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Joe Farace Posted: Dec 01, 2010 0 comments

Sony makes a svelte black-and-white-only eBook reader and claims that within five years half of all books and magazines will be delivered digitally. While electronics companies slug it out in the eBook reader arena, another trend appears ready to add negative synergy.

Joe Farace Posted: Sep 01, 2004 0 comments

These days, digital minilabs from Agfa and Fuji have made producing inexpensive, good looking prints directly from memory cards as easy as shooting film, but just as the person who wants to create more expressive film images needs the creative control...

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Joe Farace Posted: Apr 07, 2014 Published: Mar 01, 2014 1 comments
New & Updated Photoshop Actions
Remember the ASCII-art dot-matrix photos that were popular in the 1980s? PanosFX’s free ASCII-art action recreates the effect by producing images pieced together from ASCII characters. The set contains five actions that let you produce not only the classic ASCII-art effect but four modern variations as well, including Gray, Color, Color tiles, and Color tubes. The free Paperworks actions were created by Pit Hermann and let you make papercraft projects. His Pencil Stand actions let you produce (surprise) pencil stands with your photos printed on them. There’s also a set of Advent Calendar actions and Panos Efstathiadis has bundled his Paper Cube actions that let you make paper cubes with images printed on them. Mac OS and Windows versions work with Photoshop CS4 and later as well as Photoshop Elements 11 or later.
Joe Farace Posted: Nov 01, 2004 0 comments

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"Why not?"--Dayton Allen

Whenever I get a new digital camera from Fuji I run down to the family room and give it the "remote control...

Joe Farace Posted: Nov 29, 2005 0 comments

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"Why not?"--Dayton Allen

Whenever I get a new digital camera from Fuji I run down to the family room and give it the "remote control...

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Joe Farace Posted: Nov 01, 2006 80 comments

Every photographer knows about visible light being used to capture photographic images digitally or with film, but there are other kinds of light that we can't see. Light with wavelengths from approximately 700 and 900nm (nanometers) is called infrared light. Interestingly, this band of infrared light is a thousand times wider than that of visible light, but is invisible to...

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Joe Farace Posted: Aug 16, 2012 0 comments
A typical digital camera’s sensor sees a range of light in wavelengths from approximately 350 to 1000 nanometers. A nanometer (nm) is a metric unit of length equal to one billionth of a meter. Your eyes usually see a range of light from approximately 400 to 700 nanometers. Most digital cameras place a low pass filter directly in front of the imaging sensor to allow low frequency light visible to the human eye to pass through to the sensor. It blocks unwanted light from the infrared and ultraviolet spectrums (the high end and the low end wavelengths) from polluting a photograph’s color. As owners of early Leica M8 cameras quickly discovered, this piece of glass is very important for maintaining maximum color fidelity.
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Joe Farace Posted: Apr 01, 2000 0 comments

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers," Thomas Watson, chairman IBM, 1943

Tom Watson's statement shows that predicting the future of computing is more a matter of...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jan 01, 1998 0 comments

Happy New Year! I'll leave to others to debate whether or not the next millennium actually begins at midnight December 31, 1999 or on December 31, 2000. For digital imagers, the new millennium is already here. It wasn't all that long ago that a...

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Joe Farace Posted: Feb 01, 2005 0 comments

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"Adapt or perish, now as ever, in nature's inexorable imperative."--H.G. Wells, 1866-1946

Your digital camera is a time machine that lets you show how the people and places look at this particular point in time. Many people think they need to travel to exotic locations in order to make great...

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