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Peter K. Burian Posted: May 01, 2001 0 comments

Whenever I judge photo contests including a travel category, one fact quickly becomes apparent: picture-taking during vacation and other trips is not always taken seriously. The photographer who might spend hours making an exceptional landscape...

Peter K. Burian Posted: Apr 01, 2001 0 comments

In most parts of North America, March signifies the beginning of spring, but it's the April showers that bring the best flowers. By the end of this month, gardens all around us will be lavished with vibrant colors making a highly appealing...

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Joe Farace Posted: Apr 01, 2001 0 comments

Making photographs for a model's portfolio involves much more than just using the proper posing and lighting techniques and includes all of the less glamorous and business-oriented aspects of creating these kinds of images. The...

Jay Abend Posted: Jan 01, 2001 0 comments

The word "portrait" has had a fairly strict definition for ages. From the days of Rembrandt and Carravagio through modern photographic masters like Richard Avedon and Irving Penn, the portrait has remained a constant. While techniques...

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Dave Howard Posted: Jan 01, 2001 0 comments

The concept of carrying a small camera with you at all times certainly isn't new. Street photographers from the first half of the last century, whose main work was most often done with a cumbersome tripod and large format camera...

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Barry Tanenbaum Posted: Jan 01, 2001 0 comments

It's an old antique store--okay, you can call it a junk shop--by the side of the road in Delaware, and photographer Tony Sweet drives by a lot on his way to the coast from his home in Baltimore. And it's a great place to take pictures simply because it...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jan 01, 2001 0 comments

A full 15 years have passed since the first commercially viable autofocus SLR was introduced (the Maxxum 7000) and the technology has been improved significantly since then. Even so, some photographers consider AF suitable only for snapshooting.

Joe Farace Posted: Jan 01, 2001 0 comments

It should come as no surprise to you to discover that there are few--maybe no--real secrets in photography. Instead, what you find are informed opinions based on experience blended with some stylistic preferences. The recipe for producing...

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Jay Abend Posted: Dec 01, 2000 0 comments

You're all familiar with Murphy's Law--Anything that can possibly go wrong will go wrong. Certainly being a working photographer is a great way to see Murphy's Law in action on nearly a daily basis. While I pride myself on being prepared for every...

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Rosalind Smith Posted: Oct 01, 2000 0 comments

Imagine this.
You are preparing prints for a highly respected exhibition. It is now
in the fifth consecutive day of rain. You process the prints in your usual
way--everything seems to be going well throughout the entire chemical...

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

As the last days of summer give way to frosty nights and crisp mornings, the world is transformed into a fiery splendor. In most parts of the US and Canada, crimson maples, golden poplars or aspen, and red dogwoods dominate the landscape. This is a...

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

A large percentage of the population has always had a love affair with the automobile. We own more cars per capita than any other culture and we have a genuine fascination with older models. When "classic" vehicles reach a certain age, some will spend small...

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Jay Abend Posted: Aug 01, 2000 0 comments

I've always wanted really exotic lenses: super wide fisheyes, perspective control tilt and shift lenses, super fast rare earth element thoroughbreds, and super long telephotos. I've managed to buy, rent, or borrow just about everything out there in...

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Rick Sammon Posted: Jun 01, 2000 0 comments

Ever wonder what ingredients professional travel photographers use to make great on-location pictures? Here's my gourmet recipe.

Getting Ready To "Cook."...

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