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Staff Posted: Jul 08, 2013 0 comments
On The Cover
In this issue we focus on optics, with a roundup of some of the most intriguing new lenses introduced in 2013 and tests on a very fast lens from Sigma and a special effects 8mm super-wide. We also feature some optical how-to’s, including using graduated neutral density filters and working some macro magic. And we’ve got lab tests on the Fujifilm X-E1, Nikon D5200, and Panasonic GH3. Coming attractions: next month is our Top Products of the Year issue, where we feature the best in class in 40 imaging categories!

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Staff Posted: May 17, 2012 Published: Apr 01, 2012 38 comments
While it might seem odd to have fall colors in late winter, we thought we’d take advantage of the crop of image ops available when the contest began (those luscious fall hues) and to have a bit of color to fight off the winter blahs right now. In any case, readers sent in a host of images from all around the country showcasing the fantastic colors and richness of that very special season. Editing from all the photos received was tough, but we found numerous images that we hope that for you, like for us, was a reminder that seasons do change and that gray and cold (at least here in the Northeast) is not how it always is outside. Please note that while we did not limit the post-processing allowed on these images we tended to choose those where processing enhanced the image and did not overwhelm it.
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Staff Posted: Jun 03, 2009 0 comments

Backdrop Outlet is hosting free lighting and posing seminars this weekend, June 6-8, with world-famous photographers Art Ketchum and Robert Lino. In addition, the company is having a warehouse sale in conjunction with the event with huge savings on muslins, props, canvas and lights, reflectors and stands. Every item they carry will be on sale at the event. The event will be held in San Diego, CA. For information, registration and directions visit their announcement site at: http://www.backdropoutlet.com/event/index.htm.

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Staff Posted: Oct 02, 2009 0 comments

Benro, who has been manufacturing tripods for more than 10 years (and has the #1 market share in their home country of China), offers high quality tripods, monopods and heads that are built to professional standards at an extraordinary value. Benro is distributed in the U.S. by Westchester, NY based MAC Group. “We are very proud to add Benro to our product mix,” states Jeff Karp, Benro Product Marketing Manager. “The high quality, innovative designs and exceptional value make Benro the perfect choice for demanding photographers on a budget.”

Benro has the technology and manufacturing capabilities to build products made of carbon fiber (8 layers for ultimate stability), aluminum (top performance at an economical price) and magnesium (lighter than aluminum, yet stronger) – materials that provide outstanding performance and reliability -- at economical prices. Benro is the only company that makes its own carbon fiber tubing.

An excellent example of Benro’s design capabilities is their new "Quick Lock" Leg System that sets the new standard in flip lock technology. Its rugged construction, reliability and ease of operation elevates leg locking systems to a new level.

One of the most unique tripods in Benro’s lineup is the patented Travel Angel, available in both carbon fiber and aluminum. This is an easy-to-carry, ultra-compact tripod that photographers will take with them everywhere they go. What good is a tripod if you leave it home because it’s too big or heavy? Travel Angel’s unique 180 degree fold over design allows them to be folded into a compact package (up to 20% smaller than conventionally designed tripods) that can easily fit into backpacks or luggage. However, when quick setup, excellent maximum height and a rigid, stable support are needed, Benro Travel Angels are outstanding performers. All kits include a BH-Series single action or B-Series dual action ballhead that matches the size of the tripod.

In addition to tripods and monopods, Benro builds a full range of heads. Whether you select a Benro single action or dual action ballhead or 3-Way panhead, you’ll see the quality that goes into all Benro products the minute you pick them up. Benro tripod heads are produced using the latest in precision machining and manufacturing technology to ensure smooth and secure operation. The patented, dual locking, dovetailed Quick Release Plates or Arca Swiss style Quick Release Plates allow fast and secure camera mounting and dismounting without having to worry about accidentally unseating the camera.

To help you decide on the right equipment for your shooting situations, Benro provides a series of web-based videos that show the features and benefits of Benro products. Choose from “Why you need a tripod” (even with image stabilization and high ISO cameras, the best results happen with a tripod) to “Selecting the perfect tripod head” to “Benro Travel Angel” and more.

To see the complete selection of Benro products, visit www.Benro.com.

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Staff Posted: Sep 23, 2008 0 comments

Bibble 5 is said to be the culmination of years of development and draws on
Bibble Labs 8-year heritage as a developer photographic workflow and RAW conversion
software. Bibble 5 improves upon all aspects of photographic workflow, offering
finer control over image quality and adjustments, huge speed gains, and flexible
workflow and usability. Bibble 5 is said to bring a new level of speed to your
photographic workflow -- with amazingly fast imports, exports and on-screen
performance. Overall application responsiveness and real-time editing are essentially
unaffected by background operations like importing or exporting, so photographers
can multi-task and move through thousands of photos with lightning speed. With
our advanced, priority-based scheduling system, taking full advantage of multi-core
and multi-CPU computers, Bibble 5 brings unparalleled efficiency to your photographic
post-processing. At up to 88 times faster than competing applications on high-end
hardware, Bibble 5 allows you to spend less time waiting and more time creating.
Bibble 5 also works up to twice as fast as Bibble 4 on less powerful computers
and laptops.

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Staff Posted: Aug 21, 2009 0 comments

Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform that enables anyone to design, publish, share and sell bookstore-quality books, announced the release of Blurb BookSmart 2.0, and introduced its new 12x12 Large Square book offering, available immediately. The 12x12 Large Square book is available in Hardcover and Hardcover ImageWrap, and can be ordered with Premium Paper. BookSmart 2.0 is available for download now at www.blurb.com.

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Staff Posted: Nov 05, 2008 0 comments

Blurb, the creative publishing platform that enables anyone to design, publish, share and sell bookstore-quality books, announced a new Premium Paper offering. The 100-pound text silk-finish paper is 35% heavier than Blurb’s standard paper, and features improved opacity and superior print quality – two commonly requested upgrades from Blurb’s professional users. Premium Paper is available to all Blurb users across Blurb’s Global Print Partner Network, which supports over 60 countries with access to 80 HP Indigo presses.

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Staff Posted: Sep 09, 2009 0 comments

Bogen Imaging announces a free webinar titled “Capturing the Brilliance of Fall: Roundtable with Adam Barker.”  Part of the company’s Bogen Café series of free instructional webinars, the seminar will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT, on Friday, September 18th.

Professional photographer and special guest, Adam Barker (www.adambarkerphotography.com) and David Fisher, Bogen Imaging’s webinar host, will discuss how to take amazing photos of the beautiful fall foliage.

Topics for Discussion Include:
* Engaging the viewer through composition
* Properly exposing your digital image
* How to employ useful filters in landscape photography
* Lens selection for different photographic opportunities

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Staff Posted: Jul 10, 2009 1 comments

Bogen Imaging announces a free webinar titled “Adventure Sports Photography: Round Table with Adventure Photographer Michael Clark.”  Part of the company’s Bogen Café series of free instructional webinars, the seminar will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT, on Friday, July 17th.

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Staff Posted: Jan 07, 2009 0 comments

Brooks Institute is proud to announce that four students and a graduate from its Visual Journalism program are the recipients of eight top awards from the 2008 College Photographer of the Year (CPoY) competition.  The copy event is held annually at the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia.

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