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Amateur Digital SLRs
Joe Farace Nov 01, 2009 4 comments

Beginning with the launch of the Asahiflex I in 1952, Pentax (PENTAprism refleX) was the first SLR that incorporated a penta-prism viewfinder and reflex mirror.

Web Profiles
Joe Farace Oct 01, 2009 0 comments

“Get your pretty little portfolio off my desk before I go into a diabetic coma.”—J. Jonah Jameson to Peter Parker

In case you forgot (or maybe didn’t know), Peter Parker a.k.a. Spiderman is a freelance newspaper photographer; one of the highlights of the movies to me is the off-handedly whimsical way his editor, J. Jonah Jameson, treats him, but it never stops...

Lighting, Pro Techniques
Joe Farace Oct 01, 2009 3 comments

Much of my portrait and fashion photography is done on location, but living in a place like Colorado the models (and the photographer, too) just aren’t always in the mood to stomp around in the cold weather and snow. That’s when a studio comes in handy. Some photographers just prefer having complete control over the lighting. Instead of the hassle and cost of renting a studio, why not...

Digital Innovations
Joe Farace Oct 01, 2009 0 comments

“Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.”—George Eastman

Intense competition for price and market share in the photographic lighting business produces lots of copycat and me-too products, making real innovation a rare commodity. Gary Regester is perhaps...

Lighting Equipment
Joe Farace Oct 01, 2009 0 comments

Safari Luminations is a family of monolights and light-modification products aimed at the new shooter or someone getting started in studio photography.

Lighting Equipment
Joe Farace Oct 01, 2009 0 comments

The Mini/Max family consists of two light banks that fit on the front of your shoe-mount flash.

Digital Innovations
Joe Farace Sep 01, 2009 0 comments

“To err is human—and to blame it on a computer is even more so.”—Robert Orben

Wi-Fi and printing are two words I never expected to use together in a sentence, but after working with Epson’s (www.epson.com) Artisan 700 All-in-One I can’t imagine it any other way. For openers, the Artisan 700 is compact...

Film & Darkroom Gear
Joe Farace Sep 01, 2009 0 comments

At photokina in September 2008 Kodak announced its Professional Ektar film in 35mm format.

Web Profiles
Joe Farace Sep 01, 2009 0 comments

“I don’t want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.”—Emad Hasan

When this column evolved from its former Website of the Month origins more than 10 years ago into what it is today, it was a simpler time, Internet-wise. Really good photographers’ homepages were few and far between, but now the web explodes with sites, some produced via the templates and...

Lenses
Joe Farace Aug 01, 2009 0 comments

There is no doubt that Carl Zeiss is one of the magical names in the world of optics and so the introduction of the Zeiss ZE lenses for analog and digital cameras is big news.