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Editors Note: Giving Your Photos A Glow | From Luminous Landscape was originally written by Glenn E. Mitchell II, Ph.D. for Luminous Landscape and has been reproduced with permission. Giving Your Photos A Glow Adding A Diffuse Glow To Your Images I was looking at some of the recent work of Michael Reichmann. I was struck by one of the photos from a fair in Seville. Michael added a diffuse glow to a group of women, and it really added a defining touch to the image. It gave the image a dreamy look, as if the image truly was painted with light.…

Editors Note: Photographing Fall Colour | From Luminous Landscape was originally written by Michael Reichmann for Luminous Landscape and has been reproduced with permission. Photographing Fall Colour Why Less is More Is there a photographer alive who doesn’t enjoy a drive or walk in the woods when the leaves are turning? Colours are vibrant, the air has a unique smell and there’s a melancholy in knowing that cold rain, snow and dropping temperatures are on their way. But if you’re like me you’ll find that your fall colour photographs can often be disappointing. The brilliant hues of a sunny Fall day can appear…

Editors Note: Getting Started with Digital Panoramas | From Luminous Landscape was originally written by Joe Beda for Luminous Landscape and has been reproduced with permission. Getting Started with Digital Panoramas I dream about being able to afford 22 megapixel medium format backs.  I think that it would be great to be able to capture that much detail with one click of the shutter.  Heck, I’d love to be able to afford a Canon 1Ds.  However, for most amateur photographers that type of hardware is out of reach.  But, with a little bit of practice, you can get some of the same eye…

Editors Note: Understanding Depth of Field | From Luminous Landscape was originally written by Michael Reichmann for Luminous Landscape and has been reproduced with permission. Understanding Depth of Field Plumbing The Depths (Of Field) The issue of Depth of Field (DOF) seems to cause a great deal of confusion. Every photographer understands it somewhat, but rarely with the rigour needed to explain it to others. In fact, to be completely honest, I’ve had to go to a couple of reference books to be sure that I get the explanations here technically correct. The term “Depth of Field” describes the range in a photograph,…

The folks at Sony have come up with an ingenious method of securing our mobile devices from theft or unauthorized use. They’re developing a new finger vein authentication technology, called mofiria, that could effectively lock up our laptops & cellphones and keep them safe from intruders… only to be unlocked by an near-infrared scan (via a CMOS sensor) of the veins in our finger! This Mofiria technique uses a unique method where a CMOS sensor captures scattered light inside the finger veins. The vein pattern is extracted from the captured image and data from this pattern is compressed to store…

Editors Note: Photography and Backpacking | From Luminous Landscape was originally written by James Chow for Luminous Landscape and has been reproduced with permission. Photography and Backpacking The main advantages of backpacking are not only to get away from the crowds, but also to see rare or unique scenery one can’t find near the road. Everyone has seen and photographed the common sights near the road in national parks. Some parks are more conducive to photography near the road (e.g., Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Teton) while others have very few access roads (Sequoia, Olympic). There is a slightly different approach to photography while backpacking, though. You have to…

Not many companies can boast that sort of longevity. And, to celebrate this milestone, the German paper manufacturer is presenting The Hahnemuhle 425th Anniversary Photo Award Contest. The open international competition (themed For Originals) invites photographers to present their unique visions of people, objects and moods from the most original perspective possible. Submissions will be accepted until June 30, 2009. Hahnemuhle will be awarding non-cash prizes, in several categories, worth €36,000. Winning entries will also become part of the prestigious Hahnemuhle Anniversary Collection, a travelling exhibition scheduled for hanging in the major photo capitals around the world.

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Canon had a new lineup of camcorders to unveil and, with 5 new High Def  & 5 Standard Def camcorders set to hit the market, they’re making sure they’ve covered all their bases for 2009. In addition to Canon’s core imaging technologies, these newest to the family include some new features for enhanced image quality and added flexibility. A new image processor (DIGIC DV III) is featured in select VIXIA models along with 8.0 Megapixel photo capture, Video Snapshot Mode, Genuine Canon Face Detection Technology, and an advanced Auto Exposure system round out…

Editors Note: Cataloguing – A Work Flow | From Luminous Landscape was originally written by Michael Reichmann for Luminous Landscape and has been reproduced with permission. Cataloguing – A Work Flow In earlier articles I looked at issues related to the storage and archiving of the vast size and number of digital files created, both when we scan film and when we shoot digitally. But there is another aspect that bears examination, and that’s file organization and naming. I haven’t done a hard count, but I’d guess that over the past year I’ve shot about 15,000 frames. Without a consistent filing system…

The next generation of Epson Stylus Pro level large-fromat printers have arrived — and they’re as impressive as the hype surrounding them. The 24″ Stylus Pro 7900 & the 44″ Stylus Pro 9900 both combine the existing MicroPiezo TFP™ print head with the new Epson 10-colour UltraChrome® HDR (high dynamic range) pigment ink system – effectively delivering a higher level of print quality, increased performance (with speeds almost twice as fast as previous models), and the widest colour gamut ever from Epson Stylus Pro printers. So, what’s so new about the HDR inks? Well for starters, all-new orange and green…