See Sites ... The Best Sites For Digital Camera Reviews And Digital
Photography Review - Features what
is, perhaps, the best digital
imaging discussion forum on the net.
Digicams - Excellent site for getting
the latest digital camera news.
- Detailed monthly digital camera reviews along
with tips and forums.
Resource Page - Another great site.
If you're shopping for a new digital camera, Dave's
Picks List is a great place to check out.
It gives a good run-down of digital cameras best suited to whatever
uses(s) you have in mind. Just so you know, most of the prices he
gives for the cameras in this list are NOT the best you'll be able
to find. For the best deals, check out the price
comparison sites listed on my web shopping
Camera Resource Page
- Takes a straightforward
and non-technical approach to explaining digital cameras and photography.
Digicamhelp focuses on the features and functions found on most
consumer-level digital cameras. It also offers fundamental techniques,
principles and tips about essential photography subjects like composition,
lighting, photo editing and photo printing. The Common
Questions about Digital Photography and Digicamhelp
Q &A Discussion Board are great resources for new (and not
so new) digital camera users.
Camera Info.com - Digital camera
reviews and information site. All reviews feature a standard 44
point analysis that considers the cameras image quality, handling,
portability, control, ease of use, and other key areas. One factor
that distinguishes this site's digital camera reviews is their use
of a new image analysis software to determine the real resolution
of each digital camera.
- Links to Digital Camera Reviews from all over the web.
- CameraRanking.com collects, summarizes and links to online ratings
and reviews of digital cameras, digital camcorders and webcams.
- Offers advice about how to choose the right digital camera for
your needs. You'll also find digital camera reviews, message boards
and camcorder and SLR camera information.
in Colour - Photography by Sean T. McHugh
- Night and low-light photography of Cambridge, England. Digital
camera tutorials, techniques, and examples also available. Many
photos are available here for viewing and for purchase!
(Digital Camera Views) - Innovative
site with up-to-date news, reviews, hints & tips, Q&A, links,
an extensive tools collection plus excellent online tutorials on
photography and digital imaging.
- Reviews, articles and tutorials about photo
editing as well as desktop
drawing & illustration programs, web design
and more. A great site!
- Josh Waller's UK-based digital camera
blog site. Digital camera news, reviews, links, discussion, plus
more. Good stuff!
- Consumer reviews of digital cameras written by people (from novices
to professional photographers) who actually own and use the equipment.
Digital Camera Reviews
- Digital camera reviews and comparisons and digital imaging news.
Landscape - Great photography site
with tips on equipment, forums, image galleries, and excellent articles
on photo manipulation with Photoshop. Check out their Instant
Photoshop Tutorial and Photoshop
Curves Command Primer!
- Very effective and easy to use noise reduction software for digital
cameras and scanners. Available as standalone
software and as a Photohop
- Directory of photographers which is searchable by region and photographic
specialty. You can also share your favorite photos here for others
to enjoy (and vote on) in their searchable photo gallery.
- Sponsored by Lexar Media, this site provides information "on
the how, what, and where of digital cameras and accessories"
with tips, reviews and news and more.
Users Groups - Lots of informative
and active forums related to digital media (still and video) as
well as other topics of interest including audio and web authoring.
Digital Camera Reviews
Photoshop - Not inexpensive but the
and most full-featured photo editing software you can get!
- Freeware image viewer made by Bosnian native Irfan Skiljan who
is currently a student in Austria. Features include: Thumbnails,
Preview, Drag & Drop Support, fast Directory View (fast moving
through directory), Print Support, Scan (TWAIN) Support, Slideshow,
Batch conversion, change the color depth, audio CD player, Capturing,
Cut/Crop, Effects (Blur, Sharpen etc.) and much more!!
- Directory of lots of great FREE digital imaging software.
- Windows freeware utility for some Canon PowerShot digital cameras
that can be used as a simpler alternative to the Canon supplied
software for transferring photos from the camera to your computer.
