• September 1, 2015

Best Monitor for macbook Pro and Mac Mini/Air 2015

Because of the Apple PC’s excellent screen, the presentation of color gradation, hue, and contrast is much better than that of traditional PC computers. Thus it is the main choice for many professional video and photograph editors. In particular, the recent launch of the Apple MacBook Pro and MacBook Mini with retina screens further established that Apple has the professional user in mind. The only drawback is that MacBook Pro’s 13 or 15.4-inch screen is too small. In fact the MacBook Air only has an 11.6-inch screen. If you usually use your Mac only to browse the web, screen size it is not so important. But for those who run complex software (such as Xcode or Photoshop), the MacBook’s screen cannot cope with all the windows. Users will need to keep pressing Option-Tab to switch between windows. An external monitor does allow you to have more display space, and helps you get the job done more efficiently.


It is worth mentioning that not only does an external monitor offer a larger display space, but there is also some software optimized for multi-display software (such as Aperture and iMovie) that offers more convenience. For example, if you use iMovie to edit video on a single display, the movie preview windows will be pushed to the upper-right corner of the screen by other windows. If you have two monitors, you can use one screen exclusively for the movie preview and put the other windows on the second monitor.


  • August 30, 2015

Review: Olympus Stylus SH-1

In principle, comparing a $199 camera with a toy is something that doesn’t sound too good, but it turns out that this is the perfect comparison to define such a creative compact and easy to handle camera, such as the Olympus Stylus SH1.

Olympus Stylus SH-1

Small and with a very attractive design, it is able to deal with almost any situation and, most importantly, to make you enjoy it from the first shot no matter what your photographer skills are. Its quality may not be as high-end as the other large compact camera but as a pocket all purposes camera it is an excellent option, due its tremendous 25-600 mm lens, and a great overall performance.


  • August 28, 2015

Review: Fujifilm XQ2

Fujifilm has managed to concentrate all the goodness of a small compact camera on a rather conventional appearance. And, despite being a compact high-end, its appearance is no different than any other compact. Maybe it’s a camera too discreet to highlight on a shelf among the fierce competition in its niche.

Fujifilm XQ2

Leaving aside those fears, the XQ2 is a tiny 12-megapixel compact camera with a big X-Trans CMOS II 2.3 sensor and a 6.4-25.6mm Fujinon optical lens (equivalent in 35mm to a 25-100mm) with a 4X optical zoom and excellent brightness of f/1.8-4.9. Given its size, these are important figures and, thanks to the EXR II processor, the overall performance is very good.


  • August 28, 2015

10 Quick Reasons to get more from Live View

1. You can switch to Live View when using manual focus to achieve a higher degree of accuracy.

For that help yourself with the expander to center the focus on a specific area.

2. You can activate the grid to avoid crooked horizons and scenes. Live View is also ideal to place graduated filters in an exact manner.

3. You can test the AF direct face detection mode in Live View when you take pictures of children. It will follow them so you don’t have to refocus.


4. Live View is very useful with still life because you’ll get a 100% view to visualize it better.


  • August 27, 2015

Best Monitor for Photo Editing and Photography 2015

If you are a digital photographer, you will need a computer and a monitor to see your photos in order to evaluate or retouch them. And if you want a job well done, as often happens in photography, you can’t use just any monitor, you have to choose with care.


This may mean knowing how to decipher mysterious new acronyms and compare technical characteristics that seem to be made to be understood only by an engineer.

Of course you can find monitors that are extremely costly, designed for professionals with deeper pockets. But luckily there are affordable alternatives that are, in any case, a leap in quality when compared to the monitor based on a laptop or a desktop computer.


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  • August 19, 2015

Nikon Coolpix S33: A camera for the family

We had already discussed the interesting release of the Nikon Coolpix AW130, a quality camera designed to withstand any kind of situation with water or dirt involved: in short, this is quite a warrior. Today we come to present another adventurous brave Nikon model: the Nikon Coolpix S33.

Let’s remember that both cameras have more or less the same features but with a different target (a slightly different audience for both models).

While the AW130 is a full travelling camera to accompany any photographer who would need to take it anywhere, the Nikon Coolpix S33 aims more towards family fun. Let’s see the features of this camera, which incidentally already has a few months on the market, but it will be a good ally in this vacation season.

