Posted on October 2nd, 2010
All parents want to take fantastic photos of their kids. Parents want professional looking photos without have to pay a fortune. You just get one chance to get those perfect shots of your baby before he or she grows up. Let’s face it, nobody wants to show the world a pink, shriveled face bathed in bad light. Here are some tips on getting great pictures.
Lighting is everything. The best lighting is natural sunlight, preferably on a slightly cloudy day. I would say the best time is early in the morning or late in the evening right before the sun sets If it is too bright out, you will get shadows and possibly a little one with squinty eyes. Remember to use your flash for fill flash outside. This lighting produces stunning results.
Get closer to your child. Fill the frame with your baby’s face and leave out the lamps and furniture and all of that other visual clutter. A good close-up of a baby can be other-worldly. Be sure and get down on there level. You don’t want to have a hundred pictures of your baby looking up.
Keep the background as simple as possible. It’s harder than it sounds, most photographers spend half there time trying to find a simple background.
Try and capture action. A baby sprawled on the blanket in my opinion is to ordinary. Capture the moment of your child doing something like yawning, crawling, playing with toys or whatever it might be.
Take lots of pictures. Don’t be afraid to keep snapping off shots. The more pictures taken the more choices you have to look at to see what was the best shot. Take tons of pictures of your baby and you will find one or two awesome ones in the batch. Digital cameras today can store a massive amount of photos, so let the picture taking rip.
We hope these few tips we have provided help when shooting photos of your children.
Posted on September 18th, 2010
Olympus has rewritten the rule book for how powerful a point-and-shoot camera’s zoom can be with the launch of the new 26x optical zoom SP-590 Ultra Zoom. Its extremely versatile zoom lens can capture extraordinary images at virtually any distance–from a delicate flower close up to wide-angle photographs of friends posing before the vast Grand Canyon, or even images shot from the back row of the stadium that look like they were taken courtside.
Olympus offers a new option for those seeking the ease of a compact digital with the control of an SLR. At the time of its introduction (February 2009) the 26x optical zoom lens is the largest lens available on a compact digital camera. With a focal length equivalent to 26-676mm on a 35mm camera it has both wide angle and extreme telephoto capabilities. With a focal length equivalent to 26-676mm on a 35mm camera it has both wide angle and extreme telephoto capabilities. The SP-590 UZ also has a full set of manual exposure controls including aperture priority and shutter priority. Manual focusing is available too. In super macro mode you can get in as close as 1cm from your subject.
The SP-590 UZ looks like a mini-DSLR, following the design trend that has largely characterized the ultrazoom class since at least back in the days when 10x represented the high water mark for zoom multiplication. The composite matte black body is punctuated with a brushed silver metal barrel that encases the lens. This is a beautiful camera and worth the price.
- 12-megapixel resolution for photo-quality, poster-size prints
- 26x wide-angle optical dual image stabilized zoom
- Pre-capture scene modes: Multiple Exposure, Soft Background Focus and Beauty Mode
- 2.7-inch Advanced HyperCrystal III LCD screen
- Compatible with xD Picture Cards and microSD memory cards (not included)
Posted on September 7th, 2010
The Leatherman Knifeless Fuse is as the name suggests based on the classic Fuse but with the knife blade replaced with a file. Sometimes having a knife as part of your multi-tool set-up isn’t necessary. For these knife-prohibitive situations Leatherman has created the knifeless Fuse.This makes the Leatherman Knifeless fuse ideal for younger users and situations when knife blades are not permitted. With a slim chassis and an assortment of the most-needed tools, the Leatherman Knifeless Fuse also puts portability at the forefront. The Fuse is the cheapest of the classic range tools to feature locking blades.
- Needlenose Pliers
- Regular Pliers
- Phillips Screwdriver
- Ruler (8 inch/19cm)
- Bottle/Can Opener
- Wire Cutters
- Hard-Wire Cutters
- Large Screwdriver
- Small Screwdriver
- Wire Stripper
- Lanyard Attachment
- Leather Sheath Included
- Materials: 100% stainless steel (Optimum grade hardness for each tool/blade)
- Length: 4 in. / 10 cm closed – 6.3 in / 16 cm open
- Weight: 6.0 ounces / 187 grams
- Made in USA
If you are looking for a gift for the younger crowd this would be perfect. Check out the Leatherman Knifeless Fuse.
Posted on August 25th, 2010
The Samsung TL220 12.2 Megapixel Digital Camera opens a whole new dimension in camera design with its DualView technology. While a 3.0″ rear LCD offers touchscreen operation and a wide platform for composing shots, a second 1.5″ LCD located on the camera’s front lets you compose perfect self-portraits and group shots.The Smart Auto Technology optimizes every shot automatically, the Perfect Portrait system ensures great shots of friends and family. With traditional digital cameras, you’re stuck behind the lens, snapping shots of what everyone else is doing, but leaving yourself out of the excitement. And then, we all know what happens when one tries to take a self portrait — you end up with poorly composed shots that are out of focus and crooked, but no with this camera.
The Samsung TL220 features a 12.2 megapixel 1/2.33″ CCD image sensor behind a Schneider Kreuznach Varioplan-branded 4.6x optical zoom lens. The TL220′s lens has actual focal lengths of 4.9 – 22.5mm, and 35mm-equivalent focal lengths of 27mm – 124mm – a generous wide angle through to a moderate telephoto lens. Maximum aperture varies from F3.5 to F5.9 across the zoom range. The TL220′s lens includes optical image stabilization, which should help reduce the likelihood of blur caused by camera shake, as part of what Samsung terms “Dual Image Stabilization”. The other part of the function is Digital Image Stabilization, which combats blur using the camera’s firmware, which makes this camera must have.
