News entries for August, 2012

Rediscovered Ansel Adams video shows rare footage of the master photographer at work

Ansel Adams changed the way photographers look at the natural world and the way we take scenic photographs. His “Zone System” certainly changed the way many of us took and printed black-and-white photographs. I know beause I studied the system with one of Ansel’s printers, Oliver Gagliani, and it definitely improved my prints and my photography.

An old video about Adams...

Canon, Sony top EISA awards; Nikon and Olympus in hot pursuit

EISA's logo. Click here to visit the EISA website!Each year, the European Imaging and Sound Association comes together to vote on its annual EISA awards. A wide range of categories are covered, including everything from in-car electronics to mobile devices. Photo products are in the mix, and while we don't typically cover industry awards, EISA's photo awards are a little more illuminating than most. That's because they're...

5 tips for photographing summer fairs: What we can learn from Alfred Eisenstaedt

align=right"Vegetables are interesting but lack a sense of purpose when unaccompanied by a good cut of meat." —       Fran Lebowitz
 

Great photos are often found in unusual of places and that was the experience of Life magazine photographer, Alfred Eisenstaedt. For nearly 36 years, "Eisie" was for one of Life’s staff photographers. In 1938, he was sent to a West Virginia County...

MacMall sweepstakes: Win $14k of studio gear from Apple, Adobe, Wacom and more

MacMall's logo. Click here to visit the MacMall website!Fancy giving your digital darkroom a bit of an upgrade? Perhaps you're just getting started, and still kitting out your studio? Either way, the folks at MacMall are running a sweepstakes that could see your studio decked out for free with shiny new gear--including an Apple computer, naturally.

Two prizes are on offer, with the more valuable of the two--all-in list pricing...

New at Imaging Resource: Q&A feature brings you fast answers to your camera questions

Imaging Resource's logo.We get tons of questions from our readers every day about the cameras we test and review at IR. Unfortunately, there's no way we can answer every single one of them.

That's why we're happy to announce a new feature on IR that gets you answers from a larger group of experts: people who actually use the cameras you're interested in every day -- actual owners.

We've...

Photos from American malls in the 1990s to become a book

A series of photos shot in American malls in the 1990s that sparked interest on the Internet yesterday are slated to become a book, thanks to a successful Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign.

The artless but revealing documentary style photos, were captured by musician and photographer Michael Galinsky with "a cheap Nikon FG-20 and an even cheaper lens" in malls from...

Canon Updates Rebel T4i Recall For Rubber Grip Issue

Canon USA has updated its July 13 product advisory to include more cameras in its Rebel T4i product recall. The recall addresses grips that turn white with Zinc bis "due to a chemical reaction with the rubber accelerator and other substances."

The problem was originally thought to affect T4i bodies whose sixth digit of the serial number is "1" but the update provides a...

Samyang tweaks lenses for video use

Samyang's T3.1 14mm ED AS IF UMC lens. Photo provided by Delta Co.Through its Polish distributor, Delta Co., Korea's Samyang Optics Co. Ltd. has announced that it is preparing video-specific variants of three existing lens models.

The SAMYANG T1.5 35mm AS UMC, T1.5 24mm ED AS IF UMC, and T3.1 14mm ED AS IF UMC lenses are all designed to work for follow focus, thanks to racks around both the focus and aperture rings that allow control...

Shrink wrapped love: Japanese photographer takes togetherness to the edge with vacuum-packed portraits of couples

Shrink-wrapped-couple-logoIf you are ever in a nightclub in Tokyo and the place is shutting down and someone asks you and your date if you would like to come back to his place and get shrink wrapped, think twice before accepting. Japanese photographer Haruhiko Kawaguchi has a personal project called "Flesh Love" and he’s still looking for more subjects.
 
So far, he has photographed about 80...

The Camera Bag: Steadiseg Segway-Steadicam mobile camera rig helps capture the Olympic Games

Steadiseg-logoIf you haven't heard of the Steadiseg before, it's one of those brilliant mash-ups of technology and necessity that only a photographer or videographer could dream up. Part electric Segway personal transporter and part Steadicam rig, the Steadiseg is like a camera dolly without tracks.

Or, in other words, it's an easy way to capture smooth tracking shots at a fairly brisk...

