Equipment Reviews
Olympus OM-D E-M1
The new Olympus OM-D E-M1 is the follower of the first OM-D, the proper and full name having been the “OM-D E-M5.” The E-M1 incorporates many of the E-M5 advantages, the famous five-axis image stabilizer being one of them. This image stabilizer is based on sensor-shift technology and allows the user to shoot a stabilized image with every lens system mounted to the camera.
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.
Techniques
Book Excerpt
A powerful portfolio involves so much more than just a strong grasp of the technical aspects of photography—it’s a complex mix of style, techniques, and intriguing ideas.
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.
News
Big Photo Show
Coming from as far away as Australia, many of the best, and best-known, photographers in the world will be in Los Angeles May 17-18.
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.
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Outdoor Tips
Lynne Eodice Oct 01, 2000 Published: Sep 01, 2000 0 comments

Photographing wildlife presents special challenges, especially if you own a compact camera. You may not have the powerful lenses that professionals use, but you can still do nicely with a moderate telephoto setting on your point-and-shoot camera, if it has one. As with household pets, wild animals...

Portraiture
Monte Zucker Oct 01, 2000 0 comments

At first you may not realize why this article was written for what is basically supposed to be a "darkroom" issue. Let me explain.

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David B. Brooks Oct 01, 2000 0 comments

To those familiar with the UMAX scanner line, the new Power-Look 1100 appears quite similar to the popular PowerLook III. It has many similarities, including the same configuration with film scanning standard; 1200x2400 hardware resolution; 3.4 dynamic...

Student Union
Jay McCabe Oct 01, 2000 0 comments

Andrew Jacobson
Art Institure Of Seattle
Seattle, Washington

Currently
Andrew is in the second year of the Art Institute's two-year program.

Features
Barry Tanenbaum Oct 01, 2000 0 comments

The phrase "the art of observation" appears at Tony Sweet's web site (www.tonysweetphotography.com), but Sweet's photography depends on more than merely observing. "We all see the same things,"...

Passport
Jack Hollingsworth Oct 01, 2000 0 comments

When I'm going to be photographing in another country, whether on an assignment for a client or an assignment for myself to produce stock images, there are three things I'm acutely aware of: my own safety; the need for me to be respectful of cultures...

35mm Cameras, Test Reports
Robert E. Mayer Oct 01, 2000 0 comments

Exceptionally small, light, and very solid are the descriptive attributes of this compact camera. It is an example of German precise engineering and design. A throwback to the fully manual operating camera era. The film speed ISO has to be set...

Lighting
Ben Clay Oct 01, 2000 0 comments

Until recently,
most small business owners would never have entertained the idea of producing
their own images of their product for advertising purposes. Easy to use
digital cameras, image- editing software, and basic lightingequ...

Pro Techniques
Rosalind Smith Oct 01, 2000 0 comments

Imagine this.
You are preparing prints for a highly respected exhibition. It is now
in the fifth consecutive day of rain. You process the prints in your usual
way--everything seems to be going well throughout the entire chemical...

Lighting
Jay Abend Oct 01, 2000 0 comments

If I've said it once I've said it a thousand times, photography is all about light: where the light is coming from, how it hits your subject, how you expose your film to capture it, etc. Since my profession involves getting the right kind of light...