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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Printer Shot

When Epson approached Jeff Schewe to photograph their latest professional printer, they wanted something different

Printer Shot

This story started last spring when I received a phone call from Dan (aka Dano, as in “Book 'em, Dano”) Steinhardt from Epson, asking me if I might be interested in doing a shot for Epson. At the time, he was his usual circumspect self, hinting that the “thing” I might be shooting was bigger than a breadbox and would sit on a desk—yeah, like I didn't assume it was a printer—but he steadfastly refused to allow the discussion to progress to further speculation on my part. I said yes.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Hi-Tech Studio: Digital Photo Gallery

Go beyond the conventional and display your work with a flat screen or a projector

Hi-Tech Studio: Digital Photo Gallery

Landing an exhibition at a prominent gallery remains among the most coveted achievements for any photographer, but between booking work and keeping up with the day-to-day tasks of running a business, there's not always a lot of time left to shop your work around to gallery owners. Many photographers treat their studios as a de facto gallery space over which they have complete control. These “exhibitions” serve as a way of giving everyone who comes to the studio a look at what you can do.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Road Ahead

With the staggering number of recent changes in the camera industry, professionals are suddenly looking at a shifting group of manufacturers who will be producing the tools of the trade

The Road Ahead

Shakeouts, sell-offs, curious partnerships and bankruptcies—what in hell has been going on in the photo industry? Over the last five years, beginning in 2002 with the forced liquidation of Polaroid's assets, we've seen some strange realignments, consolidations and collaborations. For example, in January 2003, Konica acquired Minolta Corporation. Three years later, the newly formed company completely withdrew from the camera industry (although it's thriving as a business equipment manufacturer). So what's really going on?

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Use Custom Functions To Personalize Your D-SLR

Discover how custom functions can improve the way you produce images

Use Custom Functions To Personalize Your D-SLR

The ability to customize a professional digital SLR is likely both the best and most underused feature you'll find in today's cameras. With dozens of user-adjustable controls for focus, metering and more, these cameras offer great adaptability. But learning how and when to use these settings, particularly in combination with each other, is often a challenge for photographers who are busy creating images to make a living.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Safe Keeping

Dealing with the long-term storage challenges that every pro will face

Safe Keeping

Storage means everything in digital photography. Without a place to keep photos, and without the speed and reliability of a storage medium, there's no business. All that's left is an expensive camera and fancy lighting equipment! Storage is also an integral part of the photographic workflow, and it can even be the central repository for an e-commerce site where clients can purchase photographs or browse watermarked images.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Hi-Tech Studio: Monolights

Having tools that let you take your studio on the road can open the door to more and better-paying jobs

Hi-Tech Studio: Monolights

Most studio photographers choose either a power pack and flash head system or continuous lights (hot lights) for the vast majority of their work. Monolights have been largely relegated to the sidelines due to their reputation as being limited in usefulness. In a marketplace where studio space is being abandoned as too expensive and more photographers are being asked to do location shoots in a limited time and with limited notice, monolights are tools that might prove to be your best options.

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Lens Design And Technology In The Age Of D-SLRs

Lens quality has grown exponentially in recent years. The optics being produced for professionals today incorporate some high-tech miracles to get the job done.

Lens Design And Technology In The Age Of D-SLRs

Lens technology has improved by leaps and bounds over the last 15 years. Innovations like high-tech glass, advanced apochromatic elements, optical stabilization and fast, accurate AF systems have coalesced into a set of tools that provide fantastic image quality. Prior to the 1980s, most pros avoided zoom lenses because they simply weren't up to snuff. Prime lenses were thought of as being the pro's choice because they were sharp, they exhibited fewer aberrations and they were fast.

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Perfect Light

Get creative with your lighting technique with some inspiration from these case studies by a master of illumination

Perfect Light

To me, lighting is the most important tool for creative photography. It's followed far behind by focal length, aperture and so on. Too many photographers approach the same “problem” with the same technique—and always get the same result.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Flash On Location

Flash On Location

Flash photography has come a long way from the days when Weegee stalked the streets of New York with a Graphlex Speed Graphic and a pocket full of flash bulbs. Today's electronic flashes are small and powerful, filled with advanced features that help produce well-exposed photographs, all without leaving the smell of burning magnesium in the air.

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