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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  • Vote -1 Vote +1Daniel Linnet
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    Great post Jose!
    I have long been a staunch advocate of using ANY means to capture the image. I’ve downloaded my best camera app and am now happily snapping away with my iPhone. Remember, the camera is just a tool. The eyes, brain and heart are what makes a great image.
    Happy iSnapping!

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Sep 18 2009

Evernote – harnesses the creative process

Daniel Linnet

evernote_home

For a long  long time I’ve scribbled ideas and thoughts in my trusty Moleskine, even going as far as numbering the pages and keeping an ‘index of ideas’ on the inside back page. These days however, my iPhone is my new Moleskine, but it wasn’t really until a very good friend introduced me to Evernote did I realise it’s true potential in the creative field.

If you have truly caught the photography bug (some call it a disease), then throughout the day you might get a constant flow of ideas and thoughts about your creative passion. Because my ideas always happened in such a spontaneous manner, usually triggered by my surroundings at the time, I always found that by the end of the day, unless I recorded them immediately, I would only retain only 50% or less.

I needed a way to harness my creative process! So, I went out and bought myself a Moleskine notebook which, with it’s practical design and arty history almost coaxed you to use it……, plus it was the perfect size to fit in my jacket pocket right next to my nerdy pen holder and ink stain.

I felt liberated! Now I was able to scribble my thoughts and observations at will yet still having them all in the same place, always available for further reference, and even indexed for speedy retrieval. The hardcover little black book was not to leave my side for many years.

My Evernote Desktop

My Evernote Desktop

I still have the original notebooks full of ideas and inspirations although these days they’re quietly sitting on my desk in a neat pile awaiting their eventual transfer into Evernote. I haven’t given up using them just yet but certainly feel that their days are very much numbered. Working in such a visually intensive field I realised that I wanted to be able to do more than just writing or sketching down my thoughts.

The first thing that jumped out at me about Evernote was the fact that it was a cross platform application. I could install it on all the studio Mac’s and the last remaining PC and keep everything syncronized and accessible from every part of the studio.

The next big plus for me was that Evernote also came complete with a native iPhone App ‘Evernote’ for my shiny new 3G, as well as apps for Palm and Blackberry users…… and things just got better! All the devices stay syncronized via a FREE Evernote account which also acts as your storage portal for all your clippings, so no matter where you are, you can log in to your account and view any of your clippings at any time from any internet browser.

Now I can, and regularly do,  grab a quick snap shot of a potential location (complete with it’s GPS coordinates) I might stumble across, jot down an idea, record a voice memo or clip a web page and then have it almost instantly appear on all my machines and devises, then as I continue my research on the web I can clip the pages along with their URL’s straight into their respective job folders using the browser clipping plugin.

To keep things organised I normally create an individual folder for each job, project or subject, and a default ‘go to’ folder for miscelaneous clippings to be filed at a later date. The ability to keep ALL the information for each project in the one place has proved invaluable in shoot preparation and execution, especially when I’m away on location. It has also come in handy for everything from buying a car, to preparing the grocery list and compiling ideas and information for Foto Priority.

The whole Evernote experience is very organic which takes no time to master, and yes, it’s definitely VERY complementary to the creative process. Best of all, to get going costs you nothing, although you do need to set up an account which gives you plenty of clipping room. The Palm, Blackberry & iPhone apps are also free.

Once you start using it for remembering almost everything, upgrading to Premium gives you a much bigger upload capacity, supports more file types, and offers enhanced security. Plus, you get PDF searching, faster image recognition, and no ads.  That will set you back US$45.00 p/year which, based on how much I use it, is very fair indeed. Happy clipping!!

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by Daniel Linnet

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Sep 10 2009

The Holga – THE CULT PHENOMENON

Jose Fernandez

Welcome to the wonderful world of the plastic camera. If you like surprises and an unusual look to your photos, the Holga may be a great addition to your kit.

So, what is a Holga? It’s a medium format camera that happens to be all plastic. Yes, even the lens is plastic. They are a very basic camera with one shutter speed of approximately 1/125 and bulb, two f/stops of approximately f/8 and 11, a 60mm PLASTIC lens with adjustable focusing, Built-in flash and uses 120 colour or black and white film.

You never know what you’re going to get with your Holga and no two Holga’s are the same. It’s a great camera to experiment with.

After trawling many Holga websites for the best deal, as well as checking out as many holga “fanatics” websites I could find, I finally ordered my first little toy, in fact is was the first film camera I had ever owned.

As soon as it arrived in the post, I ripped opened the box, loaded some film and grabbed some black tape, yes black tape and started sealing all the joins and cracks, anywhere where light could get in.

This camera is about fun, the unexpected, and the unusual. What you get is a look you can’t really achieve any other way and it is always a surprise to see your images when you get the prints or files back from the lab

It’s now been a couple of years since I first opened the box to my shiny (ok the plastic isn’t really that shiny) new Holga 120s, I haven’t used it in a while, but after writing this post, I think I have just inspired myself to roll on some Kodak 120 ultra colour 400 UC!

Oh and one word of advice – DON’T FORGET TO REMOVE THE LENS CAP!

Well known wedding photographer Graham Monro from GM Photographics has been known on occasion to pull out his holga, giving his clients the choice of something different.

Graham has a shiny new website where you can view all his fine art images, some of them using the plastic fantastic camera!

Checkout Grahams website for yourself at GM Photographics

For more information on the holga and an endless amount of reading and inspiration check out these websites dedicated to this little gem.
lomography
holgamods
Flickr
Holga Inspire

Jose

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  • Vote -1 Vote +1Rob
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    I love my Diana camera…but if you want to post some pointers on using it I’d appreciate it :)

    So far, my shots are OK, but not as good as I had expected.

    RM

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Sep 2 2009

Canon unveils EOS 7D high-end digital SLR

Jose Fernandez

7dWARNING: Nerdy tech content. The Canon EOS 7D is a new 18 megapixel digital SLR camera. Incorporating a new APS-C CMOS sensor, the Canon 7D features dual DIGIC 4 processors, an ISO range expandable to 12,800, and a 19-point cross-type AF sensor. There’s also continuous shooting at 8 frames per second, 3 inch LCD screen with 920k dots, viewfinder with 100% magnification, and Focus Colour Luminance metering system (iFCL) which measures focus, colour and luminance across 63 zones.

The Canon EOS 7D is equipped with an Integrated Speedlite Transmitter.  For the first time in an EOS, photographers can control external Speedlites with no additional accessories – ideal for those looking to experiment with creative lighting set-ups.  The EOS 7D also features an extensively upgraded, built-in flash including manual control, and wider flash coverage to cover focal lengths as wide as 15mm.

The Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR camera is scheduled to be delivered to U.S. dealers at the end of September, and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $1,699.00. It will also be offered in a kit version with Canon’s EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $1,899.00.

One of the first hands-on Review

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