June 29, 2010
July Table Of ContentsIn This eNewsletter:
How-To – Macro Photography
Industry Perspective – The Effects of Imagery on the Human Psyche
What's New This Month –
Porter Case, Tamron, Canon, Profoto, and Sigma
How-To – Super Wides
Vote! – Comment on your experience with in-camera processing tools for contrasty lighting conditions
Workshops – Learn and Show
Shutterbug Forums – Your Photo & Digital Imaging Source

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Maco Photography Macro Photography
Picture A Small World

by Jim Zuckerman

Macro photography is a world unto itself. Filling the frame with small subjects opens up new and exciting creative possibilities for you, and if you haven't delved into this realm of photography up to now, I encourage you to do so. I'm sure you'll love it.

It is very easy to just go out with a macro lens and take pictures without considering the technical aspects of this endeavor, but the results will never be fully satisfying. Macro photography is all about the detail, and if you are going to shoot close-ups you need two important things: a tripod, and a small lens aperture.
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Industry Perspective
The Effects of Imagery on the Human Psyche
by Ron Leach, Publisher

With the tragic social and environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico we are once again reminded of the profound power of photography to rouse support for social causes like the environment, and motivate people to respond to disasters—be they man-made or acts of God.
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What's New This Month
Porter Casse Porter PCi Case
Porter Case, Inc. announces a revolutionary injection molded travel Case with CART series that combines the best features of the original Porter Case with years of customer feedback and suggested enhancements.

Tamron Full-Day Travel & Landscape Photography Seminars
Tamron has just announced a full-day seminar series led by award-winning nature and landscape photographer Sandra Nykerk. The events will take place in four key U.S. cities.

Canon 40 Millionth EOS-Series SLR Camera
Canon Inc. announced today the achievement of a new camera-manufacturing milestone as combined production of the company's EOS-series film and digital single-lens reflex cameras passed the 40 million mark.

Profoto BatPac Portable Power
Profoto's BatPac is a portable "power-in-a-bag" unit, a combination of a dedicated inverter and a high capacity battery.

Sigma Scholarship Contest
Jamie Russell's gritty black-and-white images of a bleak city landscape helped her beat out 121 other candidates to win the first-ever Sigma Corporation of America Scholarship Contest.

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Superwides Super Wides
Exaggerated Points Of View
by Jim Zuckerman

If you like straight, unaltered images and you diligently try to capture what you see with your eyes, super wide angle lenses are not for you. At the very least the images will give you a headache. However, if you like thinking outside the box (and sometimes outside the known universe!), and march to the beat of a different drummer, lenses in the 8-15mm range have an allure that will be irresistible. The distortion they introduce to a scene is intriguing, and it allows you to think very differently about the kind of pictures you want to take.
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Black River Imaging

Float Mounts from Black River Imaging are a sleek and sophisticated way to display images that appear to float out from the wall. Choose from a Luster or Metallic photographic print or Canvas print. Float Mounts come ready to hang.

With technology such as "dynamic range optimization", "D-Lighting", in-camera HDR bracketing and other in-camera processing features, the challenges of exposure under contrasty conditions seem to be easing. Have you worked with these in-camera tools, and do you find they ease exposure challenges as much as they claim?
Please comment briefly on your experience with in-camera processing tools for contrasty lighting conditions.

Black & White Priniting Digital Black and White Printing with George Schaub
August 30-September 4, 2010. Maine Media Workshops.

George Schaub 4-Day Course On Digital Exposure and Processing
Field shooting, techniques, processing and critiques. New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH, August 19-22.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Workshop
Lightroom Workshops, a series of 40 + two-day Adobe Photoshop Lightroom application intensives are being offered throughout the United States, Australia, UK, and Canada in 2010.

Cavecreek Photographic Workshops
Courses offered each month. Contact: Alan Lowy's Cavecreek Photographic Workshops, 2135 E. Gaffney Road, Phoenix, AZ 85087, 623-465-1077.

Adorama Photography Workshops
Various courses offered each month. Contact: Adorama, 800-223-2500.

John C. Campbell Folk School
Looking For Light. Free catalog with course descriptions. Contact: John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC 28902, 800-Folk-SCH.

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