Nikon Coolpix S33 Features

Sensor. With a 13.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, this camera is designed to work in any type of lighting conditions.

Resistance. The Nikon Coolpix S33 is highly resistant to anything you expose it to. Basically it can withstand -10 °C, 1.5 meters falls, 10 meters under water … and by the way, it is resistant to dust (yes, now you believe me when I say it’s quite an adventurous model). By the way, this camera is able to use face detection system underwater, whether you are inside or outside it.

Lens. Unlike its partner, the AW130, the Nikon Coolpix S33 has a Nikkor wide-angle lens with 3x optical zoom that can be multiplied up to 6 increases thanks to its system Dynamic Precise Zoom. The camera is ideal for portraits, nature photography, telephotos, concerts, sports and more. The focal length varies between 4.1 and 12.3 mm (which is equivalent to 30-90mm in 35mm format).

Design. We said that this model aims more to the family, not only because Nikon has confirmed it itself, but also because its physical design tells it. It’s easy to use and offering much more comfort, the Nikon Coolpix S33 is designed to be like pearls to any kind of hands (both tiny and adult!). You don’t need to be an expert to realize the quality and simplicity that this camera encloses.

Videos. The Nikon Coolpix S33 is able to record and play videos in Full HD 1080p by barely pushing a button. Aside this, it is able to add effects and then you can enjoy the recordings with your family.

  • August 19, 2015

Nikkor 200-500mm f / 5.6E, a super telephoto lens from Nikon

Another Nikon lens review today? So it is! Nikon has done a major renovation on its standard lenses this year and the super telephoto lenses have not been left behind with the Nikkor 200-500mm f / 5.6E ED VR. We will review its features, but before this, do you remember what a telephoto lens is? If you know, you can imagine what the function of a super telephoto lens is and you can skip the following explanation.

Nikkor 200-500mm f / 5.6E

The general functions of a super telephoto lens and the Nikkor 200-500mm f / 5.6E

A telephoto lens is perfect for taking photos of elements that are far from the photographer. Thanks to its aperture and depth of field, telephoto lenses simulate a blurred background to give a better focal point to a central element. (more…)

  • August 5, 2015

New Nikon zoom lens with high performance and compact design

Nikon recently introduced a new DX lens which is ideal for traveling and for professional and advanced photographers. This is the Nikkor DX 16-80 mm F/2.8-4, which is designed with the latest technology in mind, in order to provide a good performance, as well as its compact format, which facilitates both its handling and portability.


From a technical point of view, this Nikon lens has no problems to take shots of panoramic landscapes, or to take shots of intimate portraits through its focal range of 16-80 mm, which covers virtually all shooting situations a photographer has before it. Its 5X zoom covers the equivalent to 24-120 mm on a full frame format.


  • August 4, 2015

Panasonic Lumix GX8 with 4K technology and dual image stabilizer

Panasonic has opted for top picture quality with the new Panasonic Lumix GX8. A camera model that is defined by incorporating 4K technology and for being the first to have dual image stabilizer, this feature prevents blurry images and sudden movements. A versatile and portable model for both amateurs and professionals.


Panasonic’s new camera is part of the GX range of micro four thirds models, and has a Live MOS sensor of 20.3 megapixels, each image being captured with virtually no noise and getting good quality even in environments where there is little light. In addition, images are more precise, have a wider dynamic range and a color reproduction that is much more natural.


  • July 26, 2015

How to Take Powerful Motion Blur Pictures To Give The Illusion of Movement

Taking Powerful Motion Blur Pictures can be a difficult technique, but it’s definitely worth it.

The photographs made with Motion Blur to give the illusion of movement are extremely appealing to the human eye, by just juxtaposing two very different conditions in a scene: the frozen and the sense of movement. Before going over the tips, let’s review what this effect consists of.

Motion Blur Pictures

The Motion Blur Picture is simply the effect of background motion, with a protagonist almost perfectly exposed in a sharp and precise way. It would actually appear that there are two types of different shuttering speeds in one scene, or as if ultimately the picture was modified (just as shocking it can result!). However, nothing is further from reality. A Motion Blur Picture can be a bit difficult because it involves the movement of your own axis and the movement of one external (or more) agents that usually are the protagonists of the photo.