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  • Lightning Photography Tips

    Posted on April 12th, 2011 Staff Writer

    Trying to shoot lightning can be difficult for photographers, but this article will provide some tips to help you be more successful at capturing great lightning photos. There can be quite a bit a risk involved as lightning is very unpredictable. You are usually out in the open with a tripod, power lines, metal fences and other things that will attract lightning. First and foremost be careful but have fun.


    Weather

    Be sure you know and understand the weather conditions. You don’t want to attempt to photograph lightning in the rain but rather as the storm is in the distance or as it approaches. Unless you love being zapped use all precautions necessary. If you can take your shots from indoors then do it, but if you are an adventurer and want some really good shots then outdoors is the way to go.

    Equipment

    Camera – but of course right, how else will get those great shots. You should be able to set aperture separately

    Tripod – Without a doubt you will need a tripod, a heavy one would be the way to go.

    Cable Shutter Release – To trip the shutter remotely.

    Exposure and Settings

    Set your camera to the lowest ISO speed and shoot RAW. Keep the aperture f/5.6 – f/8 while taking lightning photos. Exposure time all depends on light conditions. When shooting at night, calculate long exposures for you to know the right exposure. When capturing lightning photos during daytime, you can use your camera’s light meter to know the correct exposure. Your lens should also be set on manual focus and focus for infinity because lightning will most likely hit somewhere very far away from your lens.

    The simplest form of lightning photography is done well after sunset, with a dark sky. You find a part of the sky where lightning is happening, aim your camera that way, focus on infinity, set the f-stop, open the shutter with or without)the cable release, this is your choice and then close the shutter after lightning happens. When the sky is dark, there is no limit to how long you can wait with the shutter open.

    These are only a few tips for photographing lightning to consider. Experiment with your shots and don’t give up if its not perfect the first few times. You will eventually get it right.

  • Canon Powershot SX210 Review

    Posted on April 7th, 2011 Staff Writer

    This is a great Canon camera that has a long zoom in a small frame. The 14-megapixel PowerShot SX210 is just that type of camera from Canon. The photo quality is above average to excellent for a camera this size. The amount of noise this camera produces is low which makes this a great camera for beginners. Canon’s PowerShot SX210 captures still images in a choice of 12 JPEG file sizes (including 2 @ 16:9) as well as HD 720p(1280×720) video clips (with stereo sound) up to 60 minutes (or 4GB per clip) as well as 640×480 @ 30 fps and 320×240 @ 30 fps for lower-resolution applications. And when shooting hand-held, walkabout video, the SX210 takes advantage of Canon’s Dynamic mode to dampen the bumps along the way. The SX210 is also available in black, purple and gold versions.

    Compact cameras like these start giving softer images when you go beyond ISO 200 and so did this Canon. The photos will get much softer when you go beyond ISO 400 but still 8×10 inch prints look great on this camera. For hassle-free shooting, Canon’s Smart AUTO mode automatically analyzes the scene and sets the best exposure based on 22 predefined shooting situations. For shooting under low lighting conditions, the ISO sensitivity of the PowerShot SX210 IS can be dialed up to 1600, and when shooting in Low Light mode, expanded as high as an equivalent of ISO 6400.

    The cameras controls aren’t really made for big hands. Canon makes the flash pop up every time you start the camera but you can push it down and it will stay down. With the flash up, the camera is very awkward to hold because you don’t really have anywhere to put your fingers.  This is really the only issue I have found with this camera. Overall this camera ia great camera for the cost.

     

    Items included with this camera:

    Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-5L

    Battery Charger CB-2LX

    Wrist Strap WS-DC9

    Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM

    USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU

    AV Cable AVC-DC400

  • 42nd Street Photo Reviews The Fuji REAL 3D W3

    Posted on March 22nd, 2011 Staff Writer

    With 3D coming on stronger than ever these days we figure we would bring a review of a nice little 3D camera by Fuji. The W3 isn’t Fuji’s first 3D camera, as the first model didn’t get such a hot reception. This camera is smaller and lighter than the original model with a bigger and better quality screen. The new Fuji W3 adds 3D HD video recording with stereo audio to the formula and the unique ability to shoot video in Real 3D in High Definition, with live or recorded playback via direct connection to any 3D TV.

    The camera’s dual 1/2.3-inch, 10 megapixel CCDs and 3X zoom lenses are carried over from before, but a new design and more user-friendly interface is a great improvement.  The 3D printing technology is ingenious. The Fuji W3 continues the strategy of offering Real 3D content by replicating the human visual system in combining two high quality lens and two CCDs in the one chassis – and allows consumers the option of viewing 3D images and video either with or without special glasses.  It uses a very fine-textured Fresnel lens surface on a thin plastic sheet to produce an auto stereoscopic image.

    Images can also be made into special ‘lenticular’ prints – via a unique printing process. The camera will capture 720p 3D movies and can save both 3D MPO images and 2D JPEGs simultaneously. If you haven’t checked this camera out I would say do it as soon as you can.

