monkeys). Read More…

Posted in Photo Editing on February 14th, 2008. 6 Comments.

I just saw this awesome link (on Digg) to 40 intriguing and fun digitally created photos. Reality and fantasy are a little difficult to distinguish in the Digital World.

Posted in Miscellaneous, Photo Editing on February 12th, 2008. No Comments.

According to DPReview, Tamron announced the SP AF70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro at PMA 2008. It seems to be an interesting addition to the camp of Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro and Tokina AT-X 828 AF Pro 80-200mm f/2.8 as a low cost alternative to the expensive OEM counterparts. Although not mentioned in the DPReview coverage, the Nikon mount version will have a built-in auto focus motor so it works on all Nikon DSLR cameras including D40/D40X/D60, which do not have in-body AF motor. Quoting from the product overview from Tamron:

While overall dimensions are confined to the absolute minimum, the new SP AF70-200mm F/2.8 zoom lens is packed with features that allow stress-free photography: a versatile MFD of just 37.4″ over the entire zoom range; best-in-class maximum macro magnification ratio of 1:3.1 at f=200mm; and an advantageous internal focusing (IF) system. The new tele-zoom lens covers a desirable focal length range of 70mm medium telephoto to 200mm telephoto when mounted on full-size format SLR cameras and a focal length range from 109mm to 310mm* ultra telephoto when mounted on a DSLR camera with an APS-C sized imager.

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras, Lens on February 7th, 2008. No Comments.
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