If you want high-resolution images of the Earth, Unearthed Outdoors has made available the 250m True Marble imageset for a free download with a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. It’s a map of the Earth made up of 32 tiles, where each tile is a 21,000 pixel square, available in png and tif formats. There’s also a series of smaller files that may be more useful — in case you don’t need a map of the Earth that ends up being 84,000 pixels tall and 168,000 pixels across.
The BlackRapid strap features a large pad, attaches to your camera or lens’ tripod mount, and is slung diagonally across your body for maximum comfort. The camera hangs upside down by your hip or in the small of your back. When you’re ready to shoot, just pull the camera to your eye, it glides up the strap into the shooting position quickly. Click. Put it back.
I was skeptical about the BlackRapid camera strap but decided to try it. It works. I used it on a Canon S10IS (yeah they recommend using it with SLR’s with telephoto lenses but I was photographing the Fiesta Bowl (Go Longhorns!) and they don’t really allow big cameras and telephoto lenses). In a crowded arena it let me easily and comfortably carry the camera and get it into shooting position quickly. The model I bought even had a pocket intended for a cell phone (I used it for extra batteries). I
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Modern cameras are just small computers and as such they have hundreds of settings. Some obvious, some buried deep in a custom function. It is impractical to drag a 400 page manual out into the field and just as silly to flip through it to find the correct setting. Photobert Photo Cheat Sheets solve the problem with a simple one page laminated cheat sheet with the most important functions of a camera. I stuff the cheat sheet in my camera bag and leave the manual at home. The newer cheat sheets are in color, the older ones are black and white. [Read more…]
One of my favorite photography magazines is LensWork–the work of Brooks Jensen (the editor/publisher). LensWork focuses on the creative and philosophical aspects of photography rather than the technical aspects. I am a bit of an equipment junkie and this offers a big counterbalance to just buying more equipment to improve my photography. LensWork makes me focus on the photo itself and the work required to get a great photo.
Also, LensWork is a gorgeously printed black and white magazine. The high quality duotone printing process results in art quality prints of the photographs–the tones and details are just so rich and vibrant that they jump of the page. It has helped me discover several photographers early like Nick Brandt and better yet to get insight into their though processes.
The magazine has great interviews of photographers and essays on art and photography. A typical issue of LensWork includes three to four portfolios, two or three articles or interviews, editor’s comments and End Notes by Bill Jay. The first section I turn to is Bill Jay’s "End Notes"–vignettes on photography and photographers.
This magazine makes the perfect gift for you or your favorite photographer or artist. You can find more information about LensWork at www.lenswork.com.