I have had this Tamron lens for a while. It is a good lens for the price but it had shown its problems like over exposure in flash shots. I received a replacement that was slightly better for the over exposure problem. However the lens soon developed a wobbling front end problem. The piece that holds the lens hood started to wobble and I even noticed that the front lens element can move back and forth. Eventually I saw the backside of the front element touching the surface of the lens behind it! There were fine pieces of white dusts that I thought were small broken glass pieces. Read More…

Posted in Tips and Techniques on February 1st, 2011. 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.

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.

If you want to edit a photo but there is no photo editing software on the only computer you have access to and you are not allowed to install one, what can you do?

If you have web access on that computer, you can edit your photos online at Picnik. If your photos are already stored online at popular photo sharing sites or social networks, Picnik can grab the photos directly without the need to manually download them and then re-upload.

If you don’t have web access, it becomes difficult. If you anticipate such a situation, you may want to put the photo editing software on a USB flash drive. The software can run directly from the USB flash drive without installing on the computer you plug it into. To learn how to do that, visit PortableApps.com. One powerful and free photo editing software you can have is GIMP (Portable GIMP).

Do you have a tip you’d like to share with others? Please submit it!

Posted in Digital photography, Tips and Techniques on August 22nd, 2010. No Comments.

USNews Money column has an article titled “20 things you should never buy used”. Most of the items on the list are based on common sense but it also recommends not buying used digital and video cameras and used camera lenses for the following reasons:

… used digital and video cameras are likely to have been dropped and banged around. It may not be obvious, but once the damage kicks in, it’ll be expensive to repair. If you know what to look for in a digital camera, you can get a great new camera without breaking the bank.

An SLR camera lens is the most expensive part of a camera. It also directly affects the quality of your images. Any damage to the lens, however slight, will show up in your photos.

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Posted in Tips and Techniques on July 22nd, 2010. 4 Comments.

Photography is all about light and there is no exception for model photography. Professional model photography puts a lot of emphasis on artificial lighting. There are a large variates of tools available to photographers to add, block, reflect, soften, and shape lights to create the perfect light for the model.

In a pair of nicely written tutorials by Maciej, readers are presented a case study of how to setup the lights to take the photo and how to perform the post processing in Adobe Photoshop to enhance the photo. You can read the tutorials at Tutorials9.

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.

Unlike ordinary still life subjects, smoke and water can have endless varieties of forms and shapes. The unpredictability and uniqueness of each capture are what make taking pictures of them so intriguing and attractive to many people.

We have previously covered topics on how to take photographs of smokes, wafer drops, now here is tutorial on how to photograph water waves. The detailed tutorial was authored by Chris Nuzzaco, who has a flickr page here.

Posted in Tips and Techniques on April 25th, 2010. 1 Comment.
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