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  • Photography Gift Ideas for Christmas

    Posted on November 25th, 2009 Staff Writer

    The holidays are right around the corner and many people have either started shopping for gifts or will right after Thanksgiving. Here are a few suggestions for that photographer in the family.

    1. Top End Digital Camera

    Just take a trip down to your local camera store or to 42nd Street Photo if you are in the New York City area. These stores usually have a great selection of all types of digital cameras.

    2. Photography Magazine Subscription

    Consider gift subscriptions to such photography-related magazines as American Photo, Outdoor Photographer, Professional Photographer, Shutterbug or Digital Photographer.

    3. Digital Photography Course

    You can check out photography courses being offered the New York Institute of Photography. Course types include NYI Complete Course in Professional Photography, Digital Photography Complete Course: Adobe® Photoshop® for Photographers, and NYI Short Course: Fundamentals of Digital Photography.

    4. Digital Photo and Video Editing Software

    Digital photography is about capturing a beautifully unique image, it’s also about manipulating that image to achieve the best from it. There is some excellent photo editing software out there like Corel Paint Shop Pro and Adobe Photoshop.

    5. Photography Gear

    You might also consider photography gear like tripods, lens attachments, carrying cases, clothing with camera brand logos on them.

    We hope that these suggestions will help with your holiday planning for that photographer in your life.

  • 42nd Street Photo recommends the Tomtom One XL 4.3″ GPS for holiday travel

    Posted on November 17th, 2009 Staff Writer

    It’s that time of the year when we find ourselves traveling quite a bit either by plane or car to a relative’s house for the holidays. Why not pick up the Tomtom One XL 4.3″ GPS before making that trip. The TomTom ONE XL has everything you need to make your trip safer, more relaxed and more fun. TomTom’s award-winning plug-and-go navigation software, new 4.3” touch screen and access to real time traffic services make navigating even easier. This is an inexpensive unit with preloaded maps from the US and Canada. It’s perfect for those trips that you might only make a couple of times a year. This unit is easy to use with full touch screen operation. The TomTom One XL 4.3” also has range of routing options; fastest, shortest, avoiding highways or toll roads, pedestrian or limited speed. It also comes with millions of points of interest pre-installed: including hotels, restaurants, gas stations, golf courses and many more! TomTom ONE XL makes getting there better than ever.

  • 42nd Street Photo recommends the Sony HDR-XR200V 120GB High-Definition Hard Disk Drive Handycam Camcorder

    Posted on November 10th, 2009 Staff Writer

    If you are looking for a great compact high definition camcorder the the Sony HDR-XR200V is right for you. It weighs only 16 oz. with the battery which means its small enough to carry with you anywhere. This camcorder has a 120GB hard drive that allows 14 to 91 hours of shooting depending on video settings. This camcorder has all features you need for great video footage like NightShot mode for low light settings, auto and manual focus, and white balance settings.

    If you are looking for a great camcorder for a decent price with all of the latest features then the Sony HDR-200V is worth a look. This camcorder also comes with items like an AC adapter, rechargeable battery pack, Application Software / USB Driver / (CD-ROM), and a USB cable.

    42nd Street Photo is proud to offer the outstanding service and quality state-of-the-art products that our customers have come to depend on.

  • 42nd Street Photo’s Thanksgiving Photography Tips

    Posted on November 3rd, 2009 Staff Writer

    Thanksgiving is a great opportunity for taking photographs. The most important thing to know is your subject. This could be anything from family to the food or maybe both. You want to make sure whatever your subject is that it’s the most important thing in the frame and there is nothing distracting from it.

    The second key element to capture in your Thanksgiving photograph is the spirit of the occasion, and we have already defined the spirit of Thanksgiving as family and togetherness. Let’s say you want to take some dining room table shots. A picture of all the food by itself is pretty boring so try adding family around the table.

    Shoot from a higher level

    What you do want to feature in your Thanksgiving photo are the family members, the elegant setting, and the turkey. Stand up or if you have steady hands get on a step stool. From this higher vantage you can get all the family in your picture, along with the turkey and the person poised to carve. This permits the focus to be on people, and not items on the table.

    Become a director

    Direct everyone in what to do. Take one photo with them all holding up their glasses in a toast and looking toward the camera. Take another with everyone looking toward the turkey as its about to be carved. Try not to take any photos of people eating.


    If you camera has flash, use it. But the problem with built-in flash on many cameras is that it may be too weak to light up the far end of a long table. When lighting is low, turn as many lights on in the room as possible, adjust the white balance setting to match the main source of light and up the ISO. If it’s early enough in the day, let outside daylight into the room.

    Group Photos

    Thanksgiving presents one other classic photo opportunity – a large group portrait. Consider gathering the entire group outside, perhaps on the front porch. The key to a successful shot – the key to any successful group shot – is the way you arrange the subjects. Don’t line them up like soldiers at attention. Rather, aim for a casual up-and-down arrangement. If the porch has steps, have some people sit on the steps, sit some on chairs above, have some stand while others lean against the railing. Don’t forget the family pets. If necessary, ask people to move closer together to close up any empty spaces. Remember, togetherness is the theme. Show this togetherness in your picture. Don’t separate the family.

    Get yourself in the photos

    Just because you’re the family photographer, doesn’t mean you should be left out of pictures. Use a tripod and the self-timer so you can get into the photo. If you don’t have a tripod, set the camera on a level surface.