Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Mar 01, 2007  |  0 comments

If you think a notebook computer is a scaled-down compromise with a cramped keyboard and tiny screen, think again. Notebooks have become an indispensable tool for photographers. Choosing the right one is easy--there are a few core components that determine how well a computer will perform over the long haul. Here is what you need to know:


Rick Sammon  |  Mar 01, 2007  |  0 comments

Arches National Park in Utah (a five-hour drive from Salt Lake City) is my favorite national park--from both a photographic and outdoor experience point of view.

Arches ranks #1 in my book for several reasons: First, the red/orange rock formations, some in the form of arches, are simply breathtaking. Many jut out of the flat, surrounding ground to form...

David B. Brooks  |  Mar 01, 2007  |  0 comments

Technical Specifications
LaCie 320 LCD Monitor, Item Number: 130734
Technology: A-TW-IPS
Diagonal Dimension: 20"/51cm
Display Area: 16x12"/408x306mm
Maximum Resolution: 1600x1200
Dot Pitch: .255mm

David B. Brooks  |  Mar 01, 2007  |  0 comments

The very first LCD display that was designated "professional," and specifically intended for use by photographers and graphic artists, was a LaCie Photon Blue model, which I reported on in the past. So when LaCie announced a new 300 Series of three different sized models for professional use, I thought it time to look at LaCie's LCD displays again.


George Schaub  |  Mar 01, 2007  |  0 comments

Kevin Kubota has been putting together Actions for Photoshop for many years. His latest releases add to the already incredible artistic inventory he has made available to photographers and graphic artists alike. Just what are Actions? Simply put, they are scripts or a series of steps to obtain a certain result. If you were to create your own Action in Photoshop you would use the...

Robert E. Mayer  |  Mar 01, 2007  |  0 comments

Here Is A Quick Tip List On Letters For The HELP! Desk:
Please confine yourself to only one question per letter. Both postal letters and e-mails are fine, although we prefer e-mail as the most efficient form of communication. Send your e-mail queries to with Help in the subject header and...

Barry Tanenbaum  |  Mar 01, 2007  |  0 comments

When we heard that David Alan Harvey was doing a book on women, it didn't seem like a surprising subject. A photojournalist with over 30 National Geographic stories to his credit, plus several books, we imagined that in the course of over 30 years of travel and photography he'd have many compelling images from which to choose. Not to mention current assignments that...

Roger W. Hicks  |  Mar 01, 2007  |  0 comments

One reason why digital camera users may hesitate to make the switch to film--better quality, proven archival keeping, and lower cost--is that the cameras aren't complicated enough. For example, my Nikon D70 has around 24 buttons, levers, knobs, dials, trap doors, and switches, many of them multifunctional, plus an LCD read-out and a screen on the back. For...

George Schaub  |  Mar 01, 2007  |  0 comments

A few years back when all these digital doings got started I was chatting with some photographers about how having images as information would affect our work. At one point in the discussion we started to joke about how the next generation of software would give us an instant Van Gogh, or emulate a Sunday painter's watercolor, or even create pen and ink drawings from any...

Joe Farace  |  Mar 01, 2007  |  0 comments

"You haven't even touched your food."--Inga in Young Frankenstein

According to Metrocurean (, a blog aimed at epicureans in the Nation's Capitol, it is OK to play with your food but taking pictures of it in restaurants is verboten. The story (posted in the...