Image Editor Downloads - TONS of image
Image Web Page Creator - Quickly and
easily create image collections on the web. Arles creates high quality
thumbnails, modifies images and automatically creates HTML pages.
Magic Lantern - Makes it easy to create
exciting mulimedia slide shows with all your picture files. You
can build a slide show simply by dragging your picture from the
preview window and dropping them over the slide tray window. All
popular file image formats are supported: jpg, gif, tiff, bmp, etc.
This slideshows created with this program can be stored on CD-Roms
that will play on other computers. Take a look at all the neat program
Image Viewer - Michal Kowalski's ever-improving
freeware for viewing your digital photos that shows EXIF information
as well as histograms of your photos. You can also select a portion
of your photo to get the histogram just that section of the pic.
- A small freeware utility that extracts EXIF image information
- such as shutter speed, aperture and focal length - from your digital
Studios' No Red Eye Action file for Photoshop
Professional - ODIN (Omegatron Duplicate
Image Navigator) Professional is a great tool for managing large
collections of images. It checks your images against a set of 270
variables and finds duplicates using either fuzzy pattern matching
or binary duplicate scanning. Once duplicates are found, you can
either delete them manually or use the Intelligent AutoDelete function
(registered version only). However, I personally
never use the Intelligent AutoDelete function because it sometimes
chooses to delete the version of the photo that I'd prefer to keep.
ODIN can also be set to monitor a directory for new images and compare
them directly to your database.
- Like ODIN Professional, Dup Detector finds duplicate and near
duplicate images by opening and reading image pixel data. Unlike
ODIN Professional, Dup Detector is freeware!
Printstation - Easy to use photo printing
Pro - Image Viewing/Printing Software
- Among the features offered by Qimage Pro: Auto-Sizing: No Resampling
or DPI Worries, Multiple Prints/Sizes Per Page Including Posters,
ICC Support and free lifetime upgrades and support. Not as easy
to use as PicMeta
Printstation but I really like the way
this software interpolates photos so that you can get great prints
even with less than ideal image resolution.
Online Image Editor - Free online
Java applet image editing tool created by Felix Golubov. Allows
non-artists to make artistic transformations of image. It's different
and fun to play with!
|Also, several of the
links in the "Webmaster
Tools" Section of my "Computing and Software Page"
have utilities for displaying photos on web pages.
Photo Editing Lessons & Tips
Workshop - Photoshop tutorials search
engine with over 500 tutorials linked!
- Master the art of photography at home. This site offers tutor-assisted
photography lessons with courses suitable for all ages from young
teens to adult - inclucing a digital photography course. There is
also a Digital Camera User Guide to help you get the best from your
Photoshop Tips - Tips from Adobe itself
in Quicktime video format. Very good if the downloads aren't to
time consuming for you. Seeing the lessons in a video format makes
understanding some concepts easier than just reading about them
in plain text.
few scanning tips by Wayne Fulton
- Help with scanning photos. A lot of the advice can be applied
to correcting photos that have already been scanned.
Photoshop Tutorials Links - Great
collection of Photoshop tutorials - LOTS OF THEM! There are also
links to tutorials for other photo editing software such as Corel
Photopaint and Paintshop Pro.
Dimensions - Great site with lots
of tips and techniques for Paintshop Pro. Lots of these tips will
help you even if you use a different program.
Image Manipulation (AIM) for Desktop Publishing Techniques
Compact Guide to Color Correction in Photoshop by Thomas Niemann
- Straightforward advice on using Photoshop to correct color casts
in your photos using Levels, Curves, & Unsharp Mask. (On the
left menu, you'll need to click on "Color Correction"
to see the tips.)
& Publishing Center's Photoshop Tips & Tricks
Desktop Publishing Tips & Techniques Page
- Tremendous resource with help for just about any software you
would want to use. Check out their "Ultimate
Desktop Publishing Message Board Server."
by Shantel Palmer - Shantel is quite
skilled at using Photoshop... If someday I can be half as good I'll
- Photoshop Tutorials, Actions, HotKeys, Lightwave 3D Models, Free
Images and Icons
- Be sure and check out the Graphics
Directory with links to lots of informative
graphics related sites.
