Category Archives: photography

Disable RAW transfer to iPad when using Eye-Fi

The Eye-Fi is a great match when paired with an iPad. My wife uses her Olympus XZ-1 with an iPad 3 (or ‘New iPad’) and the combination is quite capable 🙂 However, by default if you shoot RAW+JPEG the Eye-Fi will transfer both to the iPad. This is a bit overkill for our purposes, since if we are going to edit RAW we are going to do it on a full blown laptop or desktop PC rather than an iPad. It

Using a DSLR with Instagram

After getting an Eye-Fi for Christmas, this week I am finally putting it to the test! What better way to utilize the card than to make a higher-end camera (DSLR, mirrorless, or bridge camera) easily compatible with Instagram. 🙂 Here are two links to get us started: Useful Photography Tip #19: Partner Eye-Fi Mobile With Instagram for Sharper, Funner Photoshttp://www.thephoblographer.com/2012/04/21/useful-photography-tip-19-partner-eye-fi-mobile-with-instagram-for-sharper-funner-photos/Instagram is an extremely fun app to use that promote social photo sharing and has a major emphasis on simplicity. While

Olympus FL-600R not working with XZ-1 [SOLVED]

Recently I tried using a nice Olympus FL600R flash on the hotshoe of my wife’s trusty XZ-1. Things were initially a no go, the camera would not fire the flash nor were any other commands/communication registered by the flash 🙁 Thankfully I got my FL600R to work with by downloading the latest XZ-1 firmware version: (link to OLYMPUS Digital Camera Updater) Screenshots of the firmware update process NOTE: requires the XZ-1’s USB cable to be connected to your computer) 🙂

Olympus 60mm macro sample photos [updated]

Olympus MSC ED M. 60mm f/2.8 Lens: OLYMPUS: Camera & Photohttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0096WDK0K?ie=UTF8&tag=pixensity-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0096WDK0KFocal Length – 60mm (35mm equivalent focal length 120mm) Lens construction – 13 elements in 10 Groups – ED lens, 2 HR lenses, E-HR lens Dust & Splash Proof – Yes Angle of View – 20 Degree AF System… Here are some sample photos taken with the Olympus 60mm macro lens on an Olympus E-PL1 camera body: Olympus PEN E-PL1 12.3MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera

Lowepro Transit Sling 250 mini-review link

I am always in the market for a good camera bag, especially if it is compact and easy to travel with. 🙂 That is why this particular article by Derrick Story about the LowePro Transit Sling 250 AW caught my attention: I want to travel light, have fast access to my equipment, and carry a bag that doesn’t scream “camera gear.” Lately I’ve been packing my OM-D kit in the Lowepro Transit Sling 250 AW ($99) and feeling great, even

Making a photo look like a 70s movie poster, ala The Paperboy (2012)

The main movie poster for The Paperboy looks really retro-cool IMHO: The Paperboy (2012) – IMDbhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt1496422/ A reporter returns to his Florida hometown to investigate a case involving a death row inmate… So, if you have a photo that you want to make look like an early 70s late 60s* movie poster here are some resources for you: *The Paperboy is actually set in 1969. 80+ Photoshop Actions for Giving Your Pictures a Vintage Look | Freebieshttp://webdesignledger.com/freebies/80-photoshop-actions-for-giving-your-pictures-a-vintage-lookPhotoshop actions are great.

35mm equivalents of various smartphones cameras (iPhone 5, Galaxy S3, etc.)

iPhone 5 4.1mm lens, to give a 33mm equivalent field of view (source) iPhone 4S 4.3mm lens, 35mm equivalent view (source) Nokia Lumia 920 F2.0 26mm equivalent view 16:9, 28mm for 4:3 (source) HTC One X F/2.0 3.6mm lens, 28mm equivalent view (source) HTC Windows Phone 8X F2.0 28mm (source) backside illuminated sensor HTC One V (samples)

35mm vs 50mm Nikon DX lenses! (and telephoto too)

Question from longtime friend RW: Hey JD, I’m settling in with the Nikon D5100 and have been using the 18-55mm kit lens to get a feel for using the camera, and I think I am ready to upgrade and buy 1-2 more lenses and wanted to get your opinion. First I am looking at a decent portrait lens for snapping shots of the little one when she arrives and am either going with a 35mm or 50mm. I am kind of

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