Archives for January 2009

5D Mark II Review now live

Just posted! the-digital-picture.com has published its full review of the Canon 5D Mark II.

The-digital-picture.com had previously published sample photos from the 5D Mark II.  Here is the first direct link to the completed 5D II review by t-d-p. 

Sensor cleaning

Sensor Dust Is Evil. Here’s How to Banish It.
First, the good news:
If you have a point & shoot or a film camera, keep it clean and dust specks will never plague you.
And now the bad news: digital SLR sensors are magnets for dust.
Cleaning a digital sensor is nerve-wracking and risky, with enough methods, products, and […]

Memory Cards Size And Speed

Using the fastest memory cards will not make much difference to your shot speed, unless you’re shooting with the newest cameras. The new 15 to 21 megapixel cameras files are alot bigger. Faster memory cards will download quicker saving you time on your computer. I tested three 8GB CF memory cards in my Canon EOS–1D Mark III: A Lexar UDMA 300x Professional , SanDisk Extreme III, and SanDisk Extreme IV. The 8GB CF cards were all brand new cards. Shooting in Large JPEG mode, I achieved: 292,280, and 304 images.

Canon GX [CR1]

The “G”MOS
 The flagship “G” series from Canon using a CMOS sensor. This is [CR1.5] and a rumors site.

Specs:
mp: 10.1 CMOS Sensor (Larger, no exact measurement)
Lens: 3.5x Zoom (28-100) L Badged
ISO: 50-6400
Proc: DIGIC IV
LCD: 3″ VGA LCD
FPS: 2.5
Feature: 720p HD Movie Mode
Price: $799 USD

How can they charge more for a P&S than an SLR? Because the person that wants this camera will pay for it!

Canon EOS Rebel 500D [CR4]

Final Specs?
The Rebel, these are the specs as I know them. A couple of updates from previous posts, some of it is the same.

Specs
mp:
15.1
ISO:
100-3200
Proc:
DIGIC IV
LCD:
3″ VGA LCD
crop:
1.6
FPS:
3.5
AF:
9 Point AF
AF: Face Detection
Battery: LP-E5
Feature: LiveView
Feature: Movie Mode w/contrast detect AF
Announcement: January 24, 2009 (?)

Possible Feature? [CR3]
I am being told you may see the jog wheel finally added to the Rebel line. $200 Canon cameras have it, why shouldn’t the Rebel?

The XSi may not be discontinued.

5D Mark II Firmware 1.0.7

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

1. “Black dot” phenomenon (the right side of point light sources become black)
2. 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 version 1.0.7, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

Notes:
When updating to Firmware Version 1.0.7, please also update the Digital Photo Professional and Picture Style Editor software. Firmware Version 1.0.7 can be downloaded from the bottom of this page. Updates for Digital Photo Professional and Picture Style Editor can be downloaded from the following Web site.

http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/firm-e/eos5dmk2/firmware.html

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 […]