Tom Fuller

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Tom Fuller Posted: Jun 01, 2000 0 comments

Our do-it-yourself project this month is a studio broadlight particularly suitable for portraiture. Unlike point source lights diffused with fabric coverings, this mammoth fixture uses 16 100w bulbs, arranged in a grid within a wooden box, to flood...

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Tom Fuller Posted: May 01, 2000 0 comments

Phoenix P1 And P2 35mm SLR Cameras

Despite the profusion of autofocus, auto-everything SLRs that offer some significant technological innovations, there still remains a demand for good bare-bones camera designs. This is to some...

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Tom Fuller Posted: Apr 01, 2000 0 comments

It seems the faster digital imaging technology leaps forward, the stronger the rally becomes for traditional cameras and sensitized materials. Regular Shutterbug readers are aware of the new interest in rangefinder 35mm cameras--the last one I owned...

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Tom Fuller Posted: Apr 01, 2000 0 comments

For our project this month, we will be making very inexpensive recessed lensboards for large format cameras. As a commercially-made board of this type easily goes for over $100 and our homegrown version costs about $10, I especially want to point out its...

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Tom Fuller Posted: Feb 01, 2000 0 comments

As French-made Bergger black and white film and paper meet virtually every requirement of the exacting large format worker, "Fine Materials for Fine Photography" would also be a suitable title. Bergger BPF 200 film, available in a wide range of...

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Tom Fuller Posted: Nov 01, 1999 0 comments

Quantum's new Qpaq-X, a high-energy portable power supply for the Qflash model X and X2, is a professional-quality system that lets the user select from 200 to 800 ws of flash power by combining snap-together capacitor and battery modules. In addition to keeping size and weight down by...

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Tom Fuller Posted: Nov 01, 1999 0 comments

While on-camera flash is certainly convenient, and sometimes the only way to capture candid people shots, its downside is the effect known as redeye. This demonic glow in the subject's eyes is the result of nearly point source and on-axis light entering the...

Tom Fuller Posted: Oct 01, 1999 0 comments

Here I go again dating myself, but I remember going through packs of Kodak Athena, a double-weight contact paper with a lovely brown-black image. Actually, the tone varied daily from warm to neutral depending upon the condition of my fledgling technique...

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Tom Fuller Posted: Oct 01, 1999 0 comments

To those still on the quest for an affordable, good quality black and white paper, the time has come to sheath your reading glass. Adorama Variable Grade, a medium weight RC available in glossy and Mother-of-Pearl surfaces, meets the requirements and may...

Tom Fuller Posted: Jul 01, 1999 0 comments

After 34 years in the large format arena, I've learned that there are really only two kinds of view cameras. The first, made of elegant hardwood and fitted with fine brass hardware, is the kind we carefully polish and prop up in the office as a conversation piece. The other, made of...

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