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LIFE.com launches today. From the press release: “More than 7 million photos from the Life and Getty Images photo collections are now available to consumers in the largest online photography site. The curated site features both rarely seen and iconic photos from the 1850s through today. More than 3,000 new photos from Getty Images award-winning photographers will be added to the site daily. Users will be able to rate, email, share, purchase, license photos and explore their world through the world’s greatest images in this user-friendly web site.” [via The Online Photographer]

Subject aside, this has to be arguably the best-written, best-constructed manual on the delicate art of digital photography I have ever seen.

On the face of it, the manual sets out to be a tome of tuition on the tricky techniques required to shoot at night and in low light. And it achieves that aim.

Author Michael Freeman not only tells you how to do it, but why you do it in the manner he suggests — along with the technological reasons behind his approach. Talk about thorough!

An example: in explaining the effect of sensor blooming of highlights in city shots, Freeman points out that the artifact occurs because the photo sites on the CCD fill up the adjacent wells. To fix the problem he suggests various cures, including the use of Photoshop’s RAW converter and its Defringer function. [via DPS]

Read more: The Complete Guide to Night & Low Light Digital Photography.

One of the wonderful things about digital photography is the creativity that you can engage in once you’ve got your image on your computer and in Photoshop. All kinds of effects can be achieved to make your shots look any number of ways.

But what about in-camera techniques for more creative and artistic shots?

Here are twelve fun in-camera hacks to experiment with to get more abstract and artistic shots – the results are only limited by your imagination! [via DPS]

Read more: 12 Ways to Add Randomness and Creativity to Your Photography

Armed with a digital camera and that non-stop wit of yours, you now have the power to turn a simple photograph into a humorous or inspirational message. Print it, frame it! Make two—we know you’ve got hundreds of digital images and photos to spare! Make your own inspirational, funny, parody, sports or other posters. Perfect for the office, schools, teachers, coaches, as announcements, for parties, invitations, and a lot more. [via Big Huge Labs]

Read more or give it a try.

Canon has unveiled the EOS 500D (Digital Rebel T1i), the latest addition to its compact DSLR series. The upper-entry-level camera features a 15.1 MP APS-C CMOS sensor with 1080p HD video recording at 20fps. It also offers a 3.0 inch LCD with 920,000 dot resolution and an ISO sensitivity range expandable up to 12800 equivalent. It includes a faster Digic 4 processor offering better noise reduction at higher ISO’s and continuous shooting speeds of up to 3.4 fps delivering 170 large JPEG images in a single burst. [via Digital Photography Review]

Read more here.

Canon announces PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II printer

Canon has also announced the PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II 14 inch professional inkjet printer. Compared to the previous model, the Mark II offers three times faster black and white printing, supports third-party media and includes a new Ambient Light Correction feature. The addition of 16 bits per channel printing offers a wider color gamut (with 276 trillion colors). In addition, a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop is provided that enables Canon EOS users to directly print RAW files without converting to a compressed format. The Pro9000 Mark II is priced at $499 USD (£499). [via Digital Photography Review]

Read the full review here.

Canon Introduces Speedlite 270EX Compact Flashgun

Canon has also introduced the Speedlite 270EX entry-level flashgun, replacing the Speedlite 220EX with a smaller but more powerful unit. Unlike the 220EX, the new model features a 90 degrees tilting zoom head. It also offers a near-silent recycling in a time of just 3.9 seconds and a guide number of 27 meters. Powered by two AA batteries, this flashgun is compatible with all recent Canon cameras. [via Digital Photography Review]

Read the full review here.

Layers Magazine talks about the latest Intuos.

When I first encountered the new Intuos4 tablet from Wacom, I was immediately blown away by its new design. The new ambidextrous layout has all of the controls on one side of the tablet, making it easier to use all the features. This is possible with the detachable USB cord and dual ports, which allows you to turn the tablet 180˚ for left- or right-handed use. Another stellar new feature is the LED labels for the ExpressKeys. Previous models had ExpressKeys but it was impossible to remember what they were programmed to do. With the new LEDs, you can see exactly what’s programmed, and it even changes when you switch between applications. [via Layers Magazine]

Read the rest of the review.



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  • Veronica Lynne: Did you use it? It's RODEO time! That might make a good pic for the fb page to.
  • Veronica Lynne: Certainly. I am flattered. Just give credit--ChromaticSoul Photos. Also, I would love to see how you use it. The rodei is this weekend! Veronica Lynn