News entries for December, 2012

Accessory review: Triggertrap remote release puts some new magic into that old shutter button

 
 

We've always missed a simple mechanical cable release on our electronic cameras. But no more. With Triggertrap we not only get a cable release, we also get some brains to perform magic with that old Shutter button.

We particularly liked using it for macro shots in Live View. In fact, Live View was a lot easier to...

Autofocus reality revisited: How does the Canon EOS 6D measure up?


A few months ago we published a series of articles showing that certain Canon lenses on the newest Canon cameras -- the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X -- autofocused more accurately than on earlier Canon bodies for center-point, single-shot autofocus. These combinations actually offered similar autofocus accuracy to that we could obtain...

Kite photographer captures spectacular aerial images of India

 
 

We've seen spectacular aerial images before, but nothing quite like these truly unique shots of India by kite photographer Nicolas Chorier.

Chorier spent nine years shooting India with a camera attached to a specially designed kite, and produced the compelling photo book, "A Kite's Eye View: India: Between Earth...

Breathtaking photos prove Scott Rinckenberger’s switch from high-flying skier to pro photographer is no mere stunt

 
 

Nature and outdoor lifestyle photographer Scott Rinckenberger has impressed us with his stunning imagery and his willingness to go the extra mile, quite literally, to capture the perfect shot. For his latest project, Scott has been skiing each of the twelve months of the year in his native Washington State and...

Updated edition of Lensbaby book showcases new techniques and products for “Bending Your Perspective”

 
 

The Lensbaby line of lenses, optics and accessories were designed to let you unleash your creative side to create eyecatching photos with an SLR or mirrorless camera. With some of the effects being pretty unique, though, it can take a little while to grasp the possibilities.

That's where Corey Hilz's book, "...

Lioness samples Canon 5D Mark II, still holding out for Mark III

When Photographer Ed Hetherington decided to photography the Zimbabwean savannah from a unique "on the ground perspective," he didn't account for the discerning taste of his lioness subject. 

 
Lioness asks "I love the L glass, but is that the Canon 16-35 f/2.8L I or II? I demand sharp corners!" (© Ed Hetherington)

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Here’s your chance to become a National Geographic photographer

 
 

If you've ever fantasized about going on assignment as a National Geographic photographer, it's now time to act on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. WorldNomads.com and the National Geographic Channel have a new eight-day scholarship program that will select one lucky amateur photographer to travel to Oman --...

LensRentals reconfirms that Nikon D600 dust/oil issues are temporary


It's been a little over a month since Roger Cicala, founder of LensRentals.com, first reported a possible issue with what appears to be dust accumulating on the sensor of the Nikon D600 digital SLR. More recently, Toronto-based artist and photographer Kyle Clements first shared a time-lapse video demonstrating the problem on his own D600...

Celebrate 12/12/12 by participating in the One Day on Earth film and photo project

 
 

The Mayan calendar abruptly ends on December 21, 2012, and that supposedly means the world will end, too -- or something like that. So if you're looking for something meaningful and artistic to do before the coming cataclysm -- specifically on Dec. 12 aka "12.12.12" -- let me suggest you join me and participate in...

Lens Review: Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

 
 

Canon announced the 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM back in February, a renewal to its popular standard zoom (and a favorite of many Canon wedding shooters). Improvements abound on many levels, but many Canon shooters will notice one major change: a big increase in the price. Does the new lens earn its keep? Click here to...

ACDSee adds support for the latest DSLRs and mirrorless cameras


If ACDSee Pro 6 or ACDSee 15 forms the heart of your Windows-based digital darkroom, or you're looking for a new image editing and management package to go with a new camera purchase, there's good news for you from ACD Systems this week. Both applications have just received updates that add support for a wide  variety of digital SLRs and...

NASA space probe captures spectacular photo of cyclone over Saturn’s north pole

 
 

Here's another spectacular photo from NASA's Cassini space probe, this time of a violent storm swirling over Saturn's north pole.

The image was shot by Cassini yesterday and then slightly enhanced by Universe Today to remove "hot pixels" that occur in long exposures from the spacecraft.

The storm is an...

Photo of iceberg that allegedly sank the Titanic goes up for auction

 
 

Is this or is it not an image of the iceberg that sank the Titanic? That's what potential buyers will have to consider when a photograph purportedly of the infamous iceberg goes up for auction at RR Auction in Nashua, N.H. next month.

The photo was captured by the captain of another steam ship, the S.S. Etonian,...

Eadweard Muybridge: The photographic pioneer who froze time and nature


“I am going to make a name for myself. If I fail, you will never hear of me again.” -- Edward Muggeridge

I love writing about great photographers. I’m sure there are some exceptions, but in general they tend to be among the oddest and most interesting groups of people on the planet. I thought the photographer who did post-processing in...

New Nikon D600 test video shows dust/oil problem may be temporary

 
 
 
 

Remember Kyle Clements, the Toronto-based photographer we told you about last week, who's been testing the Nikon D600 specifically for its alleged sensor-dust problem? Well, Clements was back with another test video yesterday (posted below) that suggests the...

Rare, early color photographs capture life in Paris circa 1914

 
 

Yesterday, we shared a short video with you showing the history of photography in 76 seconds. That brief film included an image of the first ever color photograph, an additive projected image of a tartan ribbon captured in 1861 by Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell.

Flash forward just more than fifty years...

Sony TX200V review: the feature-rich, go-anywhere camera with a sense of style

There's a problem with feature-rich, life-proof digital cameras: they typically look like feature-rich, life-proof digital cameras, and are about as pocket-friendly as a brick. With the TX200V, Sony shows it's possible to make a camera jam-packed with worthwhile features, safe to use at the beach, in the pool, or on the slopes, and yet to give...

From camera obscura to digital: A history of photography in 76 seconds (video)

 
 

Happy Cyber Monday!

To help get you back in the spirit of taking photos rather than just buying camera gear, here's an inspiring video (just over a minute long) titled "A Short History of Photography."

The clip starts with an image of Ibn al-Haytham, the scientist who helped develop the camera obscura --...

Cyber Week Camera Deals 2012 (Latest: Pentax WG-2 for $180, Panasonic G3 with lens for $300, Canon SX50 HS for $424)

 
 

LAST UPDATED: Friday, November 30, 5:13 PM

It's not over till it's over, evidently. Both Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, and while a lot of great deals have sold out or expired, many are still available and new ones keep cropping up.

We're keeping our eyes open for the best digital camera...

Nikon D800 reviewed: Premium digital SLR is worth every penny

 
 

 

Shooting with a digital camera like the Nikon D800 is a treat. All the controls are ideally suited for the experienced photographer: Important features have a button or dial, and there are even a few buttons you can program to work just how you want. Built for the rigors of professional photography, the Nikon...