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Joe Farace Jun 01, 2005 0 comments

"Don't call 'em D-SLRs, in the future all SLRs will be digital."--Overheard at PMA

A recent New Yorker cartoon showed a salesperson demonstrating a digicam to a customer. The caption read something like, "This light comes on to tell you when the camera is obsolete." A lot of digital SLR owners feel like that from time to...

Show Reports
Joe Farace Jun 01, 2005 3 comments

"New at PMA `05: Film!"--Headline in Convention Daily Newspaper

In the entire history of the PMA show this is the first time no new 35mm film SLRs were introduced, so ya gotta wonder what the dude who wrote that was smoking. According to the British Journal of Photography, the manufacture of Contax and Kyocera 35mm film cameras has...

Show Reports
Joe Farace Jun 01, 2005 0 comments

"Has digital photography reached the end of the road?"--Headline in Convention Daily Newspaper

When you read such erudite comments in the trade press, a person might wonder if we have, in fact, reached digital nirvana. Maybe that writer's grandpa posed the same question when wet collodion plates were introduced, but digital imaging is...

Software & Computers
Joe Farace Jun 01, 2005 0 comments

Call It Photoshop 9 If You Must
OK, go on and say it: Stop the madness! You haven't even upgraded from Photoshop 7 or just started on CS and along comes Adobe's Photoshop CS2 a.k.a. Space Monkey. As before, there are CS2 versions of all of Adobe's other graphic applications including InDesign, Illustrator, and GoLive. This is also the last...

Web Profiles
Joe Farace May 01, 2005 0 comments

"I have no life, just e-mail."
--Michael Jantze

The World Wide Web provides an international showcase for your images. Would I have ever seen the stunning work of Russian photographer Evgeniy Shaman (www.photo.gothic.ru/shamanix/index_e.htm) without the Internet? Nyet! If...

Digital Innovations
Joe Farace May 01, 2005 0 comments

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"Creative work is play. It is free speculation using materials of one's chosen form."
--Stephen Nachmanovitch

The GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free open source photo retouching and image authoring program. While some of its fans claim it's just as good as Adobe...

Web Profiles
Joe Farace Apr 01, 2005 0 comments

"The site is best viewed using Microsoft Internet Explorer at 1024x 768."--a.k.a. the writing on the wall

So began an e-mail from a photographer who wants his work featured in this department. Guess what happens when you use another browser, such as Opera, to look at his site? Nada, nothing, zilch, zero. You get a white screen. I don't know about...

Accessories, Test Reports
Joe Farace Apr 01, 2005 Published: Mar 22, 2005 0 comments

Photos © 2004, Joe Farace, All Rights Reserved

The Original Lensbaby is a flexible camera lens that creates an image that has an area of sharp--or not--focus that's surrounded by a graduated blur. This mostly plastic lens is available in different camera mounts and brings the "Holga look" (see What's a Holga Anyway? sidebar) to single...

Digital Innovations
Joe Farace Apr 01, 2005 0 comments

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"Living is having ups and downs and sharing them with friends."--Trey Parker & Matt Stone

There are lots of photo-sharing sites, even good ones, too, like Smugmug (www.smugmug.com) and Webshots (

Web Profiles
Joe Farace Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

"A dream is where a boy can swim in the deepest oceans and fly over the highest clouds."--J.K. Rowling

This month's department helps you soar with the eagles, land with the owls, and introduces you to some down-to-earth photographers who look at the world in completely new ways. In accomplishing these goals, this month's photographers will...