    Key features:

    • 3D HD Movie (720p) and 3D still image capture
    • Instant 3D playback on build-in High Contrast, 3.5” 3D LCD (without the need for special 3D glasses)
    • Direct Connection via HDMI high-speed 1.4(Type A-Type C) cable to any branded 3D HDTV
    • Two 1/2.3” 10 Megapixel CCD
    • Two Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens
    • 3D RP(REAL PHOTO) HD PROCESSOR
    • Compact and light-weight 230g body (excluding accessories, battery and memory card)
    • 2D Special effects using Simultaneous Shooting functions
  • Explaining Aperture In Photography

    Posted on March 19th, 2011 Staff Writer

    When you purchase your digital camera if you are like me you pick up the manual and start thumbing through it. You might also come across somewhere in that manual that talks about ‘aperture’. If you are new to photography you might actually ask what aperture is in relationship to your camera. We are going to explain aperture in this article for you and hope it give you a better understanding.

    The main function of a camera lens is to collect light. The size of the diaphragm opening in a camera lens allows light to pass through onto the film inside the camera the moment when the shutter curtain in camera opens during an exposure process. The larger the diameter of the aperture, then more light reaches the image sensor. Aperture is expressed as f-numbers or f-stops. Those numbers you see on the lens like f22 or f/22 or f/8.0 and f/5.6. The smaller the F-stop number, the larger the lens opening on your camera.  A “fast” lens is one that has a large maximum aperture like F2.4 or F2.0.

    A good aperture range is my opinion is somewhere between F1.8 and F16. A larger aperture range will give you more latitude with the kinds of pictures you can shoot. The larger the aperture the better your camera will perform in low light situations and will help negate camera shake. A larger aperture also allows you to use a fast shutter speed for freeze action. Another advantage of a large maximum aperture is to provide a shallow depth of field. This allows the background to blur nicely thus isolating your subject.  A smaller aperture also has its good qualities by using a slow shutter speed which can help show objects in motion.  Another advantage of a small minimum aperture is to increase the depth-of-field. An increased depth-of-field allows you to take landscape pictures where as much of the picture in the foreground and reaching all the way to the background.

    We hope this short article on aperture for digital cameras has helped give you a better understanding.

  • 42nd Street Photo Reviews The Casio EX-FH20

    Posted on March 6th, 2011 Staff Writer

    The Casio EX-FH20 is the next in line to the FX1, released in early 2008. It’s smaller, lighter, and less expensive as a 9 megapixel camera. The FH20 still offers awesome velocity at 40 frames per second continuous shooting and 1000 fps high speed movie mode. The 9.1 megapixel, CMOS-sensor equipped EX-FH20 meets or exceeds the definition of an ultrazoom camera. The Casio EX-FH20 has a simplified user interface, a significantly lower price tag, a smaller and lighter overall package. The FH20 has the same smaller 1/2.3-inch 9.1-megapixel CMOS as the FC100. It also has a completely different lens. Casio has built memory into the EX-FH20, instead of bundling a memory card. There’s just under 32MB of onboard memory on the FH20, so you will probably want to purchase a larger memory card right away. The EX-FH20 uses four AA batteries for power. They also include a lens cap and retaining strap to protect your lens from harm. It fits tightly which is a good thing.

    What else is included?

    • The 9.1 Megapixel Exilim EX-FH20 digital camera
    • Four AA alkaline batteries
    • Lens cap w/retaining strap
    • Shoulder strap
    • USB cable
    • A/V cable
    • CD-ROM featuring YouTube Uploader, Adobe Reader, and camera manual
    • 33 page Basic Reference Manual + full manual (on CD-ROM)

    This camera is by far and away the most affordable high-speed consumer camera around.

  • 42nd Street Photo Reviews the Sea & Sea DX-1200HD 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera

    Posted on February 18th, 2011 Staff Writer

    The Sea & Sea DX-1200HD 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera is a high efficiency camera with high resolution capabilities and a wide variety of technical features. The new camera & housing have been completely revised and the housing has been designed so even beginners can enjoy taking pictures easily. With the durable plastic waterproof casing, there is no worry that water or sand will get in vital crevices.

    The Sea & Sea DX-1200HD Underwater Digital Camera has a 3 inch LCD monitor, which is the largest monitor of its class for compact digital cameras. This screen allows you to view your pictures down to the smallest detail. The LCD monitor hood and inner hood allows improved water visibility and you can also take pictures while on the move. This underwater digital camera is very lightweight and compact allowing for easy travel and concealment.

    The Sea & Sea DX-1200HD is an overall awesome camera that comes with all the extras you need when diving or on vacation.

