October 12
Sigma Germany announces SD1 Wood Edition with burl veneer
Sigma Germany has announced a wood-veneered version of its SD1 high-end DSLR. The 'Wood Edition' emphasizes the camera's premium appeal by adding a casing made from Amboyna Burl, an expensive and decorative veneer taken from complex growths on a Southeast Asian tree. The case takes around 60 hours to cut, mill and polish. Ten examples of the special edition will be available, body-only, for a recommended selling price of €9,999. (From PhotoScala)
October 11
Leica M9 comparison shots added to dpreview database

We've just added Leica M9 studio shots to our comparison tool. As part of our forthcoming review of the Sigma SD1, we'll be comparing it to a range of large-sensor, high-resolution cameras, which meant including the Leica M9. The shots, actually taken with an M9-P, should not be seen as a signal of a full review of the camera but do help put its image quality in context against its peers.

"Golden Hour" Photography
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The golden hour, when the sun is just over the horizon, is an excellent time for taking photographs.
October 10
Article: Stranger on the Port Townsend Ferry
While searching through his archive for some pictures to print, dpreview.com Reviews Editor Barnaby Britton uncovered a twilight portrait from 2008 that stirred a few memories. In this article he explains how he approached creating and editing this photograph, of a lone nighttime traveller in the Pacific Northwest. 
October 9
Leica Noctilux: Overkill or Necessity

Leica is famous for its high-speed optics. This article is about my experience with different versions of the fastest of them all: Noctilux. Hopefully, it will be helpful for those who is planning on buying one.

How a prime lens changed me
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Even though I had a zoom I noticed that most photos were taken around "normal". I wanted to explore that observation, and I changed to a prime lens. The effect on me and my photography was profound.
Article: Editorial Lighting - The Minimalist Way
Thomas Park is a fashion and fine art photographer based in Seattle, Washington. In this article he demonstrates how you can turn a spot in a grungy alley into a photo studio, using only minimal lighting and post processing.
The Commando Photographer Guide to Travel
When you don't have all the time you want to dedicate to travel photography, your objective is to get in, get the pictures you want, and get out. The Commando Photographer travels light, gets in quick, takes the shot and gets out fast.
October 8
The Fog in Landscape Photography

Photos taken in fog often appear dull and unattractive. This is because the fog decrease the contrast and color saturation. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate that with the appropriate adjustments we can turn the problem into an advantage and obtain surprisingly satisfying results.

October 7
Fujifilm announces pricing and availability of the X10 enthusiast compact
Fujifilm has announced its X10 enthusiast compact will start shipping from November 2011 at a recommended retail price of $599.95. Announced last month, the retro-styled camera features a bright F2.0-2.8, 28-112mm-equivalent lens and is built around the company's 12MP 2/3" (6.6 x 8.8mm) EXR CMOS sensor.
Book review: 500 Poses for Photographing Women

How well your subjects are posed can make the difference between a photoshoot that looks professional, and one that looks amateurish. Richly illustrated, Michelle Perkins' book '500 Poses for Photographing Women: A Visual Sourcebook for Portrait Photographers' provides hundreds of examples of female portraits. Click through to read Adam Koplan's review.

Sigma reveals 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM with 'FLD' glass
Sigma has released version II of its 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM superzoom lens. The latest version adds Sigma's FLD glass, the 'fluorite-like' glass co-developed with Hoya and features a revised design (it now features a narrower body and 18 elements in 14 groups, rather than the 13 groups of its predecessor). The lens will be available for Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Pentax and Sony systems (without optical stabilization on the last two mounts). MSRP will be $720.
October 6
JVC launches GC-PX10 hybrid 12MP stills/1080p video camera in US
JVC has announced the GC-PX10, a 12 megapixel/1080p60 hybrid stills/video camera with 10x optical zoom. The model, which combines a 1/2.3" back-illuminated CMOS sensor can shoot 1080p60 video at bitrates of up to 36Mbps, full-resolution images at 30fps or 8.3MB images at 60fps. The camera, which appears to be a US version of the previously-announced, Japan-only GC-PX1, can also capture slow-motion video at 300fps. It includes 32GB of built-in memory, as well as accepting SDXC, SDHC and SD cards.
Article: Digital split ND filters versus HDR
Ellen Anon looks at the various techniques used to overcome dynamic range limitations.The dynamic range of a scene often exceeds the capturing capabilities of our cameras. Ellen explains how we we can use digital graduated neutral density filters and single image HDR Toning, as well as multi image HDR processing, to effectively even out the exposure within images.
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A roundup of UV filter discussions.
An In-depth Discussion of M + Auto-ISO for Canon SLRs

An in-depth discussion about Auto-ISO, we explore the way Auto-ISO functions, the rationale behind its use, and its advantages.