Other Listed Features Include:
Front and Back LCD Screens
Rear LCD Touch Screen
12.2 Megapixel Resolution
27mm WIDE Angle lens
Perfect Portrait System
This little camera is great and at a reasonable price, check out soon and we are sure you will be impressed.
Posted on August 10th, 2010
Summer is here and that presents many photo opportunities and these are usually outdoors and you might even find yourself at the beach. Heat and sand can easily damage your digital camera if you don’t take the correct precautions. Remember that at the beach, your most loved photographic equipment is exposed not only to sand and water but also to heat and salt. These elements are not good for the camera so make sure to keep them away from the device at all times.
If you take your camera to the beach I would suggest wrapping it in something like a zip-lock bag and then a towel. When you take your camera out to get some shots do not leave it on the sand. The mixture of the sand, heat, and salt can do extensive damage to your camera.
If you’re a hobbyist and are heading to the beach avoid changing lenses while you’re already at the beach so you don’t expose them to sand. If you must change the lens then go to your car or any enclosed area or in a car park where you’ll be away from sand that could be blown by the wind.
Make sure to clean your bag as well when you get home. Giving it a vacuum is the best way to get rid of sand.These are just a few tips you might think about if you are heading to the beach with your digital camera.
Posted on August 5th, 2010
If you are in need of a great compact flashlight then I want to tell you about the Surefire A2L-HA-WH Aviator LED. This a great little flashlight for even the biggest jobs. The A2 LED Aviator is a compact dual-output flashlight that provides two distinct beam types and optional output colors.It uses virtually indestructible power-regulated LED emitters and a precision micro-textured reflector to produce both spot and flood beams in your choice of white, red, green, or blue.The Aviator’s tactically-correct two-stage push–button tailcap switch lets you instantly select an output level: press for a momentary-on long-run-time flood beam for general night use, close work, or where you need to preserve your night vision; press further for a momentary-on white spot beam—nearly six times the light of a big two-D-cell flashlight; twist for constant-on low, twist further for constant-on high.
* Primary LED generates brilliant white spot beam, secondary LEDs produce optional white or color flood beam
* Precision micro-textured reflector creates smooth, optimized beam
* Coated tempered window resists impact, maximizes light
* High-strength aerospace aluminum body, Mil-Spec hard-anodized for extreme durability
* Two-stage tactical tailcap switch—press for momentary-on low, press further for high, twist for constant-on at either level
* Steel clip provides multiple carry options
* Weatherproof O-ring and gasket sealing
* Includes high-energy 123A batteries with 10-year shelf life
Posted on July 28th, 2010
The summer is in full swing and so is traveling to state parks, gardens, museums, monuments and public buildings. There is no doubt you will be carrying your camera along to get pictures of these wonderful places. It’s sometimes difficult though to convey the power and size of a public memorial in a photograph. Take the Lincoln Memorial or Washington Monument for example. People are always so shocked by the size of these monuments once they see them in person.
The remarkably beautiful settings and the fine details of these monuments always makes them a good choice for photography. The best way to provide the viewer with an idea of the actual size is to focus on the fine details of these monuments. If taking photographs of a statue you might trying focusing in on the hands or face of the monument. This will allow the photo to be more dramatic. Try being directly under the memorial or close to it and take multiple shots. You might also focus on an object in the background that will allow comparison with the monument you are shooting. This will provide a scale of how enormous the monument actually is.
Another way to take interesting images of monuments is to do so in unique lighting conditions. A park that floodlights its monuments like the Washington Monument makes for a challenging collection of subjects, but ones that are accented in ways that the sunlight cannot accomplish.
Clearly the way to photograph monuments is to check them out in advance to ensure they are adequate subjects and then simply compose the photograph in a way that allows the viewer to see them in a slightly different fashion that allows them to feel like they are there.
Posted on July 22nd, 2010
The original super-duty Leatherman Super Tool 300 multi-tool is back! The award-winning, Leatherman Super Tool 300 is the multi-tool for the working man. The build is all-stainless and measures 4 ½ x ¾ x 1 ½”, with metric and imperial ruler markings, so it’s a decent handful. The pliers are of good size and offer the following features; needle nose and regular, replaceable hard and braided wire cutters, crimper and wire stripper. With their fine and course gripping surfaces there’s not a lot you can’t get hold of. When you’re working with gloves on, the large side cutouts make it easy to still grab components and rolled handles make for a comfortable grip. Stranded, hard and regular wire cutters all come standard on Super Tool 300, and because they’re removable you can repair or re-sharpen on the spot.
* 420HC Clip Point Knife with Straight Edge
* 420HC Sheepsfoot Serrated Knife
* Needlenose Pliers
* Regular Pliers
* 154CM Removable Wire Cutters
* 154CM Removable Hard-wire Cutters
* Stranded-wire Cutters
* Wire Stripper
* Electrical Crimper
* 5/16″ Screwdriver
* 7/32″ Screwdriver
* 1/8″ Screwdriver
* Phillips Screwdriver
* Wood/Metal File
* Bottle Opener
* Can Opener
* 9 in | 22 cm Ruler
* Awl with Thread Loop
* Stainless Steel Handles
* Stainless Steel Body
* Black Oxide Version Available
* All Locking Blades and Tools
* Comfort-sculpted Handles w/ Cutouts for Access with Gloves On
* Leather or Nylon Sheath
* 25-year Warranty
This probably one of the best Leatherman tools around and at a pretty decent price.
