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Joe Farace Dec 01, 2004 0 comments

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The Quantum Qflash T4d Digital is a serious flash unit that combines the form factor and user interface of the kind of high-end flash units that camera manufacturers charge big bucks for with the kind of power normally found in small monobloc studio strobes. Then there's that removable reflector that...

Digital Darkroom
Joe Farace Dec 01, 2004 0 comments

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"C'mon Honey, let's go make some noise."--The Bangles

Dear Diary: All digital cameras add noise to images. Like film grain, it's worse at high ISOs and is more noticeable in areas of uniform color, such as skies and shadows. Since noise can be objectionable...

Amateur Digital SLRs
Joe Farace Dec 01, 2004 0 comments

During Olympus' sneak preview for their E-1 at photokina 2002 emphasis was placed on the digital SLR's Four Thirds imaging system. At the high-fashion product roll out in New York's Bryant Park, so much importance was made of the company's medical imaging accomplishments I expected the ghost of Albert Schweitzer to start playing the organ in the background.

Digital Innovations
Joe Farace Dec 01, 2004 0 comments

"You can't have everything. Where would you put it?"--Stephen Wright

After you open an ink jet printer's box, the manufacturer warns you about using third-party inks and how doing so can void the warranty. In the automotive world, the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (

Book Reviews, Features
Joe Farace Dec 01, 2004 0 comments

It's a sign of the times, I guess. Digital imaging is no longer a novelty; it's a popular way that many people, amateurs and pros alike, capture images. Reflecting this, 2004 is a banner year for digital imaging books with the best variety, content, and even prices I've seen in recent years. This year's collection includes books aimed at specific...

Accessories
Joe Farace Nov 01, 2004 0 comments

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I love cars (see my website, www.joefaraceshootscars.com) but I also like cool, compact cameras. Unlike the Ferrari Digital Model 2003, which was simply an expensive Olympus (

Software & Computers
Joe Farace Nov 01, 2004 0 comments

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People who use digital cameras tend to shoot more images than when they had to pay for film and processing, but management and organization of these digital files is not free. You need software to organize those images...

Digital Innovations
Joe Farace Nov 01, 2004 0 comments

"When cheese gets its picture taken, what does it say?"--George Carlin

Enquiring minds want to know what it takes to have products featured in this column. I begin by asking myself if it's something I think Shutterbug readers can use and with only 10-11 columns a year, I hate to waste the space.
Before a product appears, it's...

Scanners & Printers
Joe Farace Nov 01, 2004 0 comments

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Let's leave the suspense to Alfred Hitchcock: Canon's i9900 Photo Printer is the best desktop ink jet printer in its price range that I've ever used. The i9900 makes big, beautiful prints, is quiet, offers...

Paper & Ink
Joe Farace Nov 01, 2004 0 comments

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It's no secret that the simplest way to get high quality output from an ink jet printer is to use the best paper. What's the best? That depends on your printer and the kind of inks it uses.

It...