The Tourist's Guide to Photographing NYC

The Empire State Building

New York City is perhaps the most photogenic city in the world, no matter what others may think. Many people come to New York for vacation time and love to go sight-seeing. Depending on who you ask, New Yorkers either love or hate tourists, especially when it comes to taking pictures. Generally though, we are very friendly. Here are some tips on how to not annoy us New Yorkers.

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Video Editing on Tablet PCs: Is it Possible?

Vincent talked about tablet PCs for photo editing, but we’ve received questions for them in regards to editing videos as well. With the prime options for the category being available and debatable right now, it’s time we take a look into the possibility of using them for video editing while at an event, covering a story abroad, etc. Some are better than others, but it all makes sense in the end.

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Tablets for Photographers: The Dell Mini 5


The next tablet I’m going to take a look at is The Dell Mini 5 (I’ve already looked at the JooJoo and the HP Slate). Not much is known about the Dell Mini 5 yet aside from that is has a 5 inch multi-touch screen, runs a customized version of the Android OS, and uses a 1 GHZ Snap Dragon Processor. The Dell Mini 5 also doubles as a phone and supports wifi and bluetooth. The plus side of this is that the Android OS supports a lot of apps that can only be rivaled with the iPhone/Pad/Touch OS. In fact, Chris wrote a posting on the best Android apps for photography. But does that do anything for us photographers?

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Panasonic Announces New Full HD 3MOS Camcorders

Panasonic announced their two new flagship model camcorders: the HDC-HS700 and HDC-TM700. Each one has sensors capable of delivering Full HD video using their 3MOS sensors. Clearly aimed at enthusiasts, outstanding features include the new Power O.I.S. system that I talked about in the ZS-7 posting (but using gyrosensors now), 18x Intelligent zoom, 5.1 Channel surround sound zoom microphone, and an Auto Power LCD. Pricing isn’t available yet and the main difference between the camcorders seems to be the available Hard Disk space. Press release after the jump.

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Extending the Battery Life of Your Camera

A problem that many people run into with their cameras is the length of their battery life. Most DSLRs has stellar battery life, but when it comes to little point-and-shoots some problems occur due to the smaller size and also general ways that consumers and users overall use their cameras. Here are some pointers and things to keep in mind when using your camera if you want to keep the battery life ticking.

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USAToday: 2.7 million Digital SLRs…will be sold this year

USAToday has a nice article on how the DSLR industry is really booming right now. Because of the growth in DSLR sales and DSLR videography due to dropping prices of entry level models, getting better video than a camcorder is possible for normal folk. The article also says though that items are essential to be coupled with the DSLRs when shooting video. That’s where we’ve got you covered in our list. This is why I love my 5D Mk II so much.

Field Review (Day 5)- Leica D-Lux 4

As the Leica D-Lux 4 field review continues, I explored the High ISO settings last night. This little camera delivered some results that pleased me and that also made me gawk at the images on screen. It’s really up to you and your own judgement. As a point-and-shoot with a larger sensor, we can’t expect it to have 5D Mk II type image quality but some of the images that come out will still be very usable, especially with use on Flickr. The images here have been resized specifically to be with Flickr’s Large setting. More analysis after the jump.

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Tablets For Photographers: The HP Slate

The Tablet PC Market has seen quite a lot of news as of late, the release of the iPad getting the most of it. With five more tablets on the verge of launching, photographers who may want to invest in one may be wondering which tablet is the right tablet for them. Over the next 5 days I’m going to take a look at these tablets and try my hand at deciphering which tablet would be a good tablet for photographers. The first being the HP Slate.

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Field Review (Day 1): Leica D-LUX 4

Despite the fact that it has been out for a while now, the Leica D-LUX 4 is one of the point-and-shoots that I’ve always felt deserved some attention.Like its more economical sibling the Panasonic LX-3, it is a premium point-and-shoot that is meant for enthusiasts, pros that want a nice compact camera, and people that want better images and aren’t afraid to work a little bit for them. On December 11th 2009, Leica announced a firmware update for the camera. The update in lots pictures after the jump.

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A List of Cameras To Help Blind Photographers

Over at the Blind Photographer’s blog, I have a posting on what cameras a blind or visually impaired photographer can choose from to help them take pictures and reach their inner creativity despite what some may call for us, “a disability.” I personally see it as an advantage for me as I can see one way with my glasses on and another way without them. Amongst my choices are the Leica M9, Olympus EP-2, Panasonic GF-1, GH1, the Canon S90 and more. Head on over there for my reasons why. Also remember to please support The Phoblographer by please clicking the links and purchasing the items as we get a small portion of the monies spent.

Learner's Tips For Shooting Great Portraits

Alex in Central Park With Polaroid Look

So you want to take portraits? Great! There are a couple of basic tips and reminders that you should always check before you press that shutter button. Now that you’ve learned some of the terminology you can put it to good use. To aid with the process, here are a couple of basic tips for shooting portraits in the studio or anywhere else.

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Olympus E-PL1 is Apparently Official

The camera in the teaser campaign picture that I said looked very familiar to the original prototype I photographed is apparently all official and such according to Gizmodo. The camera is aimed more at beginners and enthusiasts as this can be told by the price point of $599.99 with the M. ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 Zoom Lens. The camera, in terms of specs, sounds almost identical to the EP-2.

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