April 24, 2007

May Table Of ContentsIn This eNewsletter:
How-To - Playing with Shutter Speeds
Industry Perspective - Truth in Journalism
What's New This Month - Olympus, Nik, JOBO, Gitzo, Lexar, and more
How-To - Black and White “Conversions”
Vote! - Comment on your experience with high ISO settings

Workshops & Contests - Learn and Show
Shutterbug Forums - Your Photo & Digital Imaging Source

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Playing with Shutter Speeds
by George Schaub

There are two ways to control light in photography—aperture and shutter speed. Put most cameras on Program, set a reasonable ISO to match the lighting conditions at hand and shoot, and you’ll get a reasonable picture. But as you know there’s more to both controls than controlling exposure—they have a profound influence on what could be called image effects. And those image effects are what can turn a recording into an interpretation.

Aperture is one part of the equation that determines depth of field, with focal length and camera-to-subject distance being the others. Shutter speed is a slice in the arc of time, with faster speeds creating thinner slices and slower ones “fatter” slices. But in those larger chunks of time something else happens—time is recorded in ways the unaided eye never sees. It’s as if the camera can bring our perceptions to another dimension, where time, space and motion begin to work in concert and the “scan rate” of our eye is altered. Indeed, it’s as if we had put a damper on our optic nerve, one that creates a delay in the synapses but nevertheless keeps recording throughout the delay.
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Truth in Journalism
by Ron Leach, Publisher

We heard an unsettling report on the radio last night regarding an awarding-winning Toledo Blade photographer who recently resigned after admitting that he digitally altered the content of a photograph that was published on the newspaper’s front page. The image by Allan Detrich showed members of a basketball team kneeling in prayer before playing their first game since one of their teammates died in a bush crash last month. Detrich used Photoshop to remove the legs of a person standing in the background behind a banner.
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Olympus EVOLT E-510 Digital SLR
Olympus has unveiled its EVOLT E-510, a 10 MP portable digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera.

Nik Software Dfine 2.0
Nik Software Inc. has announced the latest upgrade to its noise reduction tool Dfine 2.0.

Elinchrom Entry-level D-Lite Studio Flash Kits
Elinchrom, a leading manufacturer of professional lighting solutions is pleased to introduce its affordable D-Lite studio flash kits, specifically designed to meet the needs of entry-level shooters.

JOBO AG has announced the new JOBO photoGPS – a small and lightweight Global Positioning System receiver that fits directly on any digital camera’s hot shoe, just as if it were a regular flash unit, without the need for extra cables.

Gitzo Next Generation Aluminum Tripods
Gitzo has introduced its new line of aluminum Series 2 tripods.

Lexar Image Rescue 3 Image Recovery Software
Lexar has introduced Image Rescue 3, the new version of the company’s award-winning image recovery software.

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Black and White “Conversions”
Aperture Offers Much More Than a Simple Desaturation
by George Schaub

There are numerous ways to convert an RGB image to black and white in software. Depending on the program, its version and the level of your experience with it, you can make a simple color to grayscale conversion, make a simple “desaturation” click (which retains the RGB character of the image) or get involved with fairly complex, demanding and quite rewarding workflows. My interest here is with shooting raw and working with converters to get a good foundation for further work in black and white, or as a convert and print workflow without the intercession of further software tools.

This, the first in an exploration of these workflows, deals with some of the tools in Apple’s Aperture. Like many programs Aperture offers sixteen ways to get to the same place, and it’s a matter of where you first saw it and how easy it was that makes you follow one path or another. Here I’ll get into some of the controls and tools; undoubtedly you will discover or have discovered others.
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Today’s DSLRs allow for very high ISO ratings, with the newest featuring ISO 3200, and beyond. When shooting at these high speeds many manufacturers recommend, and offer Noise Reduction (NR) filters to help suppress noise. If you have worked at these high speeds, at what level of ISO do you find that NR filtration is important to retain image quality?
Briefly comment on your experience with high ISO settings and how you handle noise; mention your camera model in your comments.
George Schaub—Editorial Director of Shutterbug Magazine—will spend some time in circuitcity.com’s imaging forums for a live discussion on May 8th between 8 and 10 P.M. EDT. You can register and pre-submit questions for George to answer starting on April 29th. Whether it’s about which camera is right for a gift, shooting tips and techniques, or any other camera related questions, George will be there with his expertise to answer questions.

Renovance.tv picks the legendary Italian fashion photographer Claudio Basso for Photography Workshops in New York City.
The Renaissance of Photography Training begins next month in NYC when Renovance.tv launches the first Reality Training Workshop, bringing a revolution to the way professionals and amateur photographers are trained.

John Paul Caponigro and Mac Holbert To Lead Digital Fine Art Printing Workshop
Epson America today announced that John Paul Caponigro and Mac Holbert, two of the pre-eminent leaders in digital photography and fine art printing, will be hosting a workshop in the state-of-the-art digital printing labs of Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, Calif., June 25–29.

Festival of the Photograph
The Festival is a not for profit celebration of photography — created by photographers. With a program of exhibitions, workshops, interviews, outdoor screenings, and special events, the Festival will attract professional and amateur photographers from around the world to Charlottesville, Virginia's picturesque historic downtown. The Festival will be held on June 7-9 2007.

The Palm Springs Photo Festival
The Palm Springs Photo Festival is the West Coast meeting place of photography’s national and international community and has rapidly become one of the most extensive photo festivals in the U.S. and abroad, offering numerous invaluable opportunities to learn and network led by luminaries in the photography industry.

Panasonic Lumix To Launch Digital Photo Academy
Panasonic LUMIX will launch the Digital Photo Academy, a series of workshops for all digital camera owners who want to maximize their cameras’ features and create more rewarding and enjoyable photo experiences.

Travel Photography in Tuscany with Howard Millard
Longtime Shutterbug contributor Howard Millard is offering his “Travel Photography in the Digital Age” workshop in Italy May 12-19.

Adorama Launches Photography Workshop Series
Aimed at professionals, enthusiasts, and amateur photographers throughout the New York tri-state area, Adorama Camera, Inc. has announced the launch of an affordable new educational series, Workshops@Adorama.

Tamron Announces "Make You Mark" Photo Contest For Tamron Lens Users
The company is looking for images from photo enthusiasts that creatively capture a natural or manmade landmark.

LiveBooks Teaches National Geographic All Roads
LiveBooks, Inc. continues to support emerging, talented photojournalists with its sponsorship of National Geographic’s “All Roads Photography Project” by providing the winners of this year’s international competition with a hands-on workshop about web marketing best practices and their own liveBooks personalized website.

Ilford Black-And-White Challenge
The HP5 Plus Challenge, which applies only to Canada and the USA, runs until May 31, 2007, and is open to any Photographer using Ilford HP5 Plus. The special promotional boxes of Ilford Multigrade IV RC Deluxe, which are available from all Ilford Photo dealers while supplies last, include three free rolls of HP5 Plus film, whether or not the purchaser is willing to take up the challenge.

Digital Photography Workshops - Understanding Digital Photography
The mastery of digital imaging concepts and technology is essential for anyone working within the photographic arts today.

Anchell Photography Workshops
Steve Anchell is a contributing writer to Shutterbug and Rangefinder magazines. He is also the author of The Darkroom Cookbook and is working on a companion title, The Digital Cookbook. He has been teaching photography since 1979. For more information visit his website at www.anchellworkshops.com.

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