Lens Review: Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR AF-S

Img 2995a 200Nikon released the 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 ED VR AF-S in June, updating a pre-existing lens with VR, rounded aperture blades, some better glass elements and Super Integrated Coating. It's one of Nikon's most economically priced lenses for full-frame: will it find a home in your camera bag? Click here to read our full review of the Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR AF-S!

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Everything’s Aluminum These Days—Even Photo Prints!

Th-mp-12Curiosity got the better of us. Sure, we thought, putting an image on an aluminum panel would be nifty. But would that dye sub novelty fade away in a few years? And how much is this going to cost? And how do you hang a metal print anyway?

There was only one way to find out. We had one made. And when it arrived, we answered almost all of those questions. See our review for...

More photographers share their secrets for capturing the Olympic games

Olympic-photographer-logoA couple of days ago, we shared a video of AP photographer Greg Bull discussing how he captured his iconic shot of U.S. Gymnast Gabby Douglas leaping over the balance beam on the way to winning the gold medal. Now, here are a few more informative videos featuring professional photographers talking about how they've covered the 2012 London Olympics.

The one major takeaway:...

Halo effect found with some Canon SLRs, Sigma lenses—but why?

Canon's EOS-1D X digital SLR. Photo provided by Canon. Click for our Canon EOS-1D X review!An interesting blog post today from Roger Cicala at LensRentals details a problem uncovered with certain combinations of Sigma lenses and Canon SLR bodies. It appears to be caused by the cameras' Illumination Correction feature, but the manner in which this happens is rather odd.

In JPEG photos shot with the Sigma APO Macro 150mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM or Sigma APO Macro 180mm...

Nikon updates ViewNX, fights blur with 1-series firmware

Nikon's logo. Click here to visit the Nikon website!Nikon may have just announced a brand-new 1-series camera model, the Nikon J2, but it hasn't forgotten about owners of its first-gen 1-series cameras. The Japanese camera giant just released updated firmware for both 1-series models announced a little under a year ago. The updates for the Nikon J1 and Nikon V1 are very closely-related, with much the same list of changes....

Put your wallet away: ACD Systems debuts free image viewer

ACDSee Free's logo. Click here to visit the ACD Systems website!Impressed with the speed with which ACD Systems' ACDSee 14 and ACDSee Pro 5 display images on your Windows PC, but don't want to pay the $80-140 list price for either version? Perhaps you do all your image processing in-camera, or have another app that takes care of your editing and cataloging needs.

If so, ACD Systems has something for you: it's just released a...

Canon 520 Review: The long-zoom “everywhere” camera just got smaller

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS digital camera. Copyright © 2012, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved.Iconic and capable at the same time, the PowerShot 520 HS represents quite an evolution in Canon's classic ELPH design. Duplicating the same diminutive shape and size as its spiritual predecessors, the Canon 520 offers a 12x zoom ranging from 28-336mm with optical image stabilization. Its 3-inch LCD has a higher resolution of 461K-dots, and its simple control set and...

Curious about Curiosity? Here’s the tech behind NASA’s Mars rover images

A closeup rendering of Curiosity at work. Rendering provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech.Earlier this week, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory probe completed a 253-day trip to Mars. On arrival, it successfully deployed the Curiosity rover, which will spend the next couple of years analyzing the Martian surface. The mission has several goals: to determine whether Mars could have supported life at any point in its history; to characterize the climate and geology;...

Nikon J2 unveiled: New 1-series mirrorless, lens, underwater housing

The Nikon J2 compact system camera. Image provided by Nikon. Click for our Nikon J2 preview!Last September, Nikon unveiled its first-ever mirrorless digital camera lineup, the Nikon 1 series. A year later, it will debut a new Nikon 1 model, closely based on the previous J1. The new Nikon J2 is now made from metal, like last year's viewfinder-equipped V2. (There's no viewfinder in this model, though; it retains a very similar body to the J1, but with very minor...

Nikon launches affordable new travel zoom digicam

Nikon's Coolpix L610 digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon. Click for our Nikon L610 preview!Alongside its newest mirrorless camera, Nikon has today unveiled the Nikon L610, which takes much of the feature set of the existing Coolpix S8200, and places it in a larger, curvier, but more affordable body that accepts AA batteries.

Like the S8200, the Nikon Coolpix L610 is based around a sixteen megapixel, backside-illuminated CMOS image sensor, and offers...