Photojournalists show us a world most people would never get to see. From war-torn countries to championship sports, their images convey some of the most inspiring moments as well as some of the most heartbreaking. The Museum of Photographic Arts, located in San Diego, California, through the Pictures of the Year International exhibition, celebrates the power of these images and the people who create them.
At the Goodyear Blimp hangar in Pompano Beach, Florida, I was struck by the stark geometry of the common site of the blimp. The preparation platform makes a distinct linear comparison to the round shape of the blimp seen nose on. I must say, too, that the sheer size of the hangar and blimp are quite remarkable. The blimp took off within 15 minutes of this photo and it was quite a sight.
XOTOTPRO Photographic Equipment Ltd. introduces the QMM1 macro flash mount system and TUMAX macro twin flash units. The QMM1 is a new macro twin flash mount system designed to give flash support that is flexible, compact and easy-to-use. It can be either hand-held or mounted on a tripod. The QMM1 has a sturdy base plate machined from aircraft grade aluminum that can hold up to years of use. It has a 1/4-20 camera screw in the base plate that can mount almost any digital SLR camera.
Photographers can now trigger and quickly set ratios for three groups of radio controlled Qflashes and/or Trios. Set lighting ratios on the fly, right from your camera. Simply turn three controls on the CoPilot to instantly adjust lighting ratios as you shoot.
Rafal Milach, a professional photographer from Warsaw, Poland, was awarded the $25,000 Grand Prize, sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, in the second annual Photography.Book.Now competition for his photography book, "Black Sea of Concrete." Mr. Milach’s work was chosen as the most creative, most innovative and finest self-published photography book by an esteemed panel of judges led by Darius Himes, a co-founder of Radius Books.
Datacolor has announced SpyderCubeT, the first all-in-one RAW calibration device for fast and accurate whitepoint correction as well as bracketed adjustments for highlights and blacks. For years, photographers have relied on traditional flat gray cards to establish proper white balance in a wide range of shooting environments. Today, these professionals require new techniques to meet the changing dynamic of photography and new digital workflow processes. Capturing appropriate information at the time of image exposure will greatly reduce time and effort in the post-production process and ensure true color rendition and image detail.
Ever wonder if that 2nd hand camera you purchased online was stolen? Well, now there is a way to find out before you buy. RegisterYourCamera.com is a free online service for registering your photographic equipment. If someone steals your camera, simply enter the serial number and a description into the online database and your done. When someone searches on stolen serial numbers, your item will then be listed. Sounds simple enough, yet it could be very effective in helping track your missing item.
Registeryourcamera.com is the brainchild of former Intel software engineer who is an avid photographer. In due time and with good word of mouth, this website will become a very good resource for the everyday photographer engaging in online sales and purchases. The site offers secure encrypted transactions for Logging in and membership registration. No personal data is required other than your email and name. The serial number of your item is only required if you want to report the item as stolen. In addition to the basic registry, you can generate and email reports of your registered items. This is a great way of keeping your insurance company up to date on your inventory. Your registered items are private as well. Only items listed as stolen or in the free classifieds section are visible to the public.
Arca-Swiss presents the Rm3d, an innovative precision hand-held rangefinder camera.
The body, which is specifically designed for professional hand-held film-based or digital photography, is equipped with vertical and horizontal shift systems and a tilting lens mount. The Rm3d has an auto-locking horizontal and vertical shift system on the film plane AIP (All In Plane). The Arca-Swiss R-series goes even further by also offering a front tilt system that allows the most efficient use of the available depth of field.
I was touring in Merida, Spain, through Roman ruins. I had an image of columns, brick, and shadow lined up when a young girl in red flashed into my frame. Wow! With just a bit of serendipity I had captured old vs. contemporary, free form vs. ossification, modern meets old. For me, this was just a great moment. I processed this image in Lightroom and took the color out except for red, allowing even more stark contrast.
Bicycles are integral to the city of Amsterdam’s lifestyle and while traveling there, I decided to give myself an assignment and carve out time to concentrate on them alone. I set up in the open window of my hotel room along a busy, narrow thoroughfare with a designated bicycle lane, next to the Amstel River, and began to shoot. I recorded an incredible variety of bikes, including some for hauling everything from pets to freight, but this one, which I call “Rush Hour,” has become my favorite.