March Table Of Contents

March 2006

On the Cover
This month we have a variety of special reports on workflow, converters, and resizing--key elements to obtaining your best quality photographs. Of particular note is our survey of raw file software. In addition, we give you 13 quick output tips for putting your photos on show, for the web or in print. Finally, check out our Test Reports on the latest and greatest photo gear such as Canon's new EOS 1-D Mark II N digital SLR and Wacom's Graphire4 tablet. Cover photo © 2005, Clyde Dexter, All Rights Reserved.


44 Digital Innovations
Soft Focus Software
by Joe Farace

48 Roundup
Rechargeable Batteries & Chargers
by Jack Neubart

62 Test Report: Software
Raw Converter Software
by David Brooks

64 Test Report: Software
Genuine Fractals 4.1
by George Schaub

70 Test Report: Digital Darkroom
The HiTi S400
by George Schaub

74 Test Report: Digital Darkroom
Wacom's Graphire4 Tablet
by Jon Canfield

78 Test Report: Digital Capture
by Joe Farace

82 Test Report: Digital Camera
Canon's EOS-1D Mark II N
by George Schaub

102 Test Report: Photo Gear
Think Tank Photo Bags
by Jon Sienkiewicz

106 Test Report: Software
Pixmantec's RawShooter Premium 2006
by Uwe Steinmueller

166 Street Smarts
The Savvy Consumer's Guide To Pre-Owned, Collectible, And Vintage Cameras
by Jason Schneider

168 Classic Cameras
Argus Cameras
by Robert E. Mayer


26 Business Trends
Using Software For Your Photo Business
by Maria Piscopo

32 Master Class
A Shared Experience
by Monte Zucker

52 Software
Quick Digital Output Tips
by Phillip Andrews

55 Digital Darkroom
Digital Innovations Speed
Photographers' Workflow
by Steve Bedell

94 Test Report: Software
Convert With BW Pro 3.0
by Scott Eldridge

112 Test Report: Software
nik multimedia's Color Efex Pro 2.0 Tips
by Jon Sienkiewicz


16 Picture This!
Monthly Photo Assignment
by The Editors

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

24 Web Profiles
Great Photo Sites Reviewed
by Joe Farace

30 Pro Talk
Mitchell Funk: Cityscapes
by Jay McCabe

38 Locations
Truckin' On A Tundra Buggy
by Rick Sammon

58 Photojournalism
David Rae Morris
by Rosalind Smith

202 One Final Thought
"Other Worldly" Hike
by Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer


184 Book Reviews
183 Contests
186 Digital Help
14 Editor's Notes
196 Help!
42 News & Notes
174 Trade Shows
183 Workshops


199 Advertiser's Index
170 Classified Index
179 Photo Lab Showcase
122 Product Portfolio
66 Reader Response
182 Shutterbug Service Directory
176 Shutterbug Shopper