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Mike Endres  |  Apr 01, 2007  |  0 comments

Man has stood in awe of the aurora borealis, or "northern lights," for as long as verbal and written history in these latitudes has been kept. Some cultures viewed it as a sign of royal birth while others regarded the event as a precursor to war or saw these curtains of dancing light as ghosts of the dead. Athabaskan natives believed that if you whistle while watching...

Chris Maher and Larry Berman  |  Apr 01, 2007  |  1 comments

Capturing the beauty of artwork with a camera has always been a challenge. Sure, it's easy to take a picture of a picture, but to reproduce the full range of colors, textures, and tones that will carry the power of the original, that is a challenge. There is a growing demand for high-quality digital files for juried shows, portfolios, and even for limited edition inkjet...

Joe Farace  |  Apr 01, 2007  |  0 comments

"If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?"

In another photo magazine's blog, the writer notes the passing of J. Frederick Smith at 88 and says, "I had heard his name but wasn't really aware of his work until recently." At first I was surprised by this sentence since it appeared in what was...

 |  Apr 01, 2007  |  0 comments

April 2007

On
the Cover


Big news this month on the digital camera front: The Nikon D40 has broken the
$600 barrier and a Leica legacy goes digital! To learn more about the Nikon
D40 and the Leica M8 besur...

Roger W. Hicks & Frances E. Schultz  |  Apr 01, 2007  |  4 comments

Pick up the new Bessa R3M (or R2M--only the viewfinders differ) and it takes you back in time. At a solid 430 gm (a fraction over 15 oz) it has the heft and overall feel of a high-quality camera from the 1950s or '60s. Appropriately, it is the best Bessa yet, produced to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of Voigtländer, and is engraved...

Anthony L. Celeste  |  Apr 01, 2007  |  0 comments

Many people tend to associate JPEGs with poor quality. However, when a JPEG has poor quality, it's the result of the format being used incorrectly, not a flaw in the format itself. Used properly, JPEG can and will produce a file that cannot be distinguished from any other format.

The main advantage of JPEG is clearly its superior compression. An RGB image...

Shutterbug Staff  |  Apr 01, 2007  |  0 comments

In the fall of 2001, I went to Florence, Italy, to study Fine Arts. With my first camera, the Nikon N60, in hand I went out to explore the city that would be my home for the next six months. I soon noticed that the city of Florence had a million stories just waiting to be told. Listening to the sounds of the motor scooters buzzing around the streets and the infectious giggles from...

Jason Schneider  |  Apr 01, 2007  |  0 comments

The redoubtable Nikon F3 was scorned by traditionalists in 1980, but variants of this modern classic remained in production for over 21 years--longer than any other pro 35mm SLR.

When the sleek, ergonomically contoured, ruggedly reliable Nikon F3 debuted back in '80, it was greeted with cheers and jeers. Some long-time Nikon fans were gratified to have an...

Rosalind Smith  |  Apr 01, 2007  |  0 comments

As a newspaper photographer, you never know when you show up in the morning what you're going to be working on--sometimes it's an environmental portrait, other times a feature, or a documentary image that is posed," San Francisco-based Peter DaSilva says.

"Whatever it is, I need to produce a picture of quality every time I'm sent...

C.A. Boylan  |  Apr 01, 2007  |  0 comments

The ABR800 Studio Ringflash From AlienBees
The ABR800 is a self-contained ringflash system designed for use with nearly all digital SLRs. It weighs 2.5 lbs and has a built-in 320 ws power supply, plus a modeling light. It ships with a universal camera mounting system that allows you to use the ABR800 handheld or mounted to a tripod or a swivel light stand.

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