Posted on July 13th, 2010
The Z2 LED is a compact high-output flashlight featuring a CombatGrip body.It uses a virtually indestructible power-regulated LED and a precision micro-textured reflector to produce a smooth 120-lumen beam—six times the light of a big two-D-cell flashlight, and more than enough to temporarily blind and disorient an aggressor by impairing his night-adapted vision. Compact (pocket sized), high-intensity LED flashlight with an ergonomic CombatGrip™ that provides a secure grip in any weather and makes pairing the light with a handgun easier. The Z2 LED’s patented CombatGrip body improves performance with various flashlight/handgun techniques, such as the Rogers/SureFire technique, and provides a secure hold in wet or cold conditions or while wearing gloves. Its high-output LED features a long runtime as well as being shock proof with no filament to burn out or break.
* Virtually indestructible, electronically regulated light emitting diode has no filament to burn out or break; lasts for thousands of hours
* Precision reflector creates a smooth beam without dark spots or rings
* Rugged aerospace-grade aluminum body, Type II anodized in glossy black
* O-ring sealed; weatherproof
* Coated Pyrex window protects LED and reflector while maximizing light transmission
* Tailcap switch: press for momentary-on, twist for constant-on
* Patented lockout tailcap prevents accidental activation
* Lanyard included
* Batteries included
This the perfect sized Surefire light for all uses.
Posted on July 7th, 2010
Black and White photography is often seen as one of the most inspiring aspects of photography. Black and white photography have the disposition if making photos look more artistic. Black and white photography is an excellent way to train the eye to recognize what makes a striking composition. Thanks to great digital cameras and photo editing software, black and white photography is making a comeback.
If you have the opportunity to use RAW, just do it! This gives you more control of the image’s appearance. The drawback is that RAW files need to be processed later. By using RAW files your computer and not your camera will process the records and generate a picture from it. There are other ways to get great black and white photos if you do not have RAW on your camra.
When you remove the color, your eyes become more sensitive to the light intensity. We naturally pick out areas of contrast — it’s how we distinguish one thing from another. As a black & white photographer, your main objective is to make your point with shades of gray. Use contrast to show your onlookers what’s important and what’s not.
You can use contrast to help your main subject stand out – for example by photographing a light subject against a dark background – and also to add depth by including a variety of tones and shades in your photo.
Patterns are look better in black and white photographs as colors aren’t taking the attention from them. So if you want to take a photograph and like to emphasize on the patterns, then choose black and white tones instead of color. Many patterns, particularly subtle ones, often go unnoticed in color photos, because the colors draw attention away from the pattern itself.
Textures can be lost in color photography just like patterns. When we photograph in black and white we pay more attention to elements such as texture, making them appear much more prominent.
Light is the key to all great black and white photograph because it effects all of the elements. Consider your lighting when taking black and white photos. The right setup often produces the most dramatic shots.
If you are looking for cameras for black and white photography then stop by 42nd Street Photo.
Posted on June 29th, 2010
The Leatherman Tools Multi Tool Juice Xe6, with a slightly thicker chassis than the CS4 and KF4, and protected by purple anodized aluminum handles, the Leatherman Juice XE6 Multi-Tool has it all. Along with pliers, wire cutters and four screwdrivers, the XE6 contains a saw, awl and diamond-coated file. It provides a choice of straight or serrated knife blades. It also houses easily accessible serrated scissors, plus a corkscrew, can and bottle opener, as well as a lanyard attachment. Powerful but still compact, this multi-tool will conquer most any task in a flash. It is covered by Leatherman’s 25-year warranty.
* Needlenose Pliers
* Straight Knife
* Wire Cutters
* Hard-Wire Cutters
* Extra-Small Screwdriver
* Small Screwdriver
* Med/Lrg Screwdriver
* Phillips Screwdriver
* Lanyard Attachment
* Can/Bottle Opener
* Corkscrew with Assist
* Serrated Knife
* Diamond File
* Stainless Steel with Hard-anodized Aluminum Handle Scales
* Stainless Steel Body
* Outside-accessible Tools and Knives
* Fixed Lanyard Ring
* Polycarbonate or Leather Case Sold Separately
* Manufacturer 25-year Warranty
This Leatherman has everything and we are sure it would be the right tool for you.
Posted on June 24th, 2010
The Nikon D3000 is a beginner-friendly digital SLR featuring a 10.2 megapixel DX-format sensor, 3.0 inch LCD, and Guide Modes for tips on making adjustments for a variety of shooting situations. Compact and capable, the D3000 is compatible with a broad range of world-famous Nikkor lenses and includes the versatile 3x, 18-55mm Zoom-Nikkor with Silent-Wave Motor auto-focusing and Nikon VR image stabilization to combat picture blur caused by camera shake for sharper hand-held pictures. The D3000′s split-second shutter response eliminates the annoyance of shutter lag. To further simplify picture-taking in special situations such as portraits, sports, landscapes, and more, the D3000 features icon-identified Scene Modes that deliver beautiful results automatically in otherwise complex situations. Additionally, the camera encloses Trim, Red-eye Correction, Soft Filter and many more functionalities that help you capture snaps in detail.
- 10.2-Megapixel DX-format Imaging Sensor – Delivers extraordinary image quality for breathtaking prints up to 20 x 30 inches.
- Includes 3x 18-55mm Zoom-NIKKOR VR Image Stabilization Lens – Legendary NIKKOR optical quality and fast, accurate autofocus means vivid color, striking contrast and crisp detail, while VR image stabilization assures your sharpest pictures ever.
- Nikon’s Smallest D-SLR
- Split-second Shutter Response – Eliminates the frustration of shutter delay, capturing moments that other cameras miss.
- Continuous Shooting up to 3 Frames-Per-Second – Capture fast action, precious moments and fleeting expressions confidently.
- In-camera Image Editing – The Retouch Menu provides creative freedom, without the need for a computer, offering 13 easy editing functions, including Trim, Red-eye Correction and Soft Filter.