October 5
Roger Cicala looks at lens, camera and autofocus variation

Roger Cicala of LensRentals has written an article about lens and camera sample variation. The latest article builds on the several excellent pieces he's already written by subjecting a series of lenses to studio testing. As one of the few independent people in a position to test and assess sample variation with a reasonable sample size, it's well worth a read. As with all his posts, it does a good job of explaining and demonstrating the inherent variability and inconsistencies in lens behavior. It also addresses the reasonable desire (and sometimes unreasonable behavior) of photographers to get a 'good copy' of a lens.

Article: How Smartphones are Changing Digital Photography
What does the rise of the smartphones mean for the camera market? Smartphones are becoming increasingly popular and, in combination with processing apps, this is encouranging more people to turn to their phones to take and share photographs. Joanne Carter of TheAppWhisperer.com takes a look at what this means for 'conventional' photography.
Fujifilm unveils X-S1 high-end superzoom and confirms Mirrorless intentions
Fujifilm has announced the X-S1 high-end superzoom and confirmed its intention to build a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The X-S1 is an addition to the company’s X-series and is built around the same 2/3” EXR CMOS sensor as the recently announced X10. Meanwhile, company president and CEO Shigetaka Komori said it will create a mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera built around a larger sensor with ‘resolution and low noise [that] will surpass the 35mm full size sensor.’ We’re not taking this to mean it will be a full-frame camera. More details will be announced nearer the Spring 2012 launch. The X-S1 features a 26x, 24-624mm equivalent F2.8-5.3 zoom and will be available from early 2012. (via DCWatch) Updated
October 4
Instagram v2.0.1 adds features and corrects changed filters
Instagram has updated its image effects/sharing app, adding features and adjusting two filters to look more like their version 1 equivalents. Instagram 2.0.1 offers the chance to add geotags images taken from your photo library or on your phone camera. This information is only kept on on your high-res files, not the shared version. The Earlybird and Brannan filters have also been tweaked to look more like the original versions, in response to user feedback. The update is available for download immediately.
Just posted: Olympus E-PM1 (PEN Mini) preview and video
Just Posted: Olympus PEN Mini preview and video. Behind the bluster of the latest announcements, the Olympus E-PM1 has started hitting the shelves. In many respects it's pretty similar to the E-PL3 (and it features most of that camera's enhancements over the previous PEN models). It's built around the familiar 12MP sensor, shoots 1080i60 HD video and features an array of Olympus' Art Filters. It stands out in one respect though - it's the least expensive mirrorless interchangeable lens camera we've yet seen (in terms of list price). We're working on a review but, in the meantime, have put together a preview article and video.
Apple announces iPhone 4S with 8MP camera and 1080p video
Apple has announced its latest iPhone model, featuring an 8MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor. The iPhone 4S features faster image capture (down to 0.5s shot-to-shot time and 1.1 second 'time to first photo'), and captures more light as a result of the new sensor. It also gains 1080p video, is said to have better auto white balance performance and adds face detection for the first time. The 4S will first be available in the US, UK and five other countries on October 14th, with 22 more countries following two weeks later.
Adobe launches Photoshop Touch Android app as part of cloud strategy
Adobe has expanded its range of photographic apps - including the launch of Photoshop Touch for the Android platform. The latest app offers a range of selection and editing tools, along with processing effects for images up to 1600 x 1600 pixels. It also supports layers that are retained if you move to the desktop version of Photoshop. There is also close integration with Facebook and Google (including a color and copyright-aware search option) for finding images to edit. An iOS version for the iPad 2 will follow. The app is part of a series of mobile releases that can use the company's 'Creative Cloud' internet-based sharing and storage service that will also integrate with its desktop software.
Shoot Close Up For Impact!
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Shooting close up for impact (SCUFI) is a great technique for separating a subject from its surroundings to create compositions with greater stopping power. This is not a macro technique, but actually getting closer to your subject.
Reviewed: Sony NEX-5N 16MP mirrorless camera
Just Posted: Our review of the Sony NEX-5N. The 5N is the second generation of Sony's more enthusiast-focused mirrorless models. It offers the well-respected 16MP APS-C sensor and the option to fit an external electronic viewfinder. Although the bodywork is near indistinguishable from the original NEX-5, the latest model gains a touch-screen interface and in-camera lens correction processing as two of the most obvious of its many changes. We've spent some time getting familiar with the 5N, to see if it delivers on the NEX concept's considerable promise.
October 3
Tamron offers 17-50mm F2.8 VC prize for dpreview challenge
Tamron is offering an F2.8 zoom to the winner of a Travel and Nature challenge on dpreview.com. The competition, open to any registered dpreview member, runs until October 24th. The winner will be decided by public vote over the following seven days. The winning photographer will receive a Tamron SP 17-50mm F/2.8 Di II XR VC LD Aspherical (IF) in Canon or Nikon mount (Full-frame shooters can request an unstabilized 28-75mm F2.8 instead), making this the first dpreview challenge with a competition prize.
Article: How the iPhone changed my photography
Dpreview's Barnaby Britton takes look back at how the iPhone has transformed his photography. And, with the iPhone now the most popular camera on photo-sharing site Flickr, and a multitude of photography apps available, how the device has transformed cellphone photography as a whole.
The Rule of Thirds: A Simple Way to Improve Your Images
The rule of thirds is an easy way for beginning photographers to improve the composition of their photographs. This article explains how to break away from a center-oriented composition and create a more dynamic image.
October 2
Article: How to shoot creative canine photographs
Professional animal photographer Andy Sheng tells us how to shoot creative canine photography. In this first part of his series he demonstrates how to capture the natural beauty and personality of a dog and shows us some of his favorite images.
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A collection of short answers to the questions that are often asked on the Canon Rebel (EOS 1200D-300D) Talk forum.

