Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Free PDF Creator and Converter



Convert your files to PDF using PDFCreator, as long you can print your files, you can convert it to PDF using this software, PDFCreator is a free tool to create PDF files from nearly any Windows application.

Key Features:
  • Create PDFs from any program that is able to print
  • Security: Encrypt PDFs and protect them from being opened, printed etc
  • New: Digitally sign your PDFs to ensure that you are the author and the file has not been modified
  • New: Create PDF/A files for long term archives
  • Send generated files via eMail
  • Create more than just PDFs: PNG, JPG, TIFF, BMP, PCX, PS, EPS
  • AutoSave files to folders and filenames based on Tags like Username, Computername, Date, Time etc.
  • Merge multiple files into one PDF
  • Easy Install: Just say what you want and everything is installed
  • Terminal Server: PDFCreator also runs on Terminal Servers without problems
  • And the best: PDFCreator is free, even for commercial use! It is Open Source and released under the Terms of the GNU General Public License.
  • Supports Windows Vista and Windows 7

Download:
PDF Creator

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

EISA Awards for AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II



AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II interchangeable lens for SLR cameras Recipient of the EISA European Professional Lens 2010–2011 award

"Nikon's AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II gives photographers a guarantee of excellent image quality, even in the most difficult lighting conditions. The fast f/2.8 maximum aperture allows photographers to work in a wide variety of situations, offering the ability to shoot with faster shutter speeds and to have smooth backgrounds with attractive bokeh. The lens has three ED glass elements to eliminate chromatic aberration and Nikon's Nano Crystal Coat reduces internal reflection. The AF-S NIKKOR is equipped with Nikon’s VR II vibration reduction system, making it a natural choice for photographers specialising in nature, wildlife and fast-action sports."


source: www.nikon.com

EISA award for Nikon D3S



Nikon D3S digital SLR camera
Recipient of the EISA European Professional Camera 2010–2011 award

"The Nikon D3S is so sensitive that it can focus and shoot in conditions in which even the human eye has difficulty seeing. Although high ISO settings are a feature of most modern D-SLR cameras, the quality achieved with D3S high ISO settings is unsurpassed in terms of low noise levels and richness of detail. Together with its extremely fast EXPEED image processing, excellent battery life and high-quality construction, the D3S is the perfect D-SLR for professional sports, action and low-light photography."



source: www.nikon.com

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Free download of ViewNX 2



Nikon's image browsing and editing software with improved editing and printing functions for still images and movies
Greater collaboration with my Picturetown, Nikon's image storage and sharing service

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that ViewNX 2 is available for free download from the following Nikon website beginning today. ViewNX 2 is the comprehensive new version of Nikon's image browsing and editing software, ViewNX, offering improved functions and greater collaboration with Nikon's image storage and sharing service, my Picturetown.

Download website (http://nikonimglib.com/nvnx/)

ViewNX 2, available for free download beginning today, inherits its basic functions from ViewNX and offers improved operation and image editing and printing functions. In addition to a revamped user interface, which offers three different workspaces suited to common uses of the application, ViewNX 2 includes new editing functions for still images such as Crop and Straighten, as well as new movie editing functions, including one that allows movie frames to be saved as still images. ViewNX 2 also offers greater control over print settings, making it a convenient image browsing and editing software application for all users of digital cameras, from beginners to advanced users. ViewNX 2 also provides greater collaboration with my Picturetown, Nikon's image storage and sharing service, making image upload simpler. ViewNX 2 is an all-in-one software application for browsing, editing and sharing of still images and movies.

read more...

source: www.nikon.com

MOTOGP RESULT GRAND PRIX OF CZECH REPUBLIC (Brno) 2010



MOTOGP RESULT GRAND PRIX OF CZECH REPUBLIC (Brno) 2010

1. Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha Team
2. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team
3. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Team
4. Ben Spies USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team
6. Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Team
7. Colin Edwards USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
8. Marco Melandri ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini
9. Hector Barbera SPA Paginas Amarillas Aspar
10. Randy de Puniet FRA LCR Honda MotoGP
11. Marco Simoncelli ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini
12. Aleix Espargaro SPA PRAMAC RACING TEAM
13. Alex DE ANGELIS RSM Interwetten Honda MotoGP

Not Classified
19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
36 Mika KALLIO FIN Pramac Racing Team
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team
65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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Monday, August 2, 2010

UNDERSTANDING F-STOPS ON PHOTOGRAPHY



First of all, before I begin, I will define some terms which I will be using in this article, to give you a better understanding of their meaning:

Diaphragm: The device in the lens which controls the amount of light entering the lens.
F-stop: The size of the opening in the diaphragm of the lens, each different f-stop allows a certain amount of light to enter the lens.
Depth of Field (DOF): The amount of area in or out of focus in an image.
Aperture: The opening in the diaphragm which allows the light to enter.
Shutter Speed: The length of time the shutter remains open in your camera.
Exposure: The aperture and shutter speed combined.

