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Underwater Photography Tips

June 10, 2009
Photo © Copyright Derrick Story

Photo © Copyright Derrick Story

Amazing! With less than $500 worth of consumer photography gear — a Canon PowerShot SD700 and the Canon WP-DC5 waterproof case — Derrick Story captured these wonderful underwater photographs while snorkeling in Curacao, an island in the southern part of the Caribbean Sea.

Derrick shares his underwater photography shooting tips here. He advises photographers to:

  • Avoid using the camera’s flash, relying instead on the natural diffused light coming through the water at depths of 10 feet or less.
  • Shoot with a camera that has image stabilization since everything, including the photographer, is always moving under water.
  • Increase the ISO to 400 for a lightning fast shutter speed.
  • Use the “underwater scene mode” on your camera, if it has one, to improve the white balance.

Derrick’s work is a real inspiration to amateur photographers everywhere and we can’t wait to put some of his tips to practice the next time we’re snorkeling.

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Camera of the Week: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

May 30, 2008

The compact Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 sells for under $300 and features a 7.2-megapixel CCD, a 3-inch LCD, and a 10x optical zoom. The camera works with SD, SDHC, and MMC memory cards and is powered by a lithium-ion battery.

Photographyblog.com writes that the Panasonic DMC-TZ3 “Should definitely be at the top of your short list” while Steves-Digicams.com says this camera provides “Excellent performance, good image quality.” And DPReview.com says it “Makes getting great pictures remarkably easy.” For these reasons, we have chosen the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 as our Photobird Camera of the Week.

You can read more reviews of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and similar cameras in the Photobird Digital Camera Buyer’s Guide, and also discuss this camera further in our Panasonic forum.

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Camera of the Week: Canon PowerShot S5 IS

May 23, 2008

If you’re interested in buying a powerful zoom camera and you’re not quite ready to move up to a DSLR given well-founded concerns about all the add-ons you’re likely to want to subsequently buy, the Canon PowerShot S5 IS might be a reasonable alternative. It will certainly cost a lot less than a DSLR; prices for the Canon S5 IS are currently just under $300, which, of course, includes the cost of the built-in 12x optical zoom, image-stabilized lens. The Canon S5 IS also features an 8-megapixel CCD and a high-resolution 2.5-inch vari-angle LCD, which can be easily adjusted to shoot from any interesting angle.

A quick round-up of reviews on the Photobird Digital Camera Buyer’s Guide reveals the Canon S5 IS was reviewed as “One of my favorite ultra zoom cameras” by DCResource.com. DPreview wrote that “The S5 IS is a great camera” and Imaging-Resource.com believes the Canon S5 IS is “One of the best on the market”.

For all these reasons, we’ve chosen the Canon PowerShot S5 IS as our Photobird Camera of the Week. If you’re in the market for a medium-sized point-and-shoot with a generous zoom, this popular Canon model should certainly be on your short list of cameras for further consideration.

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Camera of the Week: Olympus EVOLT E-510

May 2, 2008

If you’re interested in expanding your photographic horizons and have been pricing various SLR models, be sure to include the Olympus EVOLT E-510 on your short list. This is a nice digital SLR camera that will help you grow as a photographer. The E-510 features a 10-megapixel CCD and an innovative 2.5-inch Live View LCD screen. You can purchase this camera body-only or as a kit with a 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Lens at 48% off of list price at Amazon.com.

A quick round-up of reviews on the Photobird Digital Camera Buyer’s Guide reveals the E-510 was rated “A great entry-level D-SLR” by Dcresource.com and “the most feature-packed DSLR in its class” by Cameralabs.com. Dpreview.com called the E-510 “An impressive and hugely rewarding camera” and Megapixel.net wrote “The Olympus E-510 is an excellent amateur dSLR camera.” For all these reasons, we’ve chosen the Olympus EVOLT E-510 as our Photobird Camera of the Week.

You can read more reviews of the Olympus EVOLT E-510 and other SLR cameras in the Photobird Digital Camera Buyer’s Guide.

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Camera of the Week: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS

March 28, 2008

What’s not to like about this tiny and versatile 8-megapixel digicam from Canon? Its compact, slightly rounded body fits easily into your front pocket, purse, or palm. The camera features Canon’s award-winning face detection technology with automatic color-corrected exposures, even in low-light conditions. It has a 2.5-inch high-resolution LCD screen, automatic red-eye correction, image stabilization, and works with SD, SDHC, and MMC memory cards. All for less than $350.

Steves-Digicams.com called the Canon PowerShot SD850 IS an “Outstanding value for such a versatile pocket-rocket” and DCResource.com says it “does just about everything right”. Digitalcamerareview.com said the Canon SD850 “produces great quality images and color” and kenrockwell.com wrote “I’d buy an SD850 in an instant.”

For all these reasons, we’ve chosen the Canon PowerShot SD850 IS as our Photobird Camera of the Week. If you’re in the market for a new camera, this is one “pocket-rocket” that is worthy of your inspection.