September 30
Sony SLT-A77 studio comparison samples updated with ACR 6.5

Updated Sony SLT A-77 studio comparison RAW shots. We've just re-processed our A-77 shots of the standard studio test scene with the latest version of Adobe Camera RAW - ACR 6.5. (we had originally used a beta version of ACR 6.5). The differences are fairly minimal but the updated shots are are now available in the comparison tool.

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The Canon SX30 IS is one incredible superzoom bridge camera. It combines an ultra-long 35x zoom with unsurpassed 4.5 stop image stabilization to allow you to take pictures that you never thought you'd be able to.
Shooting Small Flowers with a Macro Lens
Shooting small flowers has many challenges. This describes both the equipment and process of one approach.
Redrock Micro creates Canon EF to MFT adapter with aperture control
DSLR video accessory specialist Redrock Micro has created a Canon EF to Micro Four Thirds lens adapter. The LiveLens MFT adds the electronics required to control the aperture on the mounted EOS lenses. A 9V battery and a touch-panel allows the adapter to specify the lens aperture in 1/3EV steps. The adapter costs $442.50 and is available directly from the manufacturer's website. (Via Photography Blog)
September 29
Flickr offers Android app including image processing

Photo sharing site Flickr has launched an Android app for uploading, browsing and processing images. The image processing - which allows the application of ten filters and effects - is one of a number of features not included in the equivalent iOS app. These features put it squarely into competition with the popular, iOS-only 'Instagram' processing and sharing service. Flickr says an iOS version will follow 'in the coming months.'

Flickr adds 'Photo Session' feature for real-time sharing and discussion

Yahoo has reiterated its commitment to Flickr, adding a 'Photo Session' feature to the photo sharing website. Photo Session allows the user to invite friends and family to join-in real-time slideshow/presentations, during which participants can chat about and even sketch on the images being show.

