Equipment Reviews
Olympus OM-D E-M1
The new Olympus OM-D E-M1 is the follower of the first OM-D, the proper and full name having been the “OM-D E-M5.” The E-M1 incorporates many of the E-M5 advantages, the famous five-axis image stabilizer being one of them. This image stabilizer is based on sensor-shift technology and allows the user to shoot a stabilized image with every lens system mounted to the camera.
Fujifilm X-M1
The Fujifilm X-M1 is an extremely compact system camera that uses Fujifilm’s 16MP X-Trans CMOS sensor. The camera offers very high image quality due to its special RGB filter array which differs from the standard Bayer RGB pattern. The pattern on the APS-C-sized X-Trans sensor resembles the random pattern of grain of analog film and reduces image noise. The interpretation of this RGB pattern isn’t very easy, but the most current versions of Adobe’s Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in and Adobe’s Lightroom are able to convert this pattern correctly.
Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8 DC HSM Lens
Sigma’s 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM is part of their DC series of lenses designed for APS-C-sized sensors so the imaging circle is matched to the size of the sensor. For this assignment, I used a Canon EOS 60D with a 22.3x14.9mm sensor, producing an equivalent angle of view of a 28-56mm lens. Shooters of Nikon, Pentax, Sigma, and Sony cameras, the other mounts for which the lens is available, will achieve an angle of view equivalent to 27-52mm. Unlike other lens manufacturers, Sigma priced the different mounts the same ($799) so don’t feel you’re going to be paying a premium for your camera choice. Bucking a trend with camera manufacturers’ lenses, the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM includes a lens hood at no extra charge.
Elinchrom D-Lite RX ONE To Go Kit
First impressions: the D-Lite RX ONE To Go Kit includes a pair of Elinchrom monolights so you know it’s going to contain quality products. Then you discover that the maximum output of each light is 100 watt seconds and you start to think you’ll need more power. That’s until you’re reminded that this fully loaded two-monolight Elinchrom kit sells for less than $700.
Techniques
Book Excerpt
A powerful portfolio involves so much more than just a strong grasp of the technical aspects of photography—it’s a complex mix of style, techniques, and intriguing ideas.
Business Trends
While it might seem that much of this is peripheral to your honed photo skills, you won’t be working weekends unless you can book the job.
Landscapes
As primarily a landscape photographer Iam often in a situation where I am struggling to give a feeling of scale to big dramatic views.
Personal Project
It is probably true that a photographer, through almost single-minded devotion to a place, can help make it known, understood, and appreciated.
News
Big Photo Show
Coming from as far away as Australia, many of the best, and best-known, photographers in the world will be in Los Angeles May 17-18.
Obscura ILFORD
The original kit continues to be available and comes complete with starter packs of black and white film and paper, together with a simple Exposure Calculator and Instruction Book.
Olympus SP-100
Olympus introduced a breakthrough in its Ultra Zoom camera line-up with the new STYLUS SP-100, the world’s first-ever camera with a built-in dot-sight.
iON Video Camera
The Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi is a wearable, high-definition video camera features compact size, light weight and fully-waterproof design.
Latest Additions

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Press Release Dec 10, 2013 0 comments
Kenko Tokina USA, Inc. is pleased to announce the new Hoya PRO ND line of neutral density filters with ACCU-ND technology.
The ACCU-ND technology in the Hoya PRO ND filters yields a trulyneutral color balance that will not add any noticeable color-cast to your images. The Hoya PRO ND series is aimed at the still photography and HDSLR video markets. The series provides 9 filters from two stop to 10 stop light reduction.
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Press Release Dec 09, 2013 0 comments
Sony’s new 7 and 7R digital cameras are the world’s smallest full-frame interchangeable lens models. Highly anticipated by professional photographers and imaging enthusiasts alike, the two new cameras offer an unmatched combination of creativity, customizability and portability.
Equipment Reviews
Joe Farace Dec 06, 2013 Published: Nov 01, 2013 1 comments
Shortly after I moved into my former home, there was a knock at the door. Standing in front of me was an 8-year-old girl who lived down the street. “I’m selling note cards,” she told me, “I made the pictures.” A second look showed subjects a kid might shoot but others demonstrated that she was thinking about the photographs before making them. I bought several note cards and asked about her camera, which turned out to be borrowed. With her grandmother’s permission I gave her an old, unused digital point-and-shoot. The girl loved the camera and was inspired to keep making photographs and we talked from time to time about her aspirations. Today she’s a young woman with professional ambitions.
Pro Techniques
Barry Tanenbaum Dec 06, 2013 Published: Nov 01, 2013 0 comments
Chances are you won’t be photographing in the negative numbers of extreme cold that Layne Kennedy often encounters—we’re talking -15 to -30 degrees Fahrenheit—but his experience with and guidelines for cold-weather shooting can provide you with a considerable degree of comfort no matter what the temperature.
News
Press Release Dec 06, 2013 0 comments
Alien Skin Software has announced Snap Art 4, the new version of its artistic natural media application for photographers. Snap Art 4 transforms a photo into a beautiful work of art that looks completely handcrafted. It features a redesigned user interface and improved speed. Snap Art 4 can be used as a plug-in with popular host software or as a standalone program for even greater flexibility.
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Press Release Dec 05, 2013 0 comments
The new Nissin Di600 flash has a power zoom range from 24 to 105mm with a maximum guide number of 44 at 105mm (ISO 100). The head rotates 90 degrees left and 180 degrees right. The head also tilts 90 degrees. The Di600 is compatible with Canon E-TTL, E-TTL II, Nikon i-TTL and Sony’s P-TTL auto flash systems.
Susan K. Johnston Dec 04, 2013 Published: Oct 01, 2013 0 comments
A few years ago I was reorganizing a closet and discovered cardboard boxes tucked into a dark corner. Much to my surprise, I found dress boxes and shoeboxes filled with photographs from the 1940s and early ’50s. I had forgotten that when my father died I inherited his personal photographs. That afternoon and long into the night, I sat on the hallway floor looking at the pictures and reliving some of those moments. It was like discovering buried treasure, a forgotten family heirloom.
Digital Innovations
Joe Farace Dec 04, 2013 Published: Oct 01, 2013 0 comments
On October 2, 1950, the first Peanuts comic strip appeared in a daily newspaper. As a lifelong Peanuts fan and Snoopy collector it’s fitting that this month’s column is my 2100th published magazine article and I’d like to thank the best editorial team I’ve ever worked with—Shutterbug’s Editorial Director George Schaub and Managing Editor Andrea Keister—without whom none of this would be possible. I would also like to thank all of those readers who have hung in there with me for all these years. You are the reason I do this.
News
Press Release Dec 04, 2013 0 comments
Nikon Inc. has announced the Nikon D610, the latest FX-format HD-SLR to incorporate cutting-edge features and superior operability to help photographers create amazing images and Full HD video. Engineered for those enthusiasts who focus on the color, sharpness and clarity of their images, the D610 provides enhanced performance and image quality improvements, coupled with Nikon core technologies, all in a lightweight form factor. With image quality rivaled only by the 36.3 megapixel Nikon D800, the D610 is an attractive option for those willing to step up to FX-format.
Book Reviews
C.A. Boylan Dec 03, 2013 0 comments
Sylke Jackson is a writer and a teacher with a true passion for architectural preservation. This book clearly expresses that passion as we join Jackson on a virtual tour of the US and Canada to explore lighthouses. This is both an educational and a visual treat since Jackson wisely included a brief and high informative history of lighthouses from the Roman era to the twentieth century and a history of each of the structures photographed.