Equipment Reviews
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.
Digital Innovations
The paradigm shift in imaging that digital capture kicked off continues to roll on with ever capable smartphones and wearable tech such as Google Glass, and it all shows no sign of letting up and has me wondering where it will end. Cameras such as the UK-based OMG Life Autographer has a form factor not much different than the original Minox subminiature film camera, which measured 3.1x1x0.62” and weighed 4.5 oz.
Roundup
Hoya PROND Neutral Density Filters
Created with still photography and HD-SLR video in mind, the new line of Hoya PROND filters (2 to 6, 6 2/3, 7 2/3, 9, and 10 stops) use ACCU-ND technology to provide a true neutral color balance that does not add any noticeable color cast to your images while effectively reducing the amount of light entering the lens.
Techniques
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.
Personal Project
The idea for Phil Pantano’s photographic series, “The American Worker,” walked into his office at a local steel mill in Lackawanna, New York, where Pantano holds a day job as a computer analyst. Others have photographed workers at similar job sites.
Personal Project
Vivian Maier (1926 - 2009) was an amateur photographer who had no desire to share her work with anyone during her life, and kept a treasure trove of over 100,000 prints.
News
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.
Slinger BigBag
Adorama recently enhanced its Slinger camera bag collection with nine new BigBag camera bags, available exclusively at Adorama and designed for a wide range of photo and video accessories.
Rokinon Lens
Rokinon's popular 14mm f/2.8 and 85mm f/1.4 lenses are now available in a range of new mounts, including Fuji X, Samsung NX, MFT and Sony E mounts.
Latest Additions

David B. Brooks Jul 01, 2002 0 comments

If any one component is the keystone of an effective digital darkroom it is your computer's monitor. Everything that is accomplished in the adjustment of brightness, contrast, and color, and the work of cleaning defects or retouching a portrait, is...

David B. Brooks Jul 01, 2002 0 comments

When I read the general description of what was new in Photoshop 7.0, my expectations were high that what I would experience would justify a full upgrade number from 6.0 to 7.0. After whining to the Photoshop team about poor retouching tools for the...

Master Class
Monte Zucker Jul 01, 2002 0 comments

You say you don't have any beautiful locations around you for portraits? Who cares? You don't need any fancy environments for portraits. All you need is some light and a little ingenuity. That's what I've used here for these portraits. Of course...

Lighting
Ben Clay/Web Ph... Jul 01, 2002 0 comments

There are many photographers who absolutely dread the thought of shooting jewelry. After all, jewelry is often highly reflective, very small in size, and can be difficult to work with in creating a composition.

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Features
Chris Maher and... Jul 01, 2002 Published: Jun 01, 2002 0 comments

The Internet is a great way
to show your photographs to the world. Putting images up on a web site
is child's play compared to hanging a gallery show or publishing a book.
But what is to stop an unscrupulous web site visitor from stealing your...

Globetrotter
Rick Sammon Jul 01, 2002 0 comments

I'm a people person.

I enjoy meeting and sharing experiences with people--at home and around the world. As a photographer, I get the most enjoyment out of photographing faces, capturing an expression...

Outdoor/Travel
Kerry Drager Jul 01, 2002 0 comments

Foreground frames show a subject in its environment and, at the same time, lead the eye through the picture. Done effectively, this "sense of place" approach can produce a three-dimensional effect, with the scene sweeping away from front to back and giving viewers the...

Digital Innovations
Joe Farace Jul 01, 2002 0 comments

"The ultimate security is your
understanding of reality."--H. Stanley Judd

Now that CD and even DVD burners
are commonplace in photographers' digital darkrooms, many people take
itf...

Portraiture
Steve Bedell Jul 01, 2002 0 comments

I think I've got a new career here. Me, probably the least technical of all the Shutterbug writers, writing about technical stuff! I'm basing that on the flood of e-mails and comments I received about my digital portrait article in the April issue.

Lighting, Outdoor/Travel
Tony L. Corbell Jul 01, 2002 0 comments

People who have attended art classes have been taught that in order to produce depth in a painting there must be a foreground, middle ground, and background. Control over this dimension and depth usually is the result of planning and foresight. As...