Digital Innovations 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.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom The Galaxy S4 Zoom is what you might call a “multi-personality” device. Phone, camera, Browser, game device, gateway to all the Android apps, GPS, mapper, email connector--it’s all of that and more.
I say “multiple” because while the initial face of the unit looks like half point and shoot camera/half phone, one pasted atop the other, there is a lot more going on under the hood.
Photoflex TritonFlash When I first saw the battery-powered Photoflex TritonFlash at a pro show I was impressed as much by its power output and flexibility as its tiny size. Available in a kit that includes one of the company’s light banks along with everything—except a light stand—the setup can get you started making portraits in the studio or on location with nary an electrical outlet in sight.
F&V K4000 LED Studio Panel Portrait photographers are constantly looking for new lighting gear that will make their lives easier and produce great results. And while flash photography has been the studio standard for many years, it’s always been more difficult to previsualize the final effect since the image you see using the modeling lights is not always the same you see once the flash fires. The instant feedback of digital cameras has lessened that worry some, but you can still be in for some surprises.
Cold Comfort 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.
Personal Project 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.
Life Lessons Early this year I received an e-mail from Cheryl Zibisky, adjunct professor in technical photography at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
Personal Project Gerald Hill has been involved in photography for over 37 years and often explored creative work while employed in the aerospace industry in Wichita, Kansas.
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Nov 22, 2013
Published: Oct 01, 2013
The Nikon 1 J1 was Nikon’s first Compact System Camera (CSC), introduced in 2011/2012. The new J3 has a new image sensor with higher resolution (14MP instead of 10MP) and some additional features. It is still a very compact camera and just about the smallest CSC system now available.
There’s a long tradition of photographers doing pro bono work for charities. Now, with social media and the Internet in general, the marriage of photography and doing good for others has grown even more. NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) have been around since the mid-1940s, but in the last few years some amazing photography has further helped communicate their mission.
The Puffer Plus expands on the fundamental features of the first generation models, providing photographers with beautifully diffused lighting versus the problematic, harsh lighting that pop-up flashes often create. The PufferTM Plus eliminates harsh shadows, red-eye, and hot spots so photographers can achieve beautiful, professional-style photos with minimal equipment. Its compact size makes it ideal for travel and its universal capabilities make it ideal for portraits, group shots, or any scene that requires fill flash.
Epson America, Inc. has introduced the high-performance Epson® Expression® Photo XP-950 Small-in-One®, delivering professional-qualityphotos up to 11” x 17”, and crisp, sharp text in a compact, space-saving design. Ideal for busy families and creative enthusiasts, the Expression XP-950 outputs smooth gradations and true-to-life skin tones with Claria® Photo HD six-color inks, whether at home or on-the-go with Epson Connect™ for easy printing from a tablet, smartphone or computer from literally anywhere in the world1.
>The WonderPana FreeArc for Nikon 14-24mm is a complete mounting system and collection of filters tailored to fit Super-Wide Angle and Ultra-Wide Angle lenses. Its all-metal core attaches directly onto a lens with a secure two-piece mount. With the core in place, photographers can mount any of Fotodiox’s new 145mm Slimline Filters.
Color calibration is the key to obtaining an accurate reproduction of what you saw when capturing the image, and what is reproduced on screen or paper. It’s long been considered a bit of black magic as to how it is done, what with terms like gamma, color temperatures, luminance, and the like as part of the mix, but the simple fact is that unless you’re working on a calibrated display you don’t quite know whether the greens, blues, or other colors you are seeing are actually what everyone else is going to see, or what you’re getting when you look at the print you’ve made.
“In 1938, aided by widespread publicity from Hine’s photographs, Congress passed the Fair Labor Standards Act that, in part, established more stringent child labor regulations.”
The slight 56-year-old man who appeared at the Empire State Building construction site in New York on a spring day in 1930 probably failed to impress the workers he’d been hired to photograph. The 4x5 Graflex Lewis Wickes Hine carried seemed outsized in his hands. His thick, owlish glasses and demeanor contributed to the accurate impression that he was or had been a schoolteacher.
Profoto’s collapsible reflectors have sturdy yet collapsible “squircle-shaped” metal frames that are equipped with two ergonomically shaped handles, which makes the reflectors much easier to fold and hold in variouspositions. Profoto Reflectors are designed with tough and durable high-quality fabrics and are available ten different versions.
Tamarkin Auctions will be having an exciting auction on December 8, 2013 including many extremely rare and interesting items. Featured will be a Leica M4-2 Safari outfit, a prototype which was not eventually manufactured by Leica, a mint Leica M4 KE-7A with a mis-engraving, two 50mm Noctilux f1.2 lenses, E. Leitz Canada prototypes lenses, a grey Leica IIIc(K), rare Nikon rangefinder reflex housings, and much, much more.
Cameras with built-in meters were not rare in the 1960s, but the problem with camera meters before the Topcon RE Super was that the cell took in a different view than that of the lens. Using a standard lens that was mostly okay, but if a wide-angle or telephoto lens were fitted, changing the field of view and the part of the subject needing to be accurately metered, it was a different matter.