Adobe Lightroom 2

Lightroom is a revelation! Perhaps best described as Photoshop for photographers, it takes the functionality of Adobe Camera RAW to the nth, in a quick to learn and simple to use application, that will have photographers achieving almost everything they can with Photoshop (and in some respects, much more), in a fraction of the time! Continue reading “Adobe Lightroom 2”

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Pioneer CDJ-2000

Pioneer CDJ-2000

I remember a time when no DJ worth his salt took CD players seriously (I say his, because they were all blokes back then). The objections were longer than a 12” (remember those?). “CDs are all very well, but what are you going to do when one starts jumping in the middle of a set?”…“It’s not like you can scratch with them is it?” “CDs? What next, female DJs?” Enter Pioneer (DJ booth left), with their now legendary CDJ-1000s, which, combined rock solid performance, optimal ergonomics, industrial build quality and the ability to emulate the entire cannon of vinyl tricks…and then some. The CDJs revolutionised the industry to such an extent that it’s almost impossible to find a club that doesn’t have a pair. But with a whole new generation getting their tunes direct from the net (some even, legally…) and the ever growing popularity of laptop DJing with Live, Traktor and Serrato, it seems that the graffiti’s on the wall for CDs. So what next? Continue reading “Pioneer CDJ-2000”

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Canon PowerShot G10

Canon’s Powershot G9 was an instant hit with professional photographers searching for a take anywhere/backup camera. In fact, it seems like there’s barely a photojournalist I know who doesn’t own one. Its successor, the, perhaps unsurprisingly named G10, has much to live up to. Does it succeed, or is it an upgrade too far? Continue reading “Canon PowerShot G10”

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SanDisk Extreme IV 4GB Compact Flash Card

When I reviewed SanDisk’s 2 GB Extreme III card, a couple of years ago, I reached the conclusion that (with a 12bit 10MP DSLR) it was blazingly fast, if a little small storage wise. Technology moves on and although Extreme III media copes admirably well with most things you can throw at it, with today’s DSLRs and Medium format backs offering ever higher Mega Pixel counts, bit depths and shooting rates, if you really want to take things to the max, SanDisk’s Extreme IV cards may be your best option. Continue reading “SanDisk Extreme IV 4GB Compact Flash Card”

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SanDisk Cruzer Contour 16Gb

A few years ago, if a girl had asked me “Is that a 16GB hard drive in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me,” I would have taken it as a compliment. Nowadays I’d take it as an insult. That’s progress for you, or miniaturisation at any rate, as elegantly demonstrated by the SanDisk Cruzer Contour 16Gb, which has been in my pocket for the past few months. Continue reading “SanDisk Cruzer Contour 16Gb”

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The Freelance Photographer’s Market Handbook 2009

Between the collapse of capitalism, relatively minimal new magazine launch activity and the fact that everyone and their dog’s fleas seems to own a DSLR nowadays, you may be wondering exactly how to make a living from your photos? Enter The Freelance Photographer’s Market Handbook 2009, which, in its 247 pages, provides you with just about every conceivable means imaginable. Continue reading “The Freelance Photographer’s Market Handbook 2009”

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Nikon Solutions Expo 2008

Nikon Solutions Expo reviewed by MC rebbe

When I first heard about the Nikon Solutions Show, I, quite naturally, assumed it would be little more than evangelism for the converted. Then I saw the lineup which, boasting names like Joe Cornish and Andy Rouse, turned out to be even better spec’d than Nikon’s latest DSLRs!

Two of the highlights of the show were, unquestionably, Cornish’s and Rouse’s talks. Joe Cornish co-presented with fellow top UK landscape photographer, Paul Gallagher, both of whom continue to work traditionally using 5×4 field cameras (the former using colour transparency, the latter using black and white). This being the case, some may wonder what they were doing at a show sponsored by a company that has never made 5×4 cameras and that recently announced they are to stop manufacturing film cameras altogether (ya boo). But I give major props to Nikon, for hosting talks such as this, which were about photography in its purest form, not an excuse to sell kit. Continue reading “Nikon Solutions Expo 2008”

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