Great Photography Apps for Android Phones

As Android gains more momentum with the hastily updated OS and new phones like the Nexus One, it’s time to give their photography apps some attention. Lots of Apple iPhone photography apps are talked about across the photo blogs, but no one has talked much about Android. As a T-Mobile G1 user for a year now, I can tell you that photography on the Android platform is fun, social, and versatile. If you’re a photographer considering (or already owning) an Android phone, you’ll probably want to hit the jump right about now.

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The Leica M9 As The Ultimate Travel Camera

Ashwin Rao has his own testimonial of using the Leica M9 as a great travel camera vs a DSLR and many lenses. His main arugment seems to be travelling light. Otherwise though, he does make good arguments for Leica glass/image quality, build quality, etc. You can check it out at Steve Huff Photo. Steve is a great photographer himself and I really like the field reviews he does.

I’ve tested the Leica M9 myself and published a hands-on over at Photography Bay. Shooting with a Leica M9 was quite the experience as it was my first time really using a rangefinder. The build quality is amazing. I hope and aspire to buy one one day. I’ve almost bought the Leica CL many times but I simply can’t justify using film for professional work as everyone these days demands digital. And at around $600 with a nice lens, sure it’s a steal but I can’t afford a toy like that. One day maybe.

Advantages of Using a Gaming Mouse For Photo Editing

A gaming mouse should be considered by photo editors that would like something more versatile than a tablet, an Apple mouse, or a laptop’s touchpad. There are many advantages to editing your photos with a gaming mouse that include programmable buttons, adjustable DPI, adjustable weights, ergonomics, etc. I’ve been using the Logitech G5 for about two years now to do the bulk of my photo editing and there are many reasons why you should consider one as a viable alternative. More after the jump.

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DXO Mark: Nikon D90 Bests Canon 7D

According to the DXO Mark, the Nikon D90 still beats Canon’s new 7D and competing product 50D. Despite the fact that the mark is only slightly, it is still worth noting that the 7D is quite a bit more expensive than the D90. This was found while browsing the /p/ forum board on 4Chan. If you recall, I mentioned this forum as one of the best places to get your photos critiqued. If the thread is still alive when you are reading this, then you’ll probably see the flame war between Nikon and Canon fanboys alike erupting.

Edit: For what it’s worth too, the 7D is still a better video camera bar none when coupled with the right items.

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Olympus Announces New Compacts for CES 2010, Use SD Cards

Yesterday for CES 2010, Olympus announced an update to their point and shoot camera line. Amongst the updates, they now use SD cards vs the old XD cards that many photographers and users quite disliked. The cameras, due to be released in March, are aimed towards the entry-level crowd, enthusiasts, etc. This means that the Micro Four Thirds and Four Thirds crowds will have to wait just a little longer. Major specs and target audiences on the cameras after the jump.

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Sony Announces HX5V/B Premium Point and Shoot

Today, Sony announced updates to their camcorder and camera line for CES 2010. For their premium point-and-shoot line, they announced the new HX5V/B with the help of professional photographer Nigel Barker. A particularly cool feature shown off was wireless sharing with other wireless capable cameras. Another feature shown was a panoramic shooting mode using the new EXMOR sensor that is backlit and helps with low light shooting. This will help with the relatively slow lens with a maximum aperture of F3.5

More info can be found on the specific link Sony’s Website. I’ll be trying to get my hands on a test item and it seems like a product that should fly off the shelves.

Taylor Swift to Document her Tour with Sony Products

Today for CES 2010, Sony brought out Taylor where she let us know that she will be touring in Australia soon. Soon afterwards, she let the audience of journalists and web viewers know that she will be documenting it all with Sony products. Swift said that she believe her audience is really cutting edge and that it will all be done in 3D.

This was done after Sony showed off some of Jimmy Hendrix’s stuff remastered in 3D.

