Jay Abend
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Digital Darkroom
Jay Abend Apr 01, 2001 0 comments

Oh, what a world we live in. Cell phones the size of a pack of chewing gum, 200 channels of cable TV, the Internet and digital cameras that anyone can afford. As technology marches forward everyone seems to get all wrapped up in the hardware...

Film & Processing
Jay Abend Feb 01, 1999 0 comments

One of the truly liberating aspects of shooting black and white film is the relatively low cost of setting up and maintaining your own darkroom. When moving to a new studio recently, I was forced to break down my existing darkroom and consider whether to...

Features
Jay Abend Jan 01, 1998 0 comments

Medium format cameras are hot, and with good reason. While many predicted that 35mm advancements would slowly signal the demise of bulky medium format cameras, the exact opposite has happened. Advances in film technology now make it possible to get nearly...

Jay Abend May 01, 2001 0 comments

Over the years I've seen a lot of weird and bizarre photo products. While the photo market is a relatively modest niche all by itself, there are always those willing to cater to the sub-niches and micro-niches within. When a Flashkon 2000...

Features
Jay Abend Oct 01, 2001 0 comments

Shooting professionally or even semiprofessionally is the goal of many camera owners. With digital photography, more and more good photographers are finding that their existing photography skills and the instant results...

Jay Abend Nov 01, 2002 0 comments

I knew this would happen. I knew that just as digital cameras got really good and really inexpensive we'd see lots of great film stock. I'll admit that my own shooting, whether for clients or personal amusement, is mostly digital...

Jay Abend Apr 01, 2002 1 comments

While it's clear to every serious photographer that digital cameras will eventually replace film as we know it, there's still cause for concern with the skin tone of digital portraits.

Unless...

Lighting
Jay Abend Oct 01, 2000 0 comments

If I've said it once I've said it a thousand times, photography is all about light: where the light is coming from, how it hits your subject, how you expose your film to capture it, etc. Since my profession involves getting the right kind of light...

Lenses, Test Reports
Jay Abend Jan 01, 2003 0 comments

Hasselblad Zeiss Telephoto

When you think about really long, really fast glass, you naturally think of 35mm. I have owned both Hasselblad and Mamiya RZ systems for years, and the longest lens I own is a 180mm. I'm like most shooters--I think of compact and portable 35mm as the...

Lighting
Jay Abend Nov 01, 2000 0 comments

There was an era long before my time when a pro photographer shot with big, heavy, hot tungsten lighting. In the 1930s, '40s, and '50s, hot lights were the state of the art. Giant 1k, 2k, and 5k tungsten fixtures from Hollywood suppliers flooded the...