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George Schaub Posted: Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

While HP did show a number of consumer-oriented printers, perhaps the most interest was generated by their new HP Designjet Z2100 and Z3100 models. Both use HP Vivera pigment ink technology (introduced with the HP Photosmart Pro B9180) and have built-in color management with an embedded spectrophotometer. According to HP, the use of the Vivera pigmented inks yields 200+ years...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

Whether it's adding light to shadows to create a good balance of tones, or brightening color on overcast days, fill flash provides an extra burst of light that can do the job. Close-up fill can be done with the built-in flash that comes with many cameras, or auxiliary flash that mounts on the camera's hot shoe. In either case, fill can be modified using the power...

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George Schaub Posted: Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

A number of companies showed new inkjet papers, and we may be seeing the beginning of some debate about the best coatings for the best quality images. Photographic papers have been using a baryta base since the 19th century. This coating creates a bright white paper with a smooth surface, and is now used for inkjet papers as well. The folks at Innova disagree, claiming that...

Roger W. Hicks Posted: Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

Despite innumerable premature reports of its death, medium format refuses to lie down. Instead, it polarizes increasingly into large-sensor digital (up to about 2x the size of full-frame 35mm) and highly specialized roll film--though the two biggest announcements of the show were actually traditional dual-platform (film/digital) SLRs.

Rollei deserves first...

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Rick Sammon Posted: Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

All photographs start with a great in camera image, right? Well, not really. A good photograph begins as an idea, a vision of how to isolate an interesting subject or subjects in a cluttered scene that will tell a story or communicate an idea or an emotion when a picture is viewed by the photographer and by others.

To illustrate the idea of seeing creatively, I'd...

Ron Eggers Posted: Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

Wireless flash control is really big right now. For a long time, wireless systems primarily used slave triggering or infrared technology to fire strobes remotely. Increasingly, though, RF (Radio Frequency) systems are becoming the norm. RF systems, which generally provide multiple frequencies, make it possible to have a number of different photographers shooting with their own...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

With the incredible popularity of D-SLR cameras, all manufacturers are working aggressively to expand their line of suitable lenses and we found many new models at the photokina show. As expected, most of the new products are "digital only"--designed exclusively for digital cameras with APS or Four Thirds size sensor--some are multi-platform lenses. The...

Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

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Roger W. Hicks Posted: Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

Large format cameras, in the sense of "cameras that take large sheets of film," are ever rarer at photokina. There are still plenty of cameras, and sometimes (it seems) almost as many manufacturers, but because so many of the manufacturers are so tiny, making a few score cameras a year, they are known by word of mouth in the large format "fine art"...

George Schaub Posted: Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

Every two years the international photo trade descends upon Cologne, Germany, to show their wares and vie for bragging rights over who has the highest megapixel count, greatest zoom ratio, or most archival fine art paper. It is also the place where prototypes are kept under glass or shown in curtained back rooms and where alliances are made and broken. For example, at this...

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