- Nikon EXPEED Image Processing – Assures breathtakingly rich image quality, managing color, contrast, exposure, noise and speed.
- Automatic Image Sensor Cleaning – Ultrasonic process and exclusive Airflow Control combats the accumulation of dust in front of the image sensor, safeguarding image quality shot after shot.
- 11-point Autofocus – Fast and accurate autofocus delivers razor-sharp pictures.
- Active D-Lighting – Restores picture-enhancing detail in shadows and highlights.
The D3000 packs all the innovation and enhanced engineering into a light, compact body. Its leading-edge technology resides behind a user-friendly interface that makes it extraordinarily simple to take the kinds of photos you’ve always wanted to take.
Posted on June 10th, 2010
Here some surf photography basics you can use this summer.
Surf photography can be very risky, sharks, broken bones, run over by surfboards and possible drowning are all risks when involved with surf photography.If you are up for taking risks to get that great shot its always worth it. You basically deal with the same elements surfers deal with when you are out there.
To start with if this is your first time do not use expensive equipment. Fuji and Kodak make great throw away waterproof cameras. If you are going to drop a few dollars then I would suggest either an Olympus or Pentax. They both makes underwater cameras that run in $300 range. Also consider a monopod and ball head might help to reduce the stress on your arms depending on how long you plan on shooting.
If possible only shoot in RAW mode at the highest resolution. If you shoot JPGs its easy to blow out the whites or get the wrong color contrast in high contrasting seas. Use the fastest shutter speed possible. Shutter speed should be equal to or faster than the ratio one over the focal length of your lens. Shutter speed should be about one over your ISO, so, if your ISO is set to 800, your shutter speed would be 1/800th of a second. Obtaining proper depth-of-field, for many scenes, will make the difference between a good shot and a snapshot.
Make your own judgment call. When it comes to getting out in the waves and shooting make your own judgment call. Never trust what a surfer says about the waves. An understanding of the break is even more important. Need to know where the wave will pitch or bowl so you can be right inside of the action.
Always be creative and have fun with it!
Posted on May 28th, 2010
We want to talk about some great places for wildlife photography. We are only going to list a few but from different areas around the world. We hope you enjoy the places we found and that you can check them out in the near future.
Bosque del Apache NWR in New Mexico
Bosque del Apache is Spanish for “woods of the Apache,” and is rooted in the time when the Spanish observed Apaches routinely camped in the riverside forest. Since then the name has come to mean one of the most spectacular National Wildlife Refuges in North America. Here, tens of thousands of birds–including sandhill cranes, Arctic geese, and many kinds of ducks–gather each autumn and stay through the winter. Feeding snow geese erupt in explosions of wings when frightened by a stalking coyote, and at dusk, flight after flight of geese and cranes return to roost in the marshes.
Its located near Socorro NW and its open an hour before sunset to an hour hour after sunset. Admission per car is $5.00 and an annual pass costs $15.00.
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Located approximately 90 miles north of the city of Sacramento.The Complex consists of five national wildlife refuges (NWR) and three wildlife management areas (WMA) that comprise over 35,000 acres of wetlands and uplands in the Sacramento Valley of California. In addition, there are over 30,000 acres of conservation easements in the Complex. The Refuges and easements are part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service); they serve as resting and feeding areas for nearly half the migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway.
Senalala Game Lodge
Senalala Game Lodge is quiet and peaceful; situated in a remote and private location in the well known Klaserie Private Game Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Senalala offers fantastic game viewing opportunities, prolific bird life as well as a variety of plains game. Wildlife in the area includes fantastic birdlife as well as a variety of plains game and members from the big five, lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino, hyena, jackal, warthog and smaller game species.
Montezuma NWR in New York
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge was established on September 12, 1938 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. The refuge provides resting, feeding, and nesting habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds. Montezuma is situated in the middle of one of the most active flight lanes in the Atlantic Flyway.
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Renowned for its wildlife, Arctic Refuge is inhabited by 45 species of land and marine mammals, ranging from the pygmy shrew to the bowhead whale. Best known are the polar, grizzly, and black bear; wolf, wolverine, Dall sheep, moose, muskox, and the animal that has come to symbolize the area’s wildness, the free-roaming caribou. Thirty-six species of fish occur in Arctic Refuge waters, and 180 species of birds have been observed on the refuge.
We hope you enjoyed the few picks we made for great places for wildlife photography. Be sure and pick up the perfect camera from us before you go!
Posted on May 20th, 2010
This is an excellent Surefire light that is extremely compact. Constructed of tough, corrosion-proof Nitrolon polymer and hard-anodized aluminum, the G2LF features a virtually indestructible, power-regulated LED and a micro-textured reflector to produce a smooth, brilliant 80-lumen beam with four times the light output of a typical two-D-cell flashlight. This flashlight was developed for firefighters, paramedics, EMS personnel and other emergency first responders.
The G2LF’s beam can be customized with three removable micro-lens inserts (included) that simultaneously diffuse the beam and control its divergence angle. The G2LF’s fluorescent yellow color and included reflective body stickers make it easy to find if dropped—crucial if you’re a firefighter, EMT, search and rescue team member, or public safety or utilities worker.
