February 2009 Table Of Contents

February 2009

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This month we explore the fascinating world of black and white photography through how-to articles, portfolios, and digital options. We even show you how to achieve monochrome magic via duotones! In addition, we have a D-SLR Test Report special, bringing you in-depth reviews on the Canon EOS 50D, Nikon D90, and Sony Alpha 900.


22 Digital Innovations
Software & Hardware For Your Inner Photographer
by Joe Farace

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

54 Buying Smart
What You Might Want And What You Really Need
by Jon Sienkiewicz

102 Test Report: Sony’s Alpha A900
A Prosumer-Grade, Full-Frame D-SLR With Class-Leading 24.6MP Resolution
by Peter K. Burian

110 Test Report: Canon’s EOS 50D D-SLR
15.1MP, Live View With Face Detection And 6.3 FPS
by George Schaub

120 Test Report:
Nikon’s D90
The Legendary N90 Returns In Digital Form
by Joe Farace

130 Classic Cameras
by Roger W. Hicks

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

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


30 Business Trends
Do-It-Yourself Promos
by Maria Piscopo

40 Output Options
Printing And Mounting Canvas
by Jon Canfield

62 Exploiting Color For B&W Fidelity
Try Your Hand At Duo-, Tri-, And Quadtones
by Jon Canfield

70 Special Effects: High Contrast
How-To Add Graphic Appeal To Your Images
by Howard Millard

76 Color To B&W Processing
Grayscale Conversion Opens New Doors To Monochrome Mastery
by George Schaub

80 Book Excerpt: Split Toning, Vignettes, And Camera Calibration In Lightroom 2
Creative Techniques From A Master Image-Maker
by Jerry Courvoisier

92 Book Excerpt: Making Enlarged Negatives In The Darkroom
Excerpt From Steve Anchell’s The Darkroom Cookbook, Third Edition
by Steve Anchell

96 Monochrome Plug-Ins
From Color To Black & White In A Few Steps
by Joe Farace


10 Talking Pictures
“The Girl With The Camera”
by Hannan Lis

12 Picture This!
Monthly Photo Assignment
by The Editors

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

36 Passport
Homeward Bound
by Jack Hollingsworth

58 Web Profiles
Great Photo Sites Reviewed
by Joe Farace

85 Quiet Images
The Photography Of Philip Perkis
by Rosalind Smith

88 At The Crossroads
Documenting Rural Voices
by Eric Dusenbery

176 Point Of View
Grey Market Merchandise
by Jon Sienkiewicz


8 Editor’s Notes
162 Book Reviews
167 Trade Shows
168 Workshops