Jay Abend
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Pro Techniques
Jay Abend May 01, 2000 0 comments

The Simple Life

I love fancy photography equipment as much as the next guy, but there are times when I like to put away all of the expensive cameras, lighting gear, and softboxes and try and shoot with some basic gear.

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Accessories, Test Reports
Jay Abend Apr 01, 2000 0 comments

As a working pro I'm pretty familiar with all of the pro lighting companies. My studio looks like a well stocked camera store, with virtually every diffuser, umbrella, and softbox known to man. When something new comes out, I usually wind up with...

Jay Abend Apr 01, 2000 0 comments

If you still think of portraits in terms of main light, fill light, and key light, I think you're missing out on some fresh and exciting techniques. While the classic studio portrait is still practiced by lots of amateurs and practically every...

Jay Abend Mar 01, 2000 0 comments

This month we close the book on our three part Kiev camera series. If you read Parts 1 and 2, you know that Kiev cameras are made in the Arsenal Factory in Ukraine in the former Soviet Union. Rough-edged cameras reminiscent of old Hasselblad and Pentacon...

Features
Jay Abend Mar 01, 2000 0 comments

A little while ago a reader contacted the Shutterbug offices and asked one of the editors a seemingly simple question; "How do they shoot all of those mail-order catalogs that I get in the mail all the time?" They're always filled with...

Digital Darkroom
Jay Abend Mar 01, 2000 0 comments

Even if you have vowed to never get involved in the digital imaging revolution, you've got to admit that you probably are amazed at some of the seamless things that can be done with photo editing programs like Adobe Photoshop.

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Features
Jay Abend Feb 01, 2000 0 comments

Over the past few years, I've covered more and more digital imaging technology, as it completes its total worldwide domination of the professional photography marketplace. Like a lot of you, I still maintain a full black and white darkroom, and the...

Jay Abend Feb 01, 2000 0 comments

Last month we took a look at the anachronistic Kiev 88 medium format camera. A contemporary camera like the ancient Hasselblad 1000f, the Kiev 88 mostly is thought of as "cheap." If ultimate quality is your goal, look somewhere else. If the...

Lenses, Test Reports
Jay Abend Dec 01, 1999 1 comments

When Bob Shell asked me to take a look at Schneider's new line of digital lenses, I said "sure." After all, I'm a fully modern digital photographer, and anything aimed at the digital professional is of great interest to me. When I...

Lighting
Jay Abend Nov 01, 1999 0 comments

Photography is all about capturing the effects of light on people, places, and things. Pro photographers are usually entrusted by their clients to find the beautiful light and capture it, or create that light where needed. For photographers like me...