Ars Technica reviews Lightroom and compares it with Aperture. Though I tend to prefer Apple applications, I'm familiar with Photoshop and Lightroom appears to have made incredible strides since the last beta. I wonder if Aperture 2.0 is around the corner and if many of the features found in Lightroom will make their way into [...]
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After installing a new garage door opener, I received a call from Ron asking if I'd like to go to Presque Isle to take pictures. Sure, I said! And we ventured forth. I shot most of the day in aperture priority at f/5.6. I didn't notice that my ISO was set to 400 (I'd have [...]
To shoot fireworks, a generalized setup is: Use a tripod or something else stationary. ISO 100-200 is fine. You want longer exposures and a dark(er) sky. Use "bulb mode" on your camera. Focus on infinity at whatever focal length frames the fireworks. Experiment until you get the timing down, but starting at about 30 seconds [...]
I'd like to find someone or some company capable of making thin metal discs with shapes cut from the middle. Both the circumference and the shape - which must be centered - would need to be sized within reasonable limits (one to two millimeters). These discs could be made of something like aluminum and really [...]
For Mac users only: what's your display's gamma? 1.8 2.2 Other I dunno View Results A friend sent me a link to an article titled "This is your Mac on drugs." My initial response to him was that Safari was using ICC profiles, which was a good thing, and simply specifying gamma - brighter or [...]
This site lets you compare Canon lenses at various focal lengths, apertures, etc. Nifty.
I've made my call: I shoot with Canon digital SLRs. Still, many people often ask me which way they should go. I give them the stock answer I was given when I had the same question: Canon has better glass and, currently, offers the only full-frame dSLRs. Still, the question remains: for an entry-level dSLR [...]
Despite the harsh lighting conditions (at times), I'm relatively pleased with how some of the shots I took turned out. Ben and Brandon were reasonable subjects, though it's obvious Ben is much more still (a good quality in playing pool) than Brandon, who had a lot more blur to most of his images. Compositionally, I'm [...]
Adobe's $199 introductory pricing ($99 for students - I'll have to see if my teacher wife qualifies!) is almost low enough to tempt me into buying it. Even if I only use it occasionally, $199 (or $99) ain't bad. The problem is that much of Lightroom's functionality can be found elsewhere: Bridge and Adobe Camera [...]
I ventured to the Winter Snowfest at Frontier Park today. What a great place to sled! All we had growing up was the relatively puny hill at Gravel Pit in North East! By far, the most interesting thing happened as I was leaving. A conversion van was driving along the road and sideswiped a parked [...]
I believe that writing daily is a good habit to get into. Today, though, not so much to say except "poof!"
Turns out +1 to +1 1/3 is a good exposure for snow at 4:00pm on an overcast Erie January day. We're getting dumped on now fairly hard, but all the snow we've gotten has given me an excuse to both try the new snowblower (a Husqvarna 10.5 HP) and take some pictures. The snowblower will [...]
Today I ventured into Cleveland to have a look at a Canon 5D at Dodd Camera. I wanted to get a sense for the size of the thing, and Erie's camera stores don't carry much more than $300 P&S cameras. The 5D feels great in my hands, and the viewfinder is incredible. Canon is offering [...]
I spent some time playing with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom yesterday and found that I liked a lot of the things it did, but for me, Aperture beats it in a few key areas. The cross-platform nature, Adobe's Camera Raw platform (which isn't tied to the OS and which, by most accounts, beats Apple's in terms [...]