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George Schaub Posted: Jul 11, 2011 Published: Jun 01, 2011 0 comments
Photography and travel have always been intertwined. Ever since photography was invented photographers have been exploring the world, both locally and globally, with images. The camera becomes motivator and instigator, witness and commentator, of the social, natural, and wondrous sites that surround us. And while many of the articles and images in this issue deal with particular projects undertaken by a wide range of photographers, there’s no reason to think you have to travel far and wide to discover what that magical combination of camera and travel can do for you.
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George Schaub Posted: Jun 22, 2011 Published: May 01, 2011 1 comments
Image processing has always been an important facet of photography, even in these post-film days. Indeed, even working from film, most photographers now go the scan route so that all images get poured through the digital funnel as they make their way to print and online. While we often run processing technique articles that concentrate on Adobe Photoshop, the reviews here feature other products that pose an alternative to that most impressive program and that might just handle many of your conversion, manipulation, and editing needs. It is rare these days that one software package can do it all, and many exciting programs are available that offer unique ways for you to work your images.
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George Schaub Posted: Apr 01, 2011 0 comments

Throughout the years we have paid close attention to the business side of photography, featuring tips and words of wisdom from working pros in Maria Piscopo’s Business Trends column, Jack Neubart’s Pro’s Choice column, and numerous articles on wedding, portrait, stock, event, and other venues in which photographers, both full- and part-time, share their experiences on how they...

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George Schaub Posted: Mar 01, 2011 0 comments

Many photographers start their careers photographing weddings or doing portraits “on the side.” Me, too. While I was engaged in other aspects of the craft, I worked as a weekend warrior shooting weddings and social events to help raise money for new gear (and pay the rent). I set up a small studio with seamless paper on rolls in my one-bedroom apartment and would do tabletop...

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George Schaub Posted: Feb 01, 2011 0 comments

Every photo you take with a digital camera is RGB but that hasn’t stopped anyone from exploring the rich field of black-and-white imagery. True, a few years back the “conversion” to black and white was not so simple. You had to explore Channels or desaturate the image to create the foundation file, which left you with a fairly good black-and-white rendition, but something that...

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George Schaub Posted: Jan 01, 2011 0 comments

Every two years the photo industry and sundry crews from the art, printing, and Internet world gather in Cologne, Germany for what is indisputably the largest gathering of its sort in the world. While the halls are filled with various products and innovations, and probably the best minds in the photo world, the town gives itself over to photography with exhibits both sublime and ridiculous in...

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George Schaub Posted: Dec 01, 2010 0 comments

When the barbarians sacked an ancient city they often used the library as kindling, wiping out ancient knowledge and ages of historical texts and pretty much bringing on the Dark Ages. To hear some folks tell it, all a barbarian would need today is a powerful magnet applied to servers and hard drives. This would hardly seem to sate the appetite for pillage any good barbarian would practice, but...

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George Schaub Posted: Nov 01, 2010 0 comments

You might think that with digital offering a unique ISO setting for every frame, and with the coordination of high ISO and sophisticated noise reduction software, that there would be less and less demand for and use of auxiliary lighting. Yet, use of flash, from built-in to ringlight to large portable battery packs and softbox location gear, has risen, and with it the potential for more finite...

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George Schaub Posted: Oct 01, 2010 0 comments

Those who have labored long and hard to create a many-layered workflow may find a certain sense of exasperation when confronting the latest software that’s come and is coming down the pike. If it’s ease of use you are after, and a certain push-button path to myriad results, much of the new crop is just for you. Yes, you have to know where you’re going, but more and more that...

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George Schaub Posted: Sep 01, 2010 0 comments

You can set your clock by it. A year and a half after Version XX of software comes out, Version XXI comes down the pike. But if that was all there was to do we wouldn’t have to struggle so much about deciding whether or not to upgrade; we’d just look at the new features and decide whether or not they were worth the time and money to update. But then...

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George Schaub Posted: Aug 01, 2010 0 comments

Point of view is determined by many factors, and is one of the most important aspects of making photos that define who you are and how you see. It can be where you stand, whether you are photographing from your normal height or elevating above the subject or shooting from kneeling position, the direction of light from your shooting position, and, perhaps most important, how much of the scene...

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George Schaub Posted: Jul 01, 2010 0 comments

Photography and travel have always been inextricably linked. As soon as a camera could be hauled about, by mule, porter, or on the back of the photographer, pictures from every locale were made. They might be exotic images from far-off lands, bucolic scenes away from the city’s strife, or just postcards that adorned a cathedral’s gift shop, but if it had trees, pyramids, or boats...

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George Schaub Posted: Jun 01, 2010 0 comments

One question I have heard posed recently is whether, in the Internet age, socialization and learning among like-minded individuals can’t be better accomplished via the web. Sounds stupid, right? Yet many folks would have you believe that you can learn everything you need to know in whatever the realm of discussion or experience from the net. Thus, the rise of “webinars” and...

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George Schaub Posted: May 01, 2010 0 comments

When pictures went digital it meant that images were information that could be treated as malleable things that could be edited like a text document. Along with custom processing programs with their attendant benefits came the ability to send and share images via the web, which for some meant that events and family pics could be easily shared and for others created a whole new approach to...

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George Schaub Posted: Apr 01, 2010 0 comments

More pro photographers than you might imagine have been forged by the fire of the wedding photography trade. There is little to compare with the challenges of that combination of business and shooting knowledge and skill required. A typical wedding day can include portraits, still life, posing, lighting, exposure, photojournalism, classic groups, action, low-light, night, and even candle-lit...

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