Jay Abend

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Jay Abend Posted: Apr 01, 2000 0 comments

If you still think of portraits in terms of main light, fill light, and key light, I think you're missing out on some fresh and exciting techniques. While the classic studio portrait is still practiced by lots of amateurs and practically every...

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Jay Abend Posted: Nov 01, 2002 0 comments



Surreal Composites
--A great technique is to take a collection of original images and combine them to create a fanciful and surreal final image. For this other-worldly desert scene I took four original film shots of...

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Jay Abend Posted: Oct 01, 2004 0 comments

Shooting with powerful studio style flash units has always meant dealing with the dreadful PC sync cord. That horrible little PC sync connection on your camera hasn't changed much in the past 60 years, and it remains the least reliable link in the world of most studio photographers.

Like most pros, I adopted a strictly...

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Jay Abend Posted: Jan 01, 2004 0 comments

As digital cameras continue to add more and more resolution at lower and lower prices, professional photographers are confronted with some daunting choices. Only a few years ago a working pro needed to pony up tens of thousands of dollars to get something...

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Jay Abend Posted: Dec 01, 2003 0 comments

Did you feel it? Late in the summer of 2003 the ground shook, the earth trembled, the clouds parted, and a new vision was revealed. Well, maybe that's a bit dramatic. What did happen is another new digital camera was introduced. Big deal right? Huge...

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Jay Abend Posted: Mar 01, 2000 0 comments

A little while ago a reader contacted the Shutterbug offices and asked one of the editors a seemingly simple question; "How do they shoot all of those mail-order catalogs that I get in the mail all the time?" They're always filled with...

Jay Abend Posted: Mar 01, 2004 0 comments

Without a doubt, 1998 was an important year for the digital camera industry. For it was in '98 that the first really good, really usable, really portable digital SLR camera hit the shelves. A joint venture between Japanese camera maker Canon and...

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Jay Abend Posted: Jul 01, 1999 0 comments

If you have been reading Shutterbug for some time, you're no doubt aware of the constant drumbeat of the digital photography industry. The products used to fall into two categories--expensive cameras that take frightfully bad pictures, or frightfully...

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Jay Abend Posted: May 01, 1999 0 comments

One of the things that many good photographers struggle with is sharpness. I have spent years of my life working on getting the most tack-sharp images, and have even written a few stories for your favorite magazine explaining some of the things that I do...

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Jay Abend Posted: May 01, 2003 0 comments

Point Of View
Photography is a wide-ranging field that engenders passion in its practitioners, and like all great forms of expression creates opinions formed through experience and reflection. In its early days one...

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