May 29, 2007

JuneTable Of ContentsIn This eNewsletter:
Test Report - Tamron’s AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro
Industry Perspective - Technology Paves the Path
What's New This Month - Panasonic, Tenba, onOne, Lexar and more
Exclusive Web Test Report: Lighting - Photo Basics Kit Lights
Vote! - Are planning to buy a digital camera this year
Workshops & Contests - Learn and Show
Shutterbug Forums - Your Photo & Digital Imaging Source

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Tamron’s AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro
Versatility In A Compact Super Zoom

by George Schaub

Weighing in at just under 16 oz and with closed dimensions of a mere 2.9x3.3”, the latest all-in-one zoom from Tamron is a very handy traveling companion. Priced at a bit under $500 (street price), the lens is for APS-C D-SLRs only, and will yield about 28-375mm (35mm equivalent) on most (1.5x; slightly more on Canon amateur models) D-SLRs. The price and variable aperture tell you that this is not expected to be a pro-caliber lens, but for many D-SLR owners this might be the only lens they need carry on their next voyage, be it a visit to a new city or a hike through the hills.

Tamron set out to design a compact power zoom that would not skimp on quality or range and for the most part have succeeded in delivering both. There’s no question that a 13.9x tele is a remarkable feat, albeit at the price of an f/6.3 maximum aperture at the tele end. Were this a lens for a film camera this max aperture might eliminate it from consideration, but with digital it can be compensated for by simply raising ISO to a reasonably high speed. Necessarily, you need to make sure shutter speed is such that you will not create camera shake when working racked out; I generally work with Shutter Priority at the longer focal lengths and strive to shoot at 1/500 sec when possible. However, I did shoot a few night scenes with the lens and properly braced it did just fine. Shake, as you know, is mostly operator failure and only somewhat camera failure, although having a fairly narrow max aperture makes you aware of it more than if you had a faster lens.

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ArcSoft Panorama Maker® 4 Pro seamlessly transforms any series of overlapping photos into a gorgeous panoramic image. This professional software application features several controls including automatic select, arrange and anti-ghost tools. It even lets you adjust and edit your stitched image manually if needed. Download your free trial from

Technology Paves the Path
by Ron Leach, Publisher

A decade ago pundits were describing the business of photography as a “sunset industry,” suggesting that the “smart money” should look elsewhere for innovation and profits. Then came the digital revolution which not only changed the manner in which we capture, share and archive our images, but provided renewed impetus to the growth trajectory of the most forward-thinking imaging companies.

As typically happens with revolutions of this sort, some venerable names unfortunately fell by the wayside as our industry’s hierarchy was recalibrated. But today photography is at the forefront of our culture’s mindset and both the craft and the business of imaging are in an upswing.
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Xrite Photo

|| Picture Perfect Color || This color management seminar will teach you how to make your prints match your monitor, how to understand ICC profiles, how to use them, and how to get the best possible results in your digital darkroom. Nationwide tour, coming to a city near you!


Panasonic Unveils 12.2 Megapixel Digital Camera With 28mm Wide-Angle
Panasonic today expanded its LUMIX family of digital cameras with the introduction of the compact LUMIX DMC-FX100, the world’s first to feature 12.2 Megapixel resolution with a 28mm wide-angle.

Tenba Expands Outdoor Bag Collection
Tenba has added several new products to its popular Shootout collection of professional photo/laptop carrying cases.

onOne Software Announces Availability of All Photoshop CS3 Compatible Software Plug-ins
onOne Software, Inc. has announced the immediate availability of all Photoshop CS3 compatible updates to their Photoshop plug-ins.

Lexar Launches ExpressCard SSD With Auto-Backup Software
Lexar Media, Inc. Has announced its new ExpressCard SSD with auto-backup software.

EfotoLoader Software for Online Event Photographers has announced the release of the company’s new EfotoLoader software, which enables photographers to quickly and easily upload and begin selling event prints.

Denny Manufacturing Launches New Website!
Denny Manufacturing Company, Incorporated is proud to announce the launch of their new website

Are you looking for a great deal on photo supplies? Or a reliable Photography supply distributor? At Midwest Photographic, you’ve found it all. Check out our weekly Internet Specials! We will not be undersold!

