Sunday, November 21, 2010

Photo Review #2

 This is a beautiful and fabulously done photograph. There is movement, contrast, interesting subjects, and well known subjects. The Tour Eiffel stands in the background of this black and white photo, while we have three subjects in the foreground, adding to the splendor of the Tour Eiffel. For starters the couple holding umbrellas and holding each other close in the rain, eludes a sense of romance, which automatically comes with the city of Paris, and the country of France in general. This couple standing off to the side of the Tour Eiffel fills up the right-hand side of the photograph, making it balanced. Then there's the jumping man, whom looks like he must be a dancer or some type of athlete because he's flexible and has his toes slightly pointed as he jumps. It adds a sense of magic to the city of Paris, since there's this jumping man flying across the photograph, and the romantic couple off to the side. All of this is taking place in front of one of the most important artifact of all time, the Eiffel Tower, or the Tour Eiffel as the French call it.

In this photo there is a beautiful contrast of colors, our people are all black while the sky and ground are a white-ish grey, then there's the Tour Eiffel in the background standing out in black against the colors of the sky. Its a fabulously well done photograph, including these subjects, contrasting the colors and catching the motion on the man in mid-air.

Photo Grade: 9/10

Camera Review #3

Let's get something straight: the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is basically little more than a compact point-and-shoot camera with a long lens. It may look like a digital SLR, but outside of that, they have almost nothing in common. If you're expecting dSLR-like speed and photo quality, you won't find it here or on any other current megazoom camera. However, if you need a 35x lens and only have $430, this is the camera to buy. That doesn't mean it's great, just that it's more affordable than a digital SLR with comparable lenses. Though the SX30's lens range does allow for a lot of framing flexibility and has excellent image stabilization, shooting with it can be a trying experience. Everything about this camera is slow; from the lens to its movement to shooting speeds, it's just not a fast camera. Also, though photo quality is very good in bright light, there's a noticeable drop-off at ISO 400 and above. That's unfortunate since you'll need those higher sensitivities when using that long lens.
On the other hand, it has a lot of features outside of the lens including a vari-angle LCD, a one-touch record button for movie capture at 720p resolution, and shooting modes from full auto to full manual as well as some creative scene modes. If you need one camera to satisfy a whole family of users or just want one camera to handle a wide variety of situations, the SX30 IS might be the solution.

Camera Specs:
Weight: 21.2 ounces
Megapixels: 14!
LCD Size: 2.7 inches
Highest Resolution Size: 4,320x3,240 pixels/ 1,280x720 at 30fps
Image Stabilization Type: Optical and Digital 
Battery Type: Lithium Ion Rechargeable
Battery Charged in Camera: No, external charger supplied
Storage Media: SD/SDHC/SDXC, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus, HC MMCplus, Eye-Fi SD/SDHC cards

Camera Grade: 6/10
Camera Price: $430

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Camera Review #2

When a 5x zoom isn't enough and a 10x zoom is too much (either in size or price), there are the likes of the 7x zoom Nikon Coolpix S6000. Combined with its 28mm-equivalent wide-angle starting point, you get an extra bit of flexibility in a pocketable body that does make a difference, especially when there's just no physical way to get closer. Add in this camera's relatively speedy shooting performance and you have a decent, well-priced compact camera for shooting from the sidelines. It's still a compact point-and-shoot, though, so despite its high resolution and Nikkor ED glass lens, the photos are best enjoyed at smaller sizes as prints or for online sharing with little to no cropping or enlarging.

Here are the specs:
Price: $249.95
Weight: 5.5 ounces
Megapixels: 14 !!!!
LCD size: 2.7 inch LCD screen
Lens (zoom, aperture, focal length) : 7x, f3.7-5.6, 28-196mm
Highest resolution size: 4,320x3,240 pixels
Image stabilization type: Optical and Digital
Battery type: Li ion rechargeable
Storage media: SD/SDHC memory cards

Camera grade: 9/10

-Super compact and fun little point and shoot, with 14 megapixels, which is 2 more megapixels than my Nikon D90!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Camera Review #1

Welcome to the innovative Canon Powershot SD970 IS. This sleek camera has 12.1 mega pixels and has a 5x zoom. This Canon is known for accurate color tone, especially with skin tones, oranges, and green. It produces vivid colors to make the photo as accurate as possible. The sharpness is great as well as the image stabilization, yet there is a barrel distortion at wide angle. Other than that this camera shoots high-def 720p video with great sharpness and color, but the one downside of the video aspect is that there's no optical zoom. In this camera is a fun, new in-camera category tagging, which can be a great way to organize your photos. As for the hardware it has a sturdy LCD, the 5x zoom and an HDMI output, yet there isn't a viewfinder. There's a dim red-eye/AF assist lamp and the lens is not very quick or wide. Overall though there is a great array of color enhancement settings, and fast, reliable autofocus, yet the burst mode is slow and there are no manual exposure options.

Camera Grade: 7/10
Camera Price: $240

Photo Review #1

This photo is taken in Bordeaux, France at the famous Place de la Bourse, in the center of the city. Bordeaux is a place where the city comes to life at night, as the sun goes down the lights turn on and the city awakens. I used to live there in Bordeaux so I remember this place very well, and it's certainly a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the view.
However this photo really captures the essence of Place de la Bourse because it shows the fascinating way that the buildings light up at night, as well as how the water seeps up through the ground in a wonderful water display. I appreciate how this photo shows serious depth, by simply using half of the photo shooting at the ground. This lengthens the photo and makes the eye look back at the buildings in the middle of the photo, but it seems like they're further away, all just by using the ground in the photo. 

Another great part of this photo is the color juxtaposition between the beige of the buildings in the background and the deep blue color of the evening sky. It's easy to see that the sun has just gone down and the sky is a perfect shade of blue, so that it contrasts beautifully with the beige lighting set up on the buildings. Not only that but the puddles on the Miroir d'eau, literally meaning the mirror of water, reflect the deep blue of the sky to really give the photo a contrasted yet beautiful color scheme. 

Photo rating : 8/10