David Saffir: Panoramic Photography Basics
Sep 2013 05

Simply put, panorama photography involves creating an image using an elongated field of view. The ratio of width to height, or the aspect ratio, can be 2:1 or more, sometimes stretching to 10:1.

It’s possible to create a panoramic photograph by simply cropping a wide-angle photograph to the desired aspect ratio. Or, one can capture multiple images “scanning” side to side across a scene, and combine, or stitch these together into a seamless whole. These images can have significant dramatic effect, in part because they tend to mimic human vision. They can also incorporate an incredible level of detail, and make wonderful large prints.

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C. David Tobie: Downloading Printer Drivers Safely
Aug 2013 29

We have all learned to use search engines as our main method of looking for items on the internet; but there are occasions where this is not the safest way to find what you need. Looking for printer drivers is certainly one of those cases.

Lets say that you have just purchased a new printer. Perhaps this printer is a wide format printer for which your Operating System does not supply drivers automatically. And you understand that any drivers on an optical disk in the box with the printer may be outdated. Your first impulse in such a situation might be to type the printer name and model into the Search, or Combined URL/Search, line at the top of your browser. That may be a risky way to proceed.

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David Cardinal: New Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 OS HSM – The Ultimate Safari Lens?
Aug 2013 27

The original Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 was a favorite safari lens for many pros. It fell behind with the introduction of the Nikon 200-400mm f/4 lens with built-in Vibration Reduction. It’s subsequent model – including Optical Stabilization — regained it respect, but left it a bit behind the Nikon in usability and build quality. That has changed dramatically with the new version – the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 OS HSM Lens. Every bit the equal of the Nikon in both optical and build quality at a fraction of the cost, the Sigma is again likely to become the favorite safari lens of many pros and enthusiastic amateurs alike.

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Come Hear the Little Old Lady From Pasadena, and Kevin O’Connor Too
Aug 2013 23

The Digital Café at Pro Photo Expo taking place at the Pasadena Convention Center, August 23-25 will feature a range of expert speakers. Negotiations with the infamous little old lady to speak on the topic of photographing street racers have not yet been completed, but rest assured that photography and color management expert Kevin O’Connor will be presenting on topics such as Making Color Behave, and Photoshop CC. Datacolor Expert David Saffir will also be in attendance, and can be found at the Datacolor booth during much of the event. There is even a rumor of Datacolor door prizes, so be sure to put your name into the drawing if you attend a Digital Café speaking event.

Datacolor will be at Booth 415. The Digital Café will be at the rear of the show floor. You can register for a free Expo-only tradeshow pass from Datacolor!

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Seán Duggan: Phone Photography: Strategies for Seeing
Aug 2013 21

What makes a good camera phone image? As with many things in life, this often depends on the eye of the beholder, the type of photographs you like, and how you define “good”. There’s no right answer to the question. A favorite image for one photographer might barely move the needle for you. But when working with a camera phone, there are some strategies that can help you capture better photos, no matter what type of imagery you like. In this article, we’ll take a look at some useful techniques for seeing the potential for images that would work well with a camera phone. Hopefully it will give you some ideas for your own explorations.

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