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.
I'm a landmarks guy. I'm fascinated by their grandeur, and I never get tired of photographing them. No matter how many times I visit Machu Picchu, the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, the Statue of Liberty, or the Great Wall of China, I never lose...
It seems the faster digital imaging technology leaps forward, the stronger the rally becomes for traditional cameras and sensitized materials. Regular Shutterbug readers are aware of the new interest in rangefinder 35mm cameras--the last one I owned...
Olympus believes they have the digital camera for you in the new C-2500L SLR and have invested heavily in a media blitz on its behalf. The word is out and a lot of people are interested. So, when I received one for a trial I was as eager to see if it is in...
Besides dropping a lens and
leaky batteries, few other things scare a photographer more than preparing
for April 15th. Without question, taxes are a necessary part of good
government. We all want good roads, schools,and...
Slides and color negatives
can be duplicated using the same techniques. The best way to duplicate
both is to use a computer. Scan the original in using a scanner that
can go to a high resolution (2000-3000dpi or more)an...
When all the fuss about digital photography started a few years back, I put my blinders on. My logic went something like this; I'm about 50 years old (yikes.) and had no desire to stick flying pigs over the heads of my portrait clients, which was...