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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

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November 2010: 2010 Digital Camera Holiday Gift Guide - $400 to $600 Cameras

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November 2010: 2010 Digital Camera Holiday Gift Guide - $250 to $400 Cameras

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November 2010: 2010 Digital Camera Holiday Gift Guide - $150 to $250 Cameras

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November 2010: 2010 Digital Camera Holiday Gift Guide - Sub $150 Cameras

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October 2010: Know How To Make Sharp Images

Every photograph is the result of the unity of a number of key factors. Exposure (the proper amount of light), white balance (correct color tones), and composition (placement of objects) are three of these factors.  Another often neglected, but integral component of the formation of a photograph is sharpness. Sharpness in a photograph means that the stationary objects in the photograph have a clearly defined edge. However, sharpness also takes into account any movement in the scene.  Running water is a good example of this.  In a photograph containing running water, [read more]

October 2010: Best Cameras for New Parents

New parents have a lot to think about.  Which camera they are going to purchase is not necessarily one of them.  Do them a favor by doing the thinking for them.  Go a step further and buy that new camera they have no idea they really need. [read more]

October 2010: The Exposure Family: Aperture, Shutter Speed and Metering

Knowing how to affect the exposure on your photographs can make the difference between a great shot and a shot of some unrecognizable white blob with no borders or color.  And just like any other aspect of photography, there are many elements coming into play when dealing with exposure.  Aperture, shutter speeds, metering and light sources all have to be considered when adjusting exposure.  Once you figure out which combinations work best for different situations, you will be able to reference those combinations you have mentally preset instead of fiddling with your camera wasting precious tim [read more]

October 2010: Watermarking and Copyrighting Your Photographs

There is a danger factor in publishing your images online.  Whether you are being published professionally or just putting pictures up on your personal blog, there is always the chance of theft or copyright infringement.  Take it from me: it is a huge violation of privacy, trust and feels like a dirty prank is being pulled on you by the internet itself.  It's a great way to ruin the day.  But you are in luck, faithful Steve's Digicams reader.  There are ways to prevent copyright infringement and dissuade jerk [read more]

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