Chip size vs noise

In general, imaging chips come in three sizes Full-frame chips are those that closely, even exactly, match the 36 x 24 mm frame size of 35 mm film. Some digital SLRs use the APS-H sized sensor, which measures 29 x 19 mm others more commonly use the APS-C sized sensor, which measures 22 x 15 mm. Other cameras use the Four Thirds system developed by Olympus that is now being used by other manufacturers, including Panasonic and Leica, and is smaller than most other digital SLR sensors. The size of...

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The Lowel Ego digital imaging light is ideal for shooting tabletop stills with digital or film cameras. It can also be used as a close-up portrait light for stills or video. Joe is a big fan of Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann's films, especially the look of Moulin Rouge For this portrait of Leah, Joe placed a Lowel Ego light just inches from her face on camera right and barely out of camera range. Leah is sitting in front of a Westcott April Showers collapsible background and said the light...

On location

Of the many impacts that digital imaging can have on the kind of pictures you make, the biggest must be on low-light photography. Unlike shooting film, the LCD screen on the camera's back provides instant feedback, allowing you not only to make exposure changes, but also to tweak depth of field to get just what you want, as well as Color Balance, with no filters required. When working under low-light conditions, some things won't change. Slow shutter speeds mean that you need a sturdy tripod,...

Monopods

Sometimes you encounter situations when you can't carry a tripod, or there's just not enough space to use one. That's where a monopod really comes in handy. If you're shooting sports, a monopod is especially useful when working with long lenses in the tight spaces to which sport shooters are often assigned. If you're photographing from the stands, a tripod can interfere with the spectators, but a monopod won't. For nature photographers and backpackers, where space and weight are at a premium,...

What is available light

Larrie Thomson Derelict Sensation

A kind of golden hour one remembers for a lifetime . . . Everything was touched with magic. It is 3 a.m. and a clanging alarm clock jolts you into semiconsciousness. It's pitch-black outside last night's storm has subsided, but it's still 5 degrees below zero. Ten inches of fresh snow covers the countryside. No other creatures are stirring, yet you are planning on going out in this weather to make photographs. To be comfortable outside, you will need to put on every warm piece of clothing you...

HDR files from scanned film

You can even create HDR images from slides and negatives that are found in your existing film library. Normal scanning software saves images only as 24-bit files, discarding the extra information created by the scanner, but LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 6.5 www.silverfast.com lets you produce 48-bit files, retaining all of the information that's in the original piece of film. Silver-Fast 6.5 can produce different scan exposures, thus increasing the dynamic range and allowing subtle nuances in...