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May 31, 2011

In This eNewsletter:

• How-To – Getting The Sun Behind You
• Industry Perspective – A Look Back to the Future of Photography
• What's New This Month – Epson, onOne, Sigma, and Tiffen
• How-To – Streakers!
• How-To – Ways Of Looking
• Vote! – If you have made photo books, briefly comment on the software you have found the easiest to work with.
• Workshops – Learn and Show
• Shutterbug Forums – Your Photo & Digital Imaging Source

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Sun BehindGetting The Sun Behind You
Using Backlight & Reflectors
by Chuck Gloman

Backlight is light that comes from behind the subject, whether it’s an artificial source or the sun. In the following examples, I decided to use the sun as my only light source, placed behind the subjects and guided by reflectors both natural and man-made.

Natural Reflector
I had Cait sit by the water’s edge and used the sun as her backlight (#1). Notice that her hair is glistening and a warm glow falls on her shoulders, but her face is in shade. The illumination on her face is the ambient light reflecting off the surface of the water. If her head were turned more toward the camera, Cait would have had too much light on her face and would have been squinting. A reflector or flash would also have added fill here, but having just the tip of her nose bathed in sunlight was the look I was after.
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Industry Perspective

A Look Back to the Future of Photography
by Ron Leach, Publisher

While browsing through my archives recently, I rediscovered a fascinating 1944 magazine piece in which several artists, photographers and educators offered their views and expectations of photography after World War II. The article, which appeared in Popular Photography, gave new meaning to the famous Winston Churchill quote “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”
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What's New This Month

EpsonNew 13-Inch Epson Stylus Photo R2000
Taking advantage of Epson's next-generation pigment printing technology, this printer produces vivid, archival prints with an unmatched glossy look and feel that's optimized for serious photography and other high-level creative applications.

onOne Software Perfect Layers Public Preview
onOne Software, Inc. has introduced the Perfect Layers Public Preview. Perfect Layers gives photographers the ability to easily create and work with layered.

Andrew Lu Wins Sigma Scholarship
When Andrew Lu entered the Sigma Corporation of America Scholarship contest, he had two goals: To evoke emotion with his black-and-white imagery and to take home the grand prize.

Sigma Corporation of America 50th Anniversary
Sigma Corporation of America is celebrating its 50th anniversary by launching an online community where Sigma users can interact and learn about the company's history.

Tiffen Steadicam Smoothee For Flip MinoHD and iPod Touch
The Smoothee, developed by Steadicam, now allows Flip MinoHD and iPod Touch owners to capture incredible video without the shakes normally associated with hand-held video shot on the go.



Add Colorful Motion To Static Shots
by Howard Millard

In this article I’ll show you how to add dramatic movement to your images, as well as rich color and strong graphic design to create a striking impression. This is a trick you can do in Photoshop CS2, CS3, CS4 and CS5.

To use this technique most effectively, choose an image with significant pattern and color. You will be digitally stretching the existing pixels, so strong patterns and colors will result in dramatic streaks. Also, be sure to make a copy of your original and flatten the copy if your original image has layers. Finally, you might want to keep several copies clearly labeled on your desktop, so that you can try a few different variations of the streaking technique on each image.
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Focal Press International bestseller Michael Freeman’s The Photographer’s Eye, is now available as an iPad app! With Michael’s voice recordings talking you through the thinking behind certain shots, interactive presentations, a video introduction and complete horizontal and vertical layouts throughout, The Photographer’s Eye iPad app goes beyond your typical ebook! Available now!

Ways Of LookingWays Of Looking
Lighting Observations, Lighting Terms
by George Schaub

Imagine yourself walking into a room where there are numerous objects covered with small mirrors. The mirrors follow the form and shape of the objects. The walls of the room have a slot that goes continuously around the entire room. Behind the slot is a light that shines into the room and that travels the entire distance, from wall to wall. As the light travels it passes through numerous color filters built into the slot. The light reflects off the mirror facets on the objects. You can also move throughout the room and observe the objects and the light by standing with the light coming in over your shoulder, from the side or even standing behind the objects as the light hits them.
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Sigma Photo


Photo books have become increasingly popular as a way to share a collection of images or the family photo collection. Have you created a photo book yet?
If you have made photo books, briefly comment on the software you have found the easiest to work with.



AdoramaTV Watch, Learn , Create
We’d like you to know that our friends at Adorama have an exciting new resource that’s a key part of their photographic education initiative. See host, Mark Wallace, present how-to videos for everyone from snapshooters to enthusiasts to professional photographers, plus product reviews, interviews with today’s top professional photographers, and reviews of iPad apps. AdoramaTV is the newest part of the Adorama Learning Center, which has thousands of photo-related how-to articles, product reviews and buying guides. New videos are added daily. Visit us today and ignite your passion…

Digital Black and White Printing with George Schaub
Tools and techniques in a true studio printing environment. Maine Media Workshops.

Cavecreek Photographic Workshops
Courses offered each month. Contact: Alan Lowy's Cavecreek Photographic Workshops, 2135 E. Gaffney Road, Phoenix, AZ 85087, 623-465-1077.

Adorama Photography Workshops
Various courses offered each month. Contact: Adorama, 800-223-2500.

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