Bought a new lens converter

I’m just out of eBay where I bought a second-hand Minolta 1.4x lens converter to extend a little my tele-lenses when I put them on my Sony Alpha 700 and the old faithful Konica-Minolta Dynax Maxxum 7D. I think it is going to support me when I go to Nepal (Bardia National Park) in next… Read More

Photoshop CS4 vs. The Gimp v2.6

Newsrooms are full of weird coincidences. For example, we just learned that  two products often presented as direct competition were launched this Fall. To my right, here is Adobe with its boxing champion, Photoshop, loaded up to version CS4. To my left, Linux and its community of free developpers pushing the challenger on the ring,… Read More

Métro, collages, déchirures

I created on RedBubble a calendar (for 2009) that I think should be interesting for people in love with all kinds of artistic alterations. Images taken from the Paris metropolitan railway (le Métro) in a station under heavy repair. It brought images from the past (probably 20 years ago or more) through the remains of… Read More

Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS II

After some interesting comments seen about the age of the current EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS tele-zoom from Canon (for example, in the recent test done by Chasseur d’Images), there is now an active rumour about the arrival of a real replacement. The Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS II would no longer be a push-pull design… Read More

Flash photography

Two articles written exactly for photographers willing to improve their flash expertise. I found them on the Internet and wanted to share them with you, photo friends. Natural looking flash. Right! It may be very difficult to get a nice looking lighting without burning everything with lights that cry “flash”. White Seamless Tutorial. A 5-part… Read More

A few LifeHacker posts about Photoshop

I have collected a few posts at LifeHacker that I wanted to share with you because they are concentrating on some easy and powerful techniques to be used with Photoshop. Create Eye Catching Color Effects on Black-and-White Photos Create Photorealistic Reflections in Photoshop Reduce Redundancy by Creating Photoshop Actions

Diffraction and digital photography

Several times, I talked about the limitation to photo image quality by light diffraction but I failed to go into the details. To the general request of one reader who asked, I will try to give some explanations to better understand why the digital photographer must absolutely take that into account to make better pictures… Read More

50 mega-pixel photography

I don’t intend to go too deep into this kind of extreme photography right now, but I wanted to indicate two news items that could be reflecting on the continuous trend toward larger sensors and additional pixels: 50 Megapixel Hasselblad H3DII-50: 36x48mm CCD sensor. Kodak Unveils 50-Megapixel CCD Again, those people are keeping pixel size… Read More

Why go Full Frame?

With all this talk about existing Full-Frame photo cameras (Canon EOS 5D, Nikon D3) and about possibly upcoming new ones (Sony Alpha 900, Canon EOS 5D Mk II or some other similar name, etc.) many photographers happy with their existing digital equipment are wondering: “What’s all the fuss about?” And it’s a good question to… Read More