Panasonic Releases Slew of Cameras for Beginners, Techies

Today, Panasonic announced their new cameras aimed towards techies, enthusiasts and beginners. Those of you who read this blog and consider yourselves mid-level to entry-level users may want to take a look at these. Outstanding features include a touchscreen on one, better/improved battery life, sleek profiles and other features that will appeal to this segment of the market. Additionally, they also announced their new SDXC cards. More after the jump.

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Sites to Get Your Photos Critiqued

If you want to get your photographs critiqued, there are sites on the web to help you. Whether you are a professional, amateur, enthusiast, semi-pro, etc there are ways to find out how to improve the quality of your work. Many of them are free and great resources to help you. Here is a list of some of the best places on the web to help you get your photos critiqued.

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Eye-Fi Pro X2 Cards + Nearly Endless Storage = Awesome

Eye-Fi announced the availability of their new flagship Pro X2 8GB + WiFi SD cards designed for professionals. The card should make usage easier and faster while out there in the field blogging, shooting an event or even just uploading to Flickr. Complete with 802.11n Wifi, it should be very awesome and further speed up the workflow of many photographers. The even more awesome part is that once you fill up those 8GB (which is truthfully hard to do) the card will automatically delete photos that have been uploaded to the interwebs. For $150, this will be more than worth it for many pros shooting with D90s or 50Ds, and there are lots of them out there. Press release is after the jump; I’ll be trying to get my hands on a review item soon as Eye-Fi gear is highly recommended by me.

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New Canon Product Target Analysis for CES 2010

Canon made a lot of announcements today: everything from a new lens, point and shoot cameras, and camcorders. Amongst it all though, I’ve realized amongst readers that it can be confusing what product they should get or what they may be interested in. As a result, here are the basic specs of each product and their intended target.

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Poll: What Type of Camera Do You Use?

More than one choice is allowed.

Tips on Shooting Photos For Professional Agencies

Gerard Butler on the set of "The Bounty"

Many photographers dream and aspire to work for the professional agencies. Having a name like Magnum, Getty, Zooma, Associated Press etc. sure means that you’re good and at the top of your game. Most photographers though don’t know what these agencies call for. From my time working for Magnum Photos, Spotlight Press and talking to Brad Elterman of Buzzfoto, I learned quite a bit that shocked and amazed me and even colleagues of mine. Some of those tips after the jump.

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The Noob Guide: Symbols and Meanings On Your Camera

There are lots of symbols on your camera that you or people you may know don’t know how to interpret. Part of this is from not reading your manual. Sadly, cameras are only going to get more complicated to offer you more options. I previously explained about the shooting modes on your camera and how to use them. In this posting, you’ll get a quick overview of the different symbols and meanings in lay man’s terms. Hit the jump for more.

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Cheap Photo: Step-Up Cameras

For those of you that think that a DSLR will be too expensive of a choice: think again. Entry-level ones are becoming cheaper and cheaper and some are even rivaling prices of premium point and shoot cameras.

Canon XS with 18-55mm lens: $439.99 with free shipping from eCrater. If you want a more familiar dealer, Abe’s of Maine has it for only $10 more.

Samsung CL65 12MP Premium Point and Shoot with WiFi, Bluetooth, Geotagging and HDMI: $299.00 with free shipping from Amazon via LogicBuy.

So there you have it, a high-tech point and shoot or an economical DSLR. Make your choice, young jedi.

Cheap Photo: Nikon D3000 for $459.95

There are some great items available today for Cheap Photo after scouring the interwebs: check out some of these awesome deals here.

Nikon D3000 w/ 18-55mm kit lens: $459.95 (includes shipping, from Unique Photo)

Eye-Fi 4GB Explore Video SDHC Memory Card: $87.79 (includes shipping, from Amazon)

Canon Powershot G11: $429 (includes shipping, from Abes of Maine)

Canon Powershot SX200: $284 (free shipping, from Newegg)

Anyone else find anything good?