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Joe Farace Posted: Jul 01, 2007 0 comments

It's not just hardware but software that's fueling the digital imaging revolution. Even the firmware inside cameras and printers is really software that tells the device what to do and how to do it. Adobe's Photoshop, which has become a virtual economy unto itself, generating its own trade shows, software add-ons, and an entire book industry has gotten so...

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...

Jon Canfield Posted: 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...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Jun 01, 2007 0 comments

Since it was first begun as project "Longhorn" in 2005, a lot of experts, gurus, and techno-pundits, as well as Microsoft official representatives, have written reams about Vista. But until its release in mid-February, no one in digital photography or color management has had a word to say publicly about how Windows Vista will impact digital photography with a PC...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Jun 01, 2007 0 comments

When a photo product is designated as "professional" by the manufacturer many serious photo enthusiasts are immediately attracted, assuming the product will provide superior performance for them as well as professional photographers. This assumption has for much of photography's recent history been a truism backed up by reality. However, Adobe's reference...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2007 0 comments

"Don't let's spoil everything, we've only just met."--David Hemmings in Michelangelo Antonioni's film Blow-Up

Since back in the days when a 3-megapixel camera was as good as it got, making big ones out of little ones has been a goal of digital photographers. Along the way this desire to create big prints from small files led to the...

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Barry Tanenbaum Posted: Jun 01, 2007 0 comments

Depending on which metaphor you like best, it's either the 800-pound gorilla in the pixel palace or the fly in the digital ointment. It's also, according to professional photographer Mark Gamba, "the thing no one is talking about."

So let's talk about it.

It's the protection and storage issue.

Now...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Jun 01, 2007 0 comments

It has been about a year since I first tried Apple's Aperture, reported on in the May 2006 issue of Shutterbug (available at www.shutterbug.com; type Aperture into the Search box). Since, Aperture has been updated via automatic upgrades from Apple. The Apple Aperture application for professional photographers as I described in my report was the first of its kind devoted...

Chris Maher and Larry Berman Posted: Jun 01, 2007 0 comments

Consistently achieving accurate color may be digital photography's most difficult skill to master. Shooting the same subject under different lighting conditions can cause unacceptable color variations which can be difficult and time consuming to correct later. Digital cameras have many more color balance options than film ever did, but when the ambient lighting changes from...

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Howard Millard Posted: Jun 01, 2007 0 comments

Have you ever wanted to transform your photos into traditional art media such as oil paint, pastel, pen and ink, watercolor, or even the comic book style of pop art? Whether you want to expand the services you offer to clients, or explore your own artistic expression, Snap Art from Alien Skin Software enables you to do it, in a snap. Since Snap Art is a plug-in, to use it you...

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Steve Anchell Posted: Mar 01, 2007 0 comments

Even though I am pretty handy with Adobe's Photoshop there is always more to learn and so many new avenues to explore. As a photographer, I want to learn and play with as many of the new techniques as I can, applying those to my own work that are most appropriate. And as much as I would like to take a workshop with John Paul Caponigro or Eddie Tapp it just isn't...

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Howard Millard Posted: Mar 01, 2007 0 comments

by Howard Millard

PhotoFrame Pro 3 is a Photoshop plug-in that allows you to create a tremendous variety of unusual borders, edges, mattes, and frames for your photos. Since I reviewed Version 2.5 over two years ago, onOne Software acquired PhotoFrame from Extensis and has significantly souped it up. With the new Version 3, you can quickly create an array of effects...

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Mar 01, 2007 2 comments

If you think a notebook computer is a scaled-down compromise with a cramped keyboard and tiny screen, think again. Notebooks have become an indispensable tool for photographers. Choosing the right one is easy--there are a few core components that determine how well a computer will perform over the long haul. Here is what you need to know:

Size...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Mar 01, 2007 1 comments

Technical Specifications
LaCie 320 LCD Monitor, Item Number: 130734
Technology: A-TW-IPS
Diagonal Dimension: 20"/51cm
Display Area: 16x12"/408x306mm
Maximum Resolution: 1600x1200
Dot Pitch: .255mm
Color...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Mar 01, 2007 0 comments

The very first LCD display that was designated "professional," and specifically intended for use by photographers and graphic artists, was a LaCie Photon Blue model, which I reported on in the past. So when LaCie announced a new 300 Series of three different sized models for professional use, I thought it time to look at LaCie's LCD displays again.

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