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March/April 2006




Gear

  • The 10 Megapixel Club

    When you need resolution and the compactness of an SLR, these are the four current models you'll want to check out

    There's no question that D-SLRs are hot right now. Manufacturers who had one or two in their lineups a few years ago are rapidly bulking up their offerings to include a range of models that cover the amateur buyer up to the professional. For pros who need the most resolution possible, we're looking at the four 35mm-form factor D-SLRs with image sensors of 10 megapixels and higher—the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, Canon EOS 5D, Nikon D2x and Nikon D200.

Profiles

  • Dan Couto - Let's Party

    This is what happens when you combine an eye for comic-book looks with boundless energy and intensity

    I should have known Dan Couto would be an interesting interview the first time I saw his work. Like great art or rock 'n' roll, something so crazy beautiful couldn't possibly be made by a bore. He refers to his style as “comic-book sexy,” and the name fits the aesthetic as well as the man himself.

  • David Allan Brandt - A Touch Of Subtlety

    David Allan Brandt's imagery is grounded in reality, but takes a hard turn into artistic surrealism

    If you're looking for a quick description of David Allan Brandt's work, his bio as listed on his agent's website sums it up perfectly: “David Allan Brandt's photographic images seem to float in the air. He has created a surreal series of romantic worldscapes combining people with urban structures.”

  • Robert Polgar - Simple Elegance

    Breaking into the next tier of professional fashion photography takes perseverance and a whole lot of testing

    There's an old book about the film business called Breaking Through, Selling Out, Dropping Dead and Other Notes on Filmmaking. In the book, author William Bayer discusses some of the challenges facing people looking to get into the film industry. Robert Polgar is a Los Angeles-based photographer who's no stranger to breaking in. At the age of 29, he has already run his own graphic design firm, been an assistant to a producer during the making of The Matrix and, of course, he's a successful photographer. Each of these endeavors is in an industry that's notoriously difficult for emerging young talent and yet Polgar has persevered.

Technique

  • Basic Portrait Polishing

    Simple retouching steps help the client concentrate on the concept of the shot instead of the odd insignificant blemish

    When I finish a portrait photo shoot, all of the images are in a state that I consider not ready for sharing. At this stage, I'm only willing to show thumbnails to the client for reviewing composition and the general look. Before a full-sized image goes out for review, I give the photo some basic polish, or toning.

  • Gradients

    Mastering this tool will help to ensure that you have continuous tones in your images

    Smooth transitions. They're the essence of continuous-tone images. In most cases, you want to preserve them. On occasion, you want to modify them. Sometimes, you want to create them. While gradients can be extremely complex and yield highly sophisticated results, once the basic principle behind them is firmly grasped, they're simple to create and use. Using the Gradient tool, a gradient is created between the start (where you click first) and end points (where you drag to). The start and end points may be placed anywhere on the canvas. Gradients can be drawn for any length at any angle.

Business

  • Rental Studios 101

    Whether you want to avoid the expense of maintaining your own facility or need a place for a special job, rental studio space offers a lot more than a big room

    With skyrocketing real-estate prices and leasing rates, there's a clear trend among professional photographers to unload the expense of a studio space, bringing the administration of the business into lower-cost environments. If you're considering this kind of a move, it's likely because your cost-benefit analysis works out better without a full-time shooting space at your disposal.

  • Your Home On The Web, Part 1

    Making a polished and professional-looking website doesn't have to be an all-consuming endeavor. A number of companies can have you up and running at a low cost and with a minimum of hassle.

    Let's face it—most of us already spend more time behind a computer keyboard than we'd like, dealing with Photoshop, digital asset management and e-mail. The last thing anyone has time for is learning HTML and how to create a website for showing and selling our work. In recent years, a number of options have become available to pro photographers who want to have a compelling website without requiring a lot of time, energy and money to maintain.

 

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