I’ve had this book for a while now. Actually have bought it twice.
The first time was at Yellow Stone national park where I went when I was 15. I bought a copy as a souvenir for my dad who didn’t come with us on that trip. He’s the photo geek that started me on my way to being a photo geek.
Second time I bought a copy for me. I borrowed my dad’s copy so often that I just pulled the trigger and bought my own.
One author, Art Wolfe, is a well-known nature photographer. The other, Martha Hill, is a former picture editor at Audubon Magazine. They know their stuff.
The book is broken down into topics, with an explanation of that topic first. Then, through a series of Art’s images, the authors discuss application of the topics. Art writes from the point of view of a photographer and explains how the image was captured and what he was thinking when he pushed the shutter. Martha describes the images as they would be seen by a photo editor.
The mix of these two views helps break down what are absolutely stunning images into a process that I felt like I could actually do. Rather than just being amazed at the shot, there is a somewhat simplified view of how it was done.
Also important to the 15-year-old version of me was that all of the images had information on camera settings. This book helped me a lot in learning how aperture and shutter speed interact and how they affect the image. I even tried for a while to keep track of these settings as I shot. I quickly gave up as I would rather spend the time looking through the viewfinder than down at a notepad. Fortunately this was about the time that digital photography started pushing out film and all of the settings I was after was automatically saved in the EXIF metadata.
It is a bit of an old book, but the techniques of photography don’t expire. Amazon sells it new as a paperback. No Kindle version though.
Canon Speedlite System, Digital Field Guide is a book I picked up when I was shooting weddings to better learn how to use my set of Speedlites. At the time I had just upgraded from having one flash, a Canon 550ex, to multiple by adding a 420ex. Continue reading
Needing to get really wide?
Aside from cost,this lens is something I’d really like to have in my bag. Always been a bit of a sucker for fisheye images, and the ability to zoom would be a plus. But at about $1,500 it’s a little much.
For a full frame camera this lens will cover 180° and a bit less on an APS-C digital sensor.
Know a photographer that has it all? Or more likely, know one that has such high-end taste that you can’t afford to get that lens that’s missing from their collection? And do you need a gift?
How about a coffee cup that looks like a Canon lens? And of course they wouldn’t be happy with just any lens, so this cup is a mimic of a L lens with a USM motor.
Amazon is selling Adobe Premiere Elements for $59.82. That’s a total of $40 off between $20 instant savings and a $20 mail in rebate. Continue reading
Bought one of these guys a couple days ago and 48 hours in am very happy with it.
Had a 250gb USB drive finally die on me a couple weeks ago and needed a replacement so I headed down to Best Buy to pick up a big USB drive. 2tb seemed about the right size for me and at $119 the price was right. But for $30 more I could get the MyBook Live instead that connects via ethernet, and that’s what I did. That way it’s always online and not dependent on a specific computer being on.
Ever missed a shot because you were worried about your camera getting wet? The Kodak EasyShare Sport may be the camera you’re looking for.
Take pictures by the pool, in the rain, or up to 10 feet underwater. It even includes a underwater white balance to help keep colors true. Don’t worry about the camera, worry about the shot. And since it’s waterproof it’s also more resistant to sand and dust than most cameras.
Available in Gray, Blue, and Red; although it appears some vendors don’t carry all 3 colors.
If you don’t have a fast 50mm lens in your bag, you need one. I’ve got an earlier model of this lens and it never leaves my camera bag. It’s such a small and light lens, and the fast f/1.8 speed makes it the go to lens for really low light.
The other side is I’m a zoom lens guy so it doesn’t get as much use as my Sigma 24-70, but when this little guy is needed it’s needed.
There is a more expensive f/1.4 version of this lens. Never tried it personally, but I’ve also never had a need for a faster lens than f/1.8. Unless it’s just crazy dark I’ve never shot wide open at f/1.8 anyway except to try it out when I first got the lens. The speed at which it focuses is very nice though.
Couple of quick firmware updates for the Sigma DP1x and Sigma DP2x cameras.
The DP1x updates to version 1.02 and includes RAW+JPG capture, enhancements to high speed auto focus, the LCD image quality is enhanced, along with a handful of other additions. The DP2x update is to version 1.01 and includes the same RAW+JPG update.