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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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George Schaub Posted: May 01, 2006 0 comments

The somewhat archaic reference in the title of this month's Editor's Notes shows you from whence I came, and perhaps where most photographers are heading. The onrush to digital is apparent in sales stats from the holiday shopping season, where 90 percent of the cameras sold were digital. The show season, which began in January and stretches into the fall, is filled...

George Schaub Posted: May 01, 2006 1 comments

The latest Nikon entry in the digital SLR market is the D200, a 10.2-megapixel digital SLR that combines a strong, pro-caliber build with 5 fps speed, all for a competitive $1699 list price (body only). The Nikon DX format CCD retains the 1.5x magnification factor of previous Nikon sensors, plus borrows many of the metering and some of the image-processing capabilities of the pro...

George Schaub Posted: Apr 01, 2006 0 comments

According to the folks at Tribeca Imaging Laboratories (TIL), digital cameras (and I might add many types of film) "can't see purple." They go on to say, "The digital color model generates a limited spectrum. Any user can confirm this by simply pointing a camera at a deep blue or purple object and comparing the colors on the camera's LCD or computer...

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George Schaub Posted: Apr 01, 2006 0 comments

It seems only a few months back that I did a similar obit/reminiscence on black and white printing papers from Kodak. The subjects of this month's eulogy include both film and digital passings, with one being a venerable company that has departed photography altogether. I don't write these items for morbid or even sentimental reasons, but to note the passing of an era...

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