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David B. Brooks Jan 01, 2006 0 comments

There's one lens that's part of my 35mm/digital SLR system that I have used longest, continuously now for about 40 years. It is a homemade single-element soft-focus lens inspired by the Rodenstock Imagon lens for large format cameras. There are more images in my library of photographs made with this lens than any other. But why in this modern, high-tech world of...

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Howard Millard Nov 01, 2005 0 comments

Recently, I attended several excellent Photoshop seminars presented by Software-Cinema.com. These were held in a large meeting room of a city hotel with some 200 people in attendance. Photographic images from the presenter's laptop were projected on an enormous screen, with great clarity and color saturation. They must be using a very expensive projector, I assumed. After...

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Jay McCabe Nov 01, 2005 0 comments

The difference is not always skill. Success as a pro shooter takes talent, but, as Rosanne Pennella says, "there are many excellent photographers who cannot make a name for themselves because they cannot figure out how to market themselves and project mastery of their careers."

Eleven years ago Rosanne was an attorney whose first love was not the law.

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Jay McCabe Sep 01, 2005 0 comments

It starts with the website, which is a key element in wedding photographer John Solano's business. John's goal is to be pre-sold before the client even meets him. "The ideal is that I don't have to show them a picture," John says. "I do that, of course, but the work kind of sells itself, and if they've seen it already, the selling is...

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Joe Farace Sep 01, 2005 0 comments

My favorite scene in the film Lawrence of Arabia is when Peter O'Toole, as Lawrence, looks out onto the desert landscape and watches a rider riding slowly toward him. It turns out to be Omar Sharif but the encounter is made more dramatic by the widescreen format.

There are a lot of ways to make panoramic images, including cropping standard...

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Jay McCabe Jul 01, 2005 0 comments

"If you define your creativity by what the market wants, you're dead before you start."

When James Balog traveled to Banda Aceh, Indonesia, in January, he knew there was little chance of his photographs being picked up by newspapers or magazines. The tsunami, which struck the region on December 26, had been well covered by the media. But as a photographer...

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Stan Trzoniec Jul 01, 2005 0 comments

Photographers, by nature, love accessories. But sooner or later we all have to face the fact that we can only carry so much equipment. When I go out I go through a mental check list and include the basic equipment that I've outlined in this article. Please keep in mind this is my personal list; vary yours to suit the terrain, subject, and distance covered.

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Timothy Edberg Apr 01, 2005 Published: May 01, 2005 2 comments

Photos © 2004, Timothy Edberg, All Rights Reserved

"Geez, Tim, your photo gear alone is heavier than my entire backpack!" This was a fellow backpacker I met in Glacier National Park. She was exaggerating...I hope. But it is certainly true that adding a lot of photography equipment to a loaded camping backpack adds significant weight.

So why...

Steve Bedell May 01, 2005 0 comments

Photos © 2004, Steve Bedell, All Rights Reserved

I love shooting outdoor portraits! As a matter of fact, it has become my "signature style." During my busy season, I may take over 400 outdoor exposures in a single day, so I'd better be able to do it well and do it fast. An element of my style is that I don't use flash. Many photographers do, and...

Roger W. Hicks May 01, 2005 0 comments

Photos © 2004, Roger W. Hicks, All Rights Reserved

We fly less than we used to. Terrorists don't worry us: realistically, flying is still far safer than driving. But we don't like the hassle, three-hour check-ins, restricted carryons, frequent x-rays, and endless security checks. In that sense, the terrorists have made us (and many other people) change...

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Jay McCabe May 01, 2005 0 comments

You promote the work that has your heart and soul in it, the work you want to keep doing.

The art director for an ad agency is setting up a storyboard presentation for a client's kick-off campaign for an upscale shopping mall. The plan calls for five evocative photographs to be used in print ads and on billboards. The photographs are key: they will set the look...

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Jay McCabe Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

Photos © 2004, Sandro, All Rights Reserved

"A lot of people, that camera is in front of them and there's a fear, an anxiety that rises inside them. You need them to look past the camera and connect with you."

"You've got to have a game plan," Sandro says, and there's no pun intended. He's talking about photographing...

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Howard Millard Feb 01, 2005 0 comments

Want to add a new dimension to your photography? Try shooting panoramic pictures--shoot a series of two or more frames and then combine them digitally. The wide sweep of the panoramic format captures attention, adds impact, and compels viewers to...

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Jay McCabe Jan 01, 2005 0 comments

"Another photographer will say, `I don't know anything about figure skating,' and I'll tell him, `Well, here's what's going to happen; here's what to watch for.'"

Funny how things work out sometimes.

Dave Black majored in commercial graphics design and studio drawing at Southern Illinois...

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Jay McCabe Nov 01, 2004 0 comments

Detained

Best known for her images of global health issues, photojournalist Karen Kasmauski often finds herself in the world's hot zones, but she says the work she does isn't dangerous...until it is. One moment you're fine; the next, there's trouble, and you never saw it coming. "It's always...