- Nikon vs. Canon: Why One Photographer Made the Switch
- Interesting Photo of The Day: Eiffel Tower Through Fog
- Bird Steals Camera and Captures Amazing Aerial Footage of Penguin Colony
- Panorama Photography Tips
Posted: 27 Jan 2014 04:55 PM PST
When preparing to buy your first digital SLR, it can be difficult to choose between the two camera giants, Canon and Nikon. Perhaps you’re a seasoned photographer used to shooting one brand, and you wonder if you may be missing out. In this video, professional photographer and tech expert Scott Kelby discusses why he went from being a loyal Nikon user to a Canon devotee (for those of you reading this by email, the video interview can be seen here):
Though Kelby holds that both companies make great cameras, here are a few of the reasons why he now prefers Canon:
These are certainly compelling reasons to use a Canon camera, but every photographer is different. Try out different cameras and see which one is right for you. Kelby makes the apt comparison to buying a guitar–there isn’t necessarily one that’s better. “Go to the music store and play them both,” he says.
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Posted: 27 Jan 2014 12:26 PM PST
The Eiffel Tower, being the historically stunning architectural landmark that it is, has its photo taken hundreds, possibly thousands of times a day. But when photographer, Javier de la Torre, set out to get himself a photo of the tower, he wasn’t going to settle with just a souvenir snapshot. As you can see below, de la Torre, wanted to capture “The Iron Lady” in all her breathtaking glory:
Equipped with a Nikon D800 and a Nikon 14-24mm lens, de la Torre decided on his composition and set up his tripod. He added a a Lucroit filter holder to his camera, slid in a Hi Tech 6 step ND filter, and worked on his exposure settings. To make the image, the lens was extended to 24mm and the shutter speed was set to 3 seconds with an aperture of 6.3 at an ISO of 100. Great shot!
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Posted: 27 Jan 2014 11:28 AM PST
Ever wondered what it’s like to be a penguin? The creators of the BBC series “Penguins – Spy in the Huddle” have attempted to capture the experience, using 50 spy cameras to get up close and personal with penguins all over the world. What they didn’t expect, however, was for nature to take the filming into its own hands. In this clip, a Striated Caracara is so fascinated by an egg-shaped spycam that it takes it in its talons and flies off (for those of you reading this by email, the video can be seen here):
The resulting footage, a literal bird’s-eye view, is the first ever aerial footage of a penguin colony shot by a bird. Eventually, the caracara loses its grip on the egg cam, but it soon piques the interest of a pair of turkey vultures.
This unexpected development was no doubt exciting for the filmmakers. Perhaps as the birds become more and more used to the spy cameras in their midst, the cameras will have even more airborne adventures, giving us footage unlike any that has been captured by humans.
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Posted: 27 Jan 2014 11:05 AM PST
You can take a panoramic image with a very wide-angle lens or you can take a series of shots and stitch them together. The great thing about creating a panorama by stitching photos together is the incredible detail than can be preserved. Using a sequence of shots also makes it possible to create 360×180 degree panoramas.
Here are some tips for creating a standard panorama composed of multiple shots stitched together:
Some camera manufacturers, such as Canon, bundle software with the camera that can be used to stitch photos together. You can also use Adobe Photoshop to stitch the images together by selecting File > Automate > Photomerge. A free alternative is to use Hugin to stitch together complex panoramas such as 360×180 degree panoramas.
If you become obsessed with taking panoramas, you may want to get a special panoramic head for your tripod. These heads are specifically designed for taking panoramas and allow you to position the entrance pupil/no-parallax point of the camera’s lens over the pivot point of the tripod in order to eliminate parallax errors.
There are even robotic heads that automate the process and take the pictures for you. Parallax errors become most obvious when there are really close objects in your scene. I have taken many panoramic shots of landscapes and seldom see parallax errors, but if you are a perfectionist, you will probably want to invest in a one of these heads.
Gary Ramey is an instructor at two colleges in South Florida teaching digital photography techniques, concept development, desktop publishing, website design, application quality assurance, and project management.
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