Adobe released the final versions of Photoshop Lightroom 3.2 and Camera RAW 6.2. Release candidates have been available at Adobe Labs for a while. The new updates added RAW support for some new cameras including the recently announced Canon EOS 60D and Sony SLT-α55/SLT-α33. The new updates also add support for many new lens profiles. As always, many bug fixes are included. The new updates are light on new features but it is worth mentioning that direct publishing to Facebook and SmugMug is now supported.

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Posted in News, Software on August 31st, 2010. No Comments.

How do I frame myself easily?

How do I make sure the camera will focus at the right place?

Are those the questions you ask when taking self-portraits? You are certainly not alone in dealing with the difficulties in self portrait shooting. In the following video from Adorama, you will learn a few tips on how to make self portrait shooting easier from Mark Wallace.

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

Is it even possible to do high speed photography at slow shutter speed such as 1/10 second? Think about the moment a bullet goes through a water balloon or a projectile from a coil gun cutting through a column of water. Read More…

Posted in Online Resources on August 28th, 2010. No Comments.

The cameras on cells phones are getting better but they are still mostly bad enough to allow high percentage of bad shots. What can you do if a photo is really bad but it captures a unique moment that you like?

You can run it through various apps available and salvage it by making it “ridiculous, bizarre or maybe even beautiful”. Hopefully by doing so, technical flaws of the photo are no longer the focus of viewer’s attention.

To find a list of Apps for popular iPhone, Android, and Blackberry devices, read this New York Times article: Took a Bad Photo? Paint, Sketch or Distort It, Beautifully

Posted in Software, Tips and Techniques on August 27th, 2010. No Comments.

Nikon released v2.25 update of the Capture NX 2 RAW processing software for both Mac and Windows. The new version adds support for RAW photos taken with the recently announced Nikon D3100. It also adds some tweaks (could be a big surprise to some when they found out the D2X modes are gone!) to the Picture Control Utility. The Mac version is now compatible with the latest Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6.4). It is also supposed to have fixed a blocky color display issue. Hit the following links to find out more and download.

Posted in News, Software on August 26th, 2010. No Comments.

Nobody is surprised that no camera manufacturers seem to be able to keep a secret these days. Canon EOS 60D rumors have been floating around for quite a while and now it has finally become official. Read More…

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras, News on August 25th, 2010. No Comments.

Instead of Single Lens Reflex (SLR), the new Sony α55 and α33 are SLT (Single Lens Translucent mirror) cameras. That’s not just a marketing phase. It is actually quite interesting feature considering it offers 10 frames per second shooting (α55 only. 7fps in α33) that is typically only found in professional grade Nikon and Canon SLRs. Read More…

Posted in News, Photography Gadgets on August 24th, 2010. No Comments.

Kodak today released the world’s thinnest 5x optical zoom digital camera that packs 14 megapixel, image stabilization, face recognition, HD video capture, 2.7in LCD screen, and a share button in a 0.6in (15.2mm) slim body. The Kodak M590 is designed specially for people who’d love to share their pictures on line. Facebook, KODAK Gallery, Flickr, Orkut, and Youtube are currently supported. Pictures can also be tagged to email and to send to any Kodak Pulse Digital Frame.

After taking a photo or record a video, the user presses the share button on the back of the camera, then select which social networks to share them. User can also select email instead. When the camera is connected to a computer with Kodak’s Share button app already installed, the pictures and videos are automatically uploaded to the tagged social networks or emailed as they are transferred to the computer.

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Posted in Photography Gadgets, Point & Shoot Cameras on August 23rd, 2010. No Comments.
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