December Table Of Contents

December 2008

On the Cover
OK, be honest, how many times have you printed an image only to become frustrated that the print doesn’t match the image on screen? The answer is probably more times than you’d care to admit. But don’t worry, that frustration is a thing of the past as David Brooks shows you how to get great prints every time. Image-editing software is also a key to obtaining good prints, so be sure to read our First Look on Adobe’s Photoshop CS4. Aside from those matters, our experts have been making bold predictions about the future of the photo industry that you’re surely to find intriguing. Finally, as a holiday bonus, we have provided you with a gift guide of the top photo and digital books of 2008.


30 Roundup
Covering The Photo Beat
by C.A. Boylan

36 Digital Innovations
Stocking Stuffers
by Joe Farace

100 Image-Editing Alternatives For Mac OS X
Affordable Options For Your Photo Work
by Anthony Celeste

106 Test Report: ExpoImaging’s Ray Flash
A Ringlight For The Rest Of Us
by Joe Farace

112 Test Report: Canon’s EOS Rebel XS
Lightest Canon D-SLR To Date
by George Schaub

116 First Look: Adobe’s Photoshop CS4
Features For Photographers
by Jon Canfield

118 Test Report: Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro
A Monochrome Plug-In
by Jon Canfield

122 Test Report: The Zeiss Distagon f/2 28mm ZF Lens
A Manual Focus Lens For Film And/Or Digital SLRs
by Roger W. Hicks

128 Test Report: Interfit’s Stellar XD 300 Monolight Kit
The Stellar Line Goes High Tech
by Jack Neubart

134 Test Report: The Lensbaby Composer
Be My Baby…
by Joe Farace

140 The Web Page Journal
Working With liveBooks On A Photographic Website
by George Schaub

192 Help!
Q&A For Traditional Photography
by Robert E. Mayer

196 Digital Help
Q&A For Digital Photography
by David B. Brooks


68 Prints Don’t Match The Image On Screen
Answers For A Color Managed Printing Workflow
by David B. Brooks

138 Business Trends
Copyright For Photographers
by Maria Piscopo


10 Picture This!
Monthly Photo Assignment
by The Editors

16 Web Profiles
Great Photo Sites Reviewed
by Joe Farace

22 Talking Pictures
Narcissistic Tree
by Christine L. Montague

24 Student Union
Profiles Of The Up And Coming
by Jay McCabe

26 Passport
Amateur Hour
by Jack Hollingsworth

44 Future Tech
Shutterbug Contributors Get Out The Crystal Ball
by The Editors

72 Book Excerpt: Covering The Sports Beat
Capturing The Action
by Peter Skinner

76 Top Photo Books Of 2008
Some Of The Best Visual Delights Of The Year
by C.A. Boylan

82 Top Digital Imaging Books Of 2008
This Year’s Digital All-Stars
by Joe Farace

170 Point Of View
Film & Digital, Discipline & Whimsy
by John Caruso


8 Editor’s Notes
175 Trade Shows
175 Workshops