October Table Of Contents

October 2009

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Welcome to our annual lighting special, where our resident pros share their best gear, shooting tips, and setups. In addition to our multitude of lighting Test Reports, we have multi-flash and portable studio light roundups. We also explore the possibility of using older flash units on D-SLRs. Finally, lighting aside, we feature in-depth reports on the Sony A330 D-SLR and superzoom digicams.


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

30 Digital Innovations
Imaging And Lighting Innovations
by Joe Farace

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

66 The Big X (Zoom Ratio) Factor
Five Superzoom Digicams
by Ron Eggers

74 Sophisticated Multi-Flash Systems
Expand Your Creative Lighting Capabilities
by Ron Eggers

94 Test Report: Safari Luminations’ Pro Lighting Kits
Mix And Match To Meet Your Needs
by Joe Farace

108 Portable Strobe Systems
Location Lighting In One Neat Package
by Jack Neubart

114 Using Older Electronic Flash With Digital Cameras
What Works—What Doesn’t
by Robert E. Mayer

120 Test Report: Aurora’s Mini/Max
Affordable On-Camera Flash Light Modifiers
by Joe Farace

124 Test Report: Visatec’s LOGOS 1600 RFS
On Location Or In The Studio
by Steve Anchell

128 Test Report: Sony’s Alpha A330 D-SLR
Stepping Up Into A More Creative Realm
by George Schaub

132 Test Report: The Nikon Speedlight SB-900
Nikon’s Flagship Strobe Gets Bigger But More User-Friendly
by Jack Neubart

152 Test Report: The Litepanels Micro
Is This The Perfect Fill Light?
by Steve Bedell

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


44 Business Trends
Social Media—A New Sales Strategy
by Maria Piscopo

82 Studio In A Small Space
Big Studio Effect Without The Cost
by Joe Farace


10 Picture This!
Monthly Photo Assignment
by The Editors

20 Talking Pictures
USS Hornet
by Darrell Sano

58 Web Profiles
Great Photo Sites Reviewed
by Joe Farace

169 Book Reviews
Latest Photo Books Reviewed
by C.A. Boylan


8 Editor’s Notes
160 Trade Shows
160 Workshops