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reviewed SAMSUNG WB2200F Bridge Camera. June 23
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SAMSUNG WB2200F Bridge Camera
A lot of "professional" photographers pan this camera because of its seemingly DSLR-like aspirations, hamstringed by its admittedly smallish 1/2.3" sensor. I suppose the thinking is that since it is larger than normal, has a huge zoom range and a dual-grip format, then it should perform on par with the more costly DSLR options. Well, that's just not realistic. While this camera …
reviewed Fujifilm X-S1 digital camera. April 24
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Fujifilm X-S1 digital camera
While I've used film SLRs in the past, I've never stepped up to a DSLR. I've found P&S digicams and bridge cameras to work well enough for 98% of what I shoot. Sure, I wouldn't mind the added speed and quality a DSLR offers, but I don't want to pay for it and have to lug around/invest in multiple lenses. There are some tempting 4:3 options out there right now, but instead I …
reviewed Sony a7k. April 23
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Sony a7k
The short version:   Sony's compact, full-frame, mirror-less, interchangeable lens camera body, with a respectable kit lens, produces wonderful photos. Its performance isn't always quite on par with similar DSLRs and doesn't have many dedicated lenses available, but it is smaller and priced more competitively. It can also make use of a broad range of legacy lenses from other …
reviewed Fujifilm FinePix S1 16 MP Digital Cam.... March 26
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Fujifilm FinePix S1 16 MP Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD
The Fujifilm FinePix S1 is a camera made for photographers of all levels who want the versatility of a DSLR in a slightly smaller package and without the hassle of carrying around multiple lenses. The impressive (24-1200 mm) 50x zoom, DSLR styling, 3" articulated LCD, weather sealing, and HD video quality are likely its greatest draws. Just keep in mind that performance from the S1 will not be …
reviewed Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT Aluminum Trip.... August 19, 2012
Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head
I recently received the Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head for review via the Amazon Vine program. Having a nice tripod for setting up shots is always a good idea, and this one looked to be in the professional range of tripod offerings. To give it an even better trial, I decided to see what one of my friends could do with it. He's a professional photographer, and I …
reviewed Tasco 120x USB-Equipped Digital Micro.... March 12, 2012
Tasco 120x USB-Equipped Digital Microscope
Sometimes on the days I select from the Amazon Vine review program, there's nothing that really stands out as a "must have" choice. Occasionally there's a "OMG I MUST HAVE THAT!" selection, and other times there's the item that sends you down memory lane.  The Tasco 120x USB-Equipped Digital Microscope falls in that last category.  Mind you, I never had a …
reviewed Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT Carbon Fiber .... December 26, 2010
Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT Carbon Fiber Tripod with
Via the Amazon Vine review program, I got the Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT Carbon Fiber Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head as one of my items. I'm not a professional photographer, but I'm in awe of this tripod. I used to use one that my dad gave me many, many years ago. Needless to say, it was pretty bare bones. This one has everything I could ever imagine that I'd need at my level (and then some!)   …
reviewed Photography. January 22, 2012
Photography is the mastery of a science with an eye for artistic impression. It is not necessary a science nor is it an art. Instead, it is a process, one which involves story telling.      Why do we all take photos? We mortals love to share stories. For some (minority), perhaps they want to create art. Although art is only art after the public acknowledge it as one (either during …
reviewed Photography. January 17, 2011
posted in Mongabay
Well, I don’t usually do this as the focus of this blog is green tech, but I’ve stumbled upon something cool that is definitely pro-environment but not necessarily high tech. Now, I’ve seen many different kinds of alphabet photography that focus mostly on industrial design, which may not be all that environmentally friendly. However, this kind of alphabet photography focuses on …
reviewed National Geographic Simply Beautiful .... December 09, 2010
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National Geographic Simply Beautiful Photographs