    Specs:

    • High definition CCD 1/1.72-inch primary color CCD with 12.19 effective megapixels (maximum number of recording pixels 12.43 megapixels) and 3x optical zoom lens (35 to102 mm).
    • Features SEA&SEA mode, a still image mode for optimal underwater photography.
    • Several White Balance settings available (Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Tungsten, Sunset, Custom) to suit any particular scene.
    • Exposure compensation function (±2EV in 0.5EV steps).
    • ISO speed can be set up to ISO 3200.
    • Movie function up to 1280×720 pixels (HD Video) at 30 frames/second (30 fps).
    • 16MB built-in memory. Can record on SD / MMC / SDHC memory cards (up to 8GB).
    • Specially designed lithium-ion battery and battery charger included.
    • When you turn the retractable cable socket lever, the fiber-optic cable socket slides and is aligned with position of the built-in flash and fixed.
    • Flash Light Diffuser function: Effective diffuser that softly diffuses the light of the built-in flash.
    • Strong and durable build, with a depth rating of up to 45m / 150ft.
  • 42nd Street Photo Reviews The Leatherman Core

    Posted on February 5th, 2011 Staff Writer

    If you are looking for an ultimate tool to do your toughest jobs – buy the Leatherman Core. An updated version of the Super Tool 200. The Leatherman Core combines 19 individually rotating tools into one 4.5-inch multi-tool. The Core has our most powerful pliers, longer blades, and easy-to-use locks. Core is the first Leatherman to feature Hollow-Ground Screwdrivers in the standard sizes professionals use. This multi-tool has it all.

    Specifications

    • 420HC Clip Point Knife with Straight Edge
    • 420HC Sheepsfoot Serrated Knife
    • Needlenose Pliers
    • Regular Pliers
    • Wire cutters
    • Hard-wire cutters
    • Stranded-wire cutters
    • Wire Stripper
    • Electrical Crimper
    • 5/16″ Screwdriver
    • 7/32″ Screwdriver
    • 1/8″ Screwdriver
    • Phillips Screwdriver
    • Wood/Metal File
    • Saw
    • Bottle Opener
    • Can Opener
    • 9 in | 22 cm
    • Awl with Thread Loop

    Features:

    • Stainless Steel Handles
    • Stainless Steel Body
    • Black Oxide Version Available
    • All Locking Blades and Tools
    • Comfort-sculpted Handles
    • Leather or Nylon Sheath
    • 25-year Warranty

    Measurements:

    • 4.5 in | 11.5 cm (closed)
    • 10.8 oz | 307 g
    • 3.2 in | 8.13 cm (blade length)

    This is one of the handiest tools I’ve ever used for both work & the outdoors. It has more useful functions than most other type tools.The Leatherman Core is great tool for any job big or small.

  • 42nd Street Photo Reviews The Surefire G3-BK Nitrolon

    Posted on January 25th, 2011 Staff Writer

    The G3 is a high-output flashlight featuring a tough, corrosion-proof Nitrolon body and bezel. The G3 LED uses a virtually indestructible power-regulated LED and a precision micro-textured reflector to produce a smooth 120-lumen beam. The G3 LED can generate tactical-level light for six hours and useful light levels for an impressive 9.4 hours on a single set of batteries.. Output is either 105 or 200 lumens, depending on which easy-to-install lamp you use—high-output or ultra high-output. The G3 flashlight is great for tactical, self-defense, and general use. The tactically-correct pushbutton tailcap switch provides secure, ergonomic activation control: press for momentary-on, twist for constant-on.

    Other Features

    • Brilliant white light from high-output lamp (included) or ultra high-output lamp (optional)
    • Precision micro-textured reflector creates smooth, optimized beam
    • Coated tempered window resists impact, maximizes light
    • Tough, lightweight Nitrolon® body with deep grid pattern for secure grip
    • Tactical tailcap switch—press for momentary-on, twist for constant-on
    • Weatherproof O-ring and gasket sealing
    • Includes high-energy 123A batteries with 10-year shelf life

    This is a tough and affordable everyday flashlight that will not let you down.

  • 42nd Street Photo Tips – Choosing The Best Memory Card For Your Camera

    Posted on January 15th, 2011 Staff Writer

    We have covered a lot of ground as far as photography tips and camera reviews. Today we are going to talk memory cards for your camera and how to choose the right one. Most digital cameras seem to have one thing in common and that is small internal memory capacity. On the bright side all digital cameras have a card slot that can accept different camera memory cards depending on the manufacturer and model. Purchasing the right video card will allow you to get the most out of your camera. Here are a few tips to help in choosing the best memory card for your camera.

    Know Your Memory Card Type For Your Camera

    Understand your camera and memory card that is compatiable with it. Look to your camera’s manual to find out what memory cards your camera supports so that you know what to get when you purchase online or at your local store.

