Jay Abend

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Jay Abend Posted: Oct 01, 1999 0 comments

Ah, the Omega D2. Every time I walk into my darkroom and see my own well-worn enlarger my mind flashes back to my college days, where the university had about 30 D2s working hard every day. Many long hours spent putting together my first black and white...

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Jay Abend Posted: Oct 01, 1999 0 comments

For those of you who think that digital cameras cannot replace conventional medium and large format film, get a load of the Better Light 6000 scanning camera back. This rather expensive pro digital tool not only replaces 4x5 transparency film for most...

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Jay Abend Posted: Sep 01, 1999 0 comments

One of the most difficult obstacles to overcome for the aspiring studio photographer is the lack of a proper space to shoot. Spare bedrooms, garages, attics, and basements have all been transformed into makeshift studios, and most lack adequate space to...

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Jay Abend Posted: Aug 01, 1999 0 comments

Flare is one of those nagging photography issues that you always think you have control over, till it bites you on an important shoot. Flare, more properly referred to as veiling glare, is the haze that covers all or part of your image when extraneous...

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Jay Abend Posted: Jul 01, 1999 0 comments

I have begun shooting digitally at home more and more, only because of the darned convenience of even a modest digital Ricoh camera. I have a moderately priced consumer megapixel camera that takes those matchbook sized wafer-thin Smart Media memory cards.

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Jay Abend Posted: Jul 01, 1999 0 comments

If you have been reading Shutterbug for some time, you're no doubt aware of the constant drumbeat of the digital photography industry. The products used to fall into two categories--expensive cameras that take frightfully bad pictures, or frightfully...

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Jay Abend Posted: Jun 01, 1999 3 comments

Of all the articles that I have written for Shutterbug, there is one topic that continually generates mail from readers. Whenever I have mentioned my "homemade battery packs" for Vivitar 283 and 285 flash units, the mail pours in. Sick of poky...

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Jay Abend Posted: Jun 01, 1999 0 comments

In the quest for the perfect digital image I have learned an awful lot. Besides learning more than I ever hoped to know about ROM, RAM, Cache, and SCSI, I have learned way too much about continuous lighting. Continuous lighting, as the name suggests, is...

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Jay Abend Posted: May 01, 1999 0 comments

One of the things that many good photographers struggle with is sharpness. I have spent years of my life working on getting the most tack-sharp images, and have even written a few stories for your favorite magazine explaining some of the things that I do...

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Jay Abend Posted: May 01, 1999 0 comments

One of the most important tips that I give aspiring photographers who own modern 35mm cameras is to learn to use their cameras totally manually. That's right, turn off the autoexposure and the autofocus, set the motor drive to single frame, and use...

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