For people who live in US, it is the time of the year again to celebrate the Independence Day with fireworks. If you are interested in photographing fireworks, you’d better not try to learn the skills on the spot but try to get some solid tips before the night falls on Sunday.

The friendly folks at Nikonians just sent me a link to a few good tips on how to shoot fireworks. In addition, I came across a good article How to Photograph Fireworks Displays at dPS.

If you capture any good ones, please share with us in our flickr group pool. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to share my fireworks photos with you this year as I will be out camping in the Sawtooth Mountain.

Posted in Tips and Techniques on June 30th, 2010. No Comments.

The hot new trend in consumer electronics industry this year is 3D television, which is clearly evident in the range of TV products showcased at 2010 CES. It comes with no surprise since the world is actually in three dimensions. Photography and display were confined to the 2D format in the past due to technology limitations. Now the technology barriers for producing affordable 3D solutions have been broken, we will definitely see more 3D digital phtography products coming.

Fujifilm FinePix REAL 3D W1 was the first 3D consumer digital camera that caught my attention. The product started shipping last October but it was quite expansive. The camera and the display combo package was listed for over $1000. Now a company called Aiptek has introduced a pair of much less expansive products: a 3D camcorder that can record 720P HD videos and 5 megapixel stills, and a 7″ parallax LCD display that doesn’t require 3D glasses to create the 3D effect. Both products will be released on August 15, 2010. Amazon is taking pre-orders of both (Aiptek Portable 3D Photo and Video Display, Aiptek 3D-HD High Definition 3D Camcorder).

Posted in News, Photography Gadgets on June 28th, 2010. No Comments.

Are you a Mac user looking for a good photo editing software for less than $100 and not sure how to sort through all kinds of different features?

TopTenReviews has a comprehensive review of 9 different photo editing software that cost between $25 and $100. The reviews considers the criteria such as ease of use, import capability, editing features, sharing, output, organizing, and help & support. Each item is rated between poor and excellent in five levels. You can quickly determine if the features you are looking for exist in certain software and how well it is implemented compared to others. Read More…

Posted in Digital photography, Software on June 23rd, 2010. No Comments.

SD cards with built-in Wi-Fi isn’t anything new. We have seen it in Eye-Fi cards for many years now. Somehow Toshiba finds the need to reinvent the wheel and is developing wireless SDHC cards with a Singapore based company called Trek 2000. They are also jointly promoting a industry forum to create a standard for wifi capable SD cards.

[via DPReview]

Posted in News, Photography Gadgets on June 22nd, 2010. No Comments.

iPhone OS 4, or the iOS 4 as Apple now calls it, was made available yesterday to users of the old generation iPhones such as 3G and 3GS. As I and some others have noticed, the performance of the built-in camera app has been greatly improved. It is now faster to focus, take pictures, and get back to the capture screen again after taking a picture. Some of them could just be illusion – perhaps the fake shutter animation and the shutter sound are faster.

The digital zoom feature is nice to have. The image quality is going to suffer but if you hate wasted pixels taking up the storage space or don’t like to crop photos, you will find this feature handy. I wish they implemented the digital zoom function for video, but it isn’t there. The touch-to-focus feature is now available in video recording. A touch on the screen will get the camera to focus on that spot and the exposure is adjusted accordingly based on the brightness of the spot. Unfortunately the camera isn’t smart enough. So you get overexposed black subject and underexposed white subject. I wish Apple could add an exposure compensation slider to the camera app.

Posted in Digital photography on June 22nd, 2010. No Comments.

The following is a message from Dana, one of the DPTnT readers.

Hello,

I was wondering if you were planning on continuing to update this website? I noticed the last post was updated on November 2009 and it is now 2010 almost July. I plan on still using the website as there are lots of info I can go through and learn but would like to see some new articles. If you do not have time to continue updating the site with new articles or moved on could you please let me know so I can sign up for the RSS feed and Newsletter or not?

Thanks in advance, and Great work on the site and articles.

Dana

Here is my reply to Dana and a public message to all of my readers.

Dana,

Thank you for contact us. As you and many other may have noticed, this entire blog is currently in a very slow mode. The time I can speed here has been considerably less and there is also a bit of shift in my interests. The visitor count to this site hasn’t significantly reduced as many of you come to this site via search engines. However I know there have been many who keep coming back for the Capture NX Guide. I really appreciate your continued visit and support. As I become accustomed to the new schedules and priorities, I should be able to free up some time to keep the guide up to date.

Thanks.

Max

Posted in News, Other, Site Update on June 21st, 2010. No Comments.
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