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Hercules Accessories Neutral Density Filters

Published: Mar 29, 2012 by mpassociates Filed under: Accessories
Hercules Accessories Neutral Density Filters

Hercules Accessories Neutral density filters are specialised lens filters that allow photographers to take photographs with specialist dark areas in the shot. They are often used to bring balance and mellow out harsh surroundings in outdoor conditions. An example of such use is to darken a bright sky in an outdoor nature shot. This makes the shot more bearable and creates a nice blend between contrasting elements of a picture.

The way a lot of the neutral density filters work is by putting a coating on the filter. This works to reduce the overall amount of light that is being let in. This can be used for multiple purposes, such as using multiple lenses which need different exposure times. Other types operate using what is known as a graduated neutral density filter. This also has a coating that filters out light, the difference is that rather than a full coating it has a gradient coating that includes a transition. This makes the light come through gradually and allows the photographer to selectively use the neutral density effect. Before with the full non gradient filter there is no way to differentiate and use the effect selectively. There are many different types of transition lenses that include soft and hard fades. So you can mix and match according to the shot that is needed at the time.

This Hercules Accessories  gradient type ND filter is usually used when taking pictures of a bright sky alongside a landscape shot. This allows the harsh light effect of the sun to be neutralised and the shot can still look great.

Experimenting with the use of filters will allow you to understand how they affect your shots and end results. There are some reports from photographers that the use of filters decreases the quality of the final shots. However this really depends on your preferences and how you perceive quality. Some people are a lot pickier than others. Investing in a quality lens filter will obviously increase the quality of results you get. Do your research and find something that is suitable to your budget and picture taking needs.

Once you are practiced and know how to use filters properly, you will be able to achieve a number of different effects. This can be to create a blur action, this is the use of a lens and variable shutter speeds to change the effect of the picture to what you are looking for.  You can also change the depth of field and remove unwanted motion elements from pictures. The way filters work and with a skilled photographer you can take multiple pictures to achieve the desired shot you want. This eliminates the element of unwanted blurs or motion, from passing subject in your shots.


Published: Mar 24, 2012 by admin Filed under: Accessories

The Loupe EX-UNI viewfinder is a high quality, well made and stylishly constructed camera accessory. It is made with the serious and enthusiastic photographer in mind who wants to get great pictures in all environments. This well made piece of equipment is definitely designed to last, and is extremely easy to set up and use. So it really ticks all of the boxes that one would look for when searching for a viewfinder. This article will look at the features of the Varavon LOUPE EX-UNI viewfinder and highlight the benefits it brings to photographers.

First off we will look at the problem that this product solves. Have you ever been trying to take a picture in high sunlight conditions? Did you find that the LCD screen was harder to see, and lost its brightness in the sunlight? That is the problem that this nifty viewfinder solves, it fits perfectly and easily over the LCD screen to give you a perfect fully lit view. This means that the photographer can enjoy the flexibility and size of the LCD screen, whilst having the advantages of a viewfinder. The viewfinder does not need batteries and operates with a 3 inch size and has 3 times magnification to give you a better view. So you can take fine tuned photos with perfect adjustment in any conditions at all. It really offers protection from conditions and gives photographers a consistency when using the LCD screen for capturing images.

The LOUPE EX-UNI is really simple to install as well. It simply mounts on the camera from underneath using a standard screw in connection. This does not however mean that you cannot use a tripod with the camera if the LOUPE EX-UNI viewfinder is connected. The tripod can connect into the bottom of the viewfinder’s attached connection. The viewfinder has a tight seal connection around the LCD screen to ensure that all outer light is blocked. This is done with a compressed sponge seal, so there are no pressure marks on the camera. The technology also uses smart hinges to allow for the viewfinder to be collapsed into place only when necessary. This makes it easier to have attached to the camera when carrying with a neck strap.

Quality and precision are at the heart of this viewfinder, and that is seen in the adjustability of the unit. With the quick use of an allen key to loosen up the bolts the position of the viewfinder can be adjusted to your perfect liking. There is also a dioptor on loupe which allows users to adjust the vision to their requirements. In addition to this there is an adjustable focus knob which allows the focus in the viewfinder to your desired range.

Overall this is a fantastically simple piece of kit that works perfectly. It provides such a great function that actually actively helps users take better pictures and achieve better results.

Adobe Photoshop 6 Beta

Published: Mar 24, 2012 by admin Filed under: Press Coverages
Adobe Photoshop 6 Beta

Adobe Photoshop is the head software of the company, it is what makes them most of their money. It is also what they are best known for amongst the world besides flash and their pdf readers / editors. So it is big news when a new version of Photoshop is released to the general public, there is always much excitement and speculation. The 6th edition of adobe Photoshop is being pre-released to the public in a beta testing stage. This means that the software has been developed internally and tested within the company, but they are releasing it for the public to test. This allows to company to gain free feedback on glitches and improvements, whilst consumers get to trial the software.

So what is new in this next version of Photoshop? Well the first thing users will notice is the dark skin that the developers have added. It has more of a corporate feel to it, and actually helps to highlight the colors that you are using in photos. However it is not just all superficial, much thought and development has been put into making the software more user friendly. Many commonly used functions that were harder to locate before have been moved into the main editing frame. This way the software is being geared more towards WYSIWYG users as well as in depth photo editors.

