Jun 12, 2014

Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS digital camera features 8x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom for high-quality capture of distant subjects. Built-in Wi-Fi makes it simple to share your photos and videos. Very pocketable.
 Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS
Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS 16.0 MP Digital Camera with 8x Optical Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens and 720p HD Video Recording

by Canon
Buy new: $149.99

Jun 10, 2014

Sony W800

Have you seen the price on this hot little model from Sony? We're talking about the Sony W800/B 20 MP Digital Camera, which is currently Amazon's number 1 best selling digicam.

FEATURES:
  • MP Super HAD CCD sensor for beautifully detailed images
  • Sony Lens w/ 5x Optical Zoom
  • Reduced blur with SteadyShot Image stabilization
  • Capture your videos in 720p HD Movie mode
  • Simplify camera menu with Easy Mode
  • Take stunning images in Sweep Panorama mode-up to 360
  • Smile Shutter technology automatically captures smiles
  • Creative shooting with Picture Effects
  • Conveniently charge your battery via USB3
  • In camera guide helps navigate features

Jun 9, 2014

Nikon D5300

Despite only being an incremental upgrade to the D5200, the Nikon D5300 sports a new 24.2MP sensor without an AA filter for enhanced sharpness, and Nikon's latest EXPEED 4 processor for better high ISO handling and 1080/60p HD video. The addition of built-in Wi-Fi and GPS (a first for a Nikon DSLR) makes this compact, mid-range DSLR an excellent choice for upgrading beginners and budding enthusiasts alike.

Beginners Guide - smartphone vs DSLR

Have you noticed that Dpreview.com has created a good video on the differences between shooting pictures with a smartphone camera vs an entry level DSLR? Have a look at this first of their new series of videos aimed at the absolute beginner, hosts Jordan and Mark pit smartphone against entry-level DSLR in a variety of challenging situations.

Jan 7, 2013

Canon Powershot N

The first thing you'll notice when you look at the brand new Canon N is that there are no buttons on the exterior. Only the power and mobile device connect buttons remain (more on that below). All of the other functions of the camera are controlled by the 2.8-inch tilting, touch screen LCD and unique rings mounted around the lens. These rings are used to both zoom the 8x lens, and to capture photos and video.


Canon PowerShot N Features:
  • 12-megapixel HS CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 5 processor
  • 8x optical zoom lens
  • Stylish, compact, minimalistic body design
  • Full 1080p HD video capture
  • ISO up to 6400
  • New Eco mode
  • Built-in, advanced Wi-Fi
  • Unique control rings mounted around the lens to control zoom and capture 
  • New Hybrid Auto mode
  • 2.8-inch, tilting, touch screen LCD
  • Li-ion battery pack
The PowerShot N is scheduled to hit stores in April 2013, with a MSRP of $299.99 USD.

Nov 12, 2012

Canadian Photographers Now Own the Rights to Their Images

A new copyright bill just passed in Canada, and it means big things for photographers. Essentially, the bill grants photographers the rights to the photos they take, even if that work is commissioned by someone else. It's the same setup as in the US. Photographers own the work unless they've signed over the rights in a contract.

The change in copyrights has taken quite a bit of time - around 20 years. What's strange is that while other creative industries enjoyed the copyrights to what they created, photography was singled out. "In Canada," says Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators copyright head Andre Cornellier, "all other artists have already owned the copyrights to their work and thanks to this new law, Canadian photographers, albeit the last in the industrialized world, now have all legal rights to their images."

(via PetaPixel)

Nov 1, 2012

Pentax K-30 review

Here's a new review of the Pentax K-30 16MP DSLR. The K-30 continues a Pentax tradition of building cameras around a strong photographer-friendly feature set. It may be less expensive than the much-loved K-5 but it gives up very little in terms of specification - it has a 100% viewfinder and a level of weather sealing unique at this point in the market. Nor does it skimp on software features, including intervalometer, distortion correction and image processing filters. So do these features add up to the perfect mid-level DSLR? Read the review to find out.

Oct 16, 2012

Halloween Photography Tips

With Halloween just a few days away I thought it was time to produce a new Halloween Photography Tips article with some new information and photos.

