How to set up and shoot winter macro photography

Winter converts the land into a frozen wonderland, preserving miniature details of the macro world into tiny crystallized sculptures. So before you write off going out in the cold, have a look for some hidden photogenic gems; you may not have to go further than your own back garden.

To get the most out of a tiny subject we need to shoot with a macro lens, allowing us to focus exceptionally close up. It’s great for photographing in frost and ice, as when we get in that close, we see all of the detailed textures and patterns frozen in place.

As a starting point, gather some strong, natural, wintry colours, such as our red berries, from a cold, frosty environment. And if it’s not quite cold enough outside, you can always pop your berries in the freezer…

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A 5-point checklist for capturing the best landscape image possible

1. Use a lens hood – and make sure it’s mounted properly

Lens hoods are one of the simplest and most useful lens accessories, but they’re often forgotten about. They help to ensure that extraneous light in the scene does not creep into the image and affect contrast and saturation, and so they’re particularly useful in landscape photography.

Whenever you use a lens hood you should make sure of two things. The first is that you’re using the correct hood; these are designed for specific lenses so that they are most effective at blocking light for the particular focal length(s) of a lens, but it’s easy to mistake one for another if you have more than one and they have the same diameter.

Using the wrong hood could lead to vignetting in your image, so get into the habit of reverse mounting your hood on your lens (if possible) to make sure it always stays on the right lens.

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Restoring Old Photographs

Restoring old family photographs can easily be done from our own personal computers. Years back, prior to home software, old black-and-white images were restored in photo labs by lab technicians. In the past, the process of restoring old memoirs was much of a mystery; but today, children can do it. Photoshop CS is amazing software–it has so many capabilities and special effects. Each family can become their own master photographer and lab technician now. With Photoshop CS, you can crop, clone, rotate, enhance, and change tones and values, just to name a few of the features!

As time passes and our photographs age, oxidize, and scratch, we have the ability to personally reformat all of our old, priceless family keepsake photographs. After restoring your images in Photoshop CS and reprinting them, it is best to store them in acid-free albums. Since the deterioration process is ongoing, the photographs will continue to deteriorate beyond repair. Without intervention, the photographs will fade away right along with the memories of our beloved ancestors.

I not only have some of my ancestor’s wedding photographs, I have some of their cameras too! Call me sentimental, but I think some of these old-dated items create great home accents and can complement a warm family atmosphere. Restored family photographs are fun to work with too. Depending on the paper used to print them, old family photographs can be decoupaged to a chest or keepsake box or wall papered onto end tables or table tops.

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Photography Equipment Review- JOBO Giga Vu Pro PMD

Take out your photo viewer and everybody will want to look at your photography. In fact they are so fun to use, you may not get them off of it. Get your photos out of the camera or computer and into a your multimedia player, so people want to look at them. A must for all amateur and professional digital photographers. Quickly transfer and view photos from your digital camera in crisp thumbnail galleries or fullscreen. Free up memory space, transfer and view photos from your digital camera. You have a lot invested into movies, music and photos and this is the perfect way to get the make of it. This little outfit ties it all together. Personal Media Centers are HOT right now.

JOBO Giga Vu Pro 60GB and Jobo Giga Vu Pro 40GB Personal Media Device Review

The new JOBO Giga Vu Pro Personal Media Device has an adjustable brightness, 3.8″ LCD monitor with 320×240 pixels and a touch screen for keyboard entry. WiFi enabled with an optional Compact Flash WiFi card, the unit can become a node on a wireless network allowing sharing of files with other users. Download your priceless photos in JPEG and RAW file formats. Real Raw Decoding allows the unit to decode RAW formats from Canon, Nikon, and Kodak Pro. Virtually all other RAW formats can be viewed. View 12 thumbnail images per page or slide show mode (JPEG only). Zoom 1,2,3 or 400% for JPEG and RAW formats. Rename albums, add comments and add keywords to images. You have full control with the JOBO Giga Vu Pro. Play, stop and pause MP3 files. Headphone audio line out. It even has a built in speaker w/volume control. Fast USB 2.0 high speed transfers and Rechargeable Li-Ion battery.

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