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George Schaub Posted: May 28, 2014 0 comments
The image color of even a conventional black and white silver print is rarely black, white and grayscale shades. It may be warm (golden) or cold (blue) neutral or toned (sepia, magenta). Over many years print makers and chemists developed paper and developer combinations, as well as after-printing toners, to add additional color to monochrome silver prints. For example, using a warm-tone paper such as Agfa Portriga and a warm-tone enhancing developer, such as Selectol Soft, could alter image color. This yielded brownish blacks and creamy whites. A cold-tone paper could be developed in Dektol and after fixing toned in a mild dilution of rapid selenium toner for added “snap”, resulting in a “harder” bright white/deep black effect.
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Barry Tanenbaum Posted: Aug 01, 2006 0 comments

In the early 1980s, when he was just starting out as a commercial and advertising photographer, Rob Atkins took a few trips to the Southwest. "I went to photograph the great natural wonders," Rob says, "like the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley." But as he traveled to those and other destinations, something else caught his eye. "So often, out in the...

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Barry Tanenbaum Posted: Oct 01, 1999 1 comments

They recognize him, the eagles.
Not all of them, of course, but enough of them so that he can get close...and
closer still. "I learned that eagles can recognize a face for
over 20 years," John Pezzenti,J...

Steve Bedell Posted: Mar 01, 2004 0 comments

Now that digital is no longer new, a few rules of the road have been established that most folks would agree yield better quality results. Of course, you might find that bending the rules might be fun, and that there's still lots to learn. But these...

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Alicia Fox Posted: Aug 01, 2011 Published: Jun 01, 2011 1 comments
Travel and photography are two intertwined subjects for me. Ever since I first had the freedom to travel, at age 18, I have been exploring the world, absorbing and photographing the unique cultures I encounter. I have developed a love for environmental portraits. In this style of photography I can capture not only the character of a person, but also the world in which they live.
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Roger W. Hicks Posted: Sep 01, 2010 0 comments

The original reason for tripods was very simple. Exposures were so long that there was no alternative: no one could hold a camera still for many minutes at a time. The same remained true even when exposures dropped to a few minutes, and then to a few seconds. To this day, therefore, most people think of long exposures as the only reason for using a tripod. But there is a lot more to it than this.

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David B. Brooks Posted: Oct 01, 2008 0 comments

I began as a photographer back in 1952 while in the US Air Force during the Korean conflict. After being assigned to duty in Anchorage, Alaska, I found myself in an environment of great natural beauty, so taking pictures was both logical and a much better option than drinking beer and playing cards in the canteen. The first happy accident in my life as a photographer came as a...

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RJ Wiley Posted: Apr 01, 2009 0 comments

The Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Southwest Florida has been left virtually untouched by man, except for the construction of one of the world’s most beautiful boardwalks that wanders through the heart of this ancient bald cypress swamp. In July 2007, the discovery of a ghost orchid at Corkscrew was very big news. Ghost orchids are rare; it’s estimated there are only 1000...

Kenneth J. Stein Ph. D. Posted: Aug 01, 2003 0 comments

A Macro Photography Primer

In photography courses that I have taught, it has been common for people to tell me about their "Macro" function on their 35-70mm or 70-210mm lens. Although these lenses are adequate for some...

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Tom Frier Posted: Feb 01, 2007 10 comments

Photography has long been a passion and one of my favorite subjects is the classic automobile. My interest is not so much in the mechanical aspects but in their design and form. Since I was introduced to the magical world of digital I have developed a new approach to this subject matter, one that extracts the car from its surroundings and considers it as an object of beauty onto...

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Joel Beemer Posted: Dec 11, 2012 1 comments
t was when my knees began creaking that I came to realize it was time to stop hauling around a monorail 4x5” camera system in the field. Something smaller and lighter was needed.
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Joe Farace Posted: Apr 01, 2010 0 comments

Despite lens makers’ ads to the contrary, photographers don’t always want or need tack-sharp photographs, especially for wedding or bridal portraits. The use of creative or selective blur when applied in the digital darkroom to an otherwise ordinary photograph can create a mood or look that fits an impression of the original image more than its reality, but sometimes the distinction...

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Dick Stanley Posted: Mar 01, 2007 0 comments

In 30 years of taking photographs I have always been more or less indifferent to the camera I use. Various instamatics have been my mainstay, and sometimes I end up using a disposable camera. I have nothing against a good camera: I own one (with only a 135mm lens), and sometimes borrow others. The indifference to the camera comes from the fact that the images that attract me are...

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Jeff Wignall Posted: Jun 11, 2013 Published: May 01, 2013 1 comments
In a business that thrives on intensely refined specialties, Newport, Rhode Island-based shooter Matthew Cohen has managed to find success in what has to be one of the ultimate photographic niches: nautical adventure photography. Cohen is one of a handful of photographers worldwide who earns much of his living adventuring on the high seas and capturing those exploits with his camera.
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Jody Gomez Posted: Feb 01, 2009 0 comments

The photographic career of Jody Gomez started off simply enough, as a spectator parent when her son began riding steers. Frustrated by the poor quality of the pictures snapped and sold by another parent, Gomez began taking her own photographs, starting off with an entry-level 35mm Canon Rebel. In short order, Gomez was installed as the official photographer for the California Junior Bull Riders...

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