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Joe Farace Posted: Oct 01, 2003 0 comments

The Bowens 9Lite is designed specifically for digital photography and gets its name from the nine fluorescent pigtail tubes that screw into its main housing. Like Bowens Tri-Lite (see sidebar "Photographing Small Products") these are cold hot lights and each lamp head contains nine...

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Joseph A. Dickerson Posted: Jul 01, 2003 0 comments

Spot Meter Roundup

For the record, I use TTL (Through The Lens) metering and automatic modes quite often. Many of my subjects, birds on the wing for instance, are just too flighty to allow for thoughtful metering. But, give me a rustic barn, an...

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Steve Bedell Posted: Oct 01, 2002 0 comments

Like most photographers, I've got a bunch of lights and all kinds of light modifiers lying around. I've got softboxes, umbrellas, and assorted parabolic reflectors. They range in color from white to silver, gold to flesh colored.

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Robert E. Mayer Posted: Oct 01, 2002 0 comments

When you have lots of small items to photograph in minute detail, a ringlight is the easiest method of producing consistent results with soft, gentle lighting that shows the item most advantageously. Instead of having distracting shadows such as...

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Robert E. Mayer Posted: Sep 01, 2002 0 comments

Most devoted photographers will have several different types and sizes of light boxes for use in a variety of situations. Possibly the most common use for a smaller, basic light box is in the darkroom to evaluate a negative or transparency prior to...

Jay Abend Posted: Dec 01, 2002 Published: Sep 01, 2002 0 comments

When Quantum, the well-known innovators and manufacturers of workhorse Turbo battery packs and robust Quantum Qflash portable strobe equipment, announced that they were introducing a wireless...

Peter K. Burian Posted: Aug 01, 2002 0 comments

Like many manufacturers, Pentax is constantly striving to upgrade their SLR cameras. At this year's PMA show, Pentax released the new ZX-L, called MZ-6 in other countries. This mid-range model benefits from some of the technology developed for the...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jul 01, 2002 0 comments

If you're a location photographer who needs a lighting kit that's lightweight, rugged, and can handle whatever kind of assignment that gets thrown at it, Calumet's Travelite 750 One-Head Umbrella Kit may be just what you need. With a price tag under $550...

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Jay Abend Posted: May 01, 2002 0 comments

In my quixotic search to find the perfect location strobe system I've used and owned practically everything--including dry-cell powered Matadors in the 1970s to Norman 200bs in the '80s to Lumedynes and Hensels in the '90s, I've tried everything.

John Rettie Posted: Mar 01, 2002 0 comments

If you think that the lack of battery life is a new phenomenon that has only come to the forefront since digital cameras hit the market, you're wrong. Long-time photographers will tell you it was the advent of electronic flash guns that triggered...

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Jay Abend Posted: Jan 01, 2002 0 comments

Could you grow to love the yellow and black bumblebees on the "AlienBees" logotype? You better--it's plastered on everything. Each monolight has three bumblebees and two different logos. The bees are everywhere--stitched onto the...

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Jay Abend Posted: Dec 01, 2001 0 comments

When a photographer hears the name "Photogenic Machine Company," he or she immediately thinks of small rugged AC-powered flash units used primarily by portrait photographers. Photogenic Powerlights have been around for decades, and have...

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

Still the only independent lens maker to design and produce 35mm SLR cameras, Sigma continues developing and upgrading their line. Replacing the previous SA-5, two new models were recently introduced. The SA-9 and the SA-7 are very similar in...

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Jay Abend Posted: Nov 01, 2001 0 comments

Macro photography seems to be in a golden age. Maybe it's the proliferation of digital point-and-shoot cameras with incredible macro focusing capabilities. Maybe it's the new breed of inexpensive macro zoom lenses, or maybe...

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Robert E. Mayer Posted: Nov 01, 2001 0 comments

The recently introduced Photographer's Warehouse PerforMax AK4001 MLC AC/DC electronic flash is similar in appearance to this firm's previous monolight models, but includes one major difference. This new model can operate on...

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