Photography Tips to Keep in Mind for Halloween

There are plenty of subjects around to photograph at Halloween ranging from the traditional jack-o-lantern through to people in costume, to scary houses. It's a time of colour, emotion and lots of interesting subjects.
The keys to capturing them are not that different from the normal keys to good composition in photography. As you photograph Halloween this year keep in mind some of the basics of good digital photography. I've selected the following tips that should be helpful in your Halloween photography:

Fill Your Frame

Halloween is a time of drama and you can add to this in your images by getting in nice and close and filling the frame with your subjects. Whether it's people or objects – getting in nice and tight will usually add punch to your shots.

Photograph the Details

It's easy to be distracted by the flashy parts of a time like Halloween but it's often when you step back, take a look around and notice the smaller details that you find the 'money shots'. Times like Halloween are filled with all kinds of smaller details and photo worthy moments including decorations, carving the pumpkin, people getting dressed in costumes, sleeping kids at the end of parties, bags full of treats at the end of the night etc.

Find Points of Interest

Before pressing the shutter ask yourself 'what is the point of interest in this image?' All good images have something in them that holds the attention of those who view them.

Rule of Thirds

One way of enhancing the composition of your shots is to place your points of interest inn smart positions. While the rule of thirds can be broken with great effect it's a useful principle to keep in mind.

Candid Photography

Halloween parties are a great time to get your camera out for some candid photos of your friends and family having a great time dressed up in all manner of costumes. Check out these 11 candid photography techniques.

Shooting in Low Light

The type of images that come to mind when I think of Halloween are fairly dark and spooky ones – candles in pumpkins etc. After all, the real action of Halloween seems to happen after dark. As a result you'll want to think carefully about the light sources for your shots.
To really capture the mood of these situations you'll want to avoid the stark and bright light of flash photography (or will want to at least pull it back a few stops and diffuse it) and so you'll need to switch off your flash and do one (or all) of three things to some extent:
  • increase your ISO – the larger your number the more sensitive your image sensor is to light and the darker conditions you can shoot in without having to slow down shutter speed. On the downside you'll get more grainy/noisey shots.
  • slow down shutter speed – choosing a longer shutter speed lets more light into your camera. On the downside you'll see any movement in your shots blur (which might add to the spookiness of the image but could also ruin it). Consider using a tripod if you lengthen your shutter speed.
  • use a larger Aperture – this widens the hole in your lens and lets more available light in. It will also lessen the depth of field in your shots. If you have a DSLR with a few different lenses is to use the 'fastest' lens you own as it will let you choose larger apertures. For example my f1.4 lens handles low light much better than my f4 lens.

Diffuse Your Flash

Another strategy that I've heard of some readers doing at this time of year is diffusing the flash on your camera with colored cellophane to try to lesson its impact upon your shot and also to give the light it produces a glow that might add to your shots – Red might be a good color to try. You'll probably want to test this before the big night as getting the right density of diffuser will be critical.

 

 Pumpkins

Photographing Jack-o-Lanterns is particularly tricky as to get the full effect of the glowing inside the pumpkin is a bit of a tightrope walk between overexposing and underexposing due to the light and dark patches in the shot you take. Instead of just one candle inside it is probably worth using two or three to give a little extra light. Also take a number of shots at different exposures (exposure bracketing) and you should get one or two that give you the impact you're after.

Aug 20, 2012

Canon Rebel T4i Review

Hot off the presses is DPReview's review of the Canon Rebel T4i. For users moving up from compact cameras, the 650D offers a very significant increase in image quality and a comfortable to hold camera wrapped in an interface that accommodates both touchscreen and external control operation. A 5fps shooting speed makes it a useful option for those who want to capture recreational sports or fast action. And for those ready to take more direct control over the imaging process, manual exposure controls (for stills and video), combined with a bundled feature-rich raw converter provide the ability to get the most from your images.

Where the camera falters, unfortunately, is with AF performance in live view. Canon's new 'hybrid' AF system, while a step forward compared to previous contrast detect attempts, is a long way from what we've seen in other mirrorless models, and from our experience of Sony's SLTs. And while we applaud Canon for attempting continuous AF in movie mode, it too is prone to more focus errors than we'd have liked to see. Read the full review here.

Rebel T4i Features

  • 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, 14-bit A/D conversion, ISO 100-12800; expandable to 25600 (H)
  • High speed continuous shooting up to 5.0 fp
  • Improved autofocus performance with a 9-point all cross-type AF system
  • Enhanced EOS Full HD Movie mode with Movie Servo AF for continuous focus tracking of moving subjects
  • New 3.0-inch Vari-angle Touch Screen Clear View LCD monitor II (approximately 1,040,000 dots)

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