Article: Using a DMCA takedown notice to fight copyright infringement
Carolyn E. Wright is an attorney who specializes in the legal needs of photographers. In this article she explains how the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) can help to get your images removed from websites that display them without your permission (Please note that the DMCA is US legislation. While this law is not available in other jurisdictions, copyright law is similar in countries that are signatories to the Berne convention).
Landscape Gold
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This article looks at the challenges facing modern landscape photographers. Anthony McKee is a New Zealand trained, Australian based professional photographer and writer with a passion for documentary and landscape photography.
Posing - A Starting Point
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One of the biggest issues confronting photographers starting out shooting portraits is how to pose their subject. Here are a few pointers that will work out every time for you.
Raising the Bar
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This article looks at the process of camera club judging and offers guidance to photographers and judges alike. Anthony McKee is an Australian based pro photographer. He has judged at both the Australian and New Zealand Professional Photography Awards (and the occasional camera club competition).
Adobe releases Lightroom 3.5 and ACR 6.5
Adobe has released Photoshop Lightroom 3.5 and Camera Raw 6.5. These are final versions of updates that were originally posted as 'release candidates' on the Adobe Labs site, and are available for immediate download. The latest versions provide final RAW support for 15 additional cameras including the Olympus E-P3, E-PL3 and E-PM1, Panasonic G3 and GF3, Pentax Q, and Sony NEX-C3, NEX-5N, SLT-A35, SLT-A65 and SLT-A77. A number of digital backs from Leaf and Phase One are also now supported.
September 28
Create your own articles - public beta launched today
A few weeks ago we launched our articles section and we promised that you'd soon be able to create your own articles, photo blogs and other personal content using our newly-developed browser-based editor and content manager. We're excited to announce that today we've opened up access to this cool new tool for all registered members. Find out more after the link...
Quick Tour of the Article Editor
A quick guide to the new article editor - learn how to create, edit and publish your own words and pictures on dpreview.com
Book review: The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers

For many photographers Scott Kelby's Photoshop 'how-to' books are the standard by which others are judged. As Adobe releases new versions of Photoshop, Scott Kelby rewrites his manual to the program to address relevant changes and upgrades. Click through to read Adam Koplan's review of the latest edition of this popular book which covers Photoshop CS5.

Bird photography tips
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Bird photography is one of the most popular genres of nature photography and it is my biggest passion. Photographing birds is very interesting and challenging. Read the tips in this article to improve your bird photography experience.
September 27
Updated: Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm F1.8 ZA samples
We have just updated our previously posted samples gallery from the Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm F1.8 ZA. Our previous gallery was shot exclusively using the NEX-7 but these latest samples were shot with the NEX-5N. Together, these samples should give you a good overall indication of how the lens performs in front of both 24MP and 16MP sensors. As usual we've tried to shoot the lens in a variety of conditions and at a variety of apertures to give an idea about how it behaves.
Article: Introduction to travel photography
Steve Davey is a professional landscape and travel photographer. In this article he shares some of his favorite images and tells us about his experiences, his methods and the gear he takes with him when working on the road.
Nikon updates Capture NX adding Raw support for V1/J1

Nikon has announced version 2.2.8 of its Capture NX image editing software. The latest version resolves minor bugs and extends Raw support to the recently released Nikon 1 V1 and J1 mirrorless cameras, and the Coolpix P7100 enthusiasts' compact. 

ACD Systems launches ACDSee Pro 5 and ACDSee v14
ACD Systems has announced the launch of ACDSee Pro 5 and ACDSee version 14. Pro 5 builds on the software's database and organization heritage by gaining image editing tools such as Dodge and Burn, split toning and sharpening tools. This is in addition to its Raw conversion capabilities. Meanwhile, ACDSee v14 adds geotagging options, improved metadata tools and the special effects and drawing tools that are also new to Pro 5. Alongside the launches, the company has announced ACDSee Online, a Raw-capable cloud-based storage and archiving service that doesn't require ownership of the company's software.
September 26
Sony SLT-A77 studio comparison samples

We have just posted studio test samples from the Sony SLT-A77. In the process of working on the forthcoming in-depth review of the A77, we have shot our standard studio test scene. To allow easy comparison with its peers, we have now added these shots to our comparison tool, found in our existing reviews. The A77 can now be selected from the pull-down list within any review or our standalone comparsion tool.