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01 January 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Amazing Story we Missed in 2009!

Being a National Geographic photographer must be an amazing job, and this guy, Paul Nicklen, really went all out for this photo shoot. Paul traveled to Antarctica to photograph leopard seals which happen to be a deadly predator (who knew seals could be dangerous?).

“I swam up to this leopard seal… and right away she dropped the penguin and came up to me and she opened her mouth… she took my whole head and camera inside her mouth…” (Paul Nicklen from video)

You won’t believe what happens next!! View the video for yourself below and be amazed.

For more information, you can read this interview with Paul Nicklen, and check out the photographs that resulted in this gallery.

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30 December 2009 ~ 1 Comment

Your iPhone Camera Sucks!

If you’ve tried taking great pictures with your iPhone, chances are that you may have been able to get one or two good ones but that’s about all. If you want to use the camera and not carry another camera with you, check out these applications that will go a long, long way towards making your iPhone camera into your main portable camera!

Awesome apps to improve your iPhone camera

No, the iPhone will never replace even an entry level digital SLR, but then again it’s not supposed to.

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09 December 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Martians Invade Norway!

Martians Invade Norway!

The weirdest thing I have seen in quite some time popped up in Norway and people have no idea what it is! Check out the pictures and video below and see for yourself!

Nick Banbury, a witness from Harstad, described it like this:

“We are used to seeing lots of auroras here in Arctic Norway, but on my way to work this morning I saw something completely unexpected. Between 7:50 and 8:00 a.m. local time, there was a strange light in the sky. It consisted initially of a green beam of light similar in colour to the aurora with a mysterious rotating spiral at one end. This spiral then got bigger and bigger until it turned into a huge halo in the sky with the green beam extending down to the earth.”

The Martians are coming, make your preperations now for the end of the world!

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08 December 2009 ~ 6 Comments

Nikon D3000 Vs Canon Rebel XS

Trying to decide which of these great DSLR cameras to buy? They are both amazing cameras with all the features you need as well as the power you need to take great pictures. Either camera is an excellent choice, but which is for YOU?

NIKON D3000 with lens for only $459 vs. CANON Rebel XS with lens for only $475

Make sure before you buy, that you decide carefully. You will want to stick with either Nikon or Canon after purchasing this camera so that your lenses will continue to work with future DSLR cameras that you purchase!

Yes, most professional photographers use Canon cameras, but these are not professional level cameras so we can basically toss that reason for choosing one over the other right out the window. You want to choose the camera that best suits YOUR needs, the camera that you will actually use is the better camera for you, no matter what specifications it has.

I’m not saying that one camera is better than the other based on their differences, but these are some of the important differences between the two cameras you know:

CMOS Sensor? – Canon Rebel XS only
3″ LCD Screen? – Nikon D3000 only
Live View? – Canon Rebel XS only
Mirror Lockup? – Canon Rebel XS 30 seconds, Nikon D3000 for mirror cleaning only
Depth of Field Preview? – Canon Rebel XS only
Auto Exposure Bracketing? – Canon Rebel XS only
Scene Recognition? – Nikon D3000 only

Buy a Canon Rebel XS Camera with lens for only $475 on Amazon

Buy a new Nikon D3000 Camera with lens for only $459 on Amazon

Ultimately they are both great cameras, and both companies make great lenses. The choice will come down to your personal preferences, and remember if you don’t enjoy using the camera then it doesn’t matter what camera you buy or what amazing features it has!

Camera Model Nikon D3000 Canon Rebel XS
Resolution 10.2 million pixels 10.1 million pixels
Sensor Type CCD CMOS
Image Processor EXPEED DIGIC III
Standard kit lens Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR zoom lens

Incorporates Nikon’s Silent Wave Lens Motor (SVM) for quiet AF performance

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens
Picture angle Equivalent in 35mm format is approximately 1.5 times lens focal length Equivalent in 35mm format is approximately 1.6 times lens focal length
LCD Monitor 3.0-inch 230,000 pixel wide viewing angle LCD monitor 2.5-inch 230,000 pixel wide viewing angle LCD monitor
Live View No Yes. Works in P,S,A,M exposure control modes. Displays the scene as a smooth, 30fps video feed on the LCD. Optional grid line and histogram can be selected to help with composition and exposure

Two Live View Modes:

Quick AF: flips mirror to engage the AF sensor

Live AF: Uses contrast information for compact camera- type focusing

Viewfinder System Penta-mirror type Penta-mirror type
Viewfinder Coverage 95% coverage and 18mm eyepoint 95% coverage and 21mm eyepoint
Viewfinder Magnification 0.8x 0.8x
Diopter adjustment Built-in viewfinder diopter adjustment –1.6 to + 0.5 Built-in viewfinder diopter adjustment -3 to +1
Eye Sensor Automatically turns LCD display off when the camera is brought up to the photographer’s eye No
Dust Reduction • Airflow Control System used in the D60 leads air within the mirror box towards small ducts near the base, directing dust away from the image sensor

• The Optical Low Pass Filter has an antistatic design to prevent static electricity from attracting dust and foreign matter to its surface

• Self Cleaning Sensor Unit designed to eliminate larger types of dust

• The Optical Low Pass Filter has an antistatic design to prevent static electricity from attracting dust and foreign matter to its surface

• Self Cleaning Sensor Unit designed to eliminate larger types of dust

Image Sizes • 3872 x 2592
• 2896 x 1944
• 1936 x 1296
• 3888 x 2592
• 2816 x 1880
• 1936 x 1288
Easy ‘Guide’ mode on dial Yes No
ISO Range 100 -1600 ISO, Hi 1 (3200 ISO)
Auto: 200 IS0 to 1600 ISO

Set ISO in one step increments

100 -1600 ISO
Auto: 100 IS0 to 800 ISO

Set ISO in one step increments

Shooting Speed Up to 3 frames per second Up to 3 frames per second
Shutter Speed 30 to 1/4,000 sec + Bulb 30 sec to 1/4000 sec + Bulb
Recording Format JPEG, RAW, JPEG + RAW JPEG, RAW, JPEG Large + RAW
Exposure Shooting Modes • Auto
• (P) Flexible Program auto
• (S) Shutter-priority auto
• (A) Aperture priority auto
• (M) Manual
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Child Mode
• Sports
• Close-up
• Night portrait
• Flash Off
• Auto
• (P) Program AE
• (Tv) Shutter priority AE
• (Av) Aperture priority AE
• (M) Manual
• Auto depth-of-field
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Close-up
• Sports
• Night portrait
• Flash Off
Exposure Compensation +5.0 to -5.0 EV +2.0 to -2.0 EV
Auto exposure bracketing No -2 to +2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Metering system TTL full aperture exposure metering

1) 420-pixel 3D Color Matrix Meter II

2) Center-Weighted

3) Spot: Meters 3.5mm diameter circle (approx.2.5% of frame) centered on active focus area

TTL full aperture exposure metering

(1) 35 Point Evaluative (linked to all AF points)(2) Partial metering at centre (approx. 9% of viewfinder)

(3) Centre Weighted

Metering Range EV 0 to 20 EV 1 to 20
Scene Recognition System (SRS) Scene Recognition System (SRS) like Nikon D5000 and D90.

Information from the 420-pixel RGB sensor is used to recognize the type of scene

The results from the Scene Recognition System are used by the Nikon D3000 when determining:

• Auto Focus
• Auto Exposure and i-TTL flash
• Auto White Balance

No
Dynamic Range Optimization Technology Designed to balance exposure between highlight and shadow areas of the image (brighten up darker parts of the image)

Active D-Lighting: activated with dedicated On/Off button on top of camera.

Also Nikon’s ‘D-Lighting’ feature can be applied after the image is taken (using D3000 Retouch Menu)

Canon’s Auto Lighting Optimizer feature is designed to brighten the shadow areas of an image.

Auto Lighting Optimizer: set to Enable (default) or Disable in Custom Function menu II-5

White Balance 1) Auto (TTL white balance with 420-pixel RGB sensor)
2) Six (6) manual modes with fine-tuning
3) Preset Custom WB
4) White balance bracketing
1) Auto WB Control
2) Six (6) manual modes
3) Preset Custom WB
4) White balance bracketing
Focus points 11 point AF with cross type at center and 3D Focus Tracking (like the Nikon D90 and the D5000) 7 point with cross type at center
AF Detection EV -1 to 19 EV

Low light AF assist beam from lamp

EV -0.5 to 18 EV

AF assist uses strobe from built in flash. Flash must be up for low light AF assist to function

Focus Modes Scene Recognition System

1) Single-area AF
2) Dynamic-area AF
3) Auto-area AF
4) 3D Focus Tracking (11-area)

Selectable:

1) AI Focus AF
2) One shot AF
3) AI Servo AF

Flash sync 1/200 1/200
Flash Guide Number 12 13
Flash Modes Auto, Portrait, Child, Close-up: Fill-in flash, Redeye Reduction, Redeye Reduction with Slow Sync, Slow Sync, Rear-Curtain Sync, Off Auto, On, Off, Redeye reduction
Red Eye Reduction System Beam from lamp Multi-Strobe from speedlight flash. Flash must be up
High Speed Flash Sync Yes with compatible external flash units Yes with compatible external flash units
Flash Types i-TTL + Wireless Creative Lighting System Support E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites
Flash Compensation –3 to +1 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments +/- 2 stops in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
Processing Parameters Optimize Image Settings
Six preset Optimize Image settings. One Custom Control setting available

Normal (default): Recommended for most situations

Softer: Softens outlines. Use to ensure smooth, natural looking skin tones in portraits

Vivid: Enhances saturation, contrast and sharpness to produce vivid images with vibrant reds, greens and blues

More Vivid: Maximizes saturation, contrast and sharpness to produce images with sharper outlines

Portrait: Lowers contrast and softens background details

Landscape: Enhances saturation and sharpness to produce landscapes with vibrant greens and blues

Custom: The parameters for; Sharpening, Contrast (Tone), Colour Reproduction, Saturation, and Hue, can all be adjusted by selecting Custom mode in the “Optimize Image” menu.

Picture Settings
Six preset Picture settings. Three Custom Picture Settings are available

Canon offers additional downloadable “Picture Files”.

Standard:
Vivid, sharp images; usable in a wide variety of conditions; optimal for direct printing without post-processing

Portrait:
Warmer
skin tones, with slight increases in contrast and sharpening

Landscape: Extremely bright, saturated and sharpened images, with emphasis on blue and green color saturation.

Neutral:
Low sharpening, contrast and saturation: the ideal starting point for image-editing in the computer

Faithful:
Accurate reproduction of the subject’s colors based on colorimetric data; assumes 5500K light source.

Monochrome:
Black & White images; adjustable contrast, sharpening, as well as color
toning and effects of traditional color filters.

Depth of Field Preview Button No Yes
In Camera Image Editing with Retouch Menu 1: D-Lighting
2: Red-eye reduction
3: Trimming
4: Monochrome & filter effects
5: Color balance
6: Small picture
7: Image overlay
8: NEF (RAW) processing: Post process in camera and save as JPEG copy.
9: Quick retouch
10: Color outline
11: Miniature effect
12: Stop-motion movie
No
Lens Compatibility All functions possible with all AF-S and AF-I NIKKOR lenses. All functions except AF with all other G or D type AF-NIKKOR lenses Canon EF and EF-S: All functions supported
Noise Reduction Yes – Fast two stage process. Select Off / On in Shooting Menu High ISO speed noise reduction: Activated using Custom Function II-4. Select from Off (default) / On
Interface USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Custom functions 12
Mirror Lock Up Only for sensor cleaning Mirror can be locked up to 30 sec. Activated by using Custom function C. FnIII-8
Direct Print Support Yes PictBridge Direct Print Compliant with PictBridge Printers, DPOF Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, Bubble Jet Printers with the direct print function and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge, DPOF
Vertical release battery grip No grip option (third party solutions are available)
Supplied software Nikon solutions CD with Nikon ViewNX and Capture NX2 trial ZoomBrowser EX, Digital Photo Professional RAW editing software, Photo Stitch, EOS Utility (Remote Capture)
Optional Remote Wireless ML-L3 remote Cable remote RS-60E3 or Wireless RC-1
Included Accessories Camera Strap AN-DC3
USB Cable UC-E4
Video Cable EG-D100
Rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL9
Quick Charger MH-23
Software Suite CD-ROM and Instruction Manuals
Wide Strap EW-100D
Video Cable VC-100
USB Interface Cable IFC-200U
Battery Pack LP-E5
Battery Charger LC-E5
EOS Digital Solution Disk and Instruction Manuals
Memory Type Secure Digital (SD) and SDHC cards Secure Digital (SD) and SDHC cards
Power Source EN-EL9a Rechargeable Li-ion battery and charger supplied Li-Ion rechargeable LP-E5 battery and charger supplied
Approx. number of shots per battery charge Approximately 550 shots CIPA Standard Approximately 450 shots CIPA Standard
Dimensions 126 x 97 x 64 mm 126 x 98 x 62 mm
Weight 485 grams 502 grams

Buy a Canon Rebel XS Camera with lens for only $475 on Amazon

Buy a new Nikon D3000 Camera with lens for only $459 on Amazon

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