    Don’t Buy Cheap Memory Cards

    Have you heard the phrase ‘You get what you’ pay for?’ This is true with memory cards as well. Cheap or less known memory cards tend to have lower quality and not so great performance. Name brands like Ridata, Sandisk, Kingston, and Transcend are your best bets. Last, be sure and buy from a reputable seller, preferably a camera store. Fake copies of memory cards can be made so be safe when purchasing memory cards.

    Purchase Fast Memory Cards

    Data transfer speeds of memory cards are important when it comes to performance, you want the highest data transfer speeds you can get. The faster the transfer, the faster you write and read data. This is important when you usually do continuous shots or shoot video. Faster cards are usually more expensive, but if you are shooting action or sports and use a rapid frame rate frequently, then you want the fastest card, and camera, that you can afford. If you take your time to compose each shot then speed may not be as important.

    What’s The Best Size For Your Memory Card?

    Camera memory cards come in several different sizes ranging to the small 512 MB sizes to 8 GB and beyond. The higher the storage capacity, the more photographs you can shoot and keep on the memory card. Camera memory cards are becoming more affordable as the maximum capacity goes up so don’t go cheap as I mentioned earlier. Be sure to consider your camera’s maximum megapixel count and then take a good estimate on how many shots you wish to take per session. If you own a 5.3 megapixel camera, each JPEG shot will be around 1.5 MB each on the highest quality or 8 MB using the RAW format. That means around 680 shots can fit in a 1 GB card or 126 RAW shots. Also keep in mind though that larger capacity is not always good. If the card becomes corrupted you can lose a large amount of data, Be sure to weigh all your options.

    There are many thing to consider when purchasing a memory card but the above tips is a good start.

  • 42nd Street Photo Reviews Surefire Kroma LED Flashlight K2-BK-BL/RD

    Posted on January 7th, 2011 Staff Writer

    Surefire Kroma LED Flashlight K2-BK-BL/RD The SureFire Kroma LED Flashlight is a palm-sized high-intensity, selectable-output, multi-spectrum LED flashlight for tactical, self-defense, recreational, and general use. The Kroma provides two output levels of white light: a long-running low beam and a brilliant tactical-level high beam with over three times the light of a larger two D-cell flashlight. Red and blue secondary LEDs also feature two output levels suitable for operations requiring minimal light; for preserving night vision while navigating, tracking, map reading, or other close work; or for negotiating outdoor terrain without disturbing wildlife. A rotating selector ring allows for no-look control—just twist to change beam color or output level.

    SureFire flashlights are known around the world as the lighting system for any and every tactical scenario. In 1969, their original product line consisted of laser sighting systems for firearms. After many years of intense research and development, the SureFire Weapon Light was born and low light law enforcement & military operations changed forever. SureFire then went on to establish themselves as the leading manufacturer of rugged, powerful and compact illumination tools for tactical applications; from weapon-mounted lights and laser sights, shield lights, baton lights & hand-held lights powerful and bright enough to qualify as force-multiplier tools that could temporarily blind, unbalance, and disorient a threat.

    Other Features

    • Selectable, dual-output white primary beam and dual-output secondary beams of blue and red
    • Electronically controlled LED light source has no filament to burn out or break, lasts for thousands of hours
    • Total Internal Reflection (TIR) lens produces tightly focused central beam
    • Rugged aerospace-grade aluminum body, Mil-Spec Type III hard anodized in black
    • O-ring sealed, weatherproof
    • Tempered Pyrex® window
    • Heavy-duty pocket clip
    • Tailcap switch: press for momentary-on low beams, press further for momentary-on high white beam; twist for constant-on low or high beams
    • Switch lockout prevents accidental activation during transport or storage
    • Output/Runtimes:

    White high: 50 lumens / 1.5 hrs
    White low: 1.4 lumens / 20 hrs
    Blue high: 3.4 lumens / 8 hrs
    Blue low: .48 lumens / 80 hrs
    Red high: 6.3 lumens / 8 hrs
    Red low: .52 lumens / 80 hrs

    • Batteries included

    This is great flashlight that’s durable and reliable for everyday use.

  • 42nd Street Photo Reviews The Canon EOS Rebel Digital T2i

    Posted on December 27th, 2010 Staff Writer

    The Canon Rebel T2i is an 18MP DSLR that follows up the popular Canon Rebel T1i. The Canon EOS Rebel T2i incorporates a number of advanced pro-DSLR features in a compact and very affordable camera body. The Rebel T2i handles much like the Rebel T1i; however, the Rebel T2i has a number of subtle changes like new button designs and a new 3:2 format LCD. This is the first Canon DSLR with a display that is actually the same shape of the sensor. The EOS Rebel T2i can also capture full 1080p HD video with monaural sound, or stereo sound when using (optional) 3.5mm external microphones.

    In addition to the camera’s bright eye-level optical reflex viewfinder, the Rebel T2i also features Advanced Live View (with a dedicated Live view/Movie button) for composing and editing your stills and video using the T2i’s 3.0″ Clear View LCD, which contains a whopping 1.04 million dots of resolving power.

