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Digital Streetshooter Special (DSS)

There is one camera I really would like to own. For lack of a better name, I will call it the DSS – Digital Street­shooter Special. It is inspired by the great rangefinders used for street photography since the 1930ies, but modernized to make use of current technology (autofocus, variable ISO). But rangefinders are now mainly bought by camera collectors – not working photographers. I want a modern digital camera with a compact size and autofocus. To make it fit in shirt pocket, a […]

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Sunny 16 rule

Sunny 16 is an old rule of the thumb for photographers, used to determine the correct exposure before camera's had built in light meters and fully automatic exposure control. It may still come handy, for example if you are a Nikon DSLR photograher and owns old non-CPU lenses. The rule simply says that in the summer, in bright sunny conditions with the sun on your back, you can often get a reasonable exposure by setting your camera to f/16 aperture and an exposure lenght of 1/ISO. In other words, […]

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Cheap “wide angle” converters – just say “no”

The image quality you get from using cheap fisheye converter lenses sold on eBay are horrible.

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Point & Shoot Digicams and Street Photography

If you think that it is the camera that makes you a professional photographer, take a look at this article in Rob Galbraith's web forum about Magnum photographer Alex Majoli. Award winning photographer Majoli shoots most of his assignments with cheap point & shoot digital cameras, such as the Olympus C4040. His main reason for using this type of equipment is to appear inconspicuous when doing street photography. In another interview published at Apple.com (now gone), Majoli explains his […]

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Crop factor explained

The way varying sensor sizes of digital photography affects the result seems to be an unending source of confusion. A lot of opinions about what happens to such things as field of view (FOV), depth of field (DOF), perspective, diffraction, f-stop, hand holding, and macro ratio when you move from one sensor size to another are posted to various photography boards and newsgroups. I've finally looked up the appropriate optical formulas and worked my way through the math as well as testing out how well […]

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The OpenRAW project

All major camera manufacturers use a proprietary file format to store the raw data from the digital sensor. Already, there has been examples of manufacturers no longer maintaining applications that support certain formats, no longer recognizing older data fields in newer software, or simply changed the positioning, tagging and/or encoding of embedded raw metadata without documentation. The main aim of the OpenRAW web site is to obtain complete documentation of digital camera manufacturers' raw […]

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