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Roger W. Hicks Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

Rubber chickens . Chocolate visiting cards. A camera support that looks (and performs) like a big, sticky limpet. Every bit as much as cameras, films, and imaging software, this weird and wonderful stuff is what the Photo Marketing Association show is about.

We are talking, after all, about marketing. It is literally their middle name.

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

While digital, as expected, dominated the show, silver-halide materials were still to be found. These included three new films; faster films in single-use cameras; a new 35mm film support to reduce static (and therefore dust); new archival storage materials; the promise of new papers; and even--somewhat to my surprise--a lonely enlarger on one of the Chinese stands.

Jon Canfield Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

If there's anything you can count on with digital products, it's faster speeds, higher capacities, and lower costs. Nowhere is this truer than with memory cards. There was plenty of news from a variety of vendors.

SanDisk doubled the capacity of several of their most popular cards, including the Extreme III line of cards to 8GB in CompactFlash, and 2GB...

Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

It was a typical night at PMA. After a short ride in a stretch limo to an undisclosed location, I sat on the floor enjoying puffer fish sashimi and chilled sake with Nikon's Yoshida Shoichiro. That night, the geishas attending us watched nervously as the CEO handed me a prototype of Nikon's 24-megapixel full-frame digital SLR. "This," he told me...

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Robert E. Mayer Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

Argraph introduced several brand-new Sunblitz Digital Lighting Products. The Sunblitz DAF 4500C ETTL is designed to work with Canon digital SLR and film cameras and has a GN (Guide Number) of 135 at ISO 100. The Sunblitz A 6000 Macro Ring Flash provides shadow-free light for medical, industrial, and creative subjects. It has a GN of 40, works with cameras having filter...

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George Schaub Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

Digital SLRs In Previews; The Four Thirds System Gains Adherents; Pigment Ink Printers Abound; And Some CE Bedfellows For Venerable Photo Industry Names

In late February a team of Shutterbug reporters descended on the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, to find out what's in store for photographers in the year ahead. The odd air of something missing...

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Rosalind Smith Posted: May 01, 2006 0 comments

"There is something special about the ocean world, a certain allure, like a song that calls to me. I can't really explain this attraction; it's just there; inside--a part of who I am."
--Bill Curtsinger

For Bill Curtsinger, the darkest depths of the Antarctic are like a candy store. "Cold, remote, colorful, and...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 01, 2006 0 comments

While touring the ancient town of Dolceaqua, Italy, we happened upon a wedding ceremony in progress at the antiquated church in the middle of the cobblestoned town square. An ornate carriage and a proud family waited for the bride and groom to emerge from the church. The air was festive, with flower petals covering the cobblestones and the family members milling about.
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Rosalind Smith Posted: Mar 01, 2006 0 comments

"The parade was at night. It was a beautiful evening. There were two to three hundred marchers and New Orleans actress Becky Allen became Queen Katrina, the reigning monarch of the Halloween parade this past October.

"New Orleanians have a way of turning tragedy into humor and some people came dressed as refrigerators. I was overcome with the celebration and...

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Heiner Henninges Posted: Feb 01, 2006 0 comments

Larry Fink's "Forbidden Pictures: A Political Tableau 2005" was one of the highlights at the biggest German photo exhibition "7th International Photo Days," which was located in the cities of Mannheim and Ludwigshafen.

The Larry Fink exhibition was a major part of a show entitled "Contemporary American...

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Barry Tanenbaum Posted: Feb 01, 2006 0 comments

So you wake up one morning and think, you know, what I'd really like to do is start my own photography workshop.

You or me, we hit the snooze button and see what we come up with after 10 more minutes of sleep. But not Steve Gottlieb. A commercial photographer with three books to his credit, Steve had been thinking about workshops. He had a close friend who...

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Rosalind Smith Posted: Dec 01, 2005 0 comments

Seven of the world's leading photojournalists and documentary photographers came together to form Agency VII on September 9, 2001, just two days before our world changed forever.

Gary Knight, born and based in England, is a widely published journalist and award-winning photographer who was the driving force behind the group. He realized...

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The Editors Posted: Dec 01, 2005 0 comments

As is our wont, in this issue we asked our contributors to give us their thoughts on what the future holds, be it gear, technology, or trends in photography. We received a wide range of opinions, from those proclaiming that film is finally dead to those who see diversity in image making as important. There's no doubt that many people still use and enjoy working with film.

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Barry Tanenbaum Posted: Dec 01, 2005 0 comments

Through the viewfinder David X. Tejada saw Bart Simpson strangling Saddam Hussein.

"It was at the time of the first Gulf War, and I was shooting at a mining site in Nevada," David says. "I've got a 300mm lens on the camera, and I'm directing a surveyor out in the field by walkie-talkie. I'm having him look through his surveying scope.

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Daryl Hawk Posted: Nov 01, 2005 0 comments

There's a place on earth where time stands still. A place where a reverence for nature and the Buddhist religion have preserved a kingdom that is often referred to as the world's last Shangri-la. A mythical and medieval land hidden high away in the Himalayas--an Eden called Bhutan.

In early 2004 I was hired by Yarkay Tours to...

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