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George Schaub Posted: Nov 01, 2007 0 comments

Billed as a "large wheeled camera/computer case," the Pelican 283 (for short) can carry all your gear, and more, in a clever design that holds more than you could imagine in a carryon, wheeled case. In truth, when the entire bag is "together," it can be difficult to stow into an above-seat bin, my main criteria for a bag these days, and in fact the case is...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Nov 01, 2007 0 comments

Remember the old Kodak 18 percent Gray Card that we used as a neutral target to determine exposure, without undue influence from bright and dark tones? I still have a bunch of those lying around. There were several problems with the card; holding it the wrong way might cause a glaring hot spot. Second, it was cardboard, not built to last. Third, it didn't travel...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Nov 01, 2007 0 comments

Decorative Tuscan Columns
Meese Orbitron Dunne Co. has a new addition to their Tuscan Colonnade Arch System. Crafted from durable, weatherproof, and lightweight polyethylene, these architectural-style columns are ideal for photographers and wedding planners. The system includes two 6-foot and two 21/2-foot tall columns, available in white or a choice of...

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Steve Anchell Posted: Oct 01, 2007 1 comments

Recently, I had an assignment to photograph food for publication. It was to be photographed at the home of the writer. Not knowing what to expect I arrived with a carload of strobes, Photoflex light modifiers, Avenger light stands, and various sizes of white and black foamcore to reflect and block light. The food was laid out on a table under a large chandelier. I took one look...

C.A. Boylan Posted: Oct 01, 2007 0 comments

Savage Universal's Light Kits
Savage Universal has added two new light kits to their line of photographic equipment. The M31500 and M31100 kits include three variable power light heads with a quartz light bulb in each, three 24x24" softboxes, three four-section stands, and three 10-foot AC power cords with a carrying case. The kits are designed...

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Ron Eggers and Stan Sholik Posted: Oct 01, 2007 0 comments

Newer digital cameras have become so good at taking light measurements that some photographers might question the need for handheld meters. It may seem that the sophisticated multi-segment metering systems, the advanced light measurement capabilities, and the ways these cameras are able to work with different light sources with different color temperatures are making handheld...

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Steve Bedell Posted: Oct 01, 2007 0 comments

There are two real reasons to use a flash bracket. The first is to raise the flash high enough above the lens so that shadows just drop behind the subject instead of off to one side. When keeping a suitable distance from the background, the shadow will usually just disappear. The second is to eliminate the dreaded "redeye" caused by the flash being too close to the...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Sep 01, 2007 0 comments

D-SLR Starter Kit From LEE Filters
This Starter Kit offers D-SLR users a comprehensive filter system designed to fit their specific needs. It includes an assembled filter holder, a ProGlass 0.6 ND Standard, a 0.6 ND Hard Grad, a three filter pouch, and a cleaning cloth. These glass ND filters were created for use with digital cameras; they absorb more...

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Joe Farace Posted: Sep 01, 2007 0 comments

Imaged dirt is always with us. Most times you don't even notice it on a photograph because of the exposure or the subject matter, but when shooting at small apertures or up against smooth backgrounds such as seamless paper or the sky, it's right there in your face. If you've tried to scan film you already know that even the tiniest dust speck becomes a boulder...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Aug 01, 2007 0 comments

I love photo backpacks. They support the load by means of a shoulder harness system, usually aided by a chest (sternum) strap and often a waist belt so you arrive at your destination no worse for wear. They're great for nature hikes as well as general travel.

I decided to test out a number of them to see how they would fit and perform for the traveling...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 01, 2007 0 comments

One of our favorite categories at this and every show we cover is what we lovingly call our "Weird & Wonderful" report. This serves as both a catch-all for products that are not easily categorized, and for those that display just how ingenious the human mind can be. Some include accessories that might make your photographic life easier and more fun, while...

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Jon Canfield Posted: Jul 01, 2007 0 comments

You might think that tripods are merely three-legged supports. But judging by all of the tripod innovations on display at PMA this year, tripods certainly continue to evolve as do monopods and tripod heads as well.

My first stop on my tripod tour was Bogen Imaging. The Manfrotto line-up has been popular for years, and with good reason. They have a full range of...

Jack Neubart Posted: Jul 01, 2007 0 comments

There was no lack of gadgetry at this year's PMA, especially when it came to portable data and picture storage and display. The themes and variations boggle the mind, making it increasingly difficult to choose one product over another--especially when products from one company show an uncanny resemblance to those from another. However, many products distinguish...

Peter K. Burian Posted: Jul 01, 2007 0 comments

Now that most enthusiast-level cameras are boasting resolution of at least 8 megapixels, memory card speed and storage capacity have become particularly important. When shooting in raw capture or ultrahigh JPEG size/quality, there's definitely a benefit to using the fastest/largest memory card. The extra speed is also ideal after a long trip, when uploading hundreds (or...

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Robert E. Mayer Posted: Jul 01, 2007 0 comments

Photographers know that extra light is often needed to produce a top-quality picture. They also know that the camera's built-in flash will only illuminate subjects within 10 or so feet from the camera and the light it throws is harsh and frequently results in the distracting redeye effect. That's when a hot shoe or bracket mount flash comes into play.

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