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Ron Leach Posted: Apr 20, 2016 0 comments

Writer/Director Paul Ratner was doing research for his 2013 film "Moses on the Mesa,” a love story about a German-Jewish immigrant and an Acoma Pueblo woman, when he discovered a treasure trove of beautiful color photographs of native Americans. Because color film wasn’t readily available until the 1930s, many of these striking images had been colored by hand.

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Ron Leach Posted: Mar 31, 2016 0 comments

There are plenty of image­-editing apps out there, and every so often you stumble upon one that’s a little different like Filteract, which allows you to selectively apply filters to your images using an iPhone or iPad. The app features a simple interface, clean design, and is quite responsive to your input.

Ron Leach Posted: Mar 30, 2016 0 comments

Using filters with ultrawide lenses can often be a difficult proposition but Fotodiox has just launched a nifty solution. Called the Wonderpana FreeArc XL, the innovative filter system enables Canon shooters to use NDs, polarizers and other filters on the ultrawide Canon 11–24mm lens.

Ron Leach Posted: May 04, 2016 0 comments

Here’s a little something for those of you who can’t afford the new $6000 Leica M–D: Four quirky lenses you can get for under 30 bucks from Weird Lens Guru Mathieu Stern, whose passion is discovering odd optics you can adapt to your mirrorless camera to capture both still images and video. In this video Stern describes a quartet of lenses you can get for less than the cost of two decent cocktails in Paris.

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Ron Leach Posted: Feb 20, 2013 0 comments
While we usually devote this column to discussing trends in camera technology, every so often our industry does something special that’s worth a nod—in this case, a program to provide free portraits to the families of those currently serving in the U.S. military. Dubbed “Portraits of Love,” this project was developed by the PhotoImaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMDA) and will be showcased at the upcoming Big Photo Show in Los Angeles.
Ron Leach Posted: Jun 06, 2016 0 comments

Wireless camera remotes are fairly common these days but most offer only limited control over your DSLR or mirorrless camera. That changes with the new and sophisticated Pulse remote camera trigger from Alpine Labs, which combines pro features with an easy-to-use interface and a surprisingly low introductory price of $89.

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Ron Leach Posted: May 23, 2016 0 comments

Athentech has an offer you can’t refuse: A free download of their popular Perfect Exposure plug-in for Photoshop and Lightroom. With this easy-to-use, fully functional plug-in you’ll be able to correct exposure mistakes and add depth, contrast and soft light to your images.

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Ron Leach Posted: Jun 01, 2016 0 comments

New Zealand photographer Chris McLennan created some amazing images of an African pride of lions using a Nikon D800E, a remote control 4-wheel-drive "camera buggy,” and a healthy dose of creativity.

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Ron Leach Posted: Jul 25, 2016 0 comments

The 2016 Summer Olympics kick off in Rio de Janeiro in just 11 days, and based upon this photo from Getty Images Sport, their photographers won’t be hurting for great gear. At 6-grand a pop for the Canon-EOS 1D X Mark II, it looks like there’s about $144,000 worth of bodies sitting on that table—to say nothing of all the big white lenses and other equipment that will be on hand in Rio.

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Ron Leach Posted: May 19, 2016 0 comments

The Google Cultural Institute has developed a super hi-res camera to help museums throughout the world digitize priceless artworks in greater detail than ever before. The custom built Google Art Camera is a robotic unit that captures hundreds of hi-res, close-up images of a painting, which are then stitched together using special software.

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