Arraich's Photoshop Tips - Photoshop
techniques including making selections, adjusting contrast, using
curves, rubberstamping, sharpening and more!
Graphics' All Digital Camera Page
- Photoshop tips in .pdf format along with helpful advice, tips
& links related to digital photography.
McCanna's Free Art Site Tutorials
- Tips for getting the most out of Photoshop, Corel PhotoPaint and
Tapes' Photoshop Tutorials -
Michael shows how you can get dramatically better photos through
the use of Layer
Blending and the
of Gamut: (Almost) Everything You Wanted to Know about Sharpening
in Photoshop but Were Afraid to Ask
- A good explanation about using the Unsharp Mask function in Photoshop.
- Basic Scanning Tips - Covers a lot
of the basics of getting quality results with your scans. Among
the topics covered: color correction, scanning split images, and
the technology behind scanners.
Scanning Procedures Documents - Tips
on scanning photos and using Photoshop to make them look good. Includes
help with removing text from magazine scans and creating frames
for your pictures.
Photoshop Crash Course - Help with
cropping, resizing, file formats, selection tools, filters, text,
layers, merging graphics, paths, faking images and making illustrations.
- This terrific site has lots of helpful,
well-explained photography tips.
Short Courses In Digital Photography
Focus on Photography - Tips on taking
- Photography seminars.
Shieh's Sony DSC-P1 Experiences -
Concisely written tips on taking photos with the Sony DSC-P1. The
tips are largely applicable to other camera models as well.
Photo School -
Learn about Photography.
- Better understand the controls on your digital
camera by learning 35mm SLR photography with an interactive virtual
Printing & Online Photo Sharing (Be
sure to look at the Digital Photo Software Section for useful
printing software links!)
Printers & Supplies & Tips
Imaging Research, Inc. - The top authority
on print permanence of various ink/paper combinations.
Print Lab Series - Lots of tips and
ideas for creative print projects and geting the most out of Epson
Photo Printers. A must-see site for Epson Photo Printer owners and
even if you have a different brand printer it's still a great place
to Clean Clogged Inkjet Printheads by Blake W Patterson
- From the "how-to" site Weeno,
Blake gives suggestions for unclogging inkjet printheads. Lots of
other comments have been added by the site's visitors. I can't say
which of the methods discussed would be advisable to try but you
can read and see what you think.
Your Own Printer - Do-it-yourself
inkjet and laser printer repair kits (HP, Apple, Epson, and more).
Printing & Online Photo Album Services
Software's Guide to Free Online Photo Albums
- Nice summations of most of the online photo printing and photo
- Fotki is an online photo sharing community, offering photo sharing
and printing service to its members. You can share your photos with
family and friends. Organize your photos into photo albums that
can be public or private or password protected, and also every visitor
can leave a comment. Well designed site!
- This photo sharing site has been online since 1999 and has over
a million members - and with good reason. For starters, you get
250MB of free space to host your own online gallery of photos. You
can also use your photos to create and buy prints, mugs, t-shirts,
jigsaws puzzles, jewelery, greetings cards and more. Fotopic has
also created certain areas on the service where you can post photos
with adult or mature content if you so desire.
- ImageEvent provides both Trial and Premium Packages. You may try
ImageEvent for free for 21 days. With the Premium Package you get
to upload more images - up to 1,500 storage capacity, get discounts
on prints and products, have no ads or banners, plus have access
to many other convenient features such as full
support for movie clips such as .avi, .mov, and .mpeg files PLUS
the ability to add your photo album to your website - without any
ImageEvent logo, header or footer!
- My favorite photo printing
site! You can have your photos printed
in a wide variety of sizes ranging in size from wallet photos to
20 X 30 inches. I especially like that you can print not only glossy
paper but also MATTE PAPER since most of the online photo printers
I've checked out don't offer matte paper as an option. You can also
put your photos on greeting cards, calendars, and specialty items
such as mouse pads, mugs, t-shirts, key chains, magnets, clocks
and more. You can either upload your photos. You can upload photos
to photo albums and select photos from that album for printing or,
better yet, just download one of their free
upload software clients for easier uploading
and greater control over things like cropping of your photos. I've
used the Windows 95, 98, 2000 & NT
upload client with good results.
