Slices of Life: The Blog of Urbin Photography

Observations by Photographer Mark Urbin

Captured before it disappeared.

The old barn in Grafton this sign used to be on is gone now.

NFO Member Sign

NFO Member Sign

December 29, 2008 Posted by | New England, Photography | Leave a comment

Digital Picture Frames

One of the hot items this Christmas is digital picture frames.  I’ve been looking at various models, bought several and returned a couple.  

First, what not to buy. Omnitech digital picture frames.  Omnitech is a Staples brand name.  Don’t let the low price suck you in like it did me.  The quality is absolute dreck!  Very low resolution pictures.  Here is a tip, if the resolution of the screen isn’t printed on the box somewhere, it’s probably safe to assume that it sucks.

I found two models that I’m happy with.  The first is an HP 10.4″ model.  The resolution is 800×600, it has a remote, support for music files, movies, CF/SD cards…all the usual stuff.  A bit pricy, Amazon has it for $165, but then you are paying for the brand name and the perceived level of quality. It will show your digital photographs off quite nicely though.  It also has different colored mats that can be swapped out to match your room’s color scheme.

The other model I like is the Smartparts OptiPix Pro 10.4″ digital picture frame, which Amazon has for $99.99.  According to data on the box, the resolution is 640×480.  I’ve got it set next to the 800×600 HP, loaded with same pictures, and I can’t see $65 worth of difference between them. 

Bottom line, if you want a decent digital picture frame, be prepared to spend at least $100, and while it’s probably safe going with a well know brand name like HP, it may not be the best buy available.

December 17, 2008 Posted by | Gear, Photography | , | Leave a comment

2009 Yosemite Calendar

My 2009 Yosemite Calendar is out.  It features photographs from my book as well as new photographs of Yosemite National Park.

They make dandy Christmas gifts.  Ok, an Urbin Photography 2009 Yosemite Calendar is a fine gift for any holiday. 🙂

Here is the Cover Photograph.


Half Dome seen from Glacier Point.

Half Dome seen from Glacier Point.

December 4, 2008 Posted by | Urbin Photography, Yosemite | , , , , | Leave a comment