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May 2009

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This month we share the gear and tips you’ll need to make great photos during your travels. For example, we tell you the six handy accessories to pack before hitting the road. We also have a “geotagging” update on the devices and software you need so you’ll always know where you took thoseshot...

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Think Negative

The Positive Power Of The Inverse Command

by Howard Millard

Since we were toddlers, we’ve all been told to think positive. I guess that in most situations that will serve you well. But photographically, you may want to ignore that advice. If you’re not entirely pleased with your latest picture...

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Howard Millard Posted: Jul 26, 2005 0 comments


It was the swinging `60s,
I was in college, and many wore a rainbow of tie-dyed colors. What had
been "normal" was being challenged on every front, and that
included photography. The bulging, startling perspective of the fisheye
lens added an otherworldly look to album covers for rock musicians like
Jimi Hendrix and Cream. Now, decades later, just as bell bottom pants
recently returned for yet another cycle, fisheye images have again reared
their heads in both print and television ads. A fisheye lens, of course,
is one that takes in an extremely wide angle of view, often 180º,
and appears as a circle within the black image frame. Yes, there are rectilinear
full frame fisheyes (which give a rectangular, not round image), but to
my mind, they're merely ultra-wide angle lenses. A true fisheye,
on the other hand, is a unique special effects tool which renders a unique
circular perspective of the world.

When I was a student, fisheye lenses cost a small fortune (some still
do). What to do? I drilled a hole in the center of a lens cap and glued
a brass door peephole from a hardware store to it. Snapping the lens cap/fisheye
lens over a 50mm or wider angle standard lens, I got a small 180º
circular fisheye image in the center of the black frame. Quality was not
great, but the effect was spectacular.


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How effective are the latest camera-shake compensating systems? Wonder no more
as we tell all in Peter K. Burian's in-depth Anti-Shake camera shootout
on page 80. New...

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This month we explore the fine art photo market and reveal if you can get into
the game. To provide further inspiration, we have a revealing interview with
fine artmas...

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Posted: Jul 28, 2009 0 comments

Exposure Basics II

by George Schaub

Now we come to how exposure and creative photography go hand in hand.

Why would you need to change the aperture or shutter speed under different lighting conditions? Why would you want to use a fast shutter speed for one shot and a slow one for another? Why change apertures or ISO?

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Industry Perspective

Is This the Camera Platform of the Future?

by Ron Leach

Industry expositions like the recently concluded Consumer Electronics Show are exciting for consumers as well as for those of us on the "inside" because they often provide a venue for the unveiling of innovative hardware and softwaretha...

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This month we explore the realm of black and white photography. If
you've ever wondered how to get great color to black and white conversions,
wonder no more as Philip...

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Tomorrow's Tools and What They Mean To Today's Photographer

by George Schaub

There may come a time when the machines don't need us anymore, when they
might become self-generative and self-sustaining, when inventors become vestigial
to inventions. This will not, I imagine, happen overnight, but could bea...

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November 2009

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Believe it or not, but Hugh O. Smith photographed the City Hall in Oceanside, California, with a pinhole camera, the Zero 2000 6x6 Deluxe. To see more of his unique pinhole images, see page 94. For further alternative camera inspiration, be sure to explore Tim Verthein’s article on TtV photography on page1...

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Chuck Gloman Posted: Apr 26, 2011 0 comments

Lighting portrait subjects with different hair and skin color can be a challenge, especially when you are using a dark background. With a little time spent adjusting the color temperature and placement of your lights, you won’t have to rely on color correcting the images later. No lighting challenge is too extreme if you break it down into a few simple steps. Do you want hair lighter or darker; do you want to complement or contrast the skin tone; and what is the overall “look” you desire—warm or cold? By answering these questions, you will be able to determine which color temperature of light you need to create the mood for the image. Again, don’t just set the camera on auto white balance. Set your daylight or tungsten balance lights accordingly and manually adjust the camera’s color temperature—you’ll be glad you did.

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Jack Warren Posted: Apr 12, 2005 0 comments

14 tracks and looking for more, the International Speedway Cooperation (ISC)
has an ace up their sleeve when it comes to photography. Director of photography
Mike Meadows has been their primary go to guy for the past six years when the
shot had to be just right.


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Panasonic Lumix To Launch Digital Photo Academy

Panasonic LUMIX will launch the Digital Photo Academy, a series of workshops
for all digital camera owners who want to maximize their cameras' features
and create more rewarding and enjoyable photo experiences. The academy, offering
courses at three different levels, will roll out in 20...

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This month we have a vast array of pro portrait lens options, everything from
wide to tele to mid-range. We also have field tests on some of the hottest optics
on the market:a...

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March 2010

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This month we’re here to help you edit, organize, and enhance your digital images. Our Test Reports reveal the incredible capabilities afforded by the latest image-editing software from a host of companies, including Adobe, ACDSee, Anthropics Technology, Auto FX Software, and Corel. We also have an in-depthr...


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