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George Schaub Posted: Oct 01, 2006 0 comments

Photography by definition is "drawing with light." It is creating a frame around a play of light that translates to a continuous tonal image. That definition helps identify one of the most important aspects of the craft, which is first seeing and then understanding how the play of light influences the image; how it expresses the photographer's vision and creates...

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George Schaub Posted: Sep 01, 2006 0 comments

We recently had another scare about black and white printing papers and supplies, what with the recent rumor that Ilford would be closing shop in the US and Canada. It was just that--a rumor, based on the fact that a consumer electronics distribution firm would now be handling the distribution of their fine line of papers. And, we have been assured that a knowledgeable tech...

George Schaub Posted: Aug 01, 2006 0 comments

The Travel-Pak battery is a take-anywhere power source that comes with a handy carrying handle and case with shoulder strap. Note the two outlets; both 500 ws heads or one at a time can be used.

The Gemini kit is composed of two flash heads (monoblocs), two heavy-duty 9-foot stands, two umbrella reflectors, two umbrellas, all cords, bulbs, and cables, as well as a...

George Schaub Posted: Aug 01, 2006 0 comments

It's getting to the point where cameras are truly microprocessors with lenses. For those who have shot film in the past, today's digital SLRs give access to the look and feel of every film ever made at every speed with every color, contrast, and grain nuance you could imagine. While film builders create a combination of image attributes fixed in a micro-thin emulsion...

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George Schaub Posted: Aug 01, 2006 0 comments

Whenever I need a visual shot in the arm I take my camera to somewhere I've never been, or switch lenses, or both. As this issue is weighted toward the exploration of optics, I'll focus here on the changing lenses part of the equation.

All of us have a favorite lens, the one that best expresses our vision, and that delivers the crisp images we...

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George Schaub Posted: Jul 01, 2006 0 comments

There are quite a few differences between film and digital imaging. One main difference is that when it comes to film you are dealing with dye and density; with digital it's all a numbers game. Once exposed and developed, film has measurable and fairly fixed characteristics. With digital it's pretty much up for grabs. That's because digital images are composed of...

George Schaub Posted: Jul 01, 2006 0 comments

No one doubts the need for backing up digital images. But with digital cameras commonly in the 10-megapixel range, the need for more and more memory is apparent. Many of us have ever-increasing stacks of CDs and DVDs gathering on shelves, some properly cataloged and others awaiting the necessary housekeeping. As the image files grow photographers are seeking larger back-up systems...

George Schaub Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

Digital SLRs In Previews; The Four Thirds System Gains Adherents; Pigment Ink Printers Abound; And Some CE Bedfellows For Venerable Photo Industry Names

In late February a team of Shutterbug reporters descended on the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, to find out what's in store for photographers in the year ahead. The odd air of something missing...

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George Schaub Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

The main focus of this issue is on our reports from the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) Show, the annual trade show of the photo and imaging industry held this year in Orlando, Florida. We had a large team of reporters on site, each assigned a number of coverage categories that matched their expertise and disposition. Their assignment was to bring you the best and brightest of...

George Schaub Posted: May 01, 2006 0 comments

A couple of years back, when digital "filters" started appearing, a number of us sat around and joked that there would soon be a Van Gogh or a Monet filter for images, with push-button conversion of any image to look like Starry Night or the lily pond in the Gardens of Giverny. It turns out that some code writer must have been listening; we now have plug-in filters...

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