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Jack Neubart Posted: Apr 01, 2008 0 comments

Collapsible light tents of various sizes and configurations have been all the rage of late. The precursor to many of these designs is the sweep table. Now, JTL has brought back this stalwart still life/small product shooting table in high style, adding portability and fairly easy setup.

Conventional sweep tables are usually set up and left in a corner of your studio...

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Joe Farace Posted: Dec 01, 2008 0 comments

“The night we met I knew I needed you so…”—Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes

If you like having fun with distortion and soft focus you already know about Lensbabies, but did you know that, like the three bears—Cornelius, Alice, and Muffy—there are now three Lensbaby lenses and they are called Composer, Muse, and Control Freak? (I’ll let you figure...

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George Schaub Posted: Jul 01, 2006 0 comments

No one doubts the need for backing up digital images. But with digital cameras commonly in the 10-megapixel range, the need for more and more memory is apparent. Many of us have ever-increasing stacks of CDs and DVDs gathering on shelves, some properly cataloged and others awaiting the necessary housekeeping. As the image files grow photographers are seeking larger back-up systems...

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Tony Sweet Posted: Oct 01, 2006 0 comments

Let's begin by saying that I'm primarily a nature photographer and have used flash very infrequently, that is, up to now. When I first received the unit it was in a black case and on first look I thought, "This is a lot of stuff. How am I going to use all of this, much less carry it in my camera bag?" Well, it isn't quite as much as it seems.

Jack Neubart Posted: Oct 01, 2008 0 comments

I've had many opportunities to work with battery-operated studio strobe systems. My problem with them was that they were heavy and bulky, not powerful enough, or simply too costly. Then I came upon the Opus Pro OPL-L300 location kit. I immediately noted that the 300 ws monolights were compact. Then I hefted the battery pack. Hmm, not bad, I thought. I could actually carry...

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Joe Farace Posted: Apr 01, 2005 Published: Mar 22, 2005 0 comments

Photos © 2004, Joe Farace, All Rights Reserved

The Original Lensbaby is a flexible camera lens that creates an image that has an area of sharp--or not--focus that's surrounded by a graduated blur. This mostly plastic lens is available in different camera mounts and brings the "Holga look" (see What's a Holga Anyway? sidebar) to single...

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Jay Abend Posted: Apr 01, 2000 0 comments

As a working pro I'm pretty familiar with all of the pro lighting companies. My studio looks like a well stocked camera store, with virtually every diffuser, umbrella, and softbox known to man. When something new comes out, I usually wind up with...

Jay Abend Posted: Dec 01, 2002 Published: Sep 01, 2002 0 comments

When Quantum, the well-known innovators and manufacturers of workhorse Turbo battery packs and robust Quantum Qflash portable strobe equipment, announced that they were introducing a wireless...

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Mar 01, 2006 0 comments

When the founders of Think Tank Photo decided to enter the already-crowded gadget bag marketplace they began by studying how photographers behave. They asked professionals to demonstrate how they access their equipment under actual working conditions, including those tougher circumstances like bad weather, pushy crowds, and other real-world situations. Among other things they...

The Editors Posted: Aug 01, 2009 10 comments

The best imaging products of 2009 were voted on at the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) General Assembly held from April 2-4, 2009 in Budapest.

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Christopher Dack Posted: Aug 28, 2012 Published: Jul 01, 2012 2 comments
Recent years have seen staggering innovations in cameras, most notably involving ISO speed, sensor size in compacts, and video capabilities. Despite these advances, however, one thing has divided the industry for more than 10 years but has rarely been talked about—that is, until recently—optical low-pass filters. Many cameras include them, but some do not. There are believers in both camps but the only thing that’s clear is that the issue is far from decided.
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Peter K. Burian Posted: Aug 01, 2000 1 comments

Although most lens manufacturers offer fast (f/2.8) ultra-wide zoom lenses, these tend to be large, heavy, and quite expensive. Tokina's own AF 20-35mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO is a superb product but most photo enthusiasts do not require such a wide aperture...

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Joe Farace Posted: May 01, 2009 16 comments

If there’s any secret about making great travel photographs it’s that using your camera has to be instinctive because when a photo opportunity presents itself you may only have a few seconds to get a shot.

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Frances E. Schultz Posted: May 01, 2006 0 comments

Slingshots may seem like odd travel accessories, but these SlingShots are two dispatch rider-style backpacks--also known as bandoleer bags and, yes, sling bags--from Lowepro.

They are part of the "Designed for Digital" range, but don't let that worry you: they are at least as good for film cameras. Yes, they are designed especially for...

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Joe Farace Posted: Feb 01, 2008 0 comments

There are those situations when you can't (or don't want to) carry a tripod or there's just not enough space to set one up. That's when a monopod comes in handy. Monopods are the ideal camera support for nature photographers and backpackers, to who size and weight are important considerations. A monopod is especially useful when working with long lenses in...

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