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Joe Farace Posted: Jan 01, 2006 0 comments

Lots of software filters let you apply a certain look after an image is created and some of them mimic the kind of effects camera filters produce while an image is captured. As much as I love using filter plug-ins, they are really postproduction tools for use after a photograph has been acquired. Camera filters are production tools that let you capture images in many ways that...

Joe Farace Posted: Jan 01, 2006 0 comments

Konica Minolta's DiMAGE X1 is an 8-megapixel point-and-shoot digicam that's almost as tiny as their other X-series cameras. It's also sleek, stylish, and comes with a cradle for transferring images and recharging. All that's good stuff but the really big news is that the camera includes Konica Minolta's Anti-Shake technology for taking sharp photos in...

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Joe Farace Posted: Dec 01, 2005 0 comments

"But when television is bad, nothing is worse...a vast wasteland."--Newton Minow

In his now famous speech to the National Association of Broadcasters, the FCC's Minow may have quoted Edward Estlin Cummings but he was on-target in addressing the state of television in 1961. I have to wonder what he would think about the visual and aural...

Joe Farace Posted: Dec 01, 2005 0 comments

Product cycles being what they are, it seemed to me that it was about time for another iteration of Adobe's Photoshop Elements a.k.a Photoshop for the less well-heeled, and so here it is. In Version 3.0, Adobe gave up on trying to make Elements look like Photoshop and that was a big step forward. In this latest version they've built upon that improved interface to make...

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Joe Farace Posted: Dec 01, 2005 0 comments

"Do give books for Christmas. They're never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal."
--Lenore Hershey

It's a sign of the times. In 2005 there were more digital imaging books published than ever before and trying to pick some of the best was difficult, but I'll stick my neck out and introduce you to some of the...

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Joe Farace Posted: Dec 01, 2005 0 comments

"You might as well do your holiday hinting early."--Anonymous

Submitted for your approval: A list of gizmos, gadgets, and gear for the digitally-minded who maybe thought they had everything but didn't know that they really needed lots more stuff to produce the ultimate image. You can use this month's column as a shopping list for your...

Joe Farace Posted: Nov 29, 2005 0 comments

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"Why not?"--Dayton Allen

Whenever I get a new digital camera from Fuji I run down to the family room and give it the "remote control...

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Joe Farace Posted: Nov 01, 2005 0 comments

The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village.--Marshall McLuhan

As I've mentioned many times, there are lots of Internet browsers to choose from and now 3B (www.3b.net) has produced a method for creating your own digital "village," using a combination of a proprietary browser and online software...

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Joe Farace Posted: Nov 01, 2005 0 comments

"I always have a quotation for everything, it saves original thinking."
--Dorothy L. Sayers

Color filters for photography are often identified by their Wratten numbers, but who is this Wratten guy? Wratten & Wainwright made photo materials for commercial printing and by 1909 had established the Wratten system and published The Photography...

Joe Farace Posted: Nov 01, 2005 0 comments

For some time my favorite pocket camera has been Konica Minolta's DiMAGE Xg; I never go anywhere without it being tucked into its matching leather case. One of the features of the Xg that I like best, besides its ability to make great photographs, is its compact size. Then along comes Konica Minolta's DiMAGE X60, which delivers higher resolution images, better macro...

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