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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Oct 16, 2012 Published: Sep 01, 2012 16 comments
It’s a good thing that early photographers didn’t have to pass through airport security with their flash equipment. The pyrotechnics they used to light a scene would surely have merited more than a pat down. Many years ago, long before the flash tube or flashbulb, a century or so before the Flashcube, cameramen used a flash powder called thermite.
Anthony L. Celeste Posted: Jun 28, 2013 Published: May 01, 2013 2 comments
When shooting portraits on a green screen setup the first stage in the work is selecting and removing the green screen itself, something a “magic wand” or similar selection tool will accomplish. The next stage is finding and fitting an appropriate replacement background, and just as Digital Anarchy’s Primatte Chromakey streamlines the green screen removal process, the company also offers a Photoshop plug-in that streamlines the background creation process. Dubbed Backdrop Designer, the software can aid you in digitally creating muslin drapes, lighting effects, and other photographic backgrounds.
John Rettie Posted: Mar 01, 2002 0 comments

If you think that the lack of battery life is a new phenomenon that has only come to the forefront since digital cameras hit the market, you're wrong. Long-time photographers will tell you it was the advent of electronic flash guns that triggered...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Jul 01, 2009 0 comments

Over the years, digiframes as a display medium have mushroomed, and in the process gained some very entertaining and useful capabilities. And prices have come down enough to ensure they will be around for a long time. They are no longer a fad, something indicated by the proliferation of products that came out this year.

The latest digiframes bring a host of novel features to the...

Jack Neubart Posted: Jan 01, 2008 0 comments

How can you make the most use out of that limited quantity of memory cards when on the road, especially on a long trip? The answer: a portable drive. When connected to a host computer via USB 2.0, all these devices are recognized as an external drive--but not immediately in some cases: it may require activation of a USB function on the device. Adding to the utility of many of...

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Tom Fuller Posted: Jan 01, 2001 0 comments

This month's project is a variable-length extension tube for close-up photography. It provides several inches of magnification adjustment without the need of an expensive and cumbersome macro bellows unit, and allows virtually any lens to be...

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Tom Fuller Posted: Aug 01, 2000 0 comments

This month we have a Level 5 project (see the April 2000 issue for an explanation of the DIY complexity scale) that I've broken into two parts for convenience. This part describes the concept and the basic camera design, with next month's Part 2 covering...

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Tom Fuller Posted: Sep 01, 2000 0 comments

Last month we covered the concept of this undertaking, building a pancake-like camera with considerable lateral movement for ultra-wide angle photography on 6x7cm, 6x9cm, 6x12cm, and 4x5" formats. This month we will go over the assembly and finishing...

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Tom Fuller Posted: Sep 01, 2001 0 comments

I've been thinking about this month's project for years, but its complexity kept me from presenting it until now. The features of current AF SLR cameras allow the design to be greatly simplified and made practical for the home workshop...

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Tom Fuller Posted: Jul 01, 2000 0 comments

This month's project is a simple way to replace or customize the ground glass of any large format camera. Only a few inexpensive materials are needed to make the glass itself, but you will need the use of a computer and a laser or ink jet printer...

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Tom Fuller Posted: Jun 01, 1999 0 comments

Contrary to popular belief, mediocre quality is not the only cause of unsharp pictures. Inaccurate focusing, sloppy depth of field control, and poor film flatness all contribute, but the most destructive is camera movement during exposure. While a sturdy...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jun 01, 2000 0 comments

Whenever outdoor photographers discuss their favorite gear, one significant item is frequently overlooked. Binoculars, though not categorized as photo equipment, can be invaluable for scanning or scouting an area and for searching out potential subjects. Especially in bird and wildlife...

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Stan Trzoniec Posted: Jul 01, 2006 0 comments

Traveling today with a digital camera is certainly an enjoyable experience. If we are not careful in the field, however, at the end of the day we wind up with too many images and nowhere to place them. You can carry extra CompactFlash cards, but that can be expensive and you have to back them up anyway as you go. In addition, today's high-resolution digital SLRs, like my...

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Dave Howard Posted: Jun 01, 2005 Published: Jul 01, 2005 0 comments

A monopod can be as simple as a walking stick with a 1/4"-20 camera screw on top, or a high-end industrial model created for field use with professional TV and video cameras. Yet many photographers fail to comprehend their benefits, other than being handy for chasing the cat out from under the bed. They reason that if you can't shoot handheld for whatever reason, then...

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Cynthia Boylan Posted: Nov 05, 2014 1 comments

Epson has introduced the new WorkForce WF-100, which the company is calling "the world's smallest and lightest wireless mobile printer."

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