    The buttons on the rear of the camera are flatter than they were on the T1i and are easier to use, which almost gives the camera controls on the rear a point and shoot feel.  The Q button on the rear brings up the quick settings display and is very easy and intuitive to navigate using the 4-way controls on the rear panel.

    The Canon EOS Rebel T2i records imagery onto a choice of SD memory card, SDHC memory card, or SDXC Memory Cards and powers off an LP-E8 lithium-ion battery, which is good for up to 550 still exposures or 1 hour and 40 minutes of video recording. The EOS Rebel T2i is compatible with all Canon EF and EF-S optics. For CAEDRT2IK only – The Canon Rebel T2i kit comes with an image stabilized Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS zoom lens, which has an equivalent focal range of a 28.8 – 88mm lens on a full-frame (24x36mm) 35mm camera.

    New Features

    • 18MP CMOS sensor with a 4-channel readout (the 7D has an 8-channel readout)
    • ISO 100-6400 (up to 12,800 with boost)
    • DIGIC 4 Processor
    • 3.7 fps continuous shooting speed (34 high-quality JPEGs, 6 RAW)
    • 9-point auto focus system
    • 63 zone dual layer metering
    • 1080p HD video at 24, 25, and 30 frames per second (fps)
    • 720p HD video at 50 and 60 fps, VGA at 50 and 60 fps
    • manual exposure option in video mode
    • external stereo mic input
    • new movie crop mode
    • new LCD with 3:2 aspect ratio and 1.04 million dot resolution
    • Quick control button
    • SD/SDHC/SDXC cards (adding compatibility with SDXC cards)
    • size/weight: 5.1×3.1×3.0 inches (close to the T1i) weight 18.7 oz
    • Typical battery capacity – 550 shots without flash (430 shots with 50% flash)

    The Canon EOS Rebel Digital T2i makes a great impression.

  • 42nd Street Photo Receives Positive Reviews

    Posted on December 24th, 2010 Staff Writer

    42nd Street Photo reviews have been excellent this past year and put them at the top of recommended camera stores. NexTag, PriceGrabber, and BizRate show consumers giving 42nd Street Photo high marks for customer service and the products they carry.

    A consumer from NexTag says:

    Date: 12/23/10

    “This was my first purchase from 42nd St. Photo. Since they’re in NYC and I’m in Dallas, I wasn’t familiar with them, but like many others, I was looking for a great deal from a seller I could trust. They had the exact camera I wanted, a great price versus other sellers, and had many positive customer reviews. I gave them a shot and got exactly what I hoped for, on time, with no issues at all. No question that I’ll buy from them again.”

    A consumer from Bizrate comments:

    Date: 12-21-2010

    “The gentleman I spoke with was very professional, helpful and polite”

    These are a couple of the comments and excellent feedback for 42nd Street Photo. 42nd Street Photo carries a wide variety of digital cameras, digital audio, and video equipment. We always aim to please our customers, and our history shows it. With over 40 years in the camera industry, we pride ourself in the excellent customer service we provide and the many long term customers who shop at our store. If you’re a camera enthusiast visiting New York for the first time, or if you live in the big apple and have never been to our store, stop by! We’d love to help you. You can also visit us online at 42photo.com

  • 42nd Street Photo recommends the Canon Powershot S95

    Posted on December 20th, 2010 Staff Writer

    Canon Powershot S95If you are looking for a camera with the best photo quality without picking a full-fledged DSLR then the Canon Powershot S95 is what you are looking for. The Canon Powershot S95 is the predecessor to Canon Powershot S90. This digital camera carries some features that would become valuable information for many photography enthusiasts. This is probably the best point-and-shoot camera on the market today for taking photos. The Canon PowerShot S95 is a compact designed 10 megapixel digital camera with HD video and RAW support. The new Canon Powershot S95 does 720P HD recording, a huge improvement over the S90, which didn’t of course. One drawback is that during video recording the use isn’t able to zoom in/out nor focus.

    The fast f/2.0 lens of the Canon PowerShot S95 camera allows the user to shoot without a tripod or flash in darker conditions. The ability to shoot at higher ISO speeds and maintain high image quality is another key feature of the Canon PowerShot S95 digital camera. Not only can you capture photos from ISO 80 up to ISO 3200, you can choose the degree of control you want (from total control to total automatic) over exposure, white balance, focus, and much more, from an extensive menu.  You can automatically produce High Dynamic Range, panoramic, fisheye, low-light and many more specialized photos with built-in programs. The HS System is a powerful combination of high-sensitivity sensor coupled with the latest DIGIC 4 image processor for outstanding image quality in a wide variety of lighting conditions, including low light.

