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  • 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’s Halloween Photography Tips

    Posted on October 15th, 2010 Staff Writer

    Halloween is celebrated by those young and old. Kids and adults alike enjoy the costumes, candy, and parties during this time of the year. At the same time you want to capture these memories and shoot the best photographs possible. With Halloween just a couple of weeks away I figured we would provide some helpful tips for Halloween photography.

    Pictures at Halloween can be great but you can also get very creative with your shooting. Use vintage costumes and plugins and filters to shoot your photographs. Try making your photos really stand out.

    Let’s talk Jack-O-Lanterns for a few minutes. Be sure when you finish your jack-o-lantern that wherever you place it to shoot a photo that the background or setting does not distract from the jack-o-lantern. Try placing the jack-o-lantern in a garden or background of leaves. If you decide to wait until night to take the picture of your jack-o-latern you may not get the effect you are looking for. You want to have at least 3 candles inside your jack-o-latern to get that inside glow. Then be sure and override the flash by put your finger over it. This will cut down on the amount of light thrown on the subject.

    Next we talk about all the creatures that go bump in the night. Everybody enjoys putting on a scary Halloween costume and having fun. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that in recent years, sales of costumes for adults have outpaced costumes for kids! Make sure to take a photo of your favorite creature with and without the mask. Let’s say you want to take a portrait of your little boy (or kid brother) or even a friend in a “scary” costume before he goes out trick-or-treating or going to a costume party. First, figure out what’s the best part of the costume. Then get in close and fill the frame with the parts you’ve decided are best.It’s usually better if you don’t shoot from head to toe since shoes are often the weakest part of a costume.

    Other basic tips:

    Rule of Thirds

    Fill Your Frame

    Increase your ISO

    Slow Down Shutter Speed

    Use a Larger Aperture

    Try all these things when shooting photos for Halloween. As I said above, be creative, take as many photos as you can and play with all the settings to get that Halloween effect. You don’t have to go with a expensive camera to do this as most basic digital cameras will take awesome photos for this time of the year.

  • What Will Happen to Film?

    Posted on July 22nd, 2008 Staff Writer

    While many might have been asking themselves this questions for the past few years, it seems that we’re getting to that point in time that VHS reached when DVD technology became widely available to, and far more affordable for, the general public. The fact is, film has fewer uses, extra processing steps and a lot more hastle to it than digital photography.

    Many of you might remember the days of film. You’d flip open the back of your camera, insert the roll, close the case, wind it, and snap away – until you got to the end that is. Then, 27 shots later, you would attempt to take one last picture to get your money’s worth, just in case there was extra room on the film. And it would always be a goofy picture, because if it didn’t come out, it wouldn’t be any great loss.

    Afterwards, you would take your film to the photo shop, or your local drug store’s photo lab, and decide between the regular development process, or the 24 hour deal for a few more dollars. The anticipation was part of the fun, but the real joy came in the sleeve you used to fill out your order, along with the original, developed film - was it double or single prints? Did you go for the 4×6 or the 5×7 size? Choices, choices. Of course, there was always that one that didn’t come out quite as you had hoped, or that snapshot of your brother-in-law was plagued by the dreaded red eye. Who remembers Kodak Advantix? We do.

    Yes, the days of film were fun while they lasted, but there comes a time when technology becomes to good for the previous generation. While many professionals and a few amateurs still prefer good ol’ fashion film, many have stepped into the digital age with their photography. The ease of use, the ability to delete a photo that wasn’t quite right, and the ever growing storage for thousands of pictures – these are just a few reasons that make digital photography the preferred medium in our modern society. Furthermore, the ability to print as many copies as you wish from your home computer, the option of emailing them to family members, the opportunity handing a CD or DVD disc full of pictures to all your friends, are all great ways of sharing that traditional film never allowed.

    We will never forget the days of film, but technology calls, along with convenience, and we at 42nd Street Photo answer that call.

  • Welcome to the 42 Photo Blog!

    Posted on July 7th, 2008 Sales

    Thanks for stopping by the new 42nd Street Photo blog. We hope to keep you informed of the latest products and special offers from 42nd Street Photo here, as well as post relevant information on digital cameras and accessories.

    If you haven’t been to our online store yet, visit www.42photo.com today to enjoy our large selection of digital audio and video products. We have been in business for over 40 years, and we’re one of New York’s finest camera stores.