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Joe Farace Posted: Apr 01, 2007 0 comments

"If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?"

In another photo magazine's blog, the writer notes the passing of J. Frederick Smith at 88 and says, "I had heard his name but wasn't really aware of his work until recently." At first I was surprised by this sentence since it appeared in what was...

Joe Farace Posted: Dec 20, 2011 Published: Nov 01, 2011 0 comments

Rime Lite (www.rimeliteusa.com) monolights are manufactured by Hyundae Photonics Co., Ltd., a company that’s been building high-quality studio lighting gear in Korea since 1981. They’re now being distributed in the U.S.A. by Dynalite (www.dynalite.com). The Fame Monolights are available in three different models that deliver 200, 400, and 600 watt-second output. (To see technical specifications on the three Fame monolights, go to the Instant Links section of our website, www.shutterbug.com, for this issue.) The monolights feature a circular Xenon flash tube and a modeling light that’s protected by a hard vented glass cover that easily screws on or off. Two knobs on the back of each light allow you to continuously vary the output for either the flash or the modeling light. A cluster of four LED-illuminated buttons let you turn on (or off) sound, the modeling light, the built-in slave, or the ubiquitous “test.”

Joe Farace Posted: Oct 18, 2013 Published: Sep 01, 2013 0 comments

In this test, Joe Farace tackles a higher-end LED light source that he adapted to still photography work. In it you will find technical sidebars outlining how we will test LEDs for the still photographer in the future. We offer this somewhat tech-heavy review as both a close look at this unit and a primer on LED output and LED lighting, which, as Joe states, will become increasing important, and prevalent, in studio and location work for the still shooter.—Editor

Joe Farace Posted: Oct 15, 2012 Published: Sep 01, 2012 1 comments

One trend much in evidence for lighting these days is the use of LED as a light source. Rotolight, distributed in the US by R.T.S. Inc. (www.rtsphoto.com), has several new products in this space, beginning with their RL48-B RingLight. As a continuous light source, the Rotolight is useful for video or still photography. The basic RL48-B includes a filter holder and a Lee Filters Calibration Filter Kit (CTO: 205, 223, and 285; ND/Diffusion: 298, 209, and 216).

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Joe Farace Posted: Nov 30, 2012 0 comments
The field of studio lighting equipment is a large one and advanced amateur and professional photographers have many different kinds of products to choose from. There are self-powered monolights, traditional power pack and head systems, or continuous light sources that let you see in real time the lighting effect that’s produced. The kind of photographer you are and the type of images you make determines the lighting system that best fits your working style and Dynalite, Interfit, and Rime Lite are three companies that produce systems for every photographic discipline.
Joe Farace Posted: Jul 01, 2010 1 comments

“Happy trails to you, keep smilin’ until then.”—Roy Rogers & Dale Evans

A growing trend in the world of compact digicams is “rugged” cameras that are capable of taking a modest beating as well as splashing in the surf or playing in the snow. Many of these cameras are festooned in bright colors and lest you think that’s just a fashion statement...

Joe Farace Posted: Oct 01, 2009 0 comments

Safari Luminations is a family of monolights and light-modification products aimed at the new shooter or someone getting started in studio photography.

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Joe Farace Posted: Feb 01, 1999 0 comments

Computer viruses are small, invasive programs written by malevolent and misanthropic misfits that are designed to create havoc within your computer system. You get computer viruses in the same way that you catch the human variety; through contact with...

Joe Farace Posted: Jul 01, 2006 0 comments

Samsung's Digimax Pro815 features several digital camera firsts, including the world's longest optical zoom lens--and it's a Schneider, too--and the largest LCD preview screen. It's all wrapped up in a Mad Max-design that looks like a digital SLR, except it's not. The Digimax Pro815 is an 8-megapixel fixed lens camera that provides three...

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Joe Farace Posted: Sep 01, 2006 0 comments

It seems obvious that being part of a group is better than going it alone against the Canon and Nikon digital SLR juggernaut. The K-mount group now joins the Four Thirds alliance in competition with The Big Two. Developed jointly with Pentax Imaging (www.pentaximaging.com), Samsung's GX-1S digital SLR features a...

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