EasyShare Gallery (formerly known as Ofoto)
- This site offers a secure and easy way to view, store and share
photos online with friends and family and also offers a way to get
real Kodak prints of digital photos. Free digital photo editing
and creative tools and specialty products such as photo books, calendars,
cards, mugs, mouse pads, aprons, frames and more are also offered
- Easy to use site for creating your own personalized online photo
albums. You can even create full screen slide shows! With Pixagogo
you get unlimited photo storage for about $50 per year and you can
try the service out for free for 14 days. Also offers photo printing
- All sorts of special printing options here. They can print your
photos on greeting cards and envelopes, mugs, mouse pads, t-shirts
& puzzles. They also allow for wide format 11x14, 16x20 and
20x30 prints. Your photos can be printed on both matte and glossy
paper. Additionally they'll set you up so you can post free online
Briefcase - Store and share photos,
documents, and other computer files.
Photo Album & Web Photo Slideshow Creation Software
Photo Gallery - My Photo Gallery is a free web photo gallery
cgi script and I recommend it wholeheartedly. Image galleries and
thumbnails are generated on the fly from the directory that you
specify. Creating an album is as easy as creating a directory and
FTPing your pictures to that directory. A web administration interface
is available, so updating is quite easy. It also includes advanced
features such as image logging, resizing, rotating (lossless), extracting
EXIF data from digital cameras, and visitor comments. This
is the script I used to create the
online photo album found at http://derek.to/cgi-bin/photo.
Online Photo Gallery - This free photo gallery script has
many nice features. I tried using this script but, for whatever
reason (perhaps the file size of my photos?) I could never run
this script without crashing the web server.
- Gallery is a free web-based software product that lets
you manage your photos on your own website. Setting this up may
be a bit confusing for novice webmasters and you must have your
own website with PHP support in order to install and use it!
However, once installed on your web server, you can create and maintain
albums of photos via an intuitive interface. Photo management includes
automatic thumbnail creation, image resizing, rotation, ordering,
captioning, searching and more. Nice script but somehow I've
never been able to get this to work for me.
- Haven't tried myself but this is a very nice looking free PHP
photo album script. It is small, easy to install and highly customizable
at the same time. Features include slide shows, image comments,
support for video and PDF files and many more.
Album Generator - Created by Mark
McIntyre, Web Album Generator is a FREE
software application that helps you publish your digital
photos on the web. Web Album Generator makes it easy to create thumbnails,
write an index page, and develop a navigation scheme to make your
photos easily viewable on the web. It conforms to XHTML 1.0 Strict
and CSS 2.0 which means that your photos will be viewable on any
past or current web browser, and the pages will load as quickly
as possible. If you find that installing cgi or php scripts is too
much of a hassle, or your web host doesn't allow you to run scripts,
then this is a great option.
Web Album Creator - This web album
creator lets you group together photos from disk or digital camera,
create thumbnailed index pages, add annotations to each photo, and
upload your photo album to the web with a built-in FTP client. Graphical
photo albums can be generated as well as basic thumbnails. The Galleria
Web Album Creator can automatically web-ready photos before they
are uploaded to the web. You will be able to resize, compress, add
a watermark to photos within this software package. Additionally,
Web Album Creator can create an auto-run CD containing your photo
album. Many more features are provided.
HTML online photo album and slideshow software
- A complete and easy way to resize, rotate, add text directly on
the images, define captions and create TWO optimized images (a thumbnail
AND full view) with matching web pages. Free Trial version is available.
If you like Splats, the purchase price is only $26.95.
- You can learn more about it by reading the FAQ.
Systems Color Management
ICC profiles with Qimage Pro - Good
advice about creating and using ICC profiles createed by WiziWYG
and Monaco with Qimage Pro. A lot of this applies to use with other
imaging programs as well.
