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Staff Posted: Jan 09, 2012 Published: Nov 01, 2011 100 comments
While in Kenya on business I visited the Nairobi Railway Museum, home to a variety of fantastic and rare trains from the Colonial Era, including the famed Lunatic Express. Yet little effort, if any, was made to preserve these historic treasures as they silently deteriorated in the equatorial heat and humidity. I spotted this one rusting train engine bearing the fallen Masai of Kenya nameplate (painted in Masai red) and thought it summed up the state of the museum quite well.
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Staff Posted: Apr 22, 2013 Published: May 01, 2013 0 comments
May 2013

On The Cover
In this month’s issue we cover a quartet of software programs that can be very helpful to photographers. We’re also happy to present our annual “Weird and Wonderful” report that covers unique gear. Tests include the exciting new Sony Alpha 99, a “full-framer,” and the latest Canon PIXMA printer, the PRO-10. The cover shot is by Rick Dahms, who is part of our roundtable on professional associations, and who tells us that the shot is of “Pepper Fewel, innkeeper and trail boss, with daughter and wrangler Tiffany Fewel on the fence. Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast & Barn, Zillah, Washington.”

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Staff Posted: Apr 12, 2012 Published: May 01, 2012 0 comments
On The Cover
This month’s issue continues our report of the new products of 2012 based on our coverage of the annual CES/PMA trade show. In this issue we cover new tripods, bags, lenses, and lighting. We also have an in-depth report on new tech that is beginning to revolutionize how we capture images, as well as Image Tech reports on the Sony A65 and Fujifilm X10. Plus there are some new photo stamps coming, this set honoring aerial photography, that we trust all of you who still send letters will use!

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Staff Posted: Oct 30, 2009 0 comments

Mountainsmith continues a tradition of innovation with their new 2010 camera/optical bag collection. The line is defined by its use of Mountainsmith’s ReDura 100% recycled PET fabric. Designed with input from a team of professionals, the bags are more technical and performance-oriented than that found in most camera bags and are differentiated by its distinct and proven technical outdoor function. Each model has been designed for worry-free protection, easy accessibility, and versatile organization for capturing the whole gamut of outdoor adventures. 

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Staff Posted: Sep 09, 2008 0 comments

Mpix, a division of Miller's Professional Imaging, announces the launch
of Mpix 2.0, a complete redesign and relaunch of the award-winning service for
fulfilling prints and products for professional and advanced amateur photographers.
The Mpix 2.0 Web site adds tools for a streamlined ordering workflow and offers
additional professional products and services to save photographers time and
money.

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Staff Posted: Jun 14, 2013 Published: May 01, 2013 1 comments
Our Picture This! assignment was multiple exposures, combining two or more images either in camera or later in software. Multi’s take planning and exposure execution, and readers sent in images that show both that previsualization and the final work that was applied. Images ranged from bursting fireworks to imaginative constructions to tricks for the eye and mind. Some show careful alignment; others count on the seemingly random layering of effects and images that can always reveal a visual surprise.
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Staff Posted: Jul 08, 2009 0 comments

Museo Fine Art announced the immediate availability of Museo IIGS acid-free, double-sided fine art inkjet paper. Made in the U.S.A., Museo IIGS is a 250 gsm, 15 mil thick, 100% cotton paper with an extra smooth finish on both sides. Museo IIGS contains no optical brighteners, resulting in outstanding long-term base color stability. Ideal for book and card making, the Grain Short orientation of Museo IIGS allows for easier and cleaner scoring and folding. Museo IIGS is available in 25 sheet boxes of 11” x 8.5”, 17” x 11”, and 19” x 13” sizes. In addition, 17” x 22” sheets are available.

“With Museo IIGS, we continue our tradition of providing some of the world’s best fine art inkjet paper,” said David Williams, Sales and Marketing Manager for Museo Fine Art. “Museo users now have the opportunity to use a product that offers all of the benefits they’ve come to expect from the Museo brand, with the added feature of grain short sheets, which so many folks have requested.”

Optimized for use with the pigmented inkjet used by today’s professionals, the Museo II papers meet the demanding needs of the finest image makers, galleries and museums, plus Library of Congress and ISO standards for permanence.

For more information on Museo brand papers, visit http://www.MuseoFineArt.com.

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Staff Posted: Apr 02, 2013 Published: Mar 01, 2013 2 comments
While it’s true that photography is “writing with light,” shadows often play an equal and important role. They define form and space, create dimensionality, and concentrate the viewer’s eye on the main subject of the scene. Our Picture This! assignment this month was “negative space,” and we asked readers to send us images that use this important tool of the craft to good effect. We received portraits, landscapes, still life and abstract images, all of which display a thoughtful use of the “dark side” of aspects of the image. Exposure plays a key role in creating this effect, as does a strong scene contrast that allows the photographer to “read the highlights and let the shadows fall where they may.” All this stems from the old days when photographers were often forced by their use of slide film to create deep areas in their images in order to keep the highlights from burning up. Now that we have HDR and other contrast-fighting exposure tools it is a conscious exposure decision made to add so much to an image’s effect.
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Staff Posted: Oct 07, 2009 0 comments

Freestyle Photographic Supplies, in partnership with Fotoimpex, Germany, announces the arrival of a long-awaited photographic paper, the new ADOX Premium MCC 110 variable-contrast fiber-based paper. Designed to be the replacement for the late Agfa Classic 111 paper, ADOX Premium MCC 110 uses the same emulsion as the original Agfa, but on a neutral white paper base instead of the old warm base. Other than the whiter base, everything else about MCC 110 is exactly the same as Agfa Classic. ADOX Premium MCC 110 also reacts well to warm and cold-tone developers with impressive tonal shifts, and is excellent for lith printing.

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Staff Posted: Nov 19, 2008 0 comments

Epson America announced its next generation of professional ink jet printers – the 24-inch Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and the 44-inch Epson Stylus Pro 9900. This Epson Stylus Pro series incorporates Epson’s latest achievements in photographic ink jet technology, including Epson’s MicroPiezo TFP print head with new Epson UltraChrome HDR Ink technology, to deliver a higher level of print quality, increased performance with speeds almost twice as fast as previous models, and the widest color gamut ever from Epson Stylus Pro printers. 

Based on unique high-density pigment chemistry, Epson UltraChrome HDR ink technology offers all-new Orange and Green inks, and when combined with Epson’s innovative AccuPhoto™ HDR screening technology, delivers the industry’s most advanced ink jet printing technology. The result is greatly enhanced photographic print quality with exceptionally fine photographic blends and transitions, and highly accurate highlight-to-shadow detail. In addition, Epson UltraChrome HDR offers excellent print permanence ratings for color and black-and-white prints and outstanding short-term color stability for a broad range of mission-critical proofing applications.

Also new to the Epson Stylus Pro series is an optional high performance, in-line spectrophotometer for commercial proofing applications. Developed by Epson in partnership with X-Rite, the SpectroProofer incorporates a high performance X-Rite ILS20 spectrophotometer for extreme measurement accuracy. When driven by the latest front-end RIP software, Epson’s SpectroProofer can automate virtually any color management process in today’s printing workflows. 

Whether producing sellable color or black-and-white photography, fine art reproduction or producing color accurate commercial and flexographic proofs for client approvals, the new Epson Stylus Pro series offers a range of features and next-generation technologies that allow creative professionals to produce their vision without compromise.  Key features and benefits include:

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