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.

Here are some great resources for Capture NX from Nikon.

  1. Capture NX Tips and tricks from Nikon Europe. You can download the PDF tips and tutorials in PDF foramat. Please note there is a zip archive of everything at the bottom in case you want to download them all (why not).
  2. Tech tips, case study, tech guide, and movies from official Capture NX site.
Posted in Online Resources, Photo Editing on December 26th, 2007. 2 Comments.

There are so many interesting things happening in the world of photography. I don’t think I can possibly write up each of them as a full-blown blog post. So I have decided to do a links roundup like many others blogs. Here are a few of the photography links I have visited recently.

  • Travel essay with Canon 1Ds Mark III. Apparently the pre-production units of the camera are in hands of a few capable photographers.
  • Dirty Lens Caps Mean Dirty Lenses. The lens cap goes to lots of dusty places, such as your pockets, camera bags, or occasionally onto the ground. Do you clean it often?
  • Do more with your digital photos. What do you do with your photos? Share it on a we site? Email them to relatives and friends? Print it out the traditional way? PhotoWorks Inc has announced new service to allow flickr users to easily create photo gifts – including photo books, cards, calendars and other keepsakes – using their photos already on flickr.
  • The Top10 free Photo/ Image/Graphics software. There are a lot more choices of photo editing raw crunching softwares available for $$$. However the budget-conscious types should be able to find most you need for nothing.
  • Nikon D300 is coming. Unless you have been living in a cave, you probably have heard about the Nikon D300. The camera should start shipping this week. Nikon Capture NX will be included with the sale of D3 and D300 for a limited time.
  • Nokia: Who Needs A Digital Camera? The recently announced Nokia N95 has a 5-megapixel (MP) camera with Carl Zeiss optics. It should be a “very credible alternative for single purpose digital still cameras”.
  • Digital Cameras: Buying Made Simple. Are you buying a new digital camera or upgrading old one? This shopping guide may make it simple for you, hopefully.
Posted in Online Resources on November 18th, 2007. No Comments.

If you are in the market for a new or used lens, the following lens databases may be useful.

Canon mount:

The Lens Database

Canon EOS SLR camera system lenses

Minolta Sony:

Minolta Sony alpha lens database

Konica Minolta official product site

Nikon mount:

Official Nikon Imaging current lens product pageNikon Lens information (serial numbers, specifications, accessories, and summary)

Nikkor Autofocus lenses database

Pentax K-Mount:

Pentax K-Mount Page


Lens database at photodoto

I am trying to create a one-stop lens database collections for all SLR cameras. Please let me know if you know a good lens database not listed above.

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras, Lens, Online Resources on November 12th, 2007. No Comments.

We reported a while ago when Adorama’s AIRC (Adorama Imaging Resource Center) started its 100 in 100: 100 Photography Tips in 100 Days program. Currently, the latest tips is tip #57 – Zoo Photo Safari.

The tips are written by experts but in plain English so pretty much everyone from novice to expert in photography should be able to learn something. It only takes about a minute to read each of the tips. You can find the tips here.

While you are there, you may also want to check out their Adorama Imaging Resource Center (AIRC), which has many other useful and nicely written tips and articles about photography.

Posted in Online Resources, Tips and Techniques on November 6th, 2007. No Comments.

If you have sold anything online in an e-Store or on eBay, you probably noticed how the product photo greatly affect the potential customers interests and your bottom line (profit). I came across this great two-piece article on Auction Inspector Blog.

Posted in Online Resources, Photography Business on November 4th, 2007. No Comments.

Adobe Photoshop is probably the most popular digital photo editing software. Photoshop can be used to perform enhancement, retouching, conversion, and other amazing things to a digital photo. To achieve a specific effect, the user will often need to go through some very complex and time-consuming steps. Sometimes it becomes highly desirable to be able to repeat the same effects on many photos quickly. That is where the Photoshop action really becomes handy.

An action is basically a series of Photoshop commands and tool operations that you record and play back later on a single or multiple files. It it not only a great time saver, but also a very effective learning tool: you can step through an action and watch how it applies the effect step by step.

If you are not familiar with Photoshop action, you can get started by reading the Photoshop help files or manual. Alternatively, you can simply do an online search of “Photoshop action basics” to find some basic tutorials. For example, here is a tutorial (PDF) by Glenn Mitchell.

If you are already familiar with Photoshop action, you may want to check out this large collection of free Photoshop actions at Action Central. Unlike some other photoshop action sites, Action Central is oriented more towards image editing than things like creating fancy text or web buttons.

Cokin does not make the best filters but they do have a very well designed filter system and a very large selection of filters. It is somewhat ironic that I cannot really find much useful information on their official site when it comes to learning more about the filters. The official site lists all the filters but few demonstration and comparisons between the filters. Welcome to Cafe Cokin, an unofficial Cokin filter system site. Start from the front page, or the Guide, or learn some tricks. If the site doesn’t answer your questions, you may want to join the discussion group.

Posted in Accessories, Online Resources on September 16th, 2007. No Comments.
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