Selective Color Editing and Adjustment
Sep 2013 10

There are a number of tools available to us just beneath the surface in Photoshop. Although not suited for every situation, a wide range of images can benefit from selective color editing and adjustment to pull vibrant colors from a dull scene. From architecture, to landscape, to still-life photography, using enhanced dimensionality and color differentiation will improve perception of textures and move visual elements forward or back.

Watch as David Saffir and C. David Tobie work through a series of images on calibrated Eizo displays and show viewers the techniques that will make those images pop!

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C. David Tobie: A Look at Sony’s Unique New Camera-Phone Lenses
Sep 2013 10

It’s not often that an innovation in photography is so unusual that it deserves the phrase “paradigm shift”; but Sony’s new QX series SmartPhone Lenses are exactly that. Previously it has been possible to attach lenses of assorted qualities and sizes to smartphones. But, no matter how good the lenses were, the results were limited by the resolution, speed and overall capabilities of the tiny sensor in the phone’s camera. Sony’s new QX10 and QX100 lenses are about to change all that.

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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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