    Specifications:

    Image Sensor: 10.0 million effective pixels.
    Metering: Evaluative, centre-weighted average, spot.
    Sensor Size: 14.9mm CCD.
    Lens: Canon f2.0-4.9/6.0-22.5mm (28-105mm as 35 SLR equivalent).
    Shutter Speed: 15 to 1/1600 second.
    Continuous Shooting: 0.8 to 1.9 images/second.
    Memory: SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMC plus cards.
    Image Sizes (pixels): 3648×2736 to 640×360. Movies: 1280×720, 640×480, 320×240 at 30 fps.
    LCD Screen: 7.6cm LCD (461,000 pixels).
    File Formats: RAW, JPEG, RAW+JPEG, Motion JPEG.
    ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 80 to 3200.
    Interface: USB 2.0, HDMI mini, AV.
    Power: Rechargeable lithium ion battery, DC input.
    Dimensions: 99.8×58.4×29.5 WHDmm.
    Weight: Approx. 193 g (inc battery and card).

    The S95 is a simple point-and-shoot camera, and it’s a serious image-making machine.

  • 42nd Street Photo recommends the Nikon Coolpix P7000 10.1 Megapixel Digital Camera

    Posted on November 30th, 2010 Staff Writer

    Nikon Coolpix P7000If you’re a serious photographer looking for SLR-inspired creative control but in a smaller form, the P7000 is your kind of camera. The Nikon COOLPIX P7000 is a compact, high-performance digital camera offering superb image quality and precise imaging control. The Nikon P7000 is an entirely new design inside and out from its predecessor, the interesting but flawed P6000. Where this Nikon really shines is when you switch it over to manual mode for composing more advanced shots. You choose the aperture, shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, and focus settings to give your images the exact look you want. The P7000 puts those important controls at your fingertips.

    Sporting a 1/1.17-inch, 10.1-megapixel CCD image sensor that rolls back the MP rating from the P6000 (which used a 13.5-megapixel chip), the Nikon P7000 is aiming to improve image quality through a “less is more” approach. The Nikon Coolpix P7000 also boasts an optically stabilized 7.1x zoom lens with a focal length range equivalent to 28-200mm on a 35mm camera. The Coolpix P7000 features Nikon’s EXPEED C2 image processor, which allows an ISO sensitivity range of 100 to 6,400 equivalents at full resolution.

    Other Features

    • 7.1x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED Glass Lens – Versatile 28-200mm lens ranges wide to capture landscapes, zooms in to get close to the action. In the NIKKOR tradition of precision optics, the high-quality ED glass lens delivers superb color and razor-sharp results.
    • 10.1-megapixel, large 1/1.7-inch CCD sensor for stunning images.
    • Optical VR Image Stabilization by lens shift minimizes the effects of camera shake.
    • Hybrid VR Image stabilization by lens shift and electronic VR.
    • Motion Detection automatically detects moving subjects and adjusts shutter speed and ISO to compensate for camera shake and subject movement.
    • High ISO up to 6400 at full resolution for optimum results when shooting in low light or photographing fast-moving subjects.
    • Nikons Best Shot Selector (BSS) automatically takes up to ten shots while the shutter is pressed, then selects and saves the sharpest image
    • EXPEED C2 continues to expand the possibilities of photography with improved levels of image quality, fine detail and processing speed. Custom-optimized for each COOLPIX model, Nikon’s renowned digital image processing engine ensures outstanding images
    • Dial controls for key functions including ISO, white balance, bracketing, exposure compensation and more
    • PSAM (Program, Shutter, Aperture, Manual) exposure control, custom function control.
    • ISO can be set as high as 6400 at full resolution; 12,800 in Low noise Night Mode (3-Megapixel).
    • Tone Level Information provides photographers with 9 levels of grey scale information about the scene for fine exposure analysis according to user’s creative needs.
    • In-camera editing functions include Exposure Compensation, COOLPIX Picture Control, Noise Reduction Filter, Quick Retouch, D-Lighting and Active D-Lighting.
    • Electronic Virtual Horizon Display enables precise leveling of the camera in landscape or portrait orientation during LCD monitor shooting.
    • COOLPIX Picture Control can be customized for Image Sharpening, Contrast, Saturation, Filter Effects, and Tone.
    • Ultra-fast start-up, autofocus and shooting.
    • Subject Tracking tracks a moving subject to ensure sharp focus.
    • Shoot Continuously up to 45 pictures at approx. 1.3 fps at full resolution.
    • Interval Timer Shooting captures images at specified time intervals
    • 3-inch Ultra-High Resolution (921,000-dot) Clear Color Display for still images and movies that come alive with rich detail and improved contrast. The large LCD’s wide viewing angle and anti-glare coating make it easy to compose, view and share pictures.
    • Large Optical viewfinder with diopter adjustment dial.
    • Remote control operation with optional wireless ML-L3.
    • Optional Wide Angle Converter (WC-E75A) for 21mm coverage (requires UR-E22 adapter ring)
    • HD (720p) Movie with Stereo, Mic Input Jack and HDMI Output Records at 24 fps with Zoom, Autofocus and stereo sound. Mic Input Jack allows for optional microphone to be used during recording and HDMI output allows easy in-camera playback or convenient playback on HD-TV or computer.
    • Smile Timer automatically releases the shutter when your subject smiles.
    • In-Camera Red-Eye Fix automatically corrects most instances of red-eye as you shoot. You may never see red-eye again.
    • Face-Priority AF. Nikon’s face-finding technology automatically detects up to 12 faces.
    • Skin Softening smoothes skin tones at three different levels for optimal portraits; can be applied while shooting or during playback.
    • Blink Warning alerts you if a subject has blinked.
    • Built-in Flash plus i-TTL Flash function when used with optional Nikon Speedlight System.
    • 18 Scene Modes, including Scene Auto Selector for optimized shooting in a variety of settings and situations.
    • Scene Auto Selector automatically recognizes the scene you’re shooting and selects the most appropriate scene mode; offers six scene modes plus auto.
    • Macro shooting as close as 0.8 inches.

