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.
A trio of new battery grips is on offer. The Pixel Vertax series (Argraph) gives you a firm handle on your camera while providing a power boost. Features include a vertical shutter release, shutter and aperture control wheels (Nikon models or a single wheel for Canon), exposure lock, multifunction control buttons, and more. The grips accept AA batteries (alkaline or rechargeable) or camera batteries for added shooting capacity. The grips offer excellent dust and moisture seals and a rubber handgrip for slip-free control. They are made for use on current and newer model Nikon and Canon cameras. Prices start at $79.
Jul 02, 2013
Published: May 01, 2013
Several years ago I decided to take on a challenge of focusing on macro photography right in my own backyard. No, I do not reside in the Sierra mountains or adjacent to a national wildlife refuge or conservation area. I live in a typical South Florida suburban subdivision surrounded by homes and asphalt. South Florida doesn’t even offer much in the way of seasons. Yet, I am amazed at how many unique images I have captured over the past several years.
The exhibition will be on view at Sohn Fine Art Gallery, 6 Elm Street, Stockbridge, MA, July 5th -September 30th, 2013, with an artist's reception Saturday, July 20th, 4:00 - 8:00. The exhibition features a curated selection of Gorman's nudes and celebrity portraits highlighting Gorman's impressive 40 year career. In conjunction with the exhibition, a public artist's presentation and book signing will be held at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA on July 18th at 7pm. Also, 2 one-day artist led workshops ("Mastering Portraits" and "Nudes") July 21 and 22, 2013, and one Critique Day Workshop July 23, 2013, will be held at Cranwell Resort, Spa & Golf Club. Sign up for workshops at Sohn Fine Art.
Nikon Inc. has introduced the newest addition to the Nikon 1 system, the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 lens, a fast medium-telephoto lens. With a fixed focal length of 32mm and a maximum aperture of f/1.2, the new 32mm lens is the fastest in the ever expanding 1 NIKKOR lens lineup. An ideal lens for portraiture, the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 lens is capable of rendering breathtaking images that capture every detail.
I have always been a big supporter of joining and participating in professional groups. The growth of my career as a photo rep, teacher, and author all came from joining and participating in groups that brought together like-minded individuals. For photographers looking to enhance or initiate their careers there are numerous professional associations worthy of attention.
When shooting portraits on a green screen setup the first stage in the work is selecting and removing the green screen itself, something a “magic wand” or similar selection tool will accomplish. The next stage is finding and fitting an appropriate replacement background, and just as Digital Anarchy’s Primatte Chromakey streamlines the green screen removal process, the company also offers a Photoshop plug-in that streamlines the background creation process. Dubbed Backdrop Designer, the software can aid you in digitally creating muslin drapes, lighting effects, and other photographic backgrounds.
The iSeries 1914 Pro DSLR Case is said to be the ideal case to protect DSLR Cameras and their popular accessories. The interior of this case is made of high quality PE foam and can fit up to two camera bodies. The main camera compartment can be adjusted to fit a variety of DSLR body sizes. This section also has a perforated piece of foam that can be removed to accommodate cameras with battery grips. The orientation of the DSLR fit allows access to the memory card without removing the camera. It also allows for quick andeasy access to the camera by leaving the grip exposed, ready to grab. This case features four lens slots. Three of the slots are adjustable to fit a variety of lenses. Each one of the three adjustable slots contains three half inch foam rings that can be removed to fit different sized lenses. There is a section for lens hoods which can also be adjusted by three half inch foam rings. This case has additional compartments to fit a flash, memory cards, batteries, and other additional accessories.
Pelican Products, Inc. has unveiled the iM2435 Pelican Storm Case.
Designed as a rolling office or tool/photography equipment caddy, the iM2435 fits in most overhead airline compartments and is available with an optional “mobile office” file kit that features a lid organizer and a customizable padded divider set that will accommodate a 15.6 inch laptop. Also available as an optional accessory is the TSA Accepted PeliLock, which airport personnel, who all have special access keys, won’t need to cut for security inspections.
Olympus marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary PEN F with the launch of the new OlympusPEN E-P5, a digital update of a classic film camera designed with breakthrough technology and incredible performance advancements. Designed for photographers looking for superior image quality in a portable body, the PEN E-P5 delivers a stellar shooting experience with 1/8000th of a second shutter speed – a world-first for the Compact System Camera class – built-in Wi-Fi, autofocus advancements, easy-access manual controls and a host of other features.