Archive for the 'Digital Photography Tips' Category

Photography week at soundadviceblog.com

I’ve received an awful lot of questions about photography lately as people gear up for vacations and look to but new equipment.  I am also working on a new photography-related website that should be launching in a few months, one that will be rather unique on the web.  With that in mind I am going [...]

Sound Advice Column: Digital SLRs need high-speed memory cards, image stabilization, zoom range and tripods

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Distributed By McClatchy-Tribune Information Services Q: I am looking to buy a digital camera and want to learn more about memory cards. In practical situations, what is the difference between using a regular card and a “high-speed” card? -Karen DeJeet, Murrysville, PA A: High-speed memory cards read and write data [...]

Sound Advice Column: Epson all-in-ones a great pick

Sound Advice By Don Lindich   Q:   I like the idea of having the functionality of an all-in-one printer/scanner/copier and have been considering buying one.   What is holding me back is  I have heard that if you want to make high quality photo prints, they are not a good choice and I should [...]

Using older lenses on a digital SLR, don’t get ripped off when buying HDMI cables

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Week 42, 2007 Q: I have a Minolta Maxxum 7000i 35mm camera with a Tokina AF 35-200mm lens. Since buying a digital camera several years ago, I have not used this film camera. I was thinking of selling it on eBay and getting a digital SLR, but a  friend said [...]

Extension Tubes vs. Teleconverters, 2009 Digital TV Transition Questions, SmartMedia is dead

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Week 40, 2007 I was wondering how you felt about extension tubes. I bought one that does not seem to work. I have a Canon 20D and was using the extension tube with my Canon zoom lens EF 75-300mm. I know you can’t use the autofocus so I did change [...]

Product Review: Alienbees Photoflash Units

Alienbees Photoflash Units Sound Buys Product Review By Don Lindich The tiny flash built into your camera, or even a show-mounted accessory flash can be extremely limiting to photographers working with artificial light. The flash can only produce one style of light and is limited in power, which can limit creativity. The direct light from [...]

Buying lenses for your digital SLR, hiding distracting info on the digital camera’s display, converting copy-protected downloads to MP3

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Week 35, 2007 Q: I have a Nikon FE 35mm SLR and am thinking of going to a Nikon digital SLR. Are there any zoom lenses I can purchase to use with the FE,that will be compatible with Nikon Digital SLRs? I’d like a 28-100 and a 70-210 zoom lens [...]

A look inside Paul C. Buff, Inc

Few companies have a devoted a customer base as Paul C. Buff, Inc., the United States’ leading manufacturer of studio lighting equipment. In fact, “fan base” may be a more accurate description! Though many of my readers may not have considered purchasing lighting equipment before, most Buff products are so reasonably priced that anyone wanting [...]

High-speed memory cards, quick-acting digital cameras, and the best iPod dock is from Apple

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Week 29, 2007 Q: I am currently using a Kodak EasyShare DX 6490 camera and except for the very slow response time, I have found it to be easy to use and the pictures are sort of satisfactory, though a little grainy. Most of my pictures are of grandchildren who [...]

Lenses for digital SLRs, how to take a nice portrait with any camera

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Week 27, 2007 Q: I am looking to buy a new lens for my Canon Digital Rebel. I want to be able to take close ups, mostly portraits and have heard lots about the Tamron AF 18-250 F/3.5-6.3. I am also considering the Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro. What [...]

Lenses and lens settings for portraiture

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Week 27, 2007 Q: I am looking to buy a new lens for my Canon Digital Rebel. I want to be able to take close ups, mostly portraits and have heard lots about the Tamron AF 18-250 F/3.5-6.3. I am also considering the Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro. What [...]

Backing up from a camera to a flash drive, car stereo woes

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Week 3, 2007 Q: I have a 2GB portable flash drive. Is there any way to backup my digital camera pictures directly to the drive when I’m on vacation? -Ken Byrom, Cranberry, PA A: Wow, this is a great idea! I do not know of a way and as far [...]

Erasing camcorder tapes, quality speakers, black and white digital photography

Week 1, 2007 Q: Is there a cheap way to completely erase used 8 mm camcorder tapes so I can reuse them? When I looked on line for the handheld magnetic erasers they were rather expensive.   -Doug Sneddon A: Take your camcorder and put on the lens cap, rewind to the beginning, press record [...]

Digital camera memory cards: Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

Week 47, 2006 Q: On the last hour of the last day of a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Greece and Turkey, a new 2 GB SD card containing 350+ pictures from the whole trip failed, and the camera screen read: Memory Card Error. I could neither take more pictures nor could I view the shots onscreen [...]

High capacity SD cards and older cameras, upgrading a receiver

Week 45, 2006 Q: We own a Pentax *ist DS camera purchased 2 years ago. With the prices of SD cards going through the floor, I’d like to get some 2 GB SD cards. However, I don’t know if our camera can address that much memory. Nowhere in the camera manual is there a discussion [...]

DVD media compatibility, single-piece surround units, record players and receiver volume settings

Sound Advice Week 41, 2006 Q: I have a Sony digital camera and I use a 512 MB memory stick, which will record 30 minutes of video in movie mode. I download the memory stick into an iMac computer and then burn the video on a DVD-R disc My problem is that the DVD will [...]

How to make a movie with your digital camera- it’s easy and fun!

Making movies with your digital camera is easy and fun!   Modern cameras have great movie modes that record sound too.   You can watch the movies  on your camera and computer, send them via email or even burn them on DVDs for television watching.   Many camera owners do not take advantage of this [...]

More pixels aren’t always better!

Week of September 3, 2006 Q: We’ll be spending 15 days on the Hawaiian Islands next month, and would like to have a reliable digital camera with us. Right now we have a 3 year old Minolta DiMage S414 with 4.0 megapixels. This is our 1st digital camera and we have been happy with it. [...]

Sending a TV program to another room, Easy Media Creator, poor-looking DVDs

Week of August 27, 2006 Q: I want to have a TV in my garage, but don’t want to wire it for satelite. (That is what I use in the rest of the house.) Is there a product that can project the signal from the house to the garage? -Don Anderson, Minneapolis, MN A: The [...]

Changing cameras and memory card formats

Week of August 20, 2006 Q: I purchased a Sony DSC-F717 digital camera in April 2003 and it is broken. The repair outlets say pitch it- the problem is with the lens and repairs are too costly. I find it hard to trash such a beautiful camera. What do you suggest? I own 2 other [...]