Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Available Light Photography

Michael Freeman has been authoring photography books for at least two decades. This is an update of his volume on low-light imaging for film with chapters on techniques such as high dynamic range (HDR) digital photography.
For a full review see:

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Eurofighter 2

No Adobe Photoshop effects here. Straight out of the camera just as it appeared.
Nikon D300 + 180mm/2.8

Aerial Crossover

A lucky snap at East Fortune Airshow on Saturday 25th July. Wingwalkers are on the top wing of these biplanes which enthralled the crowds.
In this picture a wingwalker's hand is visible just above the propellor. Click on the image to enlarge it.
Taken with the Nikon D300 using a 180mm lens + 2x converter, Iso 400 manually focused. Not bad really! Even if I say so myself. The contrast was really tricky as the clouds were very low.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Canon 1000D

Latest digital SLR from Canon is the 1000D hoping to capture
the beginner market like its film namesake did nearly two decades ago.
The camera is the smallest and lightest Canon digital SLR ever and
10.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor
EOS intergrated cleaning system
7-point wide-area AF system with f/5.6 cross-type centre point.
Up to 3.5 frames per second
2.5" LCD with Live view shooting DIGIC III image processor
Compatible with SD and SDHC memory cards
Compact and lightweight body
Digital Photo Professional RAW processing software
Fully compatible with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses and EX series Speedlites. It is £579.99, with the the 18-55mm lens + a 4GB SD card at

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Eye-fi (spy)

Now for sometihing a bit light-hearted.
Thieves in an american restaurant stole a woman's camera. Little did they realise it was loaded with one of the new Eye-fi SD cards. These cards are enabled to wirelessly transmit pictures to your computer or via a web based storage server.
The thieves were walking past a wi-fi hotspot with the camera switched on. The camera automatically uploaded the pictures one of which featureed the clueless trio. At home the woman turned on her file manager on the computer and recognised one of the restaurant staff in one of the beamed in photos.
The staff were sacked but the woman decided that was punishment enough and did not press charges.

SB900 Flash

Yesterday Nikon announced a new top-of-the-range flash the SB900.
Now setting the gun to master or remote firing is simple with a switch on the body instead of the SB800s complicated menu driven control.
It has three illumination patterns: - Centre-weighted, Even and Standard and it covers a auto zoom range of 17-200mm. Advanced features include a booster circuit that enables high-speed recycling using four AA-type batteries and a built-in thermal protection system to warn of excessive heat build up. It automatically detects the presence of a fluorescent or incandescent color filter and transmit this information to the attached camera’s white balance setting.

Nikon D700

Nikon's second full frame FX format camera will be the D700 which is
expected in Calumet on July 25th. It will use the same 12.1 mega-pixel
sensor as the D3 but cost about a grand less at £1999.00 when it is
Full Specs below:
12.1 megapixel FX (full-frame) CMOS sensor with high signal-to-noise ratio, wide dynamic range, and built-in self-cleaning sensor unit that minimizes dust.
ISO 200 – 6400: extendable up to 25600 (equivalent) and down to ISO 100 (equivalent).
5fps continuous shooting (8fps with optional MB-D10 battery pack with lithium-ion battery EN-EL4a or 8 AA batteries).
EXPEED image processing engine with 14-bit A/D conversion and 16-bit image processing for superb detail and tonal gradation.
Advanced Scene Recognition System combines the camera’s metering and AF sensors for precise exposures and sharply defined images.
Multi-CAM3500FX 51-point AF system. Individually selectable or configurable in 9-point, 21-point and 51-point coverage settings.
Picture Controls streamline in-camera image processing by enabling the pre-set customization of image parameters such as sharpening, contrast, brightness, hue and saturation in various color modes.
920,000 dot 3-inch VGA LCD monitor with wide, 170-degree viewing angle.
Live View with Autofocus enables composition of images by use of the LCD monitor. Two modes are supported: Handheld or Tripod.
DX Crop Mode can be automatically enabled when a DX format lens is attached.
Quick response: approx. 40 ms shutter-lag.
Active D-Lighting enables superior high-contrast images by automatically applying tone compensation at the moment of capture.
Intuitive ergonomics with optimized button placement for fast and comfortable handling.
Durable Magnesium alloy body: moisture and dust resistant.