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January/February 2009




Gear

  • D-SLRs For The Professional

    2008 was a big year for D-SLRs, and there are now more choices than ever for pros seeking a primary or backup camera. Check out some of the key innovations and the latest models.

    When we last left the D-SLR Wars a year ago, high-resolution LCD monitors and Live View shooting were the hot items.
  • First Look: Nikon D3X

    A year after the original D3, Nikon’s 24.5-megapixel full-frame D-SLR arrives

    Almost from the moment the D3 was introduced in fall 2007, photographers started wondering why it was only 12.1 megapixels. At the time, Nikon already had two D-SLRs in the 12-megapixel range, and while the D3 had a full-frame image sensor (Nikon calls it FX format), the resolution was a little puzzling.
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Profiles

  • Cherie Steinberg & Hedley Jones: Synergy

    The creative partnership struck up by Cherie Steinberg and Hedley Jones has proven to be a match that makes for stunning photography and a thriving business

    Early in her photography career, Cherie Steinberg was honored with a Canadian Council for the Arts award, which allowed her to travel the world.
  • Chris Borgman: Shockingly Vivid

    Inside Chris Borgman’s super-saturated world, it’s not what colors you use, but how you use them

    Browsing Chris Borgman’s portfolio, you quickly as-sume a few things about the artist. He likes color (a lot), his images look perfect so he must be a technical gearhead—and he might be a few sandwiches short of a picnic.
  • Erik Almás: A Maker Not A Taker

    Erik Almás, renowned for his immaculately composited advertising and fine-art images, answers the question “How’d he do that?”

    In Trondheim, Norway, where wunderkind advertising photographer Erik Almás grew up, it’s impossible not to stare at the sky. Sculpted dramatically by one of the country’s longest fjords, the sky in central Norway emanates an eerie, muted glow throughout the summers, when two full months pass without any darkness.

Technique

  • Light Lessons

    A master of technique walks us through a series of situations and explains how to craft illumination

    To craft a photograph is to craft the light. While it’s often relegated to a subordinate role to composition, lighting is at least as critical to the photograph and should be thought of as an integral part of the process.

Software

  • DPP Solutions: Creating A Film Look

    Giving your digital images the feel of a classic emulsion easily with Alien Skin Exposure 2

    Film has a distinct look. Some photographers have steadfastly stuck with it for the sole reason that they were fond of a particular emulsion and they had come to know that emulsion’s characteristics so well.
  • Getting Into CS4

    Among the useful features in the latest version of Photoshop are the new Adjustments panel and the Masks panel

    About every 18 months, there’s a common question on the minds of most photographers: Should I upgrade to the new version of Photoshop?

Business

  • Reality Vs. Imagination

    How to use masking software to make the task of compositing more efficient

    Each time I raise the camera to my eye, I’m confronted by the reality of what I see in the finder; when ready, I release the shutter.
  • Staying In The Black

    How to keep the cash flowing when the economic sky is falling

    I’ve never started an article as many times as I’ve started this one. The mercurial shifts in the global financial markets in the fall of 2008 made my first paragraph irrelevant five times over.
  • Vision To Visuals: Small Country, Global Focus

    An exhibit in Monaco focuses on environmental awareness

    It’s not too often that we get asked by consulates of countries to encapsulate their past, present and future legacies into dynamic visual experiences, so I was quite intrigued in October 2008 when the Principality of Monaco asked us to do just that.
  • XDR, Part V

    Using Photomatix to enhance your extended dynamic range images

    Beyond Photoshop, there are a number of HDR software options, both plug-ins and stand-alones. Some of the better-known programs include Artizen HDR, easyHDR, FDRTools, pfstools and Photomatix.

Editor's Note

  • January/February 2009 A massive hard-drive failure can change your outlook on your digital life. Just after Thanksgiving, my system crashed and it crashed hard. My initial panic slowly subsided as I got a new hard drive, and with the help of a technical expert, we restored my complete hard drive. Complete except for the five days between the last complete backup and the time of the crash.
 

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