Janice Chen

Janice got her hands on a Nikon Coolpix 900 back in 1998 and has been a digital camera enthusiast ever since.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2008: The best entry-level digital SLRs

With prices on digital SLRs continuing to erode, it's getting easier and easier to make the jump from compact point-and-shoot cameras to dSLRs. If your favorite snapshooter is ready to move up in the world, check out this list of my favorite entry-level dSLRs.

November 19, 2008 by Janice Chen


Will you lose pictures stored online if your photo site goes bust?

Members of Digital Railroad found out the hard way that the answer may be yes. The digital photo archiving and commerce site used by over 1,500 professional photographers abruptly went dark on October 29th. All that was left up on the site was a note that said "We deeply regret to inform you that Digital Railroad (DRR) has shut down."

November 11, 2008 by Janice Chen


New Olympus E-30 digital SLR camera announced

The Olympus digital SLR lineup has been missing a midrange offering to suit folks who want a bit more camera than the $649.99 (with 14-42mm kit lens) E-520 and don't need the pro-level features of the $1,699 (body-only) E-3.

November 5, 2008 by Janice Chen


How to take great pictures of your dog

While I'm on the subject of last week's PhotoPlus Expo, the product description for a new photography book being promoted there cracked me up: PhoDOGraphy, by Kim Levin "combines heartwarming behind-the-scenes anecdotes with practical ideas for taking good, better, best photographs of our four-legged friends!"

October 28, 2008 by Janice Chen


Best new feature for photographers in Adobe Photoshop CS4

With all the important digital camera releases already announced last month at Photokina, PDN's PhotoPlus Expo passed by fairly uneventfully in New York last week. One of the highlights for me (besides the little camera-laden Olympus three-wheelers cruising around the city) was seeing the new Adobe Photoshop CS4 in action.

October 27, 2008 by Janice Chen


Canon posts EOS 5D Mark II instruction manual

If you're jonesing for more information on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and can't wait until it's released sometime towards the end of November, you're in luck: Canon just posted the full 228-page user manual for the long-anticipated successor to its EOS 5D digital SLR.

October 26, 2008 by Janice Chen


The best way to download photos from your digital camera to computer

With multiple generations of digital cameras in use in my household, memory card readers are our method of choice for downloading photos. I find it much easier to pop the memory card out of a camera and into a card reader than keeping track of all those camera cables. Of course, not all card readers (or memory cards for that matter) are created equal, but with so many on the market it's hard to tell which one is best.

October 24, 2008 by Janice Chen


How many megapixels do most people buy? More than you think.

The PMA is reporting that almost 80 percent of digital cameras sold in the U.S. in August 2008 were 8-megapixel or higher resolution models, with a whopping 27 percent of them 10 megapixels and more. If that doesn't sound surprising, compare it to the numbers from a year ago...

October 21, 2008 by Janice Chen