Steve Anchell

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Steve Anchell Posted: Oct 01, 2009 0 comments

When I was operating a commercial studio in Hollywood, California, my prized possession was a Swiss-made Broncolor 2400 ws power pack and three lamp heads.

Steve Anchell Posted: Jul 01, 2009 2 comments

Low-tech cameras, a.k.a. toy cameras, a.k.a. plastic cameras, a.k.a. “you can’t be serious” cameras, have been around for a very long time.

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Steve Anchell Posted: Feb 01, 2009 0 comments

Since the first edition of “The Darkroom Cookbook,” there have been an increasing number of photographers who have become interested in alternative processes. The interest has become so great that in 1999 the Photographers’ Formulary, one of the leading providers of photographic chemicals, established a school largely dedicated to teaching alternative processes. Because of the...

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Steve Anchell Posted: Oct 01, 2008 0 comments

At a recent pro photo show I came across what I consider to be a unique innovation in small studio lighting--the Lowel Rifa eXchange System (#1), which is comprised of four self-contained softboxes that come in varying sizes. At 16x16" the Rifa eX 44 is the smallest and the Rifa eX 88 is the largest at 32x32". What makes this system special is the minimal time it...

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Steve Anchell Posted: Sep 01, 2008 0 comments

By the time you are reading this it will be almost a year and a half since Adobe Systems introduced Photoshop Lightroom (LR) 1.0. The introduction of the original version of LR took place after an extensive period of online beta testing by photographers from all over the world. The full release was followed by a series of updates which steadily improved the functionality of the...

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Steve Anchell Posted: Jul 01, 2008 0 comments

Adobe Photoshop users soon come to realize that almost every technique can be done in more ways than one.

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Steve Anchell Posted: Jul 01, 2008 1 comments

The tips I am going to share here are all done in Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop is not the only imaging-editing program but it is the most widely used.

Steve Anchell Posted: May 01, 2008 0 comments

The D3 is positioned as a pro camera, priced and marketed to those whose livelihood depends on consistently creating the best possible images, be they photojournalists, sports or fashion photographers. The two things that someone who makes a living in photography looks for in any new camera is quality and "what can this camera do for me?"

Don't let...

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Steve Anchell Posted: Nov 01, 2007 0 comments

The kind of photography I do can take me almost anywhere. Today I could be photographing in my studio, tomorrow on the streets. I can often "get away" with available light or a Speedlite mounted on a flash bracket--and sometimes I do just that. But getting away with something is not always the best way to get the results my clients need.

On location...

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Steve Anchell Posted: Nov 01, 2007 1 comments

If photography is your pastime, you can afford to indulge in toys. If it is your occupation you tend to be more selective about what you spend your money on; toys are an extravagance--you couldn't afford 'em when you were struggling, and you don't need 'em now that you have a client base which likes your style.

But what if a toy is also...

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