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Jack Hollingsworth Posted: Apr 01, 2006 0 comments

Not long ago I headed down to Mexico City from my home base in Austin for a week's worth of shooting and a few days of time off. I was the guest of my studio manager, Susannah, who is from Mexico City. She'd invited me down to visit her family, and I thought I'd combine the invitation with some serious stock shooting, complete with a crew, models--and...

Peter K. Burian Posted: Apr 01, 2006 0 comments

· High resolution, pleasing color rendition, snappy contrast, superb image quality at ISO 100-400
· Supersonic Wave filter is highly effective in removing dust from CCD sensor
· Overall speed should satisfy most photo enthusiasts
· Vast range of features to satisfy both novices and experienced digital...

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Monte Zucker Posted: Apr 01, 2006 0 comments

Although I've been somewhat pigeonholed as a portrait photographer, I am a traveling man...and love taking pictures along the way, of course. Recently I made a trip to Shanghai and loved every second of it--what great opportunities for pictures! I started out my trip by carrying my camera case with three bodies and four lenses. My basic camera bodies are a Canon EOS...

Steve Anchell Posted: Apr 01, 2006 0 comments

If you want to make an immediate improvement in your photography, move up to medium format. Not just because of the larger format, which will instantly provide better resolution and quality, whether you use digital or film; more importantly, the larger viewing screen will assist you in defining your subject and refining your composition. I have seen near instant improvement occur...

Robert E. Mayer Posted: Apr 01, 2006 0 comments

Here is a quick tip list on letters for the HELP! desk:
Please confine yourself to only one question per letter. Both postal letters and e-mails are fine, although we prefer e-mail as the most efficient form of communication. Send your e-mail queries to with Help in the subject header and...

Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 01, 2006 0 comments

While touring the ancient town of Dolceaqua, Italy, we happened upon a wedding ceremony in progress at the antiquated church in the middle of the cobblestoned town square. An ornate carriage and a proud family waited for the bride and groom to emerge from the church. The air was festive, with flower petals covering the cobblestones and the family members milling about.

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Phillip Andrews Posted: Apr 01, 2006 0 comments

The prevailing attitude is that the only way to speed up Photoshop is to spend loads of money to buy the latest and best gear on the market. While it's true that better, faster, and more expensive gear will always drive those pixels around the screen with more speed than lower-priced systems, this is only part of the story. Many dedicated Photoshop users can get substantial...

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George Schaub Posted: Apr 01, 2006 0 comments

It seems only a few months back that I did a similar obit/reminiscence on black and white printing papers from Kodak. The subjects of this month's eulogy include both film and digital passings, with one being a venerable company that has departed photography altogether. I don't write these items for morbid or even sentimental reasons, but to note the passing of an era...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Apr 01, 2006 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...

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Rainer Wenzl Posted: Apr 01, 2006 0 comments

Over 200 years ago, scientists and photographers experimented with light-sensitive chemicals and developed a photographic printing process that utilizes watercolor paper coated with a base of gum arabic solution with dichromate salt and pigment. This solution, when exposed to sunlight, becomes insoluble and is able to withstand the test of time.

This photographic...