Equipment Reviews
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.
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.
Techniques
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.
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.
News
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.
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.
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Features
Jay Abend Mar 01, 2002 0 comments

Here is a very easy and effective way to dial in accurate color on every outing. To do so you will need some basic tools. First of all, you'll need a camera that allows you to set White Balance manually. No, you don't need a "Set WB" control...

Family Tips
Lynne Eodice Mar 01, 2002 0 comments

Great Pet Photos With Your Compact Camera

As with children, it's best to shoot pictures of pets at their level. This means lying on the floor or on the ground in most cases. It's the best way to capture the animal's expression, and reveals something about what the world is like from their...

Portrait Tips
The Editors Mar 01, 2002 0 comments

Helpful hints for better people-pictures

1. Use the Best Focal Length
The best lens for portraits is more often than not a short telephoto—85-135mm for a 35mm camera. Why? Because short teles produce a good head size at a shooting distance that produces pleasant perspective. If you use a wide-angle lens, you have to move very close to your subject to get a good head...

Lens Tips
The Editors Feb 01, 2002 1 comments

Magic disks for the photographer

Photo filters can improve your photos, whether you shoot them with a pro camera or a point-and-shoot model, on film or digitally, still or camcorder. That's why filters exist. They're not essentials, but lots of serious photographers use them. Read on...

Student Union
Jay McCabe Feb 01, 2002 0 comments


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Lenses, Test Reports
Peter K. Burian Feb 01, 2002 0 comments

Best known for their line of highly rated compact cameras with built-in zooms, Pentax has also continued to develop their line of SLR cameras and accessories. Their two most recent lenses--introduced in conjunction with the MZ-S, a...

Passport
Jack Hollingsworth Feb 01, 2002 0 comments

Ready to take the next step in travel photography? Then get ready for world photography. Open up one of the big travel magazines--Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, Travel Holiday, Island--or one of the airline magazines or...

Ingrid S. Krampe, Gary McGinnis Feb 01, 2002 0 comments

Of all the little (lower resolution) point-and-shoots we've played with, we've got to say the CoolPix 775 was our favorite. It's so cute in a sturdy kind of way, handles well, is quick and responsive, and everything you need to know...

Digital Darkroom
Eric Seeger Feb 01, 2002 0 comments

Pop quiz: What's the keystroke to sharpen an image in Photoshop 6.0? If you said Crtl/Cmd+S you're wrong--that's the combination for Save. Don't start guessing wildly because this is a trick question. This elementary shortcut does...

Master Class
Monte Zucker Feb 01, 2002 0 comments

Some photographers don't take the time to consider the fundamentals of good lighting when they're working with daylight. They seem to feel as if they're working under such precarious lighting conditions, they have to turn the bride into the light to make...