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C.A. Boylan 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 ... 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Jon Canfield Jul 01, 2007 0 comments

If this year's announcements at PMA are any indication, color management is coming to the masses in a big way. New products, lower prices, and ease of use are all coming together to make this once arcane and neglected area more available to everyone, from seasoned pro to casual digital photographer.

This year also saw consolidation in the market with two of...

Shutterbug Staff Jul 01, 2007 0 comments

As part of our coverage each of our reporters were asked to pick out what they considered the Best of Show product, service, or idea. In most cases it is the item that caused them to reconsider how they worked or that sparked their imagination. While each reporter had their beat, this category was open game for all, and most "crossed lines" to find their pick.
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Robert E. Mayer Jul 01, 2007 0 comments

Batteries keep all digital cameras functioning properly. Not all the major firms offering traditional, well-known brand names were exhibiting, but there was a proliferation of alkaline, lithium, and Ni-MH rechargeable batteries from firms that might not be as familiar.

DigiPower introduced the Endure Series1 line of Ni-MH rechargeable batteries that come...

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Jack Neubart Jul 01, 2007 0 comments

Camera bags are no longer a mere tool to convey photo gear from point A to point B. Nowadays many want their photo luggage to be as fashionable as any belt, footwear, or handbag. And we still want it to be rugged. The entries in this year's PMA report don't fall short when it comes to being stylish, although a few are more staid and traditional in design. Many, in...