April 28 , 2009
May Table Of ContentsIn This eNewsletter:
Test Report – Tiffen Dfx Essentials
Industry Perspective – The Passing of a Legend
What's New This Month – Canon, Nik, M-ROCK, Lensbaby, and Wacom
How-To – Exposure Diagnostics
Vote! – Comment on the attributes you set in the camera, even if you shoot raw.
Workshops – Learn and Show
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In Brief
Tiffen Dfx Essentials

by George Schaub

While Tiffen made their name in Hollywood studios, the photo community always checked out Tiffen when anything from a polarizer to a center halo filter was called for in the shot. But those were the days when photographers put filters over their lens rather than gaining effects via software. Now that we are able to manipulate the image with more software effects than most of us know what to do with, Tiffen has come up with various software filter effects packages that in some cases match what they used to offer (and in some cases still offer) in over-glass filters and in others much more. Indeed, to get even close to the effects and their variations offered in this “slimmed down” package of effects dubbed Dfx Essentials ($59.95) you’d have to carry several hundred glass filters along on every shoot.
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Industry Perspective
The Passing of a Legend
by Ron Leach, Publisher

America lost a national treasure with the recent passing of celebrated New York street photographer Helen Levitt. Born on August 31, 1913 of Russian-Jewish immigrants, Levitt died peacefully in her sleep on March 29 at the age of 95.
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What's New This Month
Canon's Third Annual Photography In The Parks Photo Contest Winners
For the past three summer seasons Canon has sponsored their Photography in the Parks Photo Contest, highlighting images made by photographers in our nation's national parks.

Nik Software Plug-in Update for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2
Nik Software has announced that Viveza, its popular digital photographic plug-in filter is now available for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 and higher.

M-ROCK Adventure Series Camera Bags
M-ROCK announced it is introducing a new line of fully-featured rugged camera bags designed specifically for outdoor/adventure photographers and travel enthusiasts who need functional cases.

Lensbaby 0.42x Super Wide Lens
Lensbaby announces a new 0.42x Super Wide Lens for use with their new line of selective focus lense.

Wacom Intuos4
Wacom today unveils the long anticipated Intuos4, a revolutionary new professional pen tablet that delivers new features and unparalleled performance to photographers.

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Exposure Diagnostics
The “Blinkies”
by George Schaub

When scene contrast is high there may be a danger of overexposure, particularly when you do not take care to read the highlight values to keep them well within the dynamic range capability of the sensor. When overexposure is extreme you lose detail in the subject, cause the image to look harsh, and may eliminate the possibility of making a good print from the photo, despite your best processing efforts. One way to help avoid overexposure is to use the Highlight Warning feature in the Playback menu of your camera. This may be an option that you have to choose in the Menu or may be part of the default playback feature in your camera, accessed through toggling through the “screens” on the image playback.
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In camera image processing includes curve control settings, color adjustments and even, with the new Olympus models, some "art" filters.
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