Content having to do with digital photography.

Tip of the Week (#008) - White Balance

White balance. On digital cameras you can select from a variety of white balance settings (e.g. Daylight, Cloudy, Shade). When shooting DNG, it's not that important since you can change it during import - but if you are shooting a series of photos in similar light, it's worthwhile to select the proper white balance so you don't have to change every image you import and because the "Auto" setting might set the exact balance differently between them all. Shooting JPEG, it's important to select the proper white balance before shooting!


Tip of the Week (#007) - Metering

Metering. Some times you have a tricky lighting situation or need a convenient "grey card." Use what's around you and meter the sky or the back of your hand, and add one stop - or just meter some grass - to get a roughly 18% exposure. If you don't have a meter, use the "Sunny 16" rule which states that at f/16 you set the shutter speed to the reciprocal of the ISO (e.g. 1/125s for ISO 100). You can adjust from there and if the lighting doesn't change - neither does the exposure. Both film and digital have enough of a latitude to make up small differences.

Leica Sells Approximately 40 M9 Bodies Per Day

An interesting statistic, based on a recent statement from Leica on M9 battery issues they state, "There have been 15 cases of this problem, which is equal to 0.05% of the total units sold." We can extrapolate and conclude that Leica has sold roughly 30,000 M9 cameras since 09/09/09. This comes out to approximately 40 cameras a day!

Leica Issues Statement on M9/Low Battery Issue

Leica has Issued a statement on the M9/low battery issue. This issue indicates a rare hardware issue (0.05% of bodies) and manifests itself as the camera reporting a "low battery" when it is, in fact - fully charged...

Tip of the Week (#006) - Self Timer

The self timer. More useful than you think, especially on the M9. When in bulb mode you can hit the shutter button once to open the shutter and the LCD will count up the seconds (up to 240). Just hit the shutter button again to close the shutter. On the Ti M9 it's the only way to use bulb since it lacks a threaded cable release socket. The M7 and M8's LCD work the same way (going up to 999), but you'll need a locking cable release to keep the shutter button down. New on the M9 is the ability to disable it altogether to prevent accidental activation.

Lens Primer - Advanced Topics

Added today is the Lens Primer - Advanced Topics article.

The third article of the series, this one gets into more advanced topics such as optical aberrations, lens design elements, ergonomics, bokeh and more.