Five helpful articles written
by Ian Lyons
Management in Photoshop 5
6 & Colour Management
Printing with Epson Ink Jets in Photoshop 6 for Windows PC Users
in Photoshop 5 and 6 Using Custom or Epson Media Profiles
Batteries and Battery Chargers
Distributing - Great place to buy
rechargeable batteries and chargers for your digital camera. I own
MH-C204F "SMART" CHARGER which
I purchased from this site and I can highly recommend it! It rapid
charges NiMH and NiCD AA / AAA batteries
and also can recondition the batteries.
- Good source for proprietary Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus and Sony
digital camera rechargeable batteries.
- Sells rechargeable batteries including 2000
mAh AA NiMH rechargeable batteries as well as rechargeable battery
- Another good source for rechargeable batteries, including 1800
mAh AA batteries!
- I found this site while surfing the web. I haven't ordered from
this place but they do have some good prices on batteries of all
types. If you happen to place an order with this company, I'd appreciate
it if you'd let
me know if it's a satisfactory experience
or not. Digital camera owners will want to go look at their NiMH
Bluejay's Battery Guide - This site
does a good job of summarizing the differences between battery types
and the advantages of each.
scratches from LCD screens article @ digitalkamera.de
- Recommends the use of "polishing paste" to remove scratches
Displex Page - Sells Displex polishing
paste (mentioned in the above digitalkamera.de article).
- Claims to "take the scratches and scrapes out of any clear
plastic, resin or acrylic surface." If anyone tries this please
let me know if it worked for you.
Photography Review Forum Discussion Thread about removing LCD scratches
Products - Sells LCD scratch protectors
to help prevent your LCD from getting scratched in the first place.
Digital - Many
albums of interesting photos taken with various digital cameras.
Video Information & Software
Info.com - Digital
& VHS Camcorder Reviews, Comparisons, & Ratings
- Founded by Jeff Keller, the man behind the Digital
Camera Resource Page, ths site is a helpful
resource for researching digital video camcorders and accessories,
and other digital video information.
X Copy Plus & DVD X Copy XPress
- Until recently, if you wanted to make copies of your DVD movies
you were forced to split them up onto two separate DVDs. No longer!
DVD X Copy Xpress software lets you copy your DVD movie onto one
DVD and it's VERY EASY TO USE... add DVD blank, add original DVD
movie, click COPY button, wait until blank ejects and copy is completed.
They also make DVD X Copy Plus which lets you make make quality
backups of your DVD movies to CDR(W).
Premiere 6.0 - The "premiere"
video editing software!
Digest - Great starting point for
information about digital video.
MPEGJoin - A small utility to join
Video Editor Software Downloads
- The DivX codec is a MPEG-4 based video compression technology
that can shrink digital video to sizes small enough to be transported
over the Internet, while maintaining high visual quality.
- The ImageMatics StillMotion Creator is an easy
to use and very affordable multimedia animation program that creates
SWF movies and AVI files from still images. With StillMotion Creator
you can create virtual tours, bring to life presentations with dynamic
image effects, create slideshows for Internet presentation with
professional transitions, manage and display panoramas and create
new products and offering from still images.
SmartVid - Small (39KB) free software
utility from Intel that converts .mov files to .avi and .avi to
.mov. I've used SmartVid to convert .mov files I've taken with my
Olympus C-2100UZ to the .avi format.
- Very effective and easy to use noise reduction software for digital
cameras and scanners. Available as standalone
software and as a Photohop
Power Join - Software for joining
Pro - This program is usually
the easiest one to use if you want to
convert QuickTime .mov files into .avi's but it does cost $29.99.
Tools - Here you can get mov2avi.exe
to convert your QuickTime MOV files into AVIs. This works even with
QuickTime files that QuickTime Pro won't convert with it's export
command (where it gives you a message saying "Couldn't export
the movie... because this movie does not allow saving." It's
a command line program, meaning you need to run this under MS-DOS
but it's small and, for me, has been easy to use. * Note that you
must have QuickTime 4 or later installed on your system for this
utility to work.
