Photography related rumor sites are popping up all over the internet. Fueled by technology advancements in digital photography and human nature, these sites have enthusiastic audiences who believe new gears are the saviors of their technical weakness that cannot be overcome otherwise.

Brand specific rumor sites

Other rumor sites

  • 4/3 Rumors – Panasonic and Olympus 4/3 digital camera news
  • Mirrorless Rumors – Mirrorless interchangable lens cameras.
  • Lighting Rumors – news, reviews and comparisons of photographic lighting equipment and accessories
  • Lens Rumors – The site is not just for lens as it seems. It has information about Canon, Nikon, Leica cameras in general.
  • Photo Rumors – General photography rumors. Site is run by the same guys behind Nikon Rumors and Leica Rumors.
  • Camera rumors – Latest rumors for various cameras.

Did I miss any rumor sites? Please let me know using the comment box below.

Posted in Online Resources on November 27th, 2011. 2 Comments.

Nikon has released NEF Codec version 1.12.0 that provides support for 64-bit Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems as well as the new Nikon 1 J1, Nikon 1 V1 cameras. The new version can be downloaded from Nikon Imaging website. It is a 90MB download. A system reboot is required to finish the installation.

The 64-bit support has been long overdue. Previously users of 64-bit system had to use third-party solutions.

Posted in News, Software on November 23rd, 2011. No Comments.

Castle in Crystal

The photo above was posted by one of our DPTnT Flickr group’s members, Scott. Basically it is photo shot through a crystal ball. The crystal ball bends light dramatically and the result is a beautiful image popping out of where you don’t expect it.

If you’d like to try it, all you need is to get a crystal ball from somewhere (for example, very affordable one from Amazon).

Scott also has some good tips on using a crystal ball in photography on his blog. You can also check out this Flickr group called Crystal Ball Photography to get some inspirations.

Posted in Digital photography on November 21st, 2011. No Comments.

Have you ever dreamed of the possibility that camera technology could one day be so advanced that it allows you to only worry about the moment of the capture and the composition, but not focus? Well, according to this New York Times article, it is definitely within reach. Read More…

Posted in Digital photography, News on June 22nd, 2011. No Comments.

For beginners or less tech savvy people, understanding all the terms on the Nikon’s nikkor lens feature description page may be a little daunting. Nikon is certainly aware of that so people at Nikon have made it easier with their web site.

The following is what you see when you visit Nikon USA camera lens page. I highlighted in red oval the Glossary check box. Once checked, the webpage should show all the glossary terms highlighted in yellow. You only have to check it once and all the pages on the camera lenses section you browse should have the terms highlighted.

The following is an example from the page of AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR showing the explanation of super integrated coating (SIC).

For the markings on the Nikkor lens barrels, you can click on the lens feature icons on individual lens page or read this article titled How to Read Your Lens Barrel where many examples are shown and terms explained.

Posted in Online Resources on June 21st, 2011. No Comments.

No matter what level of photography expertise you have, you will unavoidably have questions. If you want immediate answers, search engines such as Google is a good place to go. You can find answers for almost anything you want to know, photography stuff included. Sometimes it can be very frustrating on the search sites though. It is common to see loads of useless sites come up on top of the returned results based on the words you enter.

There are many photography related forums on the internet. The major problem with most of those forums is the quality of the discussion. Many of them are full of gear fanatics and rudeness runs rampant. You may also have to go through the entire thread of find the information you need. Very often some people jump in and lead the discussion astray.

Is there a better place to ask photography related questions? Read More…

Posted in Online Resources on June 9th, 2011. No Comments.

Nik Software, the maker of the famous Nikon Capture NX and NX2 software for Nikon RAW image processing, has released a software called Snapseed developed exclusively for the iPAD.

With Snapseed, photo editing is as simple as tapping and swiping your fingers on the iPAD. You can easily adjust images for brightness, contrast, saturation, etc. It is also very easy to straighten leaning photos and crop them to the size you want. Nik didn’t forget to bring their excellent U Point selective local area adjustment to Snapseed either. People who are familiar with Nikon Capture NX or NX2 software will really appreciate this great feature for intuitive local adjustments without complicated layers and masks.

The software also provides some special effects such as black and white, grunge, vintage film, center focus, etc.

With built-in sharing function, it is easy for users to share edited photos by email or on social networking sites (Flickr and Facebook are supported).

Snapseed for iPAD is currently available from iTunes App Store for $4.99.

Coverages of Snapseed on the web

Posted in Digital photography, Photo Editing, Software on June 8th, 2011. No Comments.

The next iOS update (4.1) will come with high dynamic range (HDR) photo function for iPhone’s built-in camera. According to Steve Jobs, the HDR function works by snapping 3 photos in rapid succession. One of the photos is underexposed, one is normally exposed, and one is overexposed. The software will then process the three photos to create a new one that contains more details in the highlight and shadow areas that otherwise would have been lost due to the limit dynamic range of the image sensor.

This sounds good but how well does it work?

Not many people know since the new iOS version has not been officially released to general public (rumors say September 8th, 2010). However it has been released to iPhone developers a few days ago. Wired Magazine’s Gadget Lab produced a hands-on test of the new HDR feature. From the samples posted, this feature does seem to work. More details are preserved in the skies and shades.

For normal HDR photos taken with a camera, a tripod is almost a must to avoid shifting of the images in the consecutive captures. Blending three mis-aligned photos will certainly lead to a blurred photo. Can the iOS HDR feature avoid the camera shake problem? How fast are the three shots?

Posted in Digital photography on September 4th, 2010. No Comments.
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