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This isn’t really new. It has been floating around since mid October on the internet. But after a well know gadget blog picked this up today, its popularity seems to have soared.  If you haven’t seen it, the following is a Youtube video showing you what can be done with a dozen Nikon Coolpix S1000pj digital cameras with built-in projector attached to the back of a boy.

If you cannot afford a dozen of them yet, you may be ok with the normal usage of the camera. Some examples are shown in the following video.

Posted in Miscellaneous on November 29th, 2009. No Comments.

Nikon has released version 1.9.0 of the NEF Codec. The new version (release note) added the support for the new D3s DSLR and Windows 7, but only 32 bit versions. For people who wants 64 bit support, please check out the following posts for more information.

Posted in Software on November 29th, 2009. No Comments.

In my previous post titled Bounce Flash Tips, I talked about how to reduce the shadows caused by direct light from flash hitting the subject. By tilting the flash head to a higher angle and by not using the diffusion dome (OmniBounce) you can reduce the amount of direct light that can cause unflattering look and ugly shadows.

Today I found a great tip in which a piece of black foam is wrapped around the flash head using rubber bands to control the light from bounce flash. It looks like a snoot cut in half. Read More…

Posted in Other on November 28th, 2009. 1 Comment.

One friend came to my house with his newly acquired Nikon D90 DSLR camera. He pushed the LiveView button on the back and showed me the scene of my living room on the LCD screen of the camera. The scene looked yellow-reddish overall, just as I expected because of the mixed incandescent and compact fluorescent artificial lighting in the room. My friend commented that he liked the warm and fuzzy colors on the screen. He then proceeded to take a photo, and showed me the image in which the yellow-reddish color was significantly reduced. His comment was that the photo’s color looked worse.  He then popped up the flash and took another shot. The yellow-reddish color was completely gone. The photo looked like one taken in bright daylight. The comment from him? The color was bad! Read More…

Posted in Beginner Tips, Tips and Techniques on November 28th, 2009. No Comments.

Want to take strobist photos in wet environments but don’t want to get killed by the high voltage in your Speedlight flash or risk damaging the flash? Check out this DIY waterproof flashbox. With this DIY setup, you should be able to make sure both you and the flash are safe when taking photos in showers, swimming pools, lakes, sea, and in the rain.

What does it take to make one? Looks like not much in term of time required but it isn’t very cheap. You need to get the Otterbox 3500 waterproof case (clear), a couple of flash shoes glued inside the box for the flash and a spigot glued outside of the box for mounting the whole setup on a light stand. ~$50 maybe?

If the promises (specs) of the waterproof box is true, you should be able to take this setup safely down to 100ft underwater if you want to, assuming you can trigger the flash somehow.

Check out more pictures of the DIY waterproof flashbox.

Posted in DIY Photography on November 28th, 2009. No Comments.

How passionate are you about the brand of your DSLR camera? Topics such as Canon vs. Nikon can often lead to very heated debate at online forums. In real life, can a Canon boy mingle with a Nikon girl? Check out the following music video. 😉 Warning: May not be appropriate for workplace. Read More…

Posted in Miscellaneous on November 26th, 2009. No Comments.

If you have been waiting for a good deal on Nikon cameras and lenses , the holiday season is perhaps the best time to splurge. Nikon is offering instant savings on some cameras and lenses from November 26 to November 28 (Thursday to Saturday). Here is the online version of the circular (Adobe Flash required to view the page).

The fine print indicates that the prices listed are all suggested retail prices. Your local authorized Nikon retailer will decide the actual sale price. If you want to get the best price though, skip the local store and shop online. The suggested retail price for the Nikon D90 outfit with 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR DX Nikkor Zoom Lens is $1149.95, but the current price at Amazon.com is $1029.95.

If you are looking for lenses, the Nikon Black Friday promotion only offers some packaged deals on a few consumer grade lenses. Third party lens manufacturer Sigma does not offer any rebates but Tamron is currently offering some mail-in rebates. You get $25 rebate for the Tamron AF17-50mm F/2.8 SP XR Di II VC (model B005) and Tamron AF 60mm f/2.0 SP DI II LD IF 1:1 Macro (model G005). For anyone looking for a general purpose walk-around never-change-lens-again lens, there is a $70 rebate for the Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC lens— the world’s only 15X zoom made for digital SLR cameras with APS-C sized sensors.

Posted in Photography Deals on November 25th, 2009. No Comments.

If your are looking for deals on digital cameras or other photography gears, or you are simply going after some therapeutic effects of spending money (shopping therapy), there may be something you can do on the coming Friday.

You don’t have to wait until Thursday to buy local newspapers to get started. The deals were all “leaked” way ahead of the time. Typically I check out http://bfads.net/. If you know what you are looking for, you can simply search for the item you want. Otherwise you can browse the categories (direct link to Digital Camera category).

Another good site is http://www.blackfriday.info. Some relevant categories are digital camerasmemory cards, and photo frames.

It is perhaps no longer a secret about most of the deals. The stores don’t have more than a few of them and there will be no rain checks. If you want to try your luck of scoring a great deal by standing in line before the door opens, you have my best wishes. If you are too lazy to get up early or just being smarter, you may already know that there are lots of hot deals online as well. Many online stores also have sells going on before and after the Black Friday. For example, Amazon Black Friday Deals starts on Monday, November 23, which is just a few hours away. If that’s too long to wait, their Today’s Deals in Camera and Photo is going on all the time.

Posted in Miscellaneous, Photography Deals on November 22nd, 2009. No Comments.
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