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Cynthia Boylan Posted: Dec 15, 2014 0 comments

From the late 1940s through the 1960s (the golden age of advertising), noted photographer William Helburn was the popular choice for the top advertising agencies in New York City. He was a photographic pioneer who helped to revolutionize the advertising business—ushering in a more modern look—but after the 1960s he simply seemed to vanish.

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Dan Havlik Posted: Dec 15, 2014 0 comments

Mass market camera production has taken a major hit and the increasing popularity of smartphones with their built-in digital cameras could be to blame. That's what the above chart based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) statistics seems to show, with a steep drop-off in camera production in recent years, particularly compact cameras, which have started to disappear as smartphones take over.

Dan Havlik Posted: Dec 15, 2014 0 comments

We reviewed the Profoto B1 500 AirTTL battery-powered studio light earlier this year and while we, generally, loved this portable strobe solution the one thing missing was high-speed sync. Profoto corrected that this morning by offering a new High-Speed Sync (HSS) feature to the B1 that’s available now via a free firmware update.

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Cynthia Boylan Posted: Dec 12, 2014 0 comments

Designed to be stylish, fun and functional COOPH (Coperative of Photography) apparel encourages photographers to pursue their own personal style in their work as well as their clothes. COOPH fashions are inspired by photography and the basic requirements of a shoot.

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Steve Meltzer Posted: Dec 12, 2014 0 comments

The sale of Peter Lik’s photograph "Phantom" for a reported record $6.5 million earlier this week has stirred up a firestorm of online commentaries, media chest pounding and a lot of silliness. Critic Jonathan Jones writing in The Guardian (UK), has gone so far as to say that the sale was especially grotesque because in his words "photography is not an art."

Jack Neubart Posted: Dec 12, 2014 0 comments

I’ve worked with DxO's OpticsPro imaging software for several years and have watched this program evolve and make great strides as a Raw image converter. What the new DxO OpticsPro 10 version of the software brings to the table is a cadre of new features and improvements. But are these enough to catapult this software into the top tier, or is it still playing catch-up?

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Cynthia Boylan Posted: Dec 11, 2014 0 comments

Macphun Software has launched Snapselect, a new app that helps you quickly pick your best images and easily get rid of unwanted shots to save valuable disk space on your computer.

Edited by George Schaub Posted: Dec 11, 2014 0 comments

In 2013, Sony introduced two extraordinary cameras – the QX10 and the QX100. Both were based on compact cameras (WX100 and RX100 II), but didn't have “camera bodies” and LCD screens. Instead, they consisted of a lens, image sensor, image processor and a storage media system and both needed either a smartphone or tablet computer to serve as the “external camera.” The newest in the QX line is the QX1. The main camera concept is similar to the 2013 models, but the QX1 offers a large APS-C sensor with 20MP resolution and an E mount for interchangeable lenses.

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Cynthia Boylan Posted: Dec 11, 2014 0 comments

Are you itching to digitize your film-based medium format images? HP Marketing Corp. is now offering the new Braun FS 120 medium format scanner designed for that exact task.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Dec 10, 2014 0 comments

Whether the holidays bring out your “Humbug!” or your “Ho, ho, ho!” there’s one thing you must admit: it’s the most colorful season of the year. And all of those colorful lights are just begging to be zoomed, blurred and pleasantly smeared. Here are two common techniques that are easy to try.

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