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George Schaub Posted: Apr 12, 2005 0 comments

For those who have been working with the latest digital cameras--both
integral and interchangeable lens types--you've probably seen an
option called Raw among your file formats. Unlike JPEG and TIFF, Raw is not
an acronym and therefore we don't capitalize it, and is just what it states--the
"raw" image date received by the sensor and digitized within the
microprocessor of the camera. It is not "raw" in the sense that
it is unfettered or unrecognizable, but it does take image processing software
other than what's in the plain version of some image processing programs
to see it. That Raw software converts the Raw image file format to an image
on the screen and allows you to save it to a format other than Raw--such
as TIFF or JPEG.

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Ron Leach Posted: Mar 27, 2007 0 comments

Innovative Digital Products

by Ron Leach

We just returned from Las Vegas after attending this year's PMA International
Convention and Tradeshow, and one of the highlights of the event for those of
us in the media is the "Sneak Peak" that takes place on the afternoon
before the convention opens. Thisinf...

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Posted: Oct 26, 2010 0 comments

Think Negative

The Positive Power Of The Inverse Command

by Howard Millard

Since we were toddlers, we’ve all been told to think positive. I guess that in most situations that will serve you well. But photographically, you may want to ignore that advice. If you’re not entirely pleased with your latest picture...

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Posted: Jul 29, 2008 0 comments

Shooting For Profit

by Ron Leach

If you are one of the many subscribers to the Shutterbug Storefront program,
you've learned that photography doesn't have to be a career to be
profitable. If you are unfamiliar with this program, a quick visit to www.shu...

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Posted: Feb 23, 2010 0 comments

Hard & Soft Light

Use One, Or Both, For Portrait Work

by John Siskin

Photographers talk about the characteristics of light using various terms. When we talk about light being soft or hard, we are really referring to the size of the light source. By using both kinds of light we can have more control over theappearance...

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Text and photography by Ron Leach Posted: Dec 27, 2005 0 comments


Classic portrait lighting isn't always necessary for capturing
interesting peoplepictures.

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George Schaub Posted: Jun 26, 2007 0 comments

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Posted: Jan 25, 2011 0 comments

Seeing Pictures: Negative Space

What’s Not There

by Jim Zuckerman

The concept of negative space has to do with compositional balance. Negative space simply means an area of an image that is largely devoid of subject matter. In other words, it’s a blank area like the sky, an expanse of plaster, the surface of a...

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Posted: Nov 25, 2008 0 comments

The Megapixel Madness Continues

by George Schaub

The recent surge on megapixel counts in all levels of digital cameras, from modest point and shoot all the way through advanced amateur and especially in pro cameras and backs, has users questioning the need for such massive files. Indeed, many have become concerned that their camera is nowpushing...

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Posted: May 25, 2010 0 comments

Industry Perspective

You Can Have an Impact on Future Lens Products

by Ron Leach

Regular readers of this column know that we frequently turn to InfoTrends, the Weymouth, MA research and consulting firm, when we need reliable statistics on trends within the photo industry. Now you have an opportunity to influence futurepro...

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Grace Schaub Posted: May 30, 2006 0 comments

Apple Aperture How To

by George Schaub

Apple's Aperture offers an all-in-one digital photography program that
can be used to download, view, edit, organize and output images. I've
been working with Aperture for a few months now and thought I'd share
some of the interesting features it offers. One is the...

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Posted: Aug 28, 2007 2 comments

Online Photo Printing Services are Booming

By Ron Leach

A new report from InfoTrends indicates an increased growth in the use of online
photo printing services, resulting in surging revenues for web-based print providers.
According to the Weymouth, MA-based market research and consulting firm, online
photo serviceprovider...

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Chuck Gloman Posted: Apr 26, 2011 0 comments

Lighting portrait subjects with different hair and skin color can be a challenge, especially when you are using a dark background. With a little time spent adjusting the color temperature and placement of your lights, you won’t have to rely on color correcting the images later. No lighting challenge is too extreme if you break it down into a few simple steps. Do you want hair lighter or darker; do you want to complement or contrast the skin tone; and what is the overall “look” you desire—warm or cold? By answering these questions, you will be able to determine which color temperature of light you need to create the mood for the image. Again, don’t just set the camera on auto white balance. Set your daylight or tungsten balance lights accordingly and manually adjust the camera’s color temperature—you’ll be glad you did.

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Posted: Mar 31, 2009 0 comments

Test Report

Tamron SP AF10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 DiII LD Aspherical (IF) Super Wide, Lightweight Zoom

by George Schaub

There was time when those seeking super-wide lenses for APS-C size sensor cameras didn’t have much choice, but new light gathering systems that distribute light evenly from lens to sensor, as well as new...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jun 07, 2005 0 comments

Until recently, few digital camera owners were able to make true wide angle
images because a 38mm focal length was the shortest available in built-in zooms.
(All focal lengths are discussed in 35mm format equivalent.) Today, an increasing
number of digicams include zooms that start at 28mm or even 24mm. Many of the
high-end cameras also accept 0.7x adapters, ideal for ultra wide angle photography.
And SLR system lens manufacturers have also started making incredibly short
zooms, such as 12-24mm, for a very wide angle of view. All of this is great
news for creative shooters who want to expand their visual horizons.


Most camera owners think of a wide angle lens as something that's
useful for including an entire landscape vista, street scene,
or a large group of people, in a single image. While that is one
valid reason for owning a wide angle lens, or a wide angle adapter
accessory, there are many others as discussed in the text. (28mm
equivalent.) Photo © 2005 Peter K. Burian.

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