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Daily Archives: February 28, 2011

Digitising slides and negs

If you have a stock of slides, transparencies and negatives that you would like to get into digital form but don’t have a decent scanner then this idea might be exactly what you need. From a very good article from BJP you can get the idea As the article says…….”

It is getting difficult to find transparency scanners in the affordable bracket between entry-level, five-megapixel frame grabbers and the few surviving higher-end desktop machines such as the Nikon Coolscan 9000. Epson’s V600P is one solution, but most flatbed scanners do not offer anything close to the basic quality required for 35mm slide and negative digitising, or for higher-grade rollfilm conversion.

With some DSLR cameras now matching or exceeding the resolution of most 35mm scanners, and medium-format backs of up to 65 megapixels, the demand for forgotten optical duping systems has surged. Photographers are discovering that, if you have pristine film originals still in their lab sleeves, a device like the old Bowens Illumitran or Elinchrom Dia Duplicator can team up with a Nikon D3x, Canon 7D or similar higher-resolution body.”

Canon pulls out of Focus On Imaging

In a shock announcement, Canon has decided to pull out of the UK’s largest trade show – Focus on Imaging – two weeks before its start  Read more:

No point going there to see the new 600D then

Thinking of buying a decent compact camera?

This BJP article is not an exhaustive evaluation of four of the best compacts on the market but it does reveal details about the cameras you may have missed from full review such as you might get from DP Review. I know when I was buying a compact I was interested in having a viewfinder, having enough pixels to enlarge the image to a decent size and having aperture and shutter priority, I chose the Canon G10, now replaced by the G12. I must say that I hardly ever use my compact because I prefer the experience of shooting with a dslr. The thing is a dslr is making photographs for me whereas the compact is making pictures. Any way the four of the best are here

HDR Tutorial – Everything you need to know about HDR Photography

OK so many HDR (High Dynamic Range) images look really awful but a breeze through these numerous tutorials, tips and links makes this a great place to start. ”

Who is this tutorial for?

  • New photographers and those just getting started and want to make prettier pictures
  • For advanced photographers ready to add new and improved HDR techniques

I am constantly evolving my techniques. HDR (High Dynamic Range) is still a young art form. I’ve been lucky enough to travel around the world and meet some of the greatest HDR Photographers. We share techniques, shoot together, post process together, and all work together to drive the art form forward. I am happy to share the latest and greatest.” This set of links came from the Stuck in Customs site, good name, here is the link to all that HDR usefulness

How to Know When Not to Shoot

Many professional photographers get asked the same question over and over by people who want to know how to get better results: “How would you shoot X?” Many professional photographers also have the same answer to that question: “I wouldn’t.”….more…..