August 31, 2010
September Table Of ContentsIn This eNewsletter:
How-To – Umbrellas Versus Soft Boxes
Industry Perspective – Making People See the Way Music Sounds
What's New This Month –
photokina, ImageRights, Lexar, Sigma, and more
How-To – The Terminator Line
Vote! – Comment on your experience with image stabilized lenses
Workshops – Learn and Show
Shutterbug Forums – Your Photo & Digital Imaging Source

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Umbrellas Versus Soft Boxes
May The Best Modifier Win!

by Steve Bedell

You’re buying studio lights, maybe for the first time. After deciding which lights will fit your style and budget, you need to decide upon light modifiers. The two most common ones are umbrellas and soft boxes. Which should you buy and why? And is there that much of a difference? Let’s take a look now and see the differences and similarities so you can decide which one makes sense for you. Or perhaps you’ll get both!
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Industry Perspective

Making People See the Way Music Sounds
by Ron Leach, Publisher

Two of my passions are photography and jazz, so I was doubly saddened by the recent passing of Herman Leonard who was responsible for many of the iconic images of Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and other jazz greats.

Born and raised in Allentown, PA, Leonard eventually made New Orleans his home until 2005 when Hurricane Katrina flooded his house and studio. Fortunately, as Katrina approached Leonard had his negatives moved to a museum for safekeeping, while his staff carried his prints to a second-floor bathroom where they survived the flooding. He subsequently relocated to Los Angeles where he lived until his death at the age of 87.
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What's New This Month
photokina photokina Visual Gallery
At the beginning of the year the organizers of photokina - Koelnmesse and the Photographic Industry Association - invited photographers from around the world to apply for an exhibition area at photokina 2010 in Cologne.

ImageRights Free Service
ImageRights International, Inc., a company that helps professional photographers and illustrators discover the illegal use of their intellectual property on the Web.

Lexar Media Introduces Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB Reader
Featuring five slots and supporting 24 popular memory card formats, the newest reader is an all-in-one solution enabling concurrent downloads and card-to-card file transfer.

ExpressDigital DARKROOM Free Trial
ExpressDigital announces an aggressive and special promotion for school and 'team and individual' photographers to download a free trial of DARKROOM Assembly Edition.

Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens
The APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens is currently available in Canon mounts and will soon be available for purchase in Nikon, Sigma, Sony and Pentax mounts.

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The Terminator Line
Use The Edge Of Night & Day In Your Landscape Images
by Brad Perks

The terminator line is created by the earth’s shadow. It is literally the edge of night and day, which some photographers refer to as the twilight zone. The shadow first appears in shades of blue along the horizon. Dramatic terminator lines fade from shades of soft, pastel blue into a pretty pink sky, a gradual blending of pastel colors that punch up the natural colors of the entire scene. Using the terminator line helps you go beyond what is normally associated with sunsets into the unexpected.
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Rogue FlashBenders are a system of unique shapeable light modifiers for shoe mount flash that enable unparalleled lighting control for small strobe lighting enthusiasts. FlashBenders' unique, patent pending design offers total freedom of form by providing complete control over the shape of the reflector. For more information visit

Image stabilization is becoming a common feature in new lenses from OEM and "third-party" manufacturers. At times it seems the feature is added to lenses with fairly narrow maximum or variable apertures. While it brings costs down in lens making, do you feel it is a fair tradeoff?
Please comment briefly on your experience with image stabilized lenses.
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The Intimate Landscape The Intimate Landscape
A workshop in Taos, New Mexico with G&G Schaub. Photograph exciting locales, landscapes, and learn nature photography techniques. October 10-15. Contact: George Schaub, 575-758-3911.

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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Crown Amphoto Books and Shutterbug present a new photo contest that will inspire you to shoot the best of Summer 2010. For August download your best Travel shot to win a great selection of five current, highly-respected photography instructional titles from the most popular writers in the field of Travel photography. September starts a new contest!

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