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More sinister than bait & switch

There are worse online shopping experiences than the bait & switch. One of them are scam sites that trick you into parting with both money and personal data, and delivers absolutely nothing.

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Cheap optics and makeovers

Cheap cameras has cheap optics. A typical case in point is the Minolta Z10. This is a 8x “superzom” that comes complete with a bad case of pincussion distortion and a generous amount of chromatic aberration (CA, aka. purple fringing). In other words, this camera has a less than ideal lens. The good news is that this type of optical defects can be fixed. Panorama Tools (free) with PTlens (also free) corrects pincussion distortion in a few seconds, and the colour replacement tool […]

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Starting out: Film or digital

Sometimes, photographers argue whether someone starting out studying serious photography on a limited budget should use film or digital. The argument from the film camp goes something like this: Digital SLRs are just too darn expensive. For the cost of a simple entry level DSLR such as Nikon's D70 or Canon's 300D one can buy a pro-grade film body. I don't think this argument stand up to scrutiny. If you're serious enough about your photography to buy a SLR camera, you should be […]

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Metadata (EXIF, IPTC, DC) for PNG

PNG is my preferred format for archival storage of photographs. But unfortunately, there is no standard way of embedding metadata in PNG files.

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Why dontcha print?

A recent study from Infotrends reveals that while digital shooters take many more photos, they do not print as much as owners of film cameras. There may be a good explanation for this.

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