I have spent the past two weeks mesmorized by National Geographic Simply Beautiful Photographs.   Award-winning photographer Annie Griffiths takes readers on a visual journey through some of the most stunning photographs to be found in National Geographic's Image Collection.   Images were selected to reflect her theme of beauty. Chapters are organized around the aesthetic concepts …
posted a Quick Tip about Flickr. December 04, 2010
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Flickr is one of the best websites out there for picture sharing between photographers. Only down-side is paying to have a Pro acct which is absolutely necessary
reviewed The Digital Photography Book. November 03, 2010
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The Digital Photography Book
The Digital Photography is targeted at both the beginner and intermediate photographer. It contains about 200 tips on how to make you photos look like the pros'. It is a 218-page book with each tip occupying a page (plus a few pages of ads placed unintrusively at the back of the book). Each tip is accompanied by a high quality picture.      There are over 120 tips related directly …
reviewed Ansel Adams at 100. October 05, 2010
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Ansel Adams at 100
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Ansel Adams' birth, John Szarkowski has selected what he considers Adams' finest works and offers a critique that ranks the photographer as one of the great artists of our time. Szarkowski, Director Emeritus of the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, often selects unexpected and unfamiliar prints in his collection. …
reviewed Newcomb's Wildflower Guide. September 29, 2010
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Newcomb's Wildflower Guide
The author's system allows even amateurs like me to quickly and accurately identify wildflowers. It is as simple as answering five questions which point the user to the appropriate page in the book where the flower is described and pictured. The text is great. The first sentence of each description distinguishes that plant from all others in that group. If you are looking for a wildflower guide, …
reviewed Adobe Photoshop Extended CS5. September 22, 2010
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Adobe Photoshop Extended CS5
The Answer to that question is a resounding YES! CS5 is Aaa...Mazing! It is light years ahead of its predecessors (including CS4). This new version of Photoshop has packed a number of exciting new s and enhancements that help make photo editing quicker, easier, and an absolute delight! With CS5, image editing tasks that used to be painstaking and meticulous work can be accomplished with incredible …
reviewed Concepts of Nature: A Wildlife Photog.... August 26, 2010
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Concepts of Nature: A Wildlife Photographer's Art
For someone with as much photographic talent as Andy Rouse, I was shocked by his lack of editing skills.       Concepts of Nature is an inspiration for those aspiring to wildlife photography. The photographs illustrate what can be achieved with skill, patience and an eye for the dramatic. Rouse gets close his subjects. Lions, elephants in Africa, penguins in Antarctica and …
reviewed The Tudors. August 22, 2010
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The Tudors
  “The Tudors” is a hidden object- adventure game based on the television drama of the same name. Although the environments and hidden objects are authentic to the sixteenth century (no hotdogs or computer mice) the human renditions are a bit ludicrous and are not authentic. Why is the red-haired Henry already becoming obese and lame from an ulcer in his leg portrayed by a handsome …
posted a Quick Tip about Adorama Step-Up Adapter Ring 72mm Len.... August 15, 2010
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Adorama Step-Up Adapter Ring 72mm Lens to 77mm
Step-up filters are a great money saving way to get more use from your lens filters.
reviewed How to Cheat in Photoshop CS5: The ar.... July 21, 2010
How to Cheat in Photoshop CS5: The art of creating
Photoshop is an extremely versatile tool, that allows you to enhance the quality of images to show exactly what you want to show even where the original conditions of capture were imperfect. Refining images in this way is not "cheating" - it's more a matter of "finishing" or completing the image, refining them to the point where they better reflect the reality as the photographer envisioned it when …
reviewed Sanyo Eneloop Power Pack with Battery.... April 16, 2010
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Sanyo Eneloop Power Pack with Battery Charger, 8
As you may already know... another Earth Day is almost upon us.  And while it's fun to celebrate it by having an outdoor BBQ, Sing Songs about Mother Earth, and eat lots of Organic Foods on Earth Day... It's even nicer to put things into practice and start living more 'green'. With this in mind, I decided to write a special review to remind everyone how easily they can start living in "greener …
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