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January/February 2005



Gear

  • The Digital Negative Format

    Adobe's proposed standard RAW file format could be the key for the long-term protection and viability of image files

    Adobe Systems, Inc., has announced a standard RAW file format initiative called Digital Negative (DNG). Since Photokina and Photo Plus Expo last fall, there has been much discussion regarding DNG with a certain degree of skepticism exhibited by photographers, camera companies and the photography industry in general. Why did Adobe, a software company, introduce a standard RAW file format and what are its motives? Are camera companies going to adopt the standard? The most important question to many photographers is, Why should we care one way or another?

  • 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

    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.

Profiles

  • Eric Meola - Last Places On Earth

    Eric Meola's highly personal book project is the result of a photographic odyssey that began long before digital cameras came on the scene.

    In the summer of 1962…my father decided to teach me Latin,” writes photographer Eric Meola in the preface of his new book, The Last Places On Earth (November 2004, Graphis Press). “All through June, July and August I repeated conjugations, my mind numbed by the drone of my father's voice. And then one day, a respite. A movie had come out called “Lawrence of Arabia,” and as my father talked of the Turks and the Ottoman Empire I knew I would have one afternoon to myself, to dream, to let my mind wander….”

  • Frank Veronsky - No Compromises

    From CD covers to fashion to whimsy, Frank Veronsky continues to dazzle with his unique approach to image creation

    Some photographers are all business; for others, anything goes. From shooting bands for record companies to supermodels for high-profile magazines to celebrities for television networks, commercial portrait specialist Frank Veronsky eagerly utilizes whatever new equipment or techniques will make his images pop. Seeking out colorful subjects and interesting locations, he'd much rather begin with a dynamic image rather than try to fix it in post.

  • Peter Read Miller - Let The Games Begin...

    The 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens saw the Games return to Greece and marked the first time digital cameras captured the bulk of the action

    The sporting event of 2004 was undoubtedly the Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. As one of Sports Illustrated's veteran staff photographers, Peter Read Miller is at the pinnacle of the sports journalism field. In the summer of 2004, between knee surgery and the beginning of football season, Miller was assigned, along with most of the best sports photographers in the world, to chronicle the historic 2004 Summer Games.

Technique

  • Processing The RAW

    Photographers in the digital age are inundated with software so Digital Photo Pro talked to the experts to get the ins and outs on two of the most popular RAW processing packages on the market

    We discuss RAW workflow a lot in the pages of Digital Photo Pro. Having the ability to work smoothly and quickly with RAW files is key to getting the most out of them. It's a simple fact—if you can't make RAW files work efficiently, you'll end up wasting a lot of time or just switch back to JPEG. If we assume you want the power of the RAW file, then JPEGs simply aren't acceptable.

  • The Enemy Within - Defeating Dust

    Dust is a serious issue for digital shooters. If you have persistent dust spots on your image sensor, it might be time to consider that your gear bag could be the culprit.

    Most photographers have never cleaned a camera bag. Basically, you're looking to get rid of dust and other small contaminants. A quick once-over with a vacuum, taking special care to get into cracks and corners, will do a good job of eradicating most of the problem.

Business

  • Sometimes A Lens Is Just A Lens

    Being a professional photographer is full of emotional ups and downs. Managing the rough times leaves you in a position to reach ever higher levels of success and creativity

    Within the psyche of the creative photographer resides a delicate balance between knowledge and ego. We're a band of visual storytellers. Perceptually, we're consumed by capturing or creating moments, those instances when an accidental collision of timing, your library of knowledge and a splash of instinct occur to yield an epic photo. And while we live for those precious few moments, the time in between them can be about as smooth as a rubber raft in a monsoon.

 

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