    The Nikon Coolpix P7000 is a great compact digital camera. Users can take great pictures with this Nikon compact digital camera.

  • 42nd Street Photo recommends the Panasonic HDC-TM20K 16GB High Definition Camcorder

    Posted on November 17th, 2010 Staff Writer

    Panasonic HDC-TM20K 16GB High Definition CamcorderThe Panasonic HDC-TM20K is a sub $600 camera that really seems to be an excellent deal. This one is at the cheaper end but that doesn’t always mean that you lose out in terms of performance. This is a entry level camcorder but as far as we can see it certainly doesn’t miss anything on technology. The Panasonic HDC-TM20K is a sleek black unit that thankfully has refrained from the red stripe around the lens, and is not too heavy on the branding and writing which is a definite improvement. The unit is small and neat and follows the standard format of most camcorders.

    The Panasonic HDC-TM20K has 16x optical zoom function, and the quality of images captured on zoom is excellent and clarity is not lost. One of the best features of the Panasonic HDC-TM20K HD camcorder is the iA (intelligent auto) mode. When this mode is selected, the camcorder automatically selects the optimal settings to produce the best video quality. This camcorder has the standard OIS technology, which means that any shake of the hand is compensated for and the picture adjusted to make sure this is not noticed on playback.

    This is a camcorder that will appeal most to the home use. The quality of the HD videos is very good, accompanied by crisp and clear audio. The lens cap is built in and opens when the unit is switched on, which again is a nice touch and means there is nothing separate to lose. For the money and quality we recommend the Panasonic HDC-TM20K 16GB High Definition Camcorder.

  • 42nd Street Photo recommends the Leica V-LUX 20 14.5 Megapixel Digital Camera

    Posted on November 3rd, 2010 Staff Writer

    Leica V-LUX 20 14.5 Megapixel Digital Camera The Leica V-Lux 20’s simple yet attractive metal body screams ‘serious photographer’. At approximately 103 x 62 x 33mm you could say it’s on the bulky side, but when you take it’s 12x zoom lens and built-in GPS into consideration, it certainly isn’t. The camera feels built to be used, the design and layout of the buttons and controls is exceptionally well thought out – everything is exactly where you’d want it. The menu system is straightforward and easy to use.

    The high-performance Leica V-LUX 20 Digital Camera features a Leica DC Vario-Elmar 4.1-49.2mm f/3.3 – 4.9 ASPH lens. This is a high-performance super-zoom with a 35mm equivalent of 25-300mm. This 12x zoom allows you to go from wide-angle to super telephoto without adding an accessory lens.

    The camera has many automatic settings, and scene modes for the beginning photographer, but it also has manual settings for the image maker who wants total control. All of your composing and playback takes place on the bright 3″ LCD display, and images can be stored on SD, SDHC or SXCD memory cards.

    When shooting HD video, you can use the 12x zoom lens and all the other camera features, including the GPS feature. This innovative feature records the geographical coordinates of the location and the local time of every picture shot and stores the information in the EXIF data of the image files. The GPS also provides a variety of fascinating options and benefits. When traveling, the camera displays all the sights in the immediate neighborhood.

    Other Items Included

    * BP-DC7E Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery

    * Battery Charger

    * Battery Case

    * USB Cable

    * A/V Cable

    * Wrist Strap

    * Software-DVD, CD including Adobe Photoshop Elements 8

    * User Manual

    The V-LUX 20 will only be produced in small quantities, so will retain their value for much longer than most other brand‘s cameras and a copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 or Mac or PC comes free. Lets not forget – you are getting a Leica, a brand many photographers aspire too.