- Convert .avi (PLUS .mov files if you also get the plugin
QuickTime reader for TMPGEnc from the
SVCD Tools site) into .mpg files. Free!
- Free video capture software which also lets you take a captured
clip, trim the ends, clean it up, adjust frame size and more.
helpful sites to check out
Bleich's Digital Photo Corner
Graphics' All Digital Camera Page
- Helpful advice on digital cameras, accessories, plus Photoshop
Photo-Video-Pro Audio - Not always
the cheapest prices but they care wide array of Imaging (and other)
equipment - some of which are hard to find anywhere else.
- Have you lost the manual to your digital
camera or camcorder
or perhaps your inkjet
printer? This site has online versions
for these and lots of other household products. A great site!
- Good source for digital camera accessories such as lenses, lens
adapters, filters, batteries, bags, tripods and more.
Mason's Tips On Organizing Digital Photos
Bigger's Digital Camera Experiments
- Helpful information about the Nikon CoolPix 900, 950 and 990 as
well as the Toshiba PDR-M1 & Mitsubishi DJ-1000.
Magazine - Great online magazine for
Sony digital camera enthusiasts. It's well worth checking out for
non-Sony owners as well. They have lots of news, reviews, forums,
auctions, tutorials along with many great tips - like how to make
refrigerator magnets of your digital photos!
- CameraFever.com is a free online comparison-shopping service that
saves you time and money by letting you compare Digital Camera's
specifications, prices and stores across the Web.
- A site where you can exchange photography tips and information,
find deals on supplies and equipment, and post your own favorite
pictures online. There's also plans for live chat.
Power - Great source for accessories
like for your digital camera. Check it out!
Digital Camera Page - Links to digital
Graphics Department - Graphics software
and hardware reviews, helpful tips and much more.
CoolPix 950 Tips and Information Page
Lauring's Page of Video & Digital Camera Comparisons
Lasts Forever - Chicago Sun-Times
Reporter Dave Newbart looks into the longevity of photos and, in
particular, digital photos. The article warns readers not to be
misled into thinking that merely archiving digital images onto CDs
means that they'll last indefinitely.
Exposure's Glossary of Photographic & Digital Imaging Terms
Dawson's Page - Helpful information
about digital photography - especially regarding the use of filters
Outback Photo - Dedicated to outdoor
photography using professional digital cameras (often SLRs).
Photography Search Engine
Photography For What It's Worth (dpFWIW)
- A very useful collection of useful digital photography tips and
recommendations. Concentrates a great deal on Olympus digital cameras.
- If you're into astronomical and/or macro photography, you'll like
this site. They have a vast selection of adapters for attaching
digital cameras to telescopes, microscopes, etc. They also carry
many hard to find proprietary step rings and adapters.
Optic Zooms - Optical zoom lenses
and adapters for digital cameras and camcorders. Most of the products
they sell are exclusive to EagleEye.
Photo - Oklahoma based photo-video
store with lots of hard to find items.
Products Corporation - Has a variety
of photography related, video, home theater, computer, and cellular
equipment. One product they offer that I like is the VideoProp (Model
SVP-3) which you can read about on their Tripods
& Monopods Page.
PhotoCenter "Print At Home"
- If you have an Epson printer, then using this site, you can select
a photo you want to print, enhance it with online editing tools
and then print it on your own printer. Be sure and check out the
JPEG and GIF Crunchers - So your photos
look nice but the file size is HUGE?? You can use this site to compress
them for free.
- Online Photography Community with news, camera reviews, articles,
galleries, photo sharing, tips, discussion, webspace, webmail, links
and more. Covering digital and film.
Scanning Tips Online - Good tips on
choosing and using scanners.
Figure of Merit: Explanation and Uses by Rodger Carter and Rick
Matthews - Interesting discussion
about how to compare digital cameras with various combinations of
focal lengths and sensor sizes.