High-Key and Low-Key Photography – 32

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What we see with our eyes is reflected light, which is essentially light bounced off a surface. This light then travels as wavelengths to the receptors in our retinas, or sometimes the sensor in our digital cameras. Understanding how we see is invaluable for understanding how we shoot.

Our eyes have two light receptors, rods and cones. The rods in the retina operate in dim light. They respond to dark tones and are found towards the edge of the retina. High Key Low Key D-Photo 32 02The cones respond to normal levels of light, see colour and detail, and are clustered towards the centre of the retina. So it’s no wonder that our eyes are attracted towards ˜light’, since our eyes are designed for daylight. Cameras, on the other hand, can photograph in all levels of light, and even see into the dark.

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Nikon Makes Fifty Million Lenses

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Nikon is celebrating a personal milestone, with the fifty millionth Nikkor lens rolling off the production line.

The company released its first NIKKOR lens for Nikon SLR cameras, the NIKKOR-S Auto 5cm f/2, in 1959 along with its first SLR camera, the Nikon F. The products have been a regular fixture in camera bags ever since.

The NIKKOR name comes from adding “R””a common practice in the naming of photographic lenses at that time”to “Nikko”, the Romanized abbreviation for Nippon Kogaku K.K.

At present, more than sixty Nikkor lenses are available, including fisheye lenses, super wide-angle to super telephoto lenses and micro lenses.

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Canon PIXMA Range Refreshed

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Canon has announced the release of a whole new line-up of printers, including two all-in-one PIXMA printers the MP550, and MP560, and the value-for-money PIXMA MP490 and the MP270.

Optimised for digital photography All of the new PIXMA range feature improved Auto Photo Fix II technology, which helps maintain image quality while reproducing the vibrant colours that were first captured in the image. It works to resolve common photo printing errors, such as underexposed images, through Multi-Zone Exposure Correction and improvements in overall face detection, scene analysis plus brightness and saturation correction.

The MP560 is the most compact PIXMA printer to feature wireless capabilities and built-in auto duplex printing, copying, and scanning. The MP550 is an entry-level individual ink tank model, making the printer more economical by allowing users to replace only the colour they need.

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Carl Zeiss For Canon

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Legendary lens manufacturer, Carl Zeiss, has released a sparkling new wide angle lens for the Canon EOS dSLR system. The Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 lens.

The lens’s extremely wide 99°-angle view is designed especially for full-frame sensor cameras, and is particularly suitable for landscape and architecture photography.

To prevent image aberrations during close-ups, internal lens groups are repositioned individually during focusing in what is called a floating elements design. This allows the Distagon T* 3,5/18 ZE to deliver exceptionally high quality”from extreme close-ups to infinity.

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SanDisk Launches Quick Cards

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SanDisk has announced a range of compact flash memory cards with storage capacities from 16 to 64GB, with read and write speeds of up to 90MB per second.

The SanDisk Extreme Compact Flash feature a specially engineered ˜Power Core Controller’ with dual-lane architecture that allows the cards to achieve such high speeds, which enables photographers to shoot faster and spend less time downloading pictures off the card.

“The SanDisk Power Core Controller delivers unmatched write speed and reliability, providing photographers with a spectacular combination of performance, capacity and peace of mind that images are safely stored,” said Eric Bone, vice president, retail product marketing.

SanDisk Extreme CompactFlash cards will be available in 8GB to 32GB and MSRP ranging from $145 to $427, while SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash cards will be available in capacities of 16GB ...full story

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Leibowitz Lawsuit Dropped

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Celebrity photographer, Annie Leibowitz, may have managed to save her photographs from the hands of the repo man, with Art Capital Group dropping its lawsuit over a $US24m loan.

According to PDNOnline, Leibovitz was at risk of losing the copyright to her entire photo archive, along with her two houses, should she not repay the loan to the financier.

Leibowitz, however, is not out of the legal woods yet, with a number of outstanding lawsuits still levelled against her, including a suit launched by an Italian photographer who claimed she used his images without permission.

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M9: World’s Smallest Full-Frame Camera

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After more than 50 years designing and manufacturing cameras, Leica notched up another record, with the release of the M9, the world’s first, and smallest, digital rangefinder with a full-format sensor.

With a release date reading 09/09/09, the M9 looks identical to Leica’s from time immemorial, but sports a brand-new 18-megapixel, 24 X 36mm sensor, developed by Kodak. It also uses a rangefinder focusing system, which while unfamiliar to many users, is both fast and sharp.

A strong draw for the new camera is that like most other Leica’s, the M9 will remain compatible with almost every M lens developed since 1954. In a firm step into the 21st century, however, modern technology allows the M9 to correct optical aberrations and vignetting automatically.

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