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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Large-Format Scanning

Discover the alternatives for producing your own scans in-house

Large-Format Scanning

If you shoot or have an extensive archive of large-format negatives or transparencies, the process of converting them into digital files can be costly. When done at a service bureau, each drum scan can run from $30 to $400. Depending on the number of scans you need, this can become prohibitively expensive, which is why many photographers consider the use of scanners to produce digital files in-house.

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Monday, June 18, 2007

The Right Tool For The Job

Graphics tablets offer superior control for precise image adjustments

The Right Tool For The Job

Always choose the right tool for the job—you know that. You wouldn't use a beach towel to clean your lenses, for example, so why would you choose a mouse to do the work of a stylus? Using a mouse often is too clumsy for the precise work of creating selections or spotting filters and effects.

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Monday, June 18, 2007

The Handheld Meter

Far from becoming obsolete, handheld exposure meters are at least as useful in the digital age as they are for film photography

The Handheld Meter

Consistency is key to my livelihood, and I've touted the benefits of incident metering for some time, both in my workshops and in postings on the web. When capturing images in the field, I eliminate as many variables as possible. Incident metering affords me this advantage, allowing me to transfer an image to my CompactFlash card quicker, with more accuracy and consistency than other methods.

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Digital Projectors

Discover the alternatives for producing your own scans in-house

Digital Projectors

So you've managed to schedule a meeting with a big ad agency or an art director you've been pursuing, or you've been invited to present your work to a roomful of peers, admirers, hungry students and overall photo junkies. Any of these circumstances are exciting events in your career. After all, the effort and dedication you've put into the development of your work is being recognized, respected and possibly considered for some big jobs on the horizon. You'll want to make an impact, be unforgettable. Bringing your printed portfolio, like every other photographer, is an option. Or, you can go big.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

The Case For A Light Meter

There's no substitute for getting the right exposure, and there's no better tool for that than a precision handheld meter

The Case For A Light Meter

It's a simple rule: The exposure has to be correct. That's it. Period. If the exposure is off, no amount of postproduction Photoshop wizardry will bring it back. Of course, we've all heard about the power of a RAW file and how you can massage the RAW processing to fix exposure problems, but really, the whole “fix it down the line” way of thinking is a fallacy. Now, I'm sure someone will read this and shake their head as they think back to an image that was “saved” through RAW processing, but to that I simply say, think of how much better it could have been if you didn't have to save it.

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Monday, June 4, 2007

Hi-Tech Studio: Dual-Monitor Setups

A second monitor makes digital imaging more productive

Hi-Tech Studio: Dual-Monitor Setups

Adding a second monitor to your setup is an ideal way to get the extra working space you need. With today's lower-cost units and operating system software that allows us to add them easily, there's no reason to work in a cramped desktop environment anymore.

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Friday, June 1, 2007

Hi-Tech Studio: Go Wireless

Break free from the shutter button and get to know your subject

Hi-Tech Studio: Go Wireless

Getting out from behind the camera can be liberating. Talk to most large-format photographers, and they will tell you how important it is to be able to separate themselves from the obstruction of the camera. Interaction with a person when you're squinting through a small viewfinder or looking down at the ground glass is nigh impossible.

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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

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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