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Robert E. Mayer Apr 01, 2000 0 comments

Generally, the one major difference that makes any photo more interesting than a mere snapshot is paying careful attention to the surroundings and subsequently moving in for a closer, more detailed view of the subject. The latter improved camera technique...

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Jay Abend Apr 01, 2000 0 comments

As a working pro I'm pretty familiar with all of the pro lighting companies. My studio looks like a well stocked camera store, with virtually every diffuser, umbrella, and softbox known to man. When something new comes out, I usually wind up with...

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Robert E. Mayer Feb 01, 2000 0 comments

In the last several decades I have glanced at and often closely looked over literally hundreds of different equipment carrying bags at dozens of trade shows in this country and at the largest one of all, photokina in Germany. In addition, I have tested at...

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Peter K. Burian Dec 01, 1999 0 comments

As the manufacturer of numerous tripods, the Velbon name has been well known in the US for many years, particularly for very affordable and ultralight models. Recently however, some important changes have occurred. The Velbon Tripod Co. of Japan expanded...

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Robert E. Mayer Dec 01, 1999 0 comments

Individuals who hike, climb, bike, or are involved in any similar type of outdoor activity often like to have a camera along to record the event. Carrying a camera on a conventional neck strap is not practical because the weight of the camera causes it to...

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Tom Fuller Nov 01, 1999 0 comments

Quantum's new Qpaq-X, a high-energy portable power supply for the Qflash model X and X2, is a professional-quality system that lets the user select from 200 to 800 ws of flash power by combining snap-together capacitor and battery modules. In addition to keeping size and weight down by...

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Robert E. Mayer Nov 01, 1999 0 comments

Today's highly-electronic cameras and flash units all require good, reliable batteries to keep their components functioning properly. Most modern cameras have an LCD readout that performs a battery check when first switched on, then provides a...

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Jay Abend Oct 01, 1999 0 comments

For those of you who think that digital cameras cannot replace conventional medium and large format film, get a load of the Better Light 6000 scanning camera back. This rather expensive pro digital tool not only replaces 4x5 transparency film for most...

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Jay Abend Jun 01, 1999 3 comments

Of all the articles that I have written for Shutterbug, there is one topic that continually generates mail from readers. Whenever I have mentioned my "homemade battery packs" for Vivitar 283 and 285 flash units, the mail pours in. Sick of poky...

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Tom Fuller Jun 01, 1999 0 comments

Contrary to popular belief, mediocre quality is not the only cause of unsharp pictures. Inaccurate focusing, sloppy depth of field control, and poor film flatness all contribute, but the most destructive is camera movement during exposure. While a sturdy...

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Peter K. Burian 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...

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Robert E. Mayer Jun 01, 1999 0 comments

The large, fast telephoto lenses that are so popular these days for sports and action photography are long and heavy, making them unwieldy and impractical for handheld use, so they require steady tripod support to produce sharply-detailed pictures. While...

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Robert E. Mayer Jun 01, 1999 0 comments

Heavy and sturdy enough for practically any size camera including large format 4x5, the new JTL ET-4 No. 6014 tripod should satisfy the support needs of most any photographer today. Leg length can be quickly adjusted by first loosening then tightening a...

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Rick Sammon May 01, 1999 0 comments

Never before has 35mm photography been so easy, so exciting, and so much fun. What's creating all the hoopla in this time-proven format--the choice of most photojournalists, travel photographers, and amateur shooters? For one thing, just about all...

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Robert E. Mayer Mar 01, 1999 0 comments

Extremely simplified shadowless electronic flash lighting is often difficult to achieve. This type of soft, diffused light is most suitable for a wide variety of tiny subjects recorded close-up and other nearby conventional objects. Typical subjects ideal...