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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Aug 17, 2012 / 29 Menachem-Av, 5772

Digital Photo Tools Stand Up Over Time

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There's tons of new technology out there, and more coming all the time, it seems. Both Canon and Nikon have new models rolling off the assembly line and into stores, while other camera makers are also planning to crowd shelves this fall. Software, too, is keeping up with plenty of new releases.

Sometimes, though, I've found that items I've had around for a while - a year or 18 months - continue to do quite nicely. In fact, I'd argue that some of these items really prove themselves after such a period of time.

Canon's PowerShot ELPH 300S, reviewed here in September 2011, continues to delight. In Israel two months ago, and around town, pictures are just marvelous. The other morning, a magazine art director called for a re-shoot of a building sign, saying the shot on file had color issues. A quick click with the ELPH 300S - a $200 or so point-and-shoot wonder - and the art director was happy.

As mentioned in the earlier review, I like having a rather powerful camera that really does fit in a pocket. Even more, I like the battery life (super impressive) and the picture quality (ditto). It's not a substitute for a digital SLR, again, something said here previously, but it's awfully handy.

Aperture, the $79.99 photo-handling/editing/improving software from Apple, Inc., takes things a step up from the firm's iPhoto program, which is included with all new Macs, or is available via the online App Store for $14.99.

A quick way of differentiating the two: iPhoto is quite enough for many family and hobbyist photographers. Those wanting more capability, more organization and more features will want to add Aperture to the list.

Aperture, which can be set as the default "photo download" program for your digital camera, iPhone and iPad, offers ways to organize your photos by faces and geographic locations, or places, the latter using GPS and/or geo-tracker information. (Some newer cameras, many smartphones, and items such as the EyeFi SD card, can capture GPS information when a photo is taken.) Of course, you can create albums of related photos if you like.

There are dozens of effects you can add to your photos in Aperture: processing techniques and styles, color correction and image enhancement. And as Apple points out, "since all adjustments are nondestructive, you can revert back from the changes you make at any time or restore your original master images."

A very nice, and recent, upgrade is that Aperture and iPhoto can now share a photo library on a single Mac. What that means is you can work on photos in Aperture while someone else uses iPhoto to manage the same images.

Now, Aperture is not Apple's answer to Adobe's famed Photoshop, whose CS6 version recently shipped and will be reviewed here. But Aperture is more than enough for many advanced amateurs, and even a number of professionals, to consider as a daily photographic companion.

About a year ago, the public relations agency for camera bag-maker Lowepro suggested I try out the $250 Scope Photo Travel 350 AW camera bag, and while I was a bit hesitant, I'm glad I did. It's more like a backpack than it is a bag, but it's compact enough to easily carry (even squeezing into the overhead of an Embraer commuter jet) while being large enough to hold a lot of stuff: a Canon EOS Rebel T2i body, two lenses, the aforementioned PowerShot, a tripod and some other gear. A zippered pocket at the rear could hold a small notebook computer or an iPad with cover and keyboard. Along with all this, you could add some accessories: a sound recording microphone for the Rebel T2i, say, and bunches of lithium batteries for your camera's power grip, and still be fine.

Surprisingly, all this was well distributed (and very well protected) and it wasn't too much of a burden to carry, even in a very warm Jerusalem on the way to a formal business meeting. Details on the bag, which I recommend highly, are at http://bit.ly/PbE2Wm.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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