Browsing all posts in September, 2010.

Photo Fix in Corel Paintshop Pro X3

Quite some time ago I came across some old rolls of undeveloped film. I had them developed and put onto a CD, and when I opened the files I saw that the photo quality was very poor, due to the age of the film. I decided to try my hand and enhancing and improving this […]

Rainy Day Photography

Don’t let inclement weather deter you from breaking out your camera! Here are five tips for taking pictures in the rain. One – Protect your equipment. If you’re taking your camera out in the rain, do your best to protect it from water damage. Waterproof cases are available for many makes and models of cameras. […]

Image Stabilization and Vibration Reduction Explained

I have pretty much arrived at the point where, with just a few exceptions, I will only purchase a lens if it has image stabilization capabilities. Image Stabilization (IS in Canon lenses) or Vibration Reduction (VR in Nikon lenses) greatly improves your chances of getting a sharp photograph at long focal distances, or in dim […]

Review – First Gen Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS

Back in July I rented the Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L II IS telephoto lens, for our Maine vacation. Then, a couple of weeks ago I rented the first generation of this lens, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L, to use when we attended the MotoGP race in Indianapolis. I wanted to see if the performance differences […]

Happy Labor Day

We’re celebrating Labor Day here in the U.S. It was first celebrated in 1882 in New York City, and became a Federal Holiday in 1894 to help smooth the relationship between the government, the military, and the people, after the Pullman Labor Strike. Today it represents to us the end of summer, the beginning of […]

Dioptric Adjustment

If you’re having focus issues that you can’t quite explain or pinpoint the cause, you might need to adjust your camera’s diopter. Everyone’s vision is different, so your camera provides the ability to adjust the focus of the viewfinder to your individual needs. Your SLR camera has a small dial, typically near the eyecup, that […]

Unboxing – One of Life’s Great Joys

Let me ask you, as one photographer to another… are there many things better in life than unboxing a brand new camera? Not many, I think! A serendipitous sequence of events lead to the ability to buy my Canon EOS 7D with 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM kit lens – which I have greatly coveted since […]

September Photo Challenge

Each month we feature a month-long “challenge”: one photographic “theme” in which participants are encouraged to take photos of a certain subject or concept, and one “technical challenge” in which participants will use a certain photography technique. Contributors can either combine the theme and the technique in a single photograph, or in individual photographs that […]

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