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Book Reviews
Joe Farace 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...

Joe Farace 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 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...

Web Profiles
Joe Farace 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...

Lenses, Test Reports
Joe Farace Nov 01, 2005 1 comments

Tamron's AF18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 lens is part of their digitally integrated (Di II) lens series that's designed for digital SLRs and is not recommended for use with cameras having image sensors larger than 24x16mm, or 35mm film cameras. The lens is available in Canon EF, Konica Minolta AF-D, Nikon AF-D, and Pentax AF mounts and is maximized for smaller-sized imaging...

Joe Farace 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...

Digital Innovations
Joe Farace 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...

Web Profiles
Joe Farace Oct 01, 2005 0 comments

"I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it."--Justice Potter Stewart

When the company my wife works for got new computers, I decided to see how my website (

Lighting
Joe Farace Oct 01, 2005 4 comments

There's an old photographer's joke that goes: "If God invented light, then the devil invented fluorescent light." How times do change. With digital capture, fluorescent light can be your friend and I don't mean those long tubes hanging in lighting fixtures from the ceiling. I'm talking about a new breed of portrait lighting tools designed...

Digital Innovations
Joe Farace Oct 01, 2005 0 comments

"The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive."
--Robert Heinlein

After 100 years, Eastman Kodak has stopped making black and white photographic paper that the Associated Press called "a niche product for fine art photographers and hobbyists..." I don't think there is any such thing as "fine...