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Jay Abend Posted: May 01, 2000 0 comments

The Simple Life

I love fancy photography equipment as much as the next guy, but there are times when I like to put away all of the expensive cameras, lighting gear, and softboxes and try and shoot with some basic gear.

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Jay Abend Posted: Apr 01, 2000 0 comments

If you still think of portraits in terms of main light, fill light, and key light, I think you're missing out on some fresh and exciting techniques. While the classic studio portrait is still practiced by lots of amateurs and practically every...

Steve Bedell Posted: Mar 01, 2000 0 comments

I have to admit something to you. About five years ago, when it was becoming very evident that digital technology would become increasingly important for the imaging professional, I tried to look the other way. I figured it would be a niche market. If they...

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Barry Tanenbaum Posted: Dec 01, 1999 0 comments

Lindsay Silverman
Marketing Manager, SLR Program Development
Nikon Inc.

Flexible Flyer. "Don't be married to one method of shooting. Even though the cameras I use can be customized, I...

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Barry Tanenbaum Posted: Oct 01, 1999 1 comments

They recognize him, the eagles.
Not all of them, of course, but enough of them so that he can get close...and
closer still. "I learned that eagles can recognize a face for
over 20 years," John Pezzenti,J...

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Rosalind Smith Posted: Sep 01, 1999 0 comments

"When showing your
portfolio it is a good idea to offer up a variety of choices--some verticals,
some horizontals, some wides, and some tight details."

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Jay Abend Posted: Sep 01, 1999 0 comments

One of the most difficult obstacles to overcome for the aspiring studio photographer is the lack of a proper space to shoot. Spare bedrooms, garages, attics, and basements have all been transformed into makeshift studios, and most lack adequate space to...

Rick Sammon Posted: Aug 01, 1999 0 comments

I'm a zoom lens man. I use zooms in virtually all my travel work, making exceptions when I need a macro or super telephoto shot.

This was not always the case. Back in...

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Barry Tanenbaum Posted: Jul 01, 1999 0 comments

For years we've been asking professional photographers a variation of the same question: what does it take to be a pro? We may ask, "What's the secret of your success?" (as if it were a secret); or, simply, "What is it that...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jul 01, 1999 0 comments

A tree is a tree is a tree
--Max Sennett

That silent film pioneer may have been talking about why shooting movies on location in Hollywood was a good idea for the fledging film...

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Jay Abend Posted: Jul 01, 1999 0 comments

If you have been reading Shutterbug for some time, you're no doubt aware of the constant drumbeat of the digital photography industry. The products used to fall into two categories--expensive cameras that take frightfully bad pictures, or frightfully...

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Rosalind Smith Posted: Jul 01, 1999 0 comments

"Your camera is like
a Geiger counter. It takes you to the right place. When it faces something
that doesn't interest you, there is no tick-ticking, but when
it faces something you like, it is tickingaway....

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Rosalind Smith Posted: Jun 01, 1999 0 comments

Marnie Crawford Samuelson
recalls one of her earliest influences, the photographer Sam Abell,
telling about a body of work he did on canoeing. His bosses were not
enthusiastic about the project initially but Abell hadst...

Peter K. Burian Posted: Jun 01, 1999 0 comments

Although we tend to take them for granted, batteries are an integral part of photography. Virtually every camera developed in the last 10 years becomes merely a paperweight without voltage to keep its mechanisms ticking. Unlike the previous generation which required power for little more than...

Rick Sammon Posted: Jun 01, 1999 0 comments

Many amateur photographers have a simple remedy for shooting in low-light conditions--they turn on their flash units and blast the hell out of a scene or subject. Well, that technique sure is effective. For a more pleasing and more creative picture...

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