  • 42nd Street Photo recommends the Surefire C2L-HA LED Centurion Flashlight

    Posted on October 27th, 2010 Staff Writer

    The C2 LED is a compact high-output flashlight featuring a Combat-Grip™ 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. Its super-efficient, electronically regulated LED continues generating useful light levels for 11 hours on a single set of batteries. With no filament to burn out or break, the C2L’s solid-state LED is immune to recoil, and its patented flat-sided CombatGrip™ allows the flashlight to be easily held and operated when paired with a handgun, using the SureFire technique. When in the field or on the mountain make sure you have the Surefire C2L Centurian LED Flashlight to stay equipped while on the move.

    Other Features:

    * Virtually indestructible, electronically regulated light emitting diode (LED) has no filament to burn out or break; lasts for thousands of hours
    * Precision reflector creates smooth beam without spots or rings
    * Mil-Spec Type III hard anodizing in olive drab green
    * O-ring sealed; weatherproof
    * Coated Pyrex® window protects LED and reflector while maximizing light transmission
    * Sturdy steel pocket clip
    * Tailcap switch: press for momentary-on, twist for constant-on
    * Patented switch lockout prevents accidental activation
    * Lanyard included
    * Batteries included

    SureFire flashlights are known around the world as the go-to lighting system for any and every tactical scenario. In 1969, their original product line consisted of laser sighting systems for firearms. After many years of intense research and development, the SureFire WeaponLight was born and low light law enforcement & military operations changed forever. SureFire then went on to establish themselves as the leading manufacturer of rugged, powerful and compact illumination tools for tactical applications; from weapon-mounted lights and laser sights, shield lights, baton lights & hand-held lights powerful and bright enough to qualify as force-multiplier tools that could temporarily blind, unbalance, and disorient a threat.

  • How to take better baby photos

    Posted on October 2nd, 2010 Staff Writer

    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.

  • 42nd Street Photo recommends the Olympus SP-590UZ 12.0 Megapixel Digital Camera

    Posted on September 18th, 2010 Staff Writer

    Olympus SP-590UZ 12.0 Megapixel Digital Camera 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.

    Features:

    • 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)
  • 42nd Street Photo recommends the Leatherman Knifeless Fuse

    Posted on September 7th, 2010 Staff Writer

    Leatherman Knifeless FuseThe 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.

    Features

    • Needlenose Pliers
    • Regular Pliers
    • Scissors
    • Phillips Screwdriver
    • Ruler (8 inch/19cm)
    • Bottle/Can Opener
    • Wire Cutters
    • Hard-Wire Cutters
    • File
    • Large Screwdriver
    • Small Screwdriver
    • Wire Stripper
    • Lanyard Attachment
    • Leather Sheath Included

    Specifications

    • 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.

  • 42nd Street Photo recommends the Samsung TL220 12.2 Megapixel Digital Camera

    Posted on August 25th, 2010 Staff Writer

    Samsung TL220 12.2 Megapixel Digital Camera

    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
    Smart Auto
    12.2 Megapixel Resolution
    27mm WIDE Angle lens
    Image Stabilization
    HD Movies
    Recycle bin
    Smart Album
    Frame Guide
    Perfect Portrait System

    This little camera is great and at a reasonable price, check out soon and we are sure you will be impressed.

  • Summer and Your Digital Camera

    Posted on August 10th, 2010 Staff Writer

    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.

  • 42nd Street Photo recommends the Surefire A2L-HA-WH Aviator LED Flashlight

    Posted on August 5th, 2010 Staff Writer

    Surefire A2L-HA-WH Aviator LED FlashlightIf 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.

    Other Features

    Features

    * 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

  • Tips on Photographing Public Monuments

    Posted on July 28th, 2010 Staff Writer

    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.

  • 42nd Street Photo recommends the Leatherman Super Tool 300

    Posted on July 22nd, 2010 Staff Writer

    Leatherman Super Tool 300

    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.

    Tools Included:

    * 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
    * Saw
    * Bottle Opener
    * Can Opener
    * 9 in | 22 cm Ruler
    * Awl with Thread Loop

    Features:

    * 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.

  • Check Out the Surefire Z2L-BK LED Combat Light

    Posted on July 13th, 2010 Staff Writer

    Surefire Z2L-BK LED Combat Light

    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.

  • 5 Great Tips for Black and White Photos

    Posted on July 7th, 2010 Staff Writer

    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.

    Use RAW

    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.

    Contrast

    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.

    Pattern

    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.

    Texture

    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.

    Lighting

    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.

  • Check out the Leatherman Tools Juice XE6 (78105001K) Thunder (purple)

    Posted on June 29th, 2010 Staff Writer

    Leatherman Tools Juice XE6 (78105001K)

    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.

    FEATURES:

    * 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
    * Scissors
    * Saw
    * Awl
    * 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.

  • Grab the Nikon D3000 10.2 Megapixel Camera W/ 18-55mm VR Lens & 55-200mm VR

    Posted on June 24th, 2010 Staff Writer

    Nikon D3000

    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.

    Other Features:

    • 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.

  • Surf Photography Tips

    Posted on June 10th, 2010 Staff Writer

    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!