* Virtually indestructible LED emitter regulated to maximize output and runtime
* Precision micro-textured reflector creates smooth, optimized spot beam
* Coated Borofloat® window resists impact, maximizes light
* Tough, lightweight Nitrolon® body with deep grid pattern for secure grip, aluminum bezel
* Press tailcap switch for momentary-on, press further to click constant-on
* MIL-STD-810 rated, which includes safe for explosive atmosphere
* Extra-long fluorescent breakaway lanyard and reflective stickers included
* Weatherproof O-ring and gasket sealing
* Includes high-energy 123A batteries with 10-year shelf life
Max Output: 80.0 lumens
Tactical Runtime*: 3.0 hours
Practical Runtime**: 6.0 hours
Length: 5.14 inches
Bezel Diameter: 1.25 inches
Weight w/ Batteries: 4.6 ounces
Batteries: Two 123A lithiums
* Runtime down to 50 lumens
** Runtime down to 5 lumens
Be sure and check this Surefire light out, we are sure you will be as impressed as we are.
Posted on May 5th, 2010
The Pentax Kx is a 12.4-megapixel camera is a great camera with sensor-shift image stabilization, a 2.7-inch LCD, Live View mode, and a 720p movie mode. Capable of 4.6 frames per second, the Pentax K-x’s top shutter speed is 1/6,000 second. The Pentax K-x also includes the K-7′s HDR modes, and it also has the Digital filters, as well as a new Cross Process mode that randomly emulates several results that you’d only get by cross-processing film with different types of developer. Though it’s small, the Pentax K-x’s grip is good, with an ample thumbgrip on the back. The Mode dial now includes Movie mode as well. This is a great buy as far as a SLR camera goes and is very affordable for all the features that come with the camera.
* Type: CMOS with primary color filter and integrated Shake/Dust Reduction sensor-movement system
* Size: 23.6 x 15.8mm
* Color depth: 8 bits/channel JPG, 12 bits/channel RAW
* Effective pixels: 12.4 MP
* Total pixels: 12.9 MP
* Recorded resolutions
o Still: 12M (4288×2848), 10M (3936×2624), 6M (3072×2048), 2M (1728×1152)
o Movie (resolution/FPS): 1280x720p24 (16:9), 640x416p24 (3:2)
* Quality levels: Best, Better, Good
* Dust Removal: Image sensor movement combined with SP coating (Dust Alert available)
* Type/construction: PENTAX KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount
* Usable lenses: PENTAX KAF3, KAF2, KAF, KA (K mount, 35mm screwmount, 645/67 med format lenses useable w adapter and/or restrictions)
* SDM function: Yes
* Power zoom function: n/a
* Type: TTL phase-matching 11 point (9 cross) wide autofocus system (SAFOX VIII)
* Focus modes: AF Auto, AF Single (w focus lock), AF Continuous (available in Action mode including Auto Picture Action, Kids, Pet, Stage Lighting, Night Snap, P/A/S/M/B/Sv), Manual
* Focus point adjustment: 11 point auto, 5 point auto, AF point select, center/spot
* AF assist: Yes, via built-in flash
* Type: Pentamirror
* Coverage (field of view): Approx 96%
* Magnification: Approx 0.85X (w 50mm F1.4 at infinity)
* Standard focusing screen: Natural-Bright-Matte II
* Diopter adjustment: -2.5 to 1.5
* Depth of field preview: Optical & Digital (available via programmable Green button)
This item also includes the following
Software CD-ROM S-SW99
USB Cable I-USB7
Hotshoe Cover FK
Body Mount Cover
AA Lithium Batteries (*4)
We hope you get a chance to try this camera out. We think you will be as impressed as we were.
Posted on April 29th, 2010
Olympus Stylus Tough cameras already are world-renowned for being shockproof, waterproof, crushproof and freezeproof powerhouses. These cameras not only endure more than any other cameras, they also capture images as vivid as the adventures you live. The Olympus Stylus Tough-8010 is a compact 14-Megapixel digital camera with a 28mm 5x optical zoom lens designed for people with an active lifestyle. The camera has features that allow you to capture the action even in low light. Dual Image Stabilization will keep your images sharp, and if the image is better captured in motion.
- 14-megapixel effective recording
- 2-11/16″ LCD screen
- waterproof to 33 feet
- freeze proof to 14°F
- shockproof up to 6.6 feet
- Optical Sensor Resolution: 14 MP
- Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
- Optical zoom: 5 x
- Maximum Aperture Range: F/3.5-5.1
- Minimum focal length: 5 millimeters
- Maximum focal length: 25 millimeters
- Lens Type: Zoom lens
- Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.3″
- Included Flash Type: Built-in flash
- Display Size: 2.7 inches
- Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO auto, ISO 64, ISO 1600
- Image types: JPEG
- Shooting Modes: Frame movie mode
- Exposure Control Type: Cuisine, Candle, Beauty, Underwater macro, Snow, Underwater wide 2, Underwater wide 1, Documents, Landscape, Portrait mode, Underwater snapshot, Beach/snow, Night portrait, Self-portrait, Pet, Fireworks, Panorama assist, Night scene, Sports mode, Sunset, Indoor
- Width: 3.9 inches
- Depth: 0.9 inches
- Height: 2.5 inches
- Weight: 7.6 Ounces
If you are looking for a great buy then look no further than the Olympus Stylus Tough-8010.
Posted on April 19th, 2010
With summer coming quickly around the corner its now time for vacations, sun, beaches, pools, and parties. We are going to provide a few tips that will help you the most, so get your camera ready!
Don’t pack too much. When packing your camera and accessories don’t overdo it. Pack your camera, batteries, tripod and memory card. Remember to take a new package of batteries and to erase your memory cards.
Get out and take shots. Take pictures of the beach, sunrises, sunsets, and the culture you are enjoying. Don’t limit yourself, take pictures of the food, drinks, and the people around you.
Be Creative. Take photos from different angles and use different techniques.
Get up Close. When people are the focus get in close. If you are shooting your family or friends from head to toe, make sure you don’t leave much room above and below to maximize them in the composition. Cameras with a macro lens help to achieve a closer focus with clarity.