Photo Basics Kit Lights
All You Need and Tips Too

by George Schaub

These Photo Basics Lighting Kits are just what they say they are—very basic kits setups for the aspiring portrait, still life and tabletop photographer. There are a number of kit setups available, from two to three lights with various modifiers and accessories as well. ( In the past, anyone at the basic beginner level looking to set this up might have gone to a photo and/or hardware store and gotten a reflector with brackets and a couple of photoflood bulbs, a few light stands and a backdrop that was summarily attached to a wall with tape or even onto a pole via brackets. That’s how I did it many, many years ago, and that’s how many folks learned about lighting. Now, learning has been added to lighting in these kits with a clever system that includes color coded light fixtures, floor positioning matts, a helpful DVD presented by the personable Kelly Mondora and a web site to boot.
Get The Full Story assembled a star packed cast for their New York revolutionary Reality Training workshops. Celebrity hair stylists and makeup artists will create the look for the supermodels of the Trump Agency who will be on set with Claudio Basso, the master of photography whos work has been published across four continents.

One of the interesting predictions for this year is that most digital camera sales will be by those buying their second, or even third digital camera, and that first-time buyers (or those switching from film to digital) will be in the minority. If you are planning to buy a digital camera this year is it:
a) Your first digital camera
b) Your second or third digital camera
c) You are "stepping up" from a digital point and shoot to a DSLR (regardless of number of previous digital cameras.)

If you are buying your second (or third, etc.) digital camera, please briefly comment on why you are or might be considering that purchase.

Workshop Spotlight
D-65 Seminars & Your Digital Workflow
by Howard Millard

For anyone shooting digitally today, there are an almost overwhelming number of elements to keep track of: capture, downloading, color management, color and tonal correction and enhancement, captioning, storage, backing up and archiving, filing and retrieving, copyright, output, and delivery to the client. To negotiate this maze, and to achieve optimum quality and efficiency, veteran corporate/editorial photographer Seth Resnick (clients: Forbes, Business Week, Fidelity, Time) has teamed with workshop producer Jamie Spritzer to offer several seminars presenting solutions to these digital conundrums. I attended their four day “Digital Workflow, Not Workslow” workshop, which now focuses on Lightroom as well as CS3, and was duly impressed.
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Photo Basics By Westcott/Shutterbug Photo Contest
Westcott is offering their Photo Basics by Westcott customers the chance to have their photos published in Shutterbug Magazine.

Hawk Mountain Paper 2007 Inkjet Print Contest
Hawk Mountain Papers holds a print contest every year, encouraging inkjet printers from all over the world to submit their best inkjet prints on Hawk Mountain paper. Picks the Legendary Italian Fashion Photographer Claudio Basso for Photography Workshops in New York City.
The Renaissance of Photography Training begins next month in NYC when launches the first Reality Training Workshop, bringing a revolution to the way professionals and amateur photographers are trained.

John Paul Caponigro and Mac Holbert To Lead Digital Fine Art Printing Workshop
Epson America today announced that John Paul Caponigro and Mac Holbert, two of the pre-eminent leaders in digital photography and fine art printing, will be hosting a workshop in the state-of-the-art digital printing labs of Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, Calif., June 25–29.

Festival of the Photograph
The Festival is a not for profit celebration of photography — created by photographers. With a program of exhibitions, workshops, interviews, outdoor screenings, and special events, the Festival will attract professional and amateur photographers from around the world to Charlottesville, Virginia's picturesque historic downtown. The Festival will be held on June 7-9 2007.

Panasonic Lumix To Launch Digital Photo Academy
Panasonic LUMIX will launch the Digital Photo Academy, a series of workshops for all digital camera owners who want to maximize their cameras’ features and create more rewarding and enjoyable photo experiences.

Tamron Announces "Make You Mark" Photo Contest For Tamron Lens Users
The company is looking for images from photo enthusiasts that creatively capture a natural or manmade landmark.

LiveBooks Teaches National Geographic All Roads
LiveBooks, Inc. continues to support emerging, talented photojournalists with its sponsorship of National Geographic’s “All Roads Photography Project” by providing the winners of this year’s international competition with a hands-on workshop about web marketing best practices and their own liveBooks personalized website.

Digital Photography Workshops - Understanding Digital Photography
The mastery of digital imaging concepts and technology is essential for anyone working within the photographic arts today.

Anchell Photography Workshops
Steve Anchell is a contributing writer to Shutterbug and Rangefinder magazines. He is also the author of The Darkroom Cookbook and is working on a companion title, The Digital Cookbook. He has been teaching photography since 1979. For more information visit his website at

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