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Joe Farace Posted: Apr 01, 2007 0 comments

"Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use."--Charles M. Schultz

Retouching Tools
One of the biggest challenges facing aspiring portrait photographers is retouching. Few of us are perfect. In fact, Cindy Crawford once said, "Even I don't look like Cindy Crawford when I get up in the morning!"...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Apr 01, 2007 0 comments

Digital Help is designed to aid you in getting the most from your digital photography, printing, scanning, and image creation. Each month, David Brooks provides solutions to problems you might encounter with matters such as color calibration and management, digital printer and scanner settings, and working with digital photographic images with many different kinds of cameras and...

Robert E. Mayer Posted: Apr 01, 2007 0 comments

When the Canon F-1 SLR 35mm camera system was introduced the spring of 1971 it was a full-blown system containing a brand-new, truly professional camera plus every extra accessory that any photographer could need or desire. The entire system was dramatically introduced at the unique Photo Expo '71 held at McCormick Place in Chicago. In the early '70s Canon products...

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Maria Piscopo Posted: Apr 01, 2007 0 comments

Your "marketing mix" is your plan for the variety of ways to keep your name and your work in front of prospective clients, and to help grow your business. Most photographers will do an ad, promo piece, or mailing now and then. These contacts are good but you need all these marketing tools in a "mix" that will tie them together to get the best results.

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Mike Endres Posted: Apr 01, 2007 0 comments

Man has stood in awe of the aurora borealis, or "northern lights," for as long as verbal and written history in these latitudes has been kept. Some cultures viewed it as a sign of royal birth while others regarded the event as a precursor to war or saw these curtains of dancing light as ghosts of the dead. Athabaskan natives believed that if you whistle while watching...

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Chris Maher and Larry Berman Posted: Apr 01, 2007 1 comments

Capturing the beauty of artwork with a camera has always been a challenge. Sure, it's easy to take a picture of a picture, but to reproduce the full range of colors, textures, and tones that will carry the power of the original, that is a challenge. There is a growing demand for high-quality digital files for juried shows, portfolios, and even for limited edition inkjet...

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Joe Farace Posted: Apr 01, 2007 0 comments

"If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?"

In another photo magazine's blog, the writer notes the passing of J. Frederick Smith at 88 and says, "I had heard his name but wasn't really aware of his work until recently." At first I was surprised by this sentence since it appeared in what was...

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April 2007

On
the Cover


Big news this month on the digital camera front: The Nikon D40 has broken the
$600 barrier and a Leica legacy goes digital! To learn more about the Nikon
D40 and the Leica M8 besur...

Roger W. Hicks & Frances E. Schultz Posted: Apr 01, 2007 4 comments

Pick up the new Bessa R3M (or R2M--only the viewfinders differ) and it takes you back in time. At a solid 430 gm (a fraction over 15 oz) it has the heft and overall feel of a high-quality camera from the 1950s or '60s. Appropriately, it is the best Bessa yet, produced to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of Voigtländer, and is engraved...

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Anthony L. Celeste Posted: Apr 01, 2007 0 comments

Many people tend to associate JPEGs with poor quality. However, when a JPEG has poor quality, it's the result of the format being used incorrectly, not a flaw in the format itself. Used properly, JPEG can and will produce a file that cannot be distinguished from any other format.

The main advantage of JPEG is clearly its superior compression. An RGB image...

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