So now, once you understand the different terms, on your camera each f-stop will be represented as a number, depending on your lens, and they can vary greatly.
The smaller the number the larger the aperture, or opening. Each f-stop increases or decreases the amount of light entering the lens by a magnitude two times. These f numbers increase by the following increments:

f1.0, f1.4, f2.0, f2.8, f4.0, f5.6, f8, f11, f16, f22, f32, f45, f64, f90

For this tutorial, let’s begin at f5.6 and go up as far as f45. Remember that as the size of the number increases the smaller the aperture in the diaphragm is, and therefor, the less light is being let into the camera. So, f5.6 allows x2 as much light enter the lens as f8, this means that f8 allows x2 as much light in as f11, and so on.
Each f-stop (if your camera/lens allows) can be divided into 1/3 or ½ stop increments, which are as follows:

(1/3 stops): f5.6, f6.3, f7.1, f8, f9, f10, f11, f13, f14, f16, f18, f19, f22

(1/2 stops) f5.6, f6.7, f8.0, f9.5, f11, f13, f16, f19, f22

The largest f-stop on your lens (in this example) f5.6, will be allowing the most light into the camera (since the apateure opening will be larger), and you will also have the shallowest depth of field. This means that when you are focused on the main subject you want to photograph, the objects on front or behind it will remain out of focus, depending on how far they are from the main subject. As the f-stops decrease (remember, the f numbers get bigger but the aperture size decreases), the surrounding objects become sharper.

To get the full benefit of f-stops and DOF (Depth of Field) you will need to understand the basics of the built in light meter in your camera:
In most digital and film SLR’s, the light meter is represented as the following on both the LCD screen and when you look into the viewfinder:

-2..-1..{ }..+1..+2

The ‘•’ represents the current light reading. If it is positioned in the centre ‘{ }’ it means that the camera is set to the correct exposure for the given amount of light. Should the ‘•’ be positioned under the -2, -1, +1, +2 this means that the camera is set one or two f-stops under or over, for the ideal exposure. So when you are out photographing, for instance if you have your camera set to f11 and the light meter marker is at -1, change the f-stop to f8 to open up the aperture, likewise if the marker is at +1, change the f-stop to f16.

Additionally, it is also good practice to take photographs one stop under, one stop over, and one at the correct exposure This way, you can view the results and see which image has the best exposure on screen or when printed; this is called bracketing. Bracketing gives you some lee-way if the lighting conditions are tricky or you are using the flash. Some camera models have an “auto-bracketing” mode, which automatically takes 3 (or sometimes even 5) photos at various f-stop intervals, so that you can later choose the photo with the most pleasing exposure.

It should also be noted that the built in light meter in your SLR is not accurate 100% of the time, as it generally just takes an average light reading. Hand held light meters are much more accurate as you can do readings on various areas on your subject.

To get more in depth on the subject of light readings, the two small dots between each number ( -2..-1..{}..+1..+2) represent 1/3 stops. If there was only one dot between each number, this would mean that they were representing ½ stops.

I hope that this article has shed some light (no pun intended!) on the subject of f-stops and exposures. It takes time and practice to fully come to grips with lighting, shutter speeds, depth of field etc... Many people might think that it is not very important to know these things (since your camera may have a full-auto setting). However, in the long run, as you get more and more accustomed to using the manual settings in your camera, the more you will enjoy the wonderful art of photography. The results won’t come immediately, but keep your mind on the task at hand and you might just be impressed with what you come up with!

by: Kenneth Fagan
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F1 RESULT GRAND PRIX OF HUNGARIAN 2010



F1 RESULT GRAND PRIX OF HUNGARIAN 2010

1. Mark Webber RBR-Renault
2. Fernando Alonso Ferrari
3. Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault
4. Felipe Massa Ferrari
5. Vitaly Petrov Renault
6. Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth
7. Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari
8. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes
9. Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari
10. Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth
11. Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP
12. Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari
13. Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes
14. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth
15. Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth
16. Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth
17. Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth
18. Lucas Di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth
19. Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth

Not Classified
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
11 Robert Kubica Renault
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP
14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes
17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari

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