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Posted: Aug 01, 2009 0 comments

August 2009

On The Cover
This month our focus is on lenses and pro Steve Bedell checks the specs and weighs in on why you may or may not want to keep using pro-quality lenses for your work. In addition, we have a Test Report on the latest Zeiss Planar T* 85mm and 50mm lenses. Aside from optics, we have an exclusive interview with mastercr...

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Posted: Mar 14, 2006 0 comments

April
2006

On the
Cover

Ever
wonder what's inside a pro's camera bag? Well, wonder no more as
we look in four topw...

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Posted: Jul 31, 2007 0 comments

Pictures as Pork Chops

by George Schaub

The head for this column comes from a statement by Bob Schwalberg, the irascible
senior editor of Pop Photo from back in the eighties who, when describing the
state of affairs for pros selling stock, told me, "Pictures are not pork
chops to be sold by the pound." He was...

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Posted: Jan 25, 2011 0 comments

Seeing Pictures: Negative Space

What’s Not There

by Jim Zuckerman

The concept of negative space has to do with compositional balance. Negative space simply means an area of an image that is largely devoid of subject matter. In other words, it’s a blank area like the sky, an expanse of plaster, the surface of a...

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Posted: Mar 25, 2008 0 comments

Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM (Motor-in) Lenses

The fisheye look is anacquired...

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Posted: Oct 27, 2009 0 comments

Industry Perspective

Camera Phones Coming of Age

by Ron Leach

Most “serious” photographers own at least one pocket-size digital camera so that they’re always prepared to capture an interesting scene—even if their trusty SLR is back home in the camera cabinet. That means many of us go about ourdaily...

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George Schaub Posted: Apr 25, 2006 0 comments

The Gemini kit is composed of two flash heads (monoblocs) and a Gemini Battery
set, as well as a strong duffle-bag like carrying case and stands for the heads.
We worked with the 500WS heads, although the kit comes in both 250WS and 750WS
units as well. The supplied stands come with an "L" bracket that
all...

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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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Posted: Jul 29, 2008 0 comments

Digital Help

by David B. Brooks

We are including a long response section from David Brooks' Digital Help
column in the newsletter this month as we wanted to get this information to
you as soon as possible. His response is to numerous letters he has recently
received on how to get prints that match the on-screenima...

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George Schaub Posted: Jun 21, 2005 0 comments

Now I know how stagecoach drivers felt when they saw those first rail lines
being laid over their routes. The recent announcement that Kodak would be discontinuing
their silver black and white papers didn't come as much as a shock as
an inevitability that one always hopes will not be manifest. With inventories
expected to last a few months, we're now witnessing the disappearance
of venerable brands such as Polycontrast IV, Azo and Polymax Fine Art, Kodabrome
II and Portra, even their "Digital Black and White" paper, which
was used for digital printers. According to a Kodak spokesperson, Kodak has
seen a cumulative drop in black and white paper buying of 25% per year over
the past few years and could no longer justify being in the market. We also
learned, by the way, that Kodak black and white papers had of late been produced
in Brazil, being packaged from rolls in Rochester. The spokesperson did stress,
however, that Kodak black and white film and chemistry was not on the chopping
block and that Kodak sees silver photography as still extremely viable.

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Posted: Feb 23, 2010 0 comments

The Raw Facts About Infrared

Processing Digital Infrared Raw Files Using Adobe Camera Raw

by Joe Farace

One of the best ways to squeeze the maximum image quality from your digital infrared files is to first capture them in your camera’s Raw format and process them in your favorite Raw software. In my casethat’...

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George Schaub Posted: Oct 31, 2006 0 comments

Impressions and Images: Panasonic DMC-L1K DSLR

by George Schaub

The Panasonic DMC-L1K DSLR is Panasonic's first digital single lens reflex
camera. Priced at just under $2000 with a Leica D Vario Elmarit f/2.8-3.5 14-50mm
zoom lens (equivalent to 28-100mm in 35mm format) and 7+ megapixel sensor, it
is a member of theF...

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Posted: Oct 28, 2008 0 comments

November 2008

On the Cover
This month be sure to read our special report on memory cards and memory loss. Despite what you may think, you can recover “lost” images and we show you how, so the next time you’re in the field and this happens you won’t panic. Speaking of being in the field, we have a buyer’sguide...

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Jon Canfield Posted: Aug 30, 2005 0 comments

As the price of wide format photo printers like the ones offered by Epson,
Canon, and HP continues to come down, more and more digital photo enthusiasts
are adding them to their digital darkrooms. For less than $400, you can now
print photo quality 11x14" images (actually, up to 13x19), saving money
and time without sending these prints out to a photo lab.

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Posted: May 25, 2010 0 comments

The “Other” Magical Hour

Blue Light Moods

by Lindsay Adler

Most photographers are familiar with the “golden hour” after sunrise or before sunset when the light is rich, warm, and stunning for photographs. But many photographers don’t realize that there is another magical time—the blueho...

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