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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.

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

Looking at the latest camera bag offerings has an extra piquancy when you are in the market for a bag yourself, as I was at this year's PMA. My husband Roger Hicks had just bought a new laptop, which was a very tight fit indeed in his existing camera bag. We needed something new. We ended up with the CompuTrekker AW backpack from Lowepro--but along the way, I was...

Jon Canfield Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

Epson is really pushing the limits with desktop scanners, bringing near drum-scanner quality down to the sub-$800 price range. With two new scanners on display at PMA, Epson had the major news in this category. First up is the Perfection V700 PHOTO. With an estimated price of $549.99, the scanner uses Epson's Dual Lens optics. The Dual Lens System automatically selects...

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

Duracell introduced their higher capacity 2650 mAh AA and 1000 mAh AAA rechargeable batteries, designed to meet the growing demands of high-drain devices. The Duracell 15 Minute Charger will charge one to four mAh AA cells in just 15 minutes. It will accept all standard AA or AAA Ni-MH batteries. The list price for the charger with four batteries is $40.

GP Batteries...

Jack Neubart Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

If there's one thing I learned from working on my latest book, Studio Lighting Solutions (Amphoto, 2005), there is a light specially suited to every subject and situation. Pro photographers find exactly what they need, and if it's not the exact solution, they fashion it to their needs with the addition of various accessories.

So when I entered the...

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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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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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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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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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Rosalind Smith Posted: Nov 01, 2005 1 comments

The low, harsh light of late day played unmercifully on the withered body of an old woman, reflecting on the face of the beautiful baby she carried on her back. Eugene Richards saw the tall, angular 80-year-old woman, a rare sight in a drought-ridden land where people die long before their time.

"I was conscious of using my camera," Richards says. "I...

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