In addition to the layout changing and tools being placed in an easier to find location there have been performance improvements. The graphics processing engine has been updated to allow more depth and higher pixel processing capabilities. This is via the company’s mercury graphics engine, which performs complex numerical calculation in real time to your editing. There is no delay and the process feels completely naturalistic. However obviously this requires the right system specifications. Users need to have a pretty high spec computer to be able to run this software. That is one of the drawbacks of its capability advancements.

The improvements can be visibly seen in many of the tools used in Photoshop. Some of the most commonly used will be the use of brushes and gradients, allowing faster rendering and bigger areas to be covered. There are also specific improvements to the ability to vary temperature and tint across images. There are too many other features to name individually, but other main areas of improvement are to do with blurring and image bending/manipulation. For example the new full screen adaptive wide angle dialog is aimed at helping the user with the job of straightening undesirable distorts and bumps in images. Where possible this deep set feature will analyze and identify the lenses focal point in the image. When this has been done then the image can be straightened without distorting the rest of the picture. This is a really cool and useful feature.

Overall the developments in Photoshop 6 look to be very exciting and deep. This is not just a makeover it is a redesigning and improvement of the core software

Lens guard for camera lenses - Delux Gear

Published: Mar 20, 2012 by admin Filed under: Accessories
Lens guard for camera lenses
A decent lens can cost a photographer a great deal of money, and can be very costly to repair or replace. So certain measures are taken to protect and maintain the condition of lenses. One of which is the use of a lens cap, but often this is not enough protection. The lens cap does not protect against shocks, drops or bashes very well. It only really stops scratching of the lens when in storage or not in use. That is why the lens guard is such a great piece of kit, it offers robust and dependable protection against a range of risks to the camera lens. This article will cover why the lens guard is a useful piece of kit to go along with your camera. It will also discuss the various situations in which the lens cap has an important use.
First off the lens guard offers protection that the lens cap just cannot provide. It is thick, padded and shock absorbing making it a great way to stop bashes and bangs being an issue. The guard is close fitting to the actual lens and provides complete protection for the area it covers. The construction is made of a water resistant santroprene outer cover and a soft cushioned neoprene inner cover. This combination is designed for effective protection, and it really works. The tougher outer casing means that dampness, moisture and light spills are not an issue at all. Whilst the soft neoprene (material used for wet suits) inner padding makes sure the lens is well protected from bashes without damage. This soft inner lining means that there will be no stress marks or scratches from the use of a lens guard. Things like bashing the lens off of tables, rocks and walls will be much less of a risk with the placement of a lens guard.
They also protect from dirt and grime if the camera is in an outdoor location. You can place down the camera without the worry of the lens picking up dirt and mud.
An additional bonus is that the lens guard will fit 90% of camera lenses. There are three different sizes to chose from to make sure that you can have a snug retro fit of the guard to your lens. This takes away any compatibility issues that you might find or envisage. Some users have also chosen to use the lens guard system for protecting the lens whilst it is in storage. This can be done by placing a guard at either side of the lens to create an all round seal. This can stop dirt, dust and scratches from affecting the lens whilst in storage. So photographers know that when they fit the lens back on they will always have easy and reliable photo capturing.
Overall this is a very simple but effective piece of protective kit. It’s function cannot be faulted and it is designed well which allows for no fuss and no problems.

Juice Tank iPhone case

Published: Mar 20, 2012 by admin Filed under: Mobile Phones
Juice Tank iPhone case
The juice tank iPhone case is a revolutionary stepping stone in the cell phone protective casing market. It is in a pre market launch fundraising stage at the moment and is nearing its target which would allow a launch soon. The case as the ‘juice tank’ name would indicate has a built in collapsible charger in its back side. This allows individuals to charge their phone on the go, by simply plugging the case (and in doing so the phone) into a wall socket outlet. This then directly charges up the phone giving users a much needed power boost. The design and concept are ingenious and this looks like something that could have a real impact on the market if launched correctly.
The standard two pins of the North American wall socket collapse into the back of the case. They lie flush against the surface meaning they do not attract attention to themselves or cause inconvenience to the phone user. When the user needs power they can simply flip up the two pins so they can plug the phone directly into the wall socket. This means that anywhere you are, you can have wireless charging of your cell phone if there is a socket available. The concept is so simple once produced and so it is surprising that this has not already hit the market in some form.
The electronics in this case are expertly designed and do not take up a lot of room. This is a slim case which is no bigger than most iPhone protective cases. So having the luxury of an integrated charger does not make this a bulky and unattractive item. The reality is far from it and the case is actually quite neat and stylish. The producers know that looks are just as important factor as function when it comes to a successful phone case. This is why it is a hot topic and an area of much interest, it has all the makings of a successful product.
The only possible downside is actually a by-product of the advantage that this case has. In being a wireless/cordless charger the phone has to go right to the plug to be charged. This means that being able to use the phone whilst it is charging through the case will be difficult or impossible. So perhaps this is not a product meant for general use, but more so emergency charging whilst on the go. Users will probably use this when the phone is almost out of battery, and a quick burst of power is needed. Because it has to remain at the wall or extension, it is not really a long term or regular use phone accessory.
Never the less this is a great invention and fantastic idea put into action. The unit is said to be retailing at around $70 upon launch, or $55 for people who have invested in the development/launch costs. So it is not too horrendous a price for some innovative and new technology.

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