Archives for January 7, 2009

Canon 5D Mark II firmware update

Firmware Update Version 1.0.7 improves and mitigates the following two types of image quality phenomena that occur under certain shooting conditions.

“Black dot” phenomenon (the right side of point light sources become black)
Vertical banding noise

Firmware Version 1.0.7 is for EOS 5D Mark II cameras with firmware up to version 1.0.6. If the camera’s firmware is already […]

Cyber-shot DSC-W220 camera announced

Sony today announced a new 12-megapixel Cyber-shot® camera (model DSC-W220) that combines powerful imaging features with intelligence to make taking great pictures easy.
The entry-level W model has features that until now were only found in high-end models (DSC-W150 and DSC-W170), including Intelligent Scene Recognition and Dynamic Range Optimizer.
“This camera is perfect for customers who forget […]

The Rules of Composition in Photography Video

The Rules of Composition in Photography

Perhaps the most well know principle of photographic composition is the ‘Rule of Thirds‘.

It’s one of the first things that budding digital photographers learn about in classes on photography and rightly so as it is the basis for well balanced and interesting shots.

I will say right up front however that rules are meant to be broken and ignoring this one doesn’t mean your images are necessarily unbalanced or uninteresting. However a wise person once told me that if you intend to break a rule you should always learn it first to make sure your breaking of it is all the more effective!

The basic principle behind the rule of thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts.

Design a business card in photoshop tutorial

Document Business card size:

3.43″ x 1.93″
87mm x 49mm
1028 x 579 pixels

Create rounded rectangle using Rounded Rectangle Tool.

Fill it with light color. In order to create volume effect I used Gradient Overlay Layer style effect in this image.

Make a new small rounded rectangle and apply Distort transformation to the right […]

Contact Sheet X v 1.4

Contact Sheet X (CSX) is a script-based package for Adobe Photoshop CS2, CS3 and CS4 that provides a full featured contact sheet generator. The core of the package has capabilities that include everything found in Contact Sheet II (bundled with Photoshop) and the contact sheet facilities found in Adobe Lightroom.

vPDF Documentation is available describing how […]

Samsung SL420, SL102 and TL100 cameras announced

Rounding out Samsung’s digital camera introductions at CES 2009 are two new models joining the company’s popular and user-friendly SL-Series – the SL102 and SL420. Both new SL Series digital cameras feature a resolution of 10.2 mega-pixels, offer Face Detection and are powered by rechargeable Li-Ion batteries. The SL102 features a 3x optical zoom,

Digital Image […]

Samsung HZ10W camera

New HZ10W Offers HD Video and Addresses Need for Wider Focal Length and Longer Zoom
Samsung’s new HZ10W is a compact, 10.2 mega pixel digital camera that takes wide-angle to a new level. Featuring an ultra-wide angle 24mm Schneider lens, the HZ10W goes beyond the 28mm wide angle focal length offered by other manufacturers while adding […]

Nikon D700 vs Nikon D300

Some of you maybe a little bit confused on what should you get, either Nikon D300 or Nikon D700. Both are high quality top of the line Nikon digital slr camera. Almost similar in size and shape, but they are actually fall into different category.

Nikon D700 is a full frame sensor (FX), which means that it employs larger sensor than D300 which is using 1.5 crop sensor (DX or smaller sensor) .
Because of the differences of the crop factor, there will make a difference in focal length of the lens you attached to each camera. In crop factor camera, you will get a farther reach because you will multiply the lens focal length with the crop factor of 1.5. So if you have 100mm lens, then it will be acting like 150mm (100 X 1.5) in Nikon D300. This feature will be helpful if you shooting wildlife or sports. On the other hand, Nikon D700 will be great in wide landscape shots.

In term of noise handling, The D700 is pretty usable up to 6400, while D300 is very usable at 1600, so it you will gain 1-2 stops advantage if you use D700. This is especially useful if you shooting in low light condition or fast-pace action indoor sports.

The other important different is the viewfinder will be significantly larger.

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Body and Controls
As you can see in the images, D300 is a wider camera. This will help if you have a big hand or fingers. Because it is wider, D300 also has a larger top LCD screen where it display almost everything you need including Nikon’s sophisticated the auto focus mode.

On the other hand, The D700 is more narrower. It has a big viewfinder and pop up flash in the middle. The trade off is you get a narrower top LCD screen. But don’t worry you still get most of the important information handy.

Other than that, most of the controls, button placements and build quality are almost the same as D300.

Lens Compatibility
If you decided on moving from DX format camera such as D300, D70, D80, D60, D40, you will need to let go DX lenses and low quality lenses. Because the full frame sensor is not compromising on low quality lens. It will show the defects on the image.

The good news is you can still use the DX lens on D700, but the resolution will be down to 5 megapixel instead of 12 megapixel.

Some newer lens such as 70-200mm VR f/2.8 also can’t escape from this unforgiving sensor in D700. To get the most fo this camera, you need to invest on lenses that designed for FX. They are quite expensive, for example: Nikon 14-24mm, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8.

In a nutshell, if you choose Nikon D700, prepare to spend more bucks on the lenses. Without good lenses, you can’t get the image quality that you suppose to get from full frame camera.

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Nikon 50mm f/1.4G or Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM

Recently, Nikon just launches their new 50mm f/1.4G lens. This lens has been long waited by Nikon fans. But is this lens a lot better than its predecessor? Nikon 50mm f/1.4D ? or Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM?

What is the improvement?

  1. First, this lens will work with Nikon D40, D40X and D60 digital slr camera.
  2. Second, it has a faster focusing due to AF-S motor
  3. Third, it is sharper wide open.
  4. Fourth, it produce better color-contrast

According to Tom Iancu, a Nikon user who posts review in Amazon.com, the extreme sharpness of this lens has a trade off. The bokeh or blur in the background is not smooth. On the other hand, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 (slightly cheaper by the time I write the article) is not as sharp wide open, but it create a smooth, buttery bokeh.

About the build quality, Sigma is better. It feels tougher, but also heavy and bigger (520g vs 290g).

So it boils down to what you like, extreme sharpness, or smoother bokeh. Tom personally suggests that you get both.

For Nikon 50mm f/1.4D owner, the upgrade will help boost sharpness and faster in auto focus especially if you use older or smaller Nikon cameras (D70, D80, D60, D40).

Explosion effect in photoshop

Explosions are cool. Seriously cool. So when I received some e-mails asking about how to create a break-apart, explosion effect, I knew it’d be worth making a tutorial on. Read on to find out how to break apart a body, then add some awesome lighting and glow, and nopattern style, to finish the image off.

Create […]