Pay close attention to the horizon and make sure it’s level. Crooked horizons can distort the most beautiful summer pictures. Utilize camera features such as on-demand grid lines.
Time of Day. Try to get your photos in the hour or two before sunset or just after sunrise, when the light is not so strong. If you find yourself pulling out the camera in the middle of a sunny day, try to face away from the sun.
These are just a few tips for summer photography. We thank you for stopping by and have a great summer!
Posted on April 7th, 2010
1. Show only your best work
Only the best shots should be in your portfolio. Try to keep to short and sweet. The more photographs an employer or client has to look through the less the impact is from the previous ones. Include anywhere from 15-20 photographs or a very good balance between quality and quantity. A slim selection can leave the client asking questions where too many photographs can be overbearing. As your career grows and you learn more you will want to change out your work for things you have done more recent.
2. Get an outside opinion
Talk with someone who is an expert in this field and that you trust and get there honest opinion. You may get a better insight to what potential clients are looking for.
3. Diversify your Portfolio
Each photo should show the aspect of your ability. Do not show 100 photographs from a certain angle. Consider what types of photos will be included. Prove to the client you can diversify and handle any assignment they offer you. Every image should work toward the goal of expressing your eye and capabilities as an excellent photographer.
4. Start strong, End strong
Start your portfolio out strong, catch the clients eye. Keep this in mind with your last photo as well. This is where you want to place your standout photo, since it’s the last photo the client see. You want leave a lasting impression with the client so why not go for it. Also be sure and include a great photo the the middle of your portfolio so the client keep looking at all the photos.
5. Make different formats available
Some clients may prefer a CD, other may prefer a book. Have more than one format available. You might also consider building a website to show off your work. This will allow you to reach a wider audience.
We hope these few tips will help you build a great portfolio.
Posted on March 30th, 2010
Today we are going to talk about nautical photography or taking photos while on a boat. This can be any type of boat whether you are on a lake or in an ocean. Always keep the basics in mind that we have posted in our articles. Things like camera is accessible, camera is operational, lighting, focus, take plenty of photos, etc. With digital cameras being so affordable why not give it a shot.
Well we hope you have a boat and if you do here are a few things to think about.
Keep your horizon straight – Keep an eye on the horizon as you shoot, its easy to lose track of the way the boat is rolling.
Shoot with fast shutter speeds – Due to the fact you are on a moving boat and you are shooting a moving boat this can cause blur and fuzziness in your photos. Turn up the shutter speed to 1/1000 or higher.
Don’t shoot at mid-day – The best time for shooting is early morning and late afternoon. Overhead sun is harsh on boats and scenery.
Look around alot – Keep looking around, you would be surprised what you just might come across that makes a good shot. A good trick to ensure a sharper shot is to track, or pan, the camera with the moving object, instead of trying to grab the action as it passes through the frame.
Reflections – The sunlight that bounces from water can add a magical, reflective sparkle to the hull. Ask the captain or whoever is driving the boat to rotate the bow until it lights up.
We hope this few tips help taking shots the next time you go boating.
Posted on March 23rd, 2010
Do you need a pocket sized flashlight? Do you need a flashlight that can light up the whole room? I have the right flashlight for you. That flashlight is the SureFire G2L-BK LED Flashlight. SureFire flashlights are known around the world as the lighting system for any and every tactical scenario. The G2 LED Flashlight improves upon the performance of their best-selling G2 Nitrolon flashlight with a significantly extended run time, and increased light output. The G2 LED delivers a brilliant, smooth, and focused 80 lumen beam. This beam is more than four times brighter than many larger two D-cell flashlights. The LED is protected by an impact resistant Lexan window, and the housing is o-ring sealed against moisture and dust. The G2 LED’s smooth, user-friendly beam is also perfect for hikers, campers, hunter, and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds.
• 1.25″ Bezel accepts SureFire’s accessory filters
• Nitrolon housing is lightweight, corrosion proof, & O-ring sealed
• Precision reflector provides smooth beam without hot-spots or rings
• LED Illumination
Virtually indestructible light emitting diode has no filament to burn out or break; lasts for thousands of hours
• Prefocused Beam
No need to twist the bezel to adjust the beam, it’s already perfectly prefocused. Lamps and reflectors are individually mated and hand-adjusted to within .005″ for optimum beam quality at all distances.
• Tactical Tailcap Switch
Press for momentary-on, twist for constant-on
Switch lockout prevents accidental activation during transport or storage
• The SureFire Difference
SureFire strives to design and manufacture lights of ever-increasing brightness and quality while setting new standards for maximum power with minimal size. Three things characterize every product: compact size, extreme ruggedness, and a flawless high-output beam. Every SureFire illumination tool is guaranteed to produce a perfect center spot of intense light surrounded by a smooth corona of softer light.
• No Hassle Lifetime Warranty
Lamps will burn out, batteries will be used up, and switches for WeaponLights™ will eventually need to be replaced. Everything else is covered by their lifetime no-hassle guarantee; if it breaks, SureFire will fix it!
This is the perfect light for all jobs starting at only $69.00
Posted on March 16th, 2010
This is probably one of the best little tools you can carry. The Leatherman Charge AL includes scissors that slice through just about anything with beveled edges that allow them to get close to whatever your cutting, for a clean trim every time. Bit drivers for versatility, diamond-coated files for fine-point work and a 154CM clip-point knife are all housed in 6061-T6, hard-anodized aluminum alloy handles. Rounded edges for grip comfort and a stainless steel badge make this a Leatherman that’s really earned its name. The Charge AL takes the idea of a multi-tool up a notch. No more searching through piles of tools or wishing you had a tool when you’re far from home and need a quick fix.
