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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Lighting, Outdoor/Travel
Jay Abend Mar 01, 1999 0 comments

If you've been reading any of my articles recently, you're no doubt aware that I like lighting gear. I especially like studio flash generators, big pro flash lamp heads, heavy-duty movie set style Matthews "C" stands, giant...

Student Union
Barry Tanenbaum Mar 01, 1999 0 comments

Billy Joe Hoyle

Southeast Museum School of Photography, Daytona Beach Community College
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Portraiture
Barry Tanenbaum Mar 01, 1999 0 comments

A portrait is "a pictorial
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Features
Peter K. Burian Mar 01, 1999 0 comments

Aside from the intricacies of exposure and light metering, photo enthusiasts generally find depth of field the most difficult concept to master. That's understandable particularly since this is a hypothetical factor based on subjective judgment.

Portraiture
Rosalind Smith Mar 01, 1999 0 comments

People come and go in Raphael
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Accessories, Test Reports
Robert E. Mayer Mar 01, 1999 0 comments

Extremely simplified shadowless electronic flash lighting is often difficult to achieve. This type of soft, diffused light is most suitable for a wide variety of tiny subjects recorded close-up and other nearby conventional objects. Typical subjects ideal...

Portraiture
Joe Farace Mar 01, 1999 0 comments

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Dave Howard Mar 01, 1999 1 comments

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Jay Abend Mar 01, 1999 0 comments

I am a digital photographer. Whether I am using one of my digital cameras or shooting on film and scanning the images, everything I shoot has to become digital at some point to be printed. What started out as a career move to gain more work in my area has...

The Darkroom
Darryl C. Nicholas Mar 01, 1999 0 comments

Enlarger lenses are generally grouped into three price categories. I refer to them as: amateur lenses (very cheap), regular "professional" lenses (moderately priced), and apochromatic (APO) lenses (very expensive).
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