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George Schaub Posted: Nov 01, 2008 0 comments

As this issue goes to press we’re off to photokina in Cologne, Germany, for the one show that always rocks the photo world. Held every two years, photokina is where just about every manufacturer in the industry from around the world gathers to show their wares, and their future tech, so that’s where we’ll be. Shutterbug is sending a team of reporters to cover every aspect of the...

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George Schaub Posted: Oct 01, 2008 0 comments

Those who spend most of their time working in natural light have come to appreciate the difficulties of making the best exposure reading, working the point of view, and maintaining tonal value and detail in the scene. One of the reasons for the increasing interest in HDR (so-called High Dynamic Range imaging) is that it seems to be a digital way to overcome the curse of the ancient...

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George Schaub Posted: Sep 01, 2008 0 comments

There's no doubt that digital allows you to blithely shoot away without concern for film and processing expense and to record every possible angle and compositional permutation, with bracketing to boot. In that, it has freed the image from the implied cost of every snap of the shutter--not to worry, you paid for most of that up front. Now what you get to spend is time...

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George Schaub Posted: Aug 01, 2008 0 comments

It goes without saying that digital has changed lots of things in photography. One matter that requires more thorough investigation is how it affects optics and assumptions we have made about the design, recommendations, and even the naming conventions we use. While this column length does not allow for full discussion I'll raise some of the issues and open the floor to our...

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George Schaub Posted: Jul 01, 2008 0 comments

For those who worked in the confines of the amber-lit chemical darkroom and experienced the wonder of an image emerging from paper after being dipped in a tray of liquid, the changeover to the digital darkroom, as it has come to be known, has been radical. No longer dealing with dye and density, we are now confronted with changeable codes that are handled by graphic interfaces...

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George Schaub Posted: Jun 01, 2008 0 comments

Every year the PMA (Photo Marketing Association) convention brings together all things photographic to one spot and attracts visitors and exhibitors from around the world. We see the show as a way to gather information about what's new, and perhaps as important, what's coming in terms of technology in the months and even years ahead. To accomplish our task we have a...

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George Schaub Posted: May 01, 2008 0 comments

While we at the magazine tend to get caught up in the exciting news about new products and technology, we also keep our eye out for topics we believe are of interest to photographers today. You might call these guiding lights that we will follow in the months and years ahead. We feel we owe it to you to occasionally state those topics explicitly, so you know where we are coming...

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George Schaub Posted: Apr 01, 2008 0 comments

Now that Nikon has entered the "full" or FX-format realm with their new D3 the debate is sure to ensue about what creates the best image quality--so-called DX (or APS-C) sensors or the 35mm-size sensor found in the Nikon D3 and former Canon models and the new Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, reviewed in this issue. (The D3 review will appear in our May issue.) These...

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George Schaub Posted: Mar 01, 2008 0 comments

Gone are the days when we might be discussing the merits of stock vs. dilution ratios for film processing and the uses of potassium ferricyanide for snapping up highlights on prints. While these are still items of interest for those working in the chemical darkroom, the talk these days is more about raw image converters and which plug-ins are optimum for gaining a "Velvia...

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George Schaub Posted: Feb 01, 2008 0 comments

Those who have been around for a while have to be amused by the occasional proclamation that another black and white renaissance has occurred. This pronouncement from industry wags is made every few years to usher in another glorious age for black and white photographers and printers. This time around the gushing is around new inkjet papers, dubbed "exhibition quality"...

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George Schaub Posted: Jan 01, 2008 0 comments

As someone who has paid the rent with photography since high school I often find myself uncomfortable when the words "photography" and "art" are linked in a sentence, especially when art is spelled with a capital "A." I see photography as a craft, one that takes rigor, training, and sacrifice to get right. But I also see photography as an art;...

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Grace Schaub Posted: Dec 01, 2007 0 comments

There's something odd about the even years in the photo industry. While manufacturers no longer wait for trade shows to release products, as they did in the past, there's something about the even years that seems to bring forth the really major introductions and changes. It might be a hangover from the past, before the Internet was filled with rumormongers and those...

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George Schaub Posted: Nov 01, 2007 0 comments

To get a handle on the issue at hand we first have to define a "pro photographer." In the simplest terms, a professional is someone who makes money at what they do. But pros can also have another day job entirely, or do the odd photographic job on nights and weekends to help pay the rent. Indeed, many pro photographers started working for nothing or next to nothing...

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George Schaub Posted: Oct 01, 2007 0 comments

This issue is dedicated to lighting with reviews, how-to articles, and roundups of gear, all intended to get you thinking about the best way to illuminate your subject. At the most basic level exposure is about aperture and shutter speed--that's how light is controlled. But it is in shaping light, using modifiers for existing light and various types of bulbs, controlled...

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George Schaub Posted: Sep 01, 2007 0 comments

While grammatically awkward, the headline on this column pretty much sums up how digital has changed our relationship with our prints. While many photographers have always made an effort to develop their own black and white film and make their own custom-crafted prints, quite a few less bothered making their own color prints, and only a handful might have developed their own color...


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