The term High key typically refers to photos with dominant highlight tones. Most “correctly” exposed photos should have the key or main tone at the midpoint between white and blackpoint. By shifting the keytone up (high key) or down (low key), the photos can be made to convey different moods. High key photos can convey happy, relaxed mood while low key brings drama and tension.

Typically high key photos are result of the combination of light foreground and background, narrow tone range (less contrast), and shadow-less even lighting. Some degree of over exposure helps but it should not be relied on solely. Read More…

Posted in Other on November 30th, 2008. 1 Comment.
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2008 is a very special year for Nikon with the 75th anniversary of NIKKOR camera lenses and 60th anniversary of Nikon cameras. For its entire history, Nikon has been leading the imaging technology front with many legendary cameras, lenses, and innovative features. This special 6-minute video outlines the remarkable Nikon history. Read More…

Posted in Other on November 21st, 2008. 1 Comment.

DPReview has posted an in-depth review of the Nikon D90 digital SLR camera. After two years since Nikon released the D80, the new D90 has better specifications on every aspects, except the weight: heavier by 35 grams or about 1.2 ounces. Read More…

Posted in Other on October 15th, 2008. No Comments.

Luminous Landscape field tested the newly announced Sony A900 24.6MP full-frame DSLR camera and comapared it with Canon’s flagship model EOS-1Ds MarkIII. What’s the verdict? Well, for a camera that costs less than half of the Canon, the reviewer had to give this camera a big thumbs up.

Posted in Other on September 11th, 2008. 2 Comments.
Wafer bottle holder with clip

I found this little item very helpful for a photographer who wants to carry a handy bottle of water during photo walks. A sturdy metal clip can be attached to a belt loop or your gear bag. The other end can securely hold a typical half liter bottle by its neck. 

I found mine in sports/outdoor section of a local Walmart store but I couldn’t find it on its website. It is available at other online places such as organize-it-online.com.

Posted in Other on September 7th, 2008. 1 Comment.

LG’s new KC910 is a replacement for LG KU990, aka the “Viewty”. According to the information at PhoneArena, this sleek 14mm device is “…slimmest 8MP phone on the market. It has Xenon flash, Schneider-Kreuznach lens, ISO up to 1600 and can capture video in VGA resolution at 30fps and in QVGA at up to 120fps for slow motion effect”. Other advanced camera features include geo-tagging with built-in GPS, manual focus, face, smile and blink detection, and digital image stabilizer. There is no mention of optical zoom.

Posted in Other on August 23rd, 2008. No Comments.

Hasselbald H3D II

Hasselbald announced its upgrades to the 39MP (5412×7212) 48x36mm full frame digital SLR H3D announced a year ago. LetsGoDigital appears to have the most detailed coverage. If you cannot afford this top of the line model (H3D-39 II), which is about $37K, you may want to consider the less expensive ones: H3D-31II (31MP, 44x33mm) and H3D-22 II (22 MP , 48x36mm), which will cost you about $30K and $25K, respectively.

I cannot find what the exact specs are for the new model, but the old model has maximum shutter speed of 1/800s and maximum ISO of 400. The camera is probably not for anyone who wants to needs the high shutter speed and high ISO performance, even if you can afford it.

Posted in Other on September 19th, 2007. No Comments.
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