Feb 1 2011

The Location Photographers New Best Friend – Ephemeris

Daniel Linnet

As I initially came across this iPad app and without knowing what an Ephemoris was, I assumed it would be just another exposure calculator “photo buddy” app for which I’ve yet to discover a practical use in my day to day photographic activities. For some strange reason however, I felt compelled to check it out. Perhaps it was the rather cool, old school icon that drew me in.

What I discovered however, was exactly what I have been desperately yearning for, to assist with location scouting and shoot planning. This baby is going to save me hours in returning to locations checking sun (and also moon) rise and set positions.

This is probably the best $12 I’ve spent on the iPad for my photography. If you don’t own an iPad then it is also available for the iPhone and as a free Mac or PC desktop app.

Photoephemeris.com

By the way, here is the dictionary definition.

ephemeris |iˈfem(ə)ris|noun ( pl. -erides |-ərədēz|) Astronomy & Astrologya table or data file giving the calculated positions of a celestial object at regular intervals throughout a period.• a book or set of such tables or files.ORIGIN early 16th cent.: from Latin, from Greekephēmeros ‘lasting only a day.’

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Dec 8 2009

Add some “Diana” retro style to your DSLR!

Jose Fernandez

diana lens

Here is a pretty interesting little addition to your kit for all you lovers of low-fi images out there! If you don’t have a Diana plastic camera but you want to create those low saturation, soft surreal blurs, and unpredictable coloured images then you may be very interested in this Diana lens adapter for your Nikon and Canon DSLR.

All you need to do is attach the plastic lens and its adapter directly onto your SLR’s body. Your Canon or Nikon will be part Diana camera and park DSLR, a recipe for some pretty cool dreamy images!

The lens adapter is available from the US at photojojo.com and for $60 USD you get;

• Adds a soft and dreamy focus to your photos
• Adapter for Canon or Nikon SLRs and DSLRs
• Included adapter works with the entire line of Lomo’s Diana+ lenses
• Three distance settings (1-2m, 2-4m and Infinity)
• Includes Canon or Nikon adapter and 38mm Super-Wide Diana+ Lens

Happy Shooting!

Jose

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Oct 31 2009

Lexar 600x Cards add Speed and Value!

Daniel Linnet

lexar_cheese

Our friends at Lexar Australia are extremely excited about the pending launch in Oz of the new 600X Pro cards. Tested and reviewed by Rob Galbraith the new cards blitzed all competing products in the market using the Canon 7D. I’m also excited about the speed and size improvements, now that I’ve just picked up my 5D MkII and am planning to shoot some video along with my usual stills. On location every minute counts!

The new Professional range also comes with revamped version of their best selling software Image Rescue + exclusive trial versions on Adobe offers on Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, Premier Elements as well as massive discounts off the full product with online downloads. See below for more details.  Now that’s value adding!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 | by Rob Galbraith
Lexar has taken the wraps off a new series of CompactFlash cards geared towards the pro digital SLR shooter. Called Professional 600X, the series will be available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities that relaunch Lexar into the speed race in a serious way.
The Fremont, California-based division of Micron has also unveiled the ExpressCard CompactFlash Reader, an ExpressCard/34 adapter for CompactFlash cards that gets the design right, as well as an updated version of Image Rescue that sports an all-new interface and more powerful photo recovery algorithms.

Products are shipping mid November.

See full review

Download Adobe / Lexar Special Offer details

Lexar Digital Photography – Pro Tips and Techniques

Daniel Linnet

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Oct 21 2009

Canons Latest Arrival! Crack open the piggy bank!

Jose Fernandez

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

Some exciting news hot off the press – Yesterday the 20th October 2009 Canon announced thier latest addition to the Pro DSLR range, the EOS 1D Mark IV.

Some of the  incredible Mark IV features:

  • 16.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor
  • ISO 100-12800 (expandable to an incredible L: 50, H1: 25600, H2: 51200, H3: 102400)
  • Dual DiG!C 4 Processors
  • 45 point Auto Focus (39-all cross type)
  • 10 Frames per second (120 shots max using 90MB UDMA mode 6 compatible CF Card)
  • FULL High Definition Movie Recording

So the 1D has finally caught up with the 5D Mk2 and now offering full HD video! ahem :p

Tne pricing for this baby will be around $4999 USD.  For the full spec listing check out the Canon Australia Website

Jose Fernandez

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Sep 25 2009

The Best Camera

Jose Fernandez

Many photographers say it, it’s written in blogs, in books and in magazines, one photographer named Chase Jarvis has taken it to the next level. Chase has reinvented the term “The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You” and has created a iPhone app, a website and a book dedicated to inspire people all around the world to shoot with any camera, in particular the iPhone.

From the iPhone app you can upload your photos directly to the photosharing website Chase has also put together the best camera book which is available to pre order at Amazon – It’s the world’s first photo book featuring exclusively images from a mobile phone.

I have already installed the iPhone application, uploaded photos from my iPhone which then seconds later appear on the website and purchased the book from Amazon – I have pre-ordered the book and may have to wait 4-6 weeks for it to arrive! (yes I was excited about the whole concept)

If you don’t have an iPhone then don’t worry, I’m sure you have a phone with a camera in it!

Join the revolution

by Jose

You can see more of my iPhone pics on my Flickr page

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