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George Schaub Posted: May 31, 2011 1 comments

Imagine yourself walking into a room where there are numerous objects covered with small mirrors. The mirrors follow the form and shape of the objects. The walls of the room have a slot that goes continuously around the entire room. Behind the slot is a light that shines into the room and that travels the entire distance, from wall to wall. As the light travels it passes through numerous color filters built into the slot. The light reflects off the mirror facets on the objects. You can also move throughout the room and observe the objects and the light by standing with the light coming in over your shoulder, from the side or even standing behind the objects as the light hits them.

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Howard Millard Posted: May 31, 2011 9 comments

In this article I’ll show you how to add dramatic movement to your images, as well as rich color and strong graphic design to create a striking impression. This is a trick you can do in Photoshop CS2, CS3, CS4 and CS5.

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Chuck Gloman Posted: May 31, 2011 0 comments

Backlight is light that comes from behind the subject, whether it’s an artificial source or the sun. In the following examples, I decided to use the sun as my only light source, placed behind the subjects and guided by reflectors both natural and man-made.

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Posted: Apr 26, 2011 0 comments
May Cover This month we explore pro raw converters and image-editing options. While our reviews feature products that pose an alternative to Adobe Photoshop, they will handle many of your image processing needs. We also explore the use of image stabilization with tripods to see if they are friends or foes. Finally, beauty shots of New York City’s Eventi Hotel/Beatrice luxury apartments were a key part of Jon Ortner’s assignment for the property developer, but to find out what inspired his on-the-fly creativity, you’ll have to get down to street level on page 120.

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Chuck Gloman Posted: Apr 26, 2011 0 comments

Lighting portrait subjects with different hair and skin color can be a challenge, especially when you are using a dark background. With a little time spent adjusting the color temperature and placement of your lights, you won’t have to rely on color correcting the images later. No lighting challenge is too extreme if you break it down into a few simple steps. Do you want hair lighter or darker; do you want to complement or contrast the skin tone; and what is the overall “look” you desire—warm or cold? By answering these questions, you will be able to determine which color temperature of light you need to create the mood for the image. Again, don’t just set the camera on auto white balance. Set your daylight or tungsten balance lights accordingly and manually adjust the camera’s color temperature—you’ll be glad you did.

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Jim Zuckerman Posted: Apr 26, 2011 1 comments

I was privileged to be able to photograph a champion Gypsy Vanner horse, Romeo, with a beautiful model in period costume. I chose late afternoon about an hour before sunset to take advantage of the spectacular backlighting on the blond mane, the tail, and the feathering around the feet. For this particular photo session, I wasn’t able to shoot Romeo in an open field, and the corral fence behind him (#1) bothered me at the time but there were no other options. I knew I wanted to separate my subjects from the background at a later point in time during post-processing, but what makes this breed of horse so beautiful—the long, flowing hair—is a nightmare to deal with in composite work.

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Chuck Gloman Posted: Apr 26, 2011 0 comments

When fighting with the sun, your flash might not be powerful enough to fill in the deep shadows created by that large key light in the sky. Luckily, we have help in the form of reflectors which send almost all of the reflected light onto the subject. I will be referring to two types of reflectors here: the Flexfill (and its variations) and reflective (silver-sided) foam core.

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Ron Leach Posted: Apr 26, 2011 1 comments

As you might suspect, the photographic industry has been greatly impacted by the horrible devastation of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the ongoing nuclear crisis. While we continue to pray for the injured and those who lost their lives, it’s not too soon to acknowledge the severe impact the March 11 disaster and it’s aftermath has had on many of the world’s leading camera and accessory companies.

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Posted: Mar 29, 2011 0 comments

April 2011

On The Cover
This month we are providing a reality check on the state of the photo stock market as pros reveal the winners and losers, and how to smartly play the game. We hope their thought-provoking ideas will help you evaluate your own situation when contemplating joining the stock fray. And if you are considering turning pro, be...

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Posted: Mar 29, 2011 0 comments

Digital Print Display

Best Practices For Mounting, Matting & Framing

by Jon Canfield

After all the effort you’ve made to take a great photo and make a beautiful print, you want it to have immediate impact on the viewer. Whether it will hang in your home or if you’re planning to enter it into a competitiono...

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Posted: Mar 29, 2011 3 comments

Emerging Beauty

Time Lapse Techniques Capture Miracles

by David FitzSimmons

My wife, Olivia, is a naturalist. In one of her educational programs, she teaches children about the life-cycle of monarch butterflies. To show their four stages of life, she begins by collecting eggs from milkweed plants. Olivia keeps leaves from...

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Posted: Mar 29, 2011 0 comments

Black And White Flower Portraiture

Light, Shadow, And Tone

by Endre Balogh

Our world is filled with so many beautiful subjects—people, landscapes, architecture, flowers, etc.—that I find it very difficult to limit myself to just one genre of photography. Flowers, with their extraordinary variety and dazzlingco...

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Posted: Mar 29, 2011 0 comments

Industry Perspective

Bright News For Camera Shipments

by Ron Leach

Total shipments of digital cameras set an all-time record in 2010 at 121.5 million units, according to Tsuyoshi Kikukawa, President of the Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA). Since CIPA began tracking this data in 1999 when the digital camerama...

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Posted: Feb 22, 2011 0 comments

Industry Perspective

The Passing of Photographer Charles Brittin

by Ron Leach

Relatively unknown outside of Los Angeles for most of his career, Charles Brittin was an important documentary photographer known for his political activism. In commemorating Brittin’s recent passing Andrew Perchuk, Deputy Director of the GettyR...

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Posted: Feb 22, 2011 2 comments

Adam Block: Astrophotographer

Shooting For The Stars

by Lorraine A. DarConte

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars,” said Oscar Wilde, who, in his wildest dreams could not have imagined how truly spectacular the universe is. Thanks to “visionaries” like AdamBlock—...

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