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    Image by David Cardinal via Flickr

    We’ve never had a disappointing photo trip to Cambodia or Myanmar (Burma) and once again both destinations delivered for us on our recent photo tour. Whether it was sunrise from a balloon over the plain of temples in Bagan or sunset on the Irrawaddy River while we visited with fishermen and their families at their seasonal camp on the river bank the trip was chock full of great experiences and unique photo opportunities. And even though tourism is rebounding throughout the region there were still plenty of chances to get early morning vistas of ancient Khmer temples all to ourselves…

  • With cameras increasing in resolution every year and now shooting HD video it seems like it is always time to upgrade our Compact Flash and SD cards. And as I've written about before high-speed cards like the Lexar 300x versions make a real productivity difference for anyone who shoots quickly or shoots alot. The only problem has been the cost of those premium speed cards from a premium brand name like Lexar. But today I got a great announcement of a promotion from B&H where you can purchase Lexar 16GB 300x cards for only $79! (B&H originally told me $69 but several readers have noticed it is actually $79). That's half the normal price.

    Lexar 16GB UDMA 300x Compact Flash Card  $79.95 shipped.

    They've also got some great deals on high speed SD cards for the next few days so order now. I've already ordered a couple...

  • A chance to go hot-air ballooning is rare enough, but the opportunity to do it over the 4,000 temples and pagodas in Bagan, Myanmar (Burma) is difficult to repeat. So when the picture perfect morning had too much contrast for my D700 I quickly shifted to using HDR hand-held from the balloon and the results saved the day. I've posted a step by step of what I did and how the images came out on the B&H Blog site. Enjoy!

  • sp_ballooning_0177For most folks it is enough trouble to get their images sorted, filed and emailed or printed. But for the dedicated few who take the extra time to work on them in Photoshop it isn’t long before they stumble across the topic of colorspaces. Like most things in photography once you know about it you can find endless and often contradictory advice about what it is and how to deal with it. The topic came up again on our recent photo safari so I thought it would be a good time to help clarify things…

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  • pl_bantaysrei_hdrpano-trim2One of the first steps I teach when we work on panoramas at a workshop is that you need to put your camera in manual to ensure that you get an even exposure from one side to the other. Setting that exposure requires panning across the scene and choosing a setting that is a good compromise from the lightest to darkest areas. Obviously this requires soft and even light and makes it difficult to photograph panoramas where part of the scene is brightly lit and part is in shadow.

    Hacking on the merged image later using somewhat crude tools like the Shadow/Highlight adjustment in Photoshop is the most common workaround to try to address the problem of unevenly lit panoramas. But thanks to some goading by my friend Jim Ludemann I’ve started experimenting with using HDR when shooting tricky panoramas to allow me to create successful images even of scenes which have difficult lighting conditions. In this post we’ll take you through the process, step by step…

  • Nikon D3100One of the fun things about the last week of the year can be looking for those last minute tax write-off purchases. Now is the time to pick up that camera, computer or printer that you'll need or want soon and deduct the price from your photo income. We've put together a few of our best ideas for your tax buying wish list...

    Top on our list is the new Nikon D3100 is a great new "entry level" camera suitable as both a walking-around camera for when you don't want to lug something bigger and as a backup for many projects. But there are lots of other great ideas...

  • pl_pindayacave_0169Ever since I saw a photo of Pindaya Cave in a travel magazine I’ve been smitten with the way over the edge array of caverns literally stuffed full of over 8,000 Buddha images lit in a bewildering number of different ways. The result is an incredible experience. But capturing more than a tiny slice of the cave can be a photo nightmare.