- Phillips and flat tip eyeglasses screwdriver
- Phillips #1-2 and screwdriver 3/16 in.
- Hex 5/32 in. and 9/64 in.
- Hex 1/16 in. and .050
- Hex 1/8 in. and 7/64 in.
- Robertson #2 and #3
- Hex 3/32 in. and 5/64 in.
- Screwdriver 1/8 in. and Torx #15
- Removable Pocket Clip
- Quick-release Lanyard Ring
Blade Steel: 154CM Stainless Steel
Carry System: Leather Sheath
Handle Material: Hard-anodized, aircraft-grade aluminum handles
Length Closed: 4 in.
Weight: 8.4 oz.
For versatility, durability, quality, and style, the Leatherman Charge AL Multi-Tool has positioned itself to offer its user almost any type of tool needed in most any type of situation.
Posted on March 8th, 2010
Are you are looking for great flashlight that’s compact but yet bright enough to get the job done? Then the Surefire E1E Executive Elite Flashlight is what you need. The SureFire E1E Executive Flashlight is a high powered flashlight that fits easily in the palm of your hand. It provides 15 lumens for 1.5 hours according to the specs but our testing has proven to exceed that runtime.The glass at the business end is Tempered Pyrex.
Here is a more technical description
* Max Output: 15 lumens
* Runtime: 1.5 hours
* Length: 3.40 inches
* Weight: 2.20 ounces
* Battery: One 123A lithium
Here are some other features about this light.
* Rugged aerospace-grade aluminum body, Mil-Spec Type III hard anodized in olive drab
* O-ring sealed, weatherproof
* Tempered Pyrex® window
* Pocket clip
* Tailcap switch: press for momentary-on, press further to click constant-on
* Switch lockout prevents accidental activation during transport or storage
* Batteries included
This light is especially bright so please do not make the mistake and look directly into it. The clip on the side makes it easy to attach to a hat brim or belt. This light is tough, compact, reliable, bright and recommended by 42nd Street Photo as one of the best inexpensive lights around. This light sells for $79 for at 42nd Street Photo.
Posted on February 23rd, 2010
We are going to offer a few tips for the beginner photographer. This article is more for the people who want to get into photography and are just looking for the basics to get started.
Start with an inexpensive camera. There is no use in spending a lot of money if you are just starting out. First buy an inexpensive camera and take plenty of photos to get the feel for what you are doing then you will know what to purchase next. I would suggest a point and shoot until you starting getting serious then move up to a SLR.
Carry your camera at all times, photo opportunities came when you least expect them too. Most digital cameras are small enough to fit in a small carry bag and you can even add a tripod if you like. You might also find a location you want to come back back and take photos of if you don’t have your camera.
User free resources to learn more about photography. Check out your local library and even the wealth of free information on the Internet.
Play with your camera settings. Learn what each setting does and how to use it. Read the manual that comes with the camera and don’t be afraid to experiment with them.
Take photos all the time and any time. Take photos everyday if possible to practice on a regular basis.
We hope these help any beginners that are interested in photography.
Posted on February 18th, 2010
At one time many photographers use these things call tripods when doing a shoot. They are rarely needed or even used now due to auto-focus, auto this, auto that, and now its so quick and easy to shoot an acceptable shot. Today’s cameras make it almost impossible to produce a poor image, but there are still some things to consider in which you would need a tripod for. We will cover a few tips on tripods and there use.
Tripods can be seen as an inconvenience without a doubt. A huge mistake is thinking the lighter the camera the lighter the tripod should be. I am not saying all heavy tripods are more stable, this is not always the case. The design of a tripod does play a big part in overall stability though. The ‘try before you buy rule’ here is a must.
The more inexpensive tripods are usually not put together very well. They are usually designed with rivets that hold them together rather than nuts and bolts. When these rivets come loose they cannot be easily fixed so try to avoid these tripods.You should be able to lock leg extensions in place with no trouble. Extend the legs, lock them in place and then push down on the tripod. If there is any slippage move to the next one. Some tripods come with leg braces. Some of these work and some don’t. A tripod with leg braces is not automatically more stable as it really depends on design.
Most tripod have an extending center column. Some of these center columns come with a rack and pinion drive for easy adjustment. Whether the center column is manual or rack and pinion the center column should move up and down smoothly.
Tripod with heads are usually not the way to go. Tripod plus head, you select a head to go with your tripod is a better option in my opinion. Selecting a head separately for your tripod will make sure it fits your camera’s needs.
You can check out our wide selection of tripods. We hope this helps you in selecting the right tripod for you.
Posted on February 11th, 2010
We are going to discuss how to use a macro lens. There are many lenses out there they may be marked ‘macro lens’ and may not actually be a macro lens. For shooting the best close up and personal images that are at least 1/3 life size or larger you need a macro lens. These lenses can range in price depending on the type. Canon makes a nice macro lens Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens (67mm) or if that is too much for your pocketbook you can also try the Canon EF 50mm 2.5 Compact Macro Lens (52mm). No matter what type of macro lens you use just make sure it is a macro lens.
Now this not the same as using a telephoto zoom. When using a macro lens you must pay more attention to focus, lighting, movement, camera stability, and depth of field.Focus is probably the most essential. The auto focus does not work properly with many subjects. Choose a part of the subject you wish to focus on and make it your main point. I would suggest setting the camera up with the correct magnification first then moving the entire camera closer or farther away from the subject you are going to shoot. I would also suggest having a tripod handy.
If you are shooting active subjects like birds, insects, or plants, forget the tripod and go handheld.
