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Yes, it’s been a while since we’ve posted a submission to our Photo Critique section. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have some great shots for all of you critics out there to offer up your opinions. Today’s photo is the first HDR entry to land in our inbox. It comes to us from Al Dixon who says: “This picture was taken in June of 2008 and is my first attempt at an HDR image.  It was shot at approx 6am just south of Stony Plain, AB with my Nikon D40 and Nikon 18-200 Nikkor lens.  The image consists of…

Meet the Nikon S1000pj, it’s a camera, it’s a projector. It’s… both? Nikon has announced the Coolpix S1000pj – the first compact camera with a built-in VGA projector (640 by 480 at 30 fps). It’ll capture 12-megapixel images, standard def. video – which it can then project on a screen up to 40″ wide at a 640 x 480 resolution – features a 2.7″ LCD and offer 5x optical zoom. Using Nikon’s own pico-projector technology, the camera will also feature an embedded speaker for audio playback, a wireless remote and projector stand as well as in-camera software that allows for…

Gear Magazine has posted a gorgeous example of the Hi-def capture that can be created with the Canon 5D Mark II. It’s a a short film – created by French animation & video artist Régis Hervagault by shooting continuously from 8:00 p.m. to midnight on July 23 of this year. https://vimeo.com/5745601 LAVAL 23.07.2009 by Régis Hervagault (music: mindthings) We decided to take a look around and found that Hervagault has a collection of similar works posted to a number of collective sites. Take a look at what can be created with the Canon 5D Mark II, a kit lens and…

At the most basic level, a movie or video tells a story. The lenses you choose can be your most important tools in communicating visually with your audience. Simply put, the longer the lens’ focal length, the narrower the angle of view, and the more it magnifies the image. And conversely, the shorter the focal length, the wider the angle. Each lens conveys information in its own way. A wide angle (like the 28mm in examples 1 and 2 above) might show the subject in context within a large area; or if it’s close to the subject, it can exaggerate…

At the most basic level, a movie or video tells a story. The zoom lenses you choose can be your most important tools in communicating visually with your audience. Simply put, the longer the lens’ focal length, the narrower the angle of view, and the more it magnifies the image. And conversely, the shorter the focal length, the wider the angle. Each lens conveys information in its own way. A wide angle (like the 28mm in examples 1 and 2 above) might show the subject in context within a large area; or if it’s close to the subject, it can…

Already available in GB, 8GB and 16GB capacities, Sony has a newer, faster, bigger version of its Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX  — the Super-High Capacity 32GB Memory Stick. For use with cameras like Sony α (Alpha) DSLRs or Cybershot point & shoots, this bad boy is great for vast image storage but is ideally suited to High Def video capture. It’s size (32GB), combined with it’s read/write speeds (20MB/s & 15MB/s), make this card an outstanding addition to any HD-video enthusiasts arsenal – whether the means of recording be an HD camcorder or a DSLR or point & shoot with…

The folks at Factron – already responsible for some lofty-priced ($800 for a titanium iPod case, anyone?)  Apple accessories have come up with something new for the Apple Fan Boys (& Girls) with ambitions of impressing their friends: a metal & leather case with interchangeable camera lenses. Yes, you’ve read correctly – camera lenses. Compatible with the iPhone 3G only, the case features wide-angle, closeup, and fisheye lenses that screw on to the back. But the company warns that all that metal between the receiver and signal, your phone reception might not be the greatest. And at $200 for just…

Bogen Imaging’s Bogen Cafe is presenting photographer Michael Clark this July 17 from 2 to 3pm ET in a free webinar – Fundamentals of Adventure Sports Photography – that includes interaction with the presenter as well as one of three prize giveaways of the Traveler Series 2 Carbon Fiber 6X Monopod. Unfortunately, only our neighbours in the US are eligible for the draw, but the seminar alone is reason enough to reserve a spot and tune in. Everyone gets a recorded version on the entire webinar, however – a pretty handy reference tool to have. Topics include: Artificial lighting Photo equipment…

You ought to be in the movies: Achieving a film look with selective focus aka Shallow Depth of Field When everything is in sharp focus, no one thing stands out. And that’s no way to tell a story. Selective focus is just the opposite. It allows the videographer to guide the viewer to a specific place or person on screen by placing everything else, usually the background, out of focus. This article will discuss how selective focus, depth of field and focal length work together in film – and using new technology, can work in video as well. The selective…

Phase One A/S, along with the product managers of medium format maker, Leaf, have announced plans to purchase key elements relating to the Leaf brand from current owners, Eastman Kodak Co. Under the newly-formed entity, Leaf Imaging Ltd. (wholly owned by Phase One), the deal would include such assets as the Leaf brand product names, engineering design and production tools. The new entity will also enter into an intellectual property license with Eastman Kodak Company that is royalty-bearing to Kodak. Read the press release from Phase One.

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