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February 2011: The Best Telephoto Lens within a Camera - Spring 2011

There comes a time in every photographer's life where they only have room for one camera but no extra lenses, flashes and various other doohickeys.  Whether they be traveling, hiking or simply going on a day trip, sometimes smaller is better.  Getting a camera with a built-in telephoto lens is the best way to ensure well-rounded photographs no matter how much space you have in the glove compartment.  These cameras are brand spanking new (as of February 2011) and have some of the best super zoom lenses the digital photography market has ever seen.   [read more]

February 2011: Interview with Photographer Tom Stone

With a voice reminiscent of creaking hard wood floors, Tom Stone is a genuine, seemingly gentle guy with a heart that beats sympathetically.  Stone is a San Francisco based photographer, focusing a lot of his time working in the Tenderloin area of S.F. working with the homeless population.  For years he has been capturing the stories of those drifting through the area, listening to their heartaches and sometimes taking them on as his own.  He invests more than his artistic capabilities into his subjects.  He knows them by name and they know his. [read more]

February 2011: Best Cameras and Gifts for Valentine's Day

Any opportunity you get to spoil your sweetheart is a good one.  For that matter, spoiling yourself can be just as rewarding.  Valentine's Day is no exception.  Instead of opting for the traditional dinner on th [read more]

February 2011: The Importance of Data Backup and Backing up Your Backup

Gather 'round the campfire, boys and girls.  This is a scary story unlike any other.  It's the tale of the Demon External Hard Drive and its willingness to destroy your digital life.  It stalks you for years and years, [read more]

January 2011: How to Shoot Long Exposures

Long exposure photography is gaining a lot of interest with the increase in long exposure videography.  It seems like every day there is a new video being passed around the internet showcasing a city's skyline at night, morphing from still buildings to dancing lights (Josh Owen's timelapse of New York City is particularly enchanting).  Lucky for still photographers, long exposures can capture that same energy in one steady shot.  There are different techniques to capturing a perfect long exposure shot in the night and in the day. [read more]

January 2011: Interview with Donna Good, December 2010 Photo of the Month Winner

Wife, mother of two and grandmother to nearly every child she meets, Donna Good is the quintessential good neighbor.  She is warm, inviting, patient and kind.  Her role as a photographer just happens to emphasize all of t [read more]

January 2011: Tips for Black and White Photography

Often times a color picture is just shy of those magic one thousand words.  Turning that image into a black and white photograph can be just the way to make the picture sing.  There are plenty of ways to get a really solid, perfectly tweaked photograph in post-production but without a solid base there is no medium to work with.  Black and white photography is like foul language, red lipstick and one liners: use sparingly.  Black and white photography can have a powerful effect but too much of it is never a good thing.&nb [read more]

January 2011: Candid Animal Photography

Animals make some of the greatest subjects a photographer could ask for.  [read more]

January 2011: The Other Releases of CES

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January 2011: The Best of CES 2011

As we have all been reading, CES (Consumer Electronics Show) took place first week in January 2011.  And what a way to ring in the New Year.  Still sifting through pages and pages of press releases, weeding through the drivel of blog posts seeking out the real, honest-to-goodness meat, Steve's Digicams is now happy to present the Best of CES.  There were a number of tablets released hot of [read more]

January 2011: Compositional Elements - Lines

I once attended a photography class where the instructor did the most fascinating lesson on the use of lines in photography. What he demonstrated has stuck with me ever since. However, in order to understand what he said, we need some knowledge of composition. What is composition? Composition in a photograph is the arrangement of the elements in a scene. "Good composition" means that these elements enhance the scene. They make it better and more pleasing to the eye. There is no one right composition in a photograph. Instead, composition is greatly dependent on the likes and dislikes of each photographer. [read more]

January 2011: The Most Expensive Digital Cameras (in Production)

The New Year, despite its name, is a familiar time for us all.  We are tidying up from the December holidays, returning all the gifts we never asked for and would never use, decompressing from Forced Family and Friend Fun and attempting to get the budget and waistline b [read more]

January 2011: Photographing London

Aggressive, visceral and jarring, the city of London is exploding with life and vigor.  Yet simultaneously, the city offers a level of reverence, holiness and inspiration not seen many other places in the world.  Impossible to capture in a single fr [read more]

December 2010: Posing for Holiday Pictures

This year saw an astounding amount of new cameras hit the market, some of which are perfect for holiday parties.  Undoubtedly, there will be a camera or two at every party and soiree in [read more]

December 2010: What I Learned About Travel Photography

I do not pretend to be one of those professional travel photographers, always jetting off to some remote location. In reality, few of us fit that description. Instead, I am the "average Joe", a wife and mother who also likes to take photographs. Travel photography for such as I is a bit of a balancing act. On the one hand, I want to take excellent photographs, but on the other, my family is there (with myself included) to have a good time. [read more]

December 2010: Interview with Chris Buff, November 2010 Photo of the Month Winner

Originally a mid-western man, Chris Buff still walks his children to the bus in the mornings, even when the wind chill dips to a breathtaking 13 degrees outside.  Hitting his own personal mid-century mark, he has been "married for nearly 25 years to a wonderful and supportive wife and have 3 ch [read more]

December 2010: Best Cameras for Holiday Parties

Holidays not only bring cheer, they bring a great excuse to break out the camera and take pictures of the family and friends you haven't seen since the holidays last year.  Think of it as Forced Family and Friend Fun.  We've all been on both the [read more]

December 2010: Interview with Charles Lusby, October 2010 Photo of the Month Winner

There are some photographers who go out with a particular shot in mind.  There are some who have to follow the directions of the client.  And then there are some photographers who follow the wind, allowing nature to craft the shot, listening only to t [read more]

December 2010: Tips For Taking Holiday Photos

We've all done it, taken that endless stream of holiday photographs with the same people doing something, only we can't exactly tell what. Then there's the familiar, "Oh look at the tree!" only it's slightly blurry and the top is missing. Who doesn't have similar Thanksgiving or Christmas pictures somewhere? Believe it or not, there is such a thing as an enter [read more]

November 2010: 2010 Digital Camera Holiday Gift Guide - $600+ Cameras

2010 Holiday Gift Guide TOC Part 1: Sub $150 [read more]