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.
Hi-Tech Studio: Portable Hard Drives
Take copies of your most important files wherever you go, with the peace of mind that only redundant data provides
Most of us wear several hats in addition to photographer, one of them being archivist. That used to mean organizing and storing film; today it means managing multiple copies of images, from the original RAW file through numerous versions for different end uses. What hasn't changed is the importance of safeguarding our images, making data backup perhaps the most important step in our workflow.
High-End Printers For Your Studio
The current generation of professional-level inkjet printers can give your studio a steady stream of lucrative print business
With the exception of Epson, many of these improvements have been slow to arrive in the large-format printers that are preferred by many pros and studios. For the purposes of this article, large format is defined as printers capable of 17-inch and wider prints on either sheet or roll media.
New Tools Of The Trade
David Julian - A Different Light
Drawing from multiple disciplines and deep imagination, David Julian's reality is in the eye of the beholder
Don't try to classify David Julian. In a business environment where most pros find success by specializing in a particular photographic niche, Julian won't fit neatly into a clearly labeled box. Part illustrator, part sculptor and part philosopher, he's a self-described mad scientist. His three-dimensional assemblage and photo illustrations transport you via ghost train to a dusty shelf in a pre-modern laboratory lined with artifacts and arcana, where you might expect to find him toiling over the dissection of some long-extinct winged mammal.
Jeff Liao - Broadway To Queens
Jeff Liao's remarkable exhibition, Habitat 7, takes us on a visual journey through the diversity of humanity that comprises the fabric of America
Twenty-five-year-old Jeff Liao lives and works on a road less traveled—an odd observation, as Liao lives in New York City and has built his first award-winning body of work, Habitat 7, around the No. 7 train that he has traveled for seven years from his home in Queens to Times Square in Manhattan. What could be more populated and traveled than the route of the No. 7 train?
Zena Holloway - Beneath The Surface
Zena Holloway has staked out underwater model work as her field, and she's definitely the big fish in a small pond
In its purest form, it's odorless, colorless and tasteless. It's the universal solvent. It covers most of the earth, and it's essential for life. It's just water, but for Zena Holloway, it's also the key ingredient to a stunning photographic portfolio.
Use this powerful tool to affect precise areas of your image smoothly
Digital imaging offers the ability to define complex contours efficiently and precisely, enabling users to affect an image in very specific areas. What was once tedious and challenging is now quick and easy. Once you learn a few essential selection and masking techniques, few contours will elude your grasp. Before I continue, let me caution you against defining contours too precisely. Remember, contours in continuous-tone images are often quite soft. What's more, many times photographers simply need to define broad areas to work smooth transitions into surrounding areas. Just because you can define contours precisely doesn't mean you should, but it's advantageous to have the option when you need to.
Changes in the law could make it more necessary than ever for professional photographers to pay attention to what's in the frame before shooting
New legislation now winding its way through Congress may change the way photographers do business. Called the Trademark Dilution Revision Act, the bill has civil liberties and arts groups representing photographers, illustrators and other artists concerned that First Amendment protections now given to images showing famous corporate logos could be eliminated.