Lighting is also very important when using a macro lens. It’s not always possible to get natural light and a flash can be used but do not overpower the subject. The best thing to use is ring flashes. This way you can put the flash in the proper position and not overpower the subject. You can also use a softbox and cover the flash.
Another problem you could have when using a macro lens is depth of field. The best way to solve this problem is to make the film plane parallel to the subject. You might also try using less magnification and this will sometimes make the subject look out of focus.
We hope these few tips will help you when using a macro lens.
Posted on January 28th, 2010
Pet Photography can be tricky. If you are not careful you can cause pets to look blurry, angry or frightened. We are going to give a few tips that will help capture your pets personality.
- Avoid using a camera’s flash, this can effect your pet’s eyes and make them look red. Light can make or break the photos of your pet.
- Use outside light if possible. If you can go outside then out your pet next to a window.
- Lie on the floor and put your pet on a higher surface for an original perspective. Don’t look down at your pet. Try not to take shots where your pet is looking directly in the camera.
- Try to capture your pet at its best moments. Try to capture most characteristic expression and pose of your pet.
- Keep the picture simple. Your pet needs to be the focus of the picture.
- Fill the frame with your pet. Very little background is a good effect.
- Shoot close-ups of your pet’s face.
- Be patient. Don’t get upset, sometimes these things take time. You might want to bring out your pet’s favorite toy or treat if that gets his attention.
We hope these few tips help when taken photos of your pet.
Be sure and stop by 42nd Street Photo for all your camera and camcorder needs.
Posted on January 19th, 2010
Today we are going to talk about photographing the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. If you have the chance to travel far enough north to witness this phenomenon then I suggest you take a few photos because it’s something you will want to remember. The lights in the sky are caused by the Earth’s magnetic field interacting with energy from the sun. Here are a few tips to help you along the way.
The best months to view the Northern Lights are March and September usually in the far northern or southern hemisphere. The times of best activity seem to be from 10:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M.
A few things you might need
Wide Angle Lense
Remote Shutter Release Cord or Remote Control
Extra batteries for the cold
Folding Chair (unless you prefer to stand and wait)
You will need a fast wide angle lense. Most wide angle lenses that are included with SLR cameras are f/3.5. This is not fast enough. Try using a f/2.8 or, if you are serious then use a f/1.4. The faster (wider maximum aperture) the lens the better.
Get the best picture
If your camera has the ability, shoot in RAW mode to capture the most detail. For starters shoot in manual mode, roughly ISO 400 to 800, an aperture of f/2.8, and a shutter speed of 30 seconds. If you do not have the f/2.8 capability, you will need to bump up the ISO to 800 or 1600.
Since the Aurora is far away, set the focus to infinity. Be sure and test your lens in daylight. You may need to back off from full infinity for correct focus.
Aurora photography takes patience. You might have spend many nights waiting for the perfect shot.
We hope these few tips can get you started if you want to shoot the Northern Lights. Also be sure and visit 42nd Street Photo for all your camera needs.
Posted on January 9th, 2010
Today we are going to talk about sports photography and offer a few tips that may help you out. Sports photography can be challenging if you do not have the right equipment. This is also probably one of the purest forums of photography. Most sports are very quick paced events and usually there are quite a few players and plays happening at once. These few tips ensure great action shots on the field, court or wherever play is taking place.
Snapshot digital cameras are difficult to use for sports photography due to the time lag while the camera focuses and the shutter opens. These cameras are not very good under low light conditions due to the very small pixels. They also have built in zoom lenses which may be good to shoot a sport like basketball, but not good enough for sports like baseball and football.
DSLR cameras like the Canon 40D and Nikon D300 are more suitable for sports photography. These cameras usually include a decent kit lens like an 18mm to 50mm zoom. The one issue with these lenses is that ther are usually slow in terms of focal ratio. For a sport like football you will need a lense that is at least 200mm to 300mm.
Get in the Game
Timing is of the essence for a sports photographer. Make sure you are paying attention to whats happening on the field/court as well as whats happening on the sidelines or dugout. Record the reactions of teammates and coaches to great plays and disastrous errors by their team or the opposing team. They just as effective in capturing the memory of a great play as the play itself. Be sure and also take photos as fast as possible. The action can move pretty fast in a game like football. Try to get as close to your subject as possible for the best resolution.
Understand the game you are shooting. If you understand that game and teams playing it will make it easier to capture those great moments.
Pay attention and expect the unexpected. In all sports anything can and will happen. The one time you put your camera down could be the one time a great play happens. You need to have the camera focused a second ahead or you’ll miss your shot.
Sport photography takes practice, so take as many photos as possible. You will get better as time goes with each shot. Good luck.
Posted on December 29th, 2009
Today we will give you a few tips on shooting star trails. Many photographers work to capture the beauty of the heavens with their cameras. Photographing star trails is quite easy. Your lighting though will have to meet certain conditions.
- No ambient light is the best. Avoid light pollution. Most types of photography we concern ourselves with direction, intensity, and the color of light. Shooting start trails the opposite is required. The farther away from city lights the better. Moonlight is also undesirable.
- The sky should be as dark and clear as possible.
- Have all your equipment. Lens, tripod, memory, camera protection, flashlight, and power. Capturing star trails can even require 2-3 hours of continuous shooting so you need to be prepared.
- There should be a foreground subject. Star trails simply do not look good without it.
- Exposure (Aperture) The aperture partly controls how bright the trails are going to be in the photograph. If you use a very fast lens wide-open you will usually get more trails than you probably want.
- Exposure (Shutter Speed) – Exposure time partly defines how long star trails are going to be in the picture and does not influence brightness of the actual trails.
- Film speed. ISO50 and ISO100 are great.
We hope this tips will help and that you have an enoyable time while shooting star trails.