You can read more reviews of the Canon PowerShot SD850 IS and similar cameras in the Photobird Digital Camera Buyer’s Guide.

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Camera of the Week: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80

March 21, 2008

This tiny 7.2-megapixel point-and-click camera is available in silver, black, white, and even pink. It sells for less than $250, includes a 2.5” LCD, a Carl Zeiss 3x zoom, and operates with a Li-ion rechargeable battery. The camera also includes face detection features, in-camera retouching, and red-eye reduction and image stabilization. If you have an HDTV, you can also make use of the camera’s included HD-out port to view your photos in all of their vibrancy right from your TV screen.

The Photobird Digital Camera Buyer’s Guide round-up shows the Sony DSC-W80 is rated “a terrific bargain” by imaging-resource.com, while dpreview.com said the camera is “Capable of producing surprisingly good results”, and digitalcamerareview.com feels “The W80 is worthy of your consideration…”. For all these reasons, we’ve chosen the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80 as our Photobird Camera of the Week. If you’re in the market for a new camera, be sure to read more about the affordable and feature-rich DSC-W80.

You can read more reviews of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80 and similar cameras in the Photobird Digital Camera Buyer’s Guide.

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Camera of the Week: Olympus Stylus 770SW

February 29, 2008

The Olympus Stylus 770SW is a tiny 7.1-megapixel point-and-click camera which retails for less than $350 and is on sale right now at Amazon.com. This camera is well known for its rugged waterproof, freeze-proof, and crush-proof case, which is available in a silver, bronze, or blue finish. It features a 2.5″ HyperCrystal LCD, a 3x optical zoom, and 27 automated shooting modes, including video. Weighing in at a meager 5.3 ounces, this beauty will easily slip into your front coat pocket without introducing an unsightly bulge.

A quick round-up of reviews on the Photobird Digital Camera Buyer’s Guide shows the Olympus 770SW was rated a “Good value…” by Steves-Digicams.com, considered “Practical, sturdy, and life-proof…” by Ephotozine.com and “A terrific companion…” by digicamera.com.

For all these reasons, we’ve chosen the Olympus Stylus 770SW as our Photobird Camera of the Week. If you’re in the market for a new camera, this virtually indestructible point-and-shoot is surely worth a closer look.

You can read more reviews of the Olympus Stylus 770SW and other tiny cameras in the Photobird Digital Camera Buyer’s Guide.

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Camera of the Week: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8

February 22, 2008

The medium-sized Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 sells for under $250 and features a 7.2-megapixel CCD, a 2.5” LCD, and a generous 12x optical zoom. The camera works with SD/SDHC memory cards and is powered by a lithium-ion battery.

Steves-Digicams.com called the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 “One awesome digicam…”. Cameralabs.com said it was an “Excellent value for the money…”. DCResource.com said it was “A great choice for the typical digital camera buyer…” while Trustedreviews.com said the DMC-FZ8 is “Well suited to the enthusiast photographer…”. For these reasons, we have chosen the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 as our Photobird Camera of the Week.

You can read more reviews of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 and similar cameras in the Photobird Digital Camera Buyer’s Guide, and even discuss this camera further in our Panasonic forum.

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Camera of the Week: Fujifilm FinePix F40fd

January 25, 2008

The Fujifilm FinePix F40fd sells for under $250 and features an 8.3-megapixel CCD, a 2.5-inch LCD, and a 3x optical zoom. The camera works with both xD and SD memory cards and is powered by a lithium-ion NP-70 battery.

Steves-digicams.com has called the F40fd “a great value…”. Thinkcamera.com opines that the F40fd is “a fabulous little camera…”, while megapixel.net cites its “very good image quality”. For these reasons, we have chosen the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd as our Photobird Camera of the week.

You can read more reviews of the Fujifilm FinePix F40fd and similar cameras on the Photobird Digital Camera Buyer’s Guide as well as discuss this camera in our Fujifilm forum.

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Camera of the Week: Casio Exilim EX-V8

January 18, 2008

I should have had a V8! A Casio Exilim EX-V8 that is.

This tiny 8.1-megapixel point-and-click beauty retails for less than $300 and is on sale right now on Amazon.com. The camera features a 2.5″ super bright LCD, face detection technology, a 7x optical zoom, and a YouTube Video Capture Mode. It captures video in the H.264 MPEG 4 standard. It’s powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which is capable of taking up to 240 pictures on a single charge.

A quick round-up of reviews on the Photobird Digital Camera Buyer’s Guide reveals the EX-V8 received a favorable impression from dcresource.com. Furthermore, steves-digicams.com said of the EX-V8, it’s “One outstanding camera with a price to match…”. And digitalcamerareview.com says you should “Definitely give the EX-V8 a look…”.

For all these reasons, we’ve chosen the Casio Exilim EX-V8 as our Photobird Camera of the Week. If you’re in the market for a new camera, this camera is certainly worth a closer look.

You can read more reviews of the Casio Exilim EX-V8 and other cameras on the Photobird Digital Camera Buyer’s Guide.

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