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May/June 2008




Gear

  • Fast Lenses On Sub-Full-Frame Sensors

    Quick, inexpensive and light, sub-full-frame lenses aren't just for the amateur market anymore

    While full-frame D-SLRs offer the highest in professional quality, often what really matters is pure, unadulterated speed. In the realm of full-frame vs. sub-full-frame lenses, fast, compact and superb image quality is the precedence from which lenses are judged. But when pro levels of speed and quality are avail-able at sub-full-frame costs, it might be time to take a look at the offerings.

  • Hi-Tech Studio: Professional Black-And-White Printers

    Amid the many options for black-and-white printers, there are a few models that pick up where film left off, providing superior black-and-white prints reminiscent of the days in the darkroom

    Black-and-white printing has been in a state of flux from the days of film to the early stages of digital inkjet printing. The problem with film was that color photos were the most difficult to reproduce in the darkroom due to the difficult silver-halide workflow. Today the paradigm has shifted, making black-and-white printing one of the most difficult areas to master in a now digital world.

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Profiles

  • Jim Richardson - A Life On Assignment

    Jim Richardson explains the pressures and challenges of three decades of photographing for National Geographic

    Jim Richardson went to college to become a psychologist. He was a senior at Kansas State before he realized what psychologists did every day, and decided maybe he'd rather do something else. An amateur photographer, he got a job at the student newspaper. Thirty years later, Richardson is perhaps the most prolific photographer for one of the world's most prestigious magazines.

  • Ken Sax - Taking A Shot

    Celebrity photographer Ken Sax has successfully managed an eclectic career with a little luck, a thirst for knowledge and a lot of charm

    I don't find that there's much of a contrast between celebrity and typical portraiture,” muses celebrity-portrait photographer Ken Sax. “Obviously, walking into a studio or location, there are a lot of obstacles that both the photographer and celebrities face, but in most cases, friendships seem to develop rather quickly. I don't have time to put much thought into the little things. When you go into a shoot, whether it be celebrity, portrait or editorial, it all comes down to the same thing—the shoot!”
  • Randal Ford - Rockwell Revisited

    Iconic American artist Norman Rockwell serves as inspiration for a new series of images by Austin-based photographer Randal Ford

    Norman Rockwell is an iconic name and one of the most prolific and recognized artists of the past century whose work has found a place in the American psyche. His oeuvre successfully captured the elusive and transcendental essence of the American spirit.

Technique

  • DPP Solutions: Proper Contrast In Black-And-White

    Using your digital tools gives you a level of control that Ansel Adams would have readily embraced

    Contrast is critical to a properly printed black-and-white image. There's no color to define and structure a photograph. It all must be done in the monochrome tonalities from black to white.

  • Working The Flow

    Whether on assignment for National Geographic or managing his massive stock archives, Frans Lanting's studio is constantly adapting to handle extreme challenges in digital-asset management

    Getting precious digital image files from capture to output is tricky under the best circumstances. Just imagine how difficult it gets when you're on location for National Geographic in the most remote corners of the world for weeks on end and you're bringing back 10,000 images at a time. That's exactly the situation faced by Frans Lanting and his staff.

  • XDR, Part II

    Extend the dynamic range through this processing technique

    Reproducing the full range of tones or brightness values seen by the human eye is one of the most fundamental challenges in photography. Capture, display and print technologies are all limited when compared to the ability of the human eye to see a wide dynamic range. Recent advances in technology enable you to exceed these limitations.

Software

  • DPP Solutions: A Look At DNG

    The DNG format was supposed to be the future, an open standard for RAW files that every manufacturer could use. Here's a look at how the revolution has panned out.

    On September 27, 2004, Adobe announced the Digital Negative Specification (DNG), a file format that was supposed to unify the cluttered atmosphere of proprietary RAW file formats by offering a non-proprietary template that would act as a universal raw file. The DNG format was released, free from any legal restrictions or royalties as an open-source file for hardware and software designers to generate, process, manage and archive RAW images for any program, from any camera, and easily accessible as an archive at any time in the future. Almost four years later, DNG hasn't found the ubiquitous acceptance the industry had called for, but there's growing hope for the future.

Business

  • Creative Commons

    Addressing the key concerns of rights and licenses for image usage, an organization has proposed a revolutionary solution all pros should know

    Digital photography has fueled a revolution in online media consumption. As Internet use has evolved, online users have become increasingly dependent on photography. The expansive use of online imagery has rapidly changed the expectations of both image viewers and publishers. With the tremendous number of photographs making their way online, photographers need to have a firm understanding of the risks and rewards of publishing images on the web. To protect against the risk of copyright infringement, photographers have copyright law on which to rely, but is this protective legislation compatible with the fast pace of the online world?

  • Pro Tips: Getting Copyright Right

    Protect your images online and off with digital solutions

    When it's created, it's copyrighted. This rule of thumb has protected artists and photographers (not to mention software designers, musicians and authors) since the current era of copyright law was established in 1978. Although the phrase is technically true, it's only part of the story.

  • The Stock Trade

    A look behind the turbulence and uncertainties of today's stock photography marketplace to help you find the best way to make a profit

    The potential market for stock image sales is estimated at $2 billion a year. On every continent, there are photo buyers who need images and search for them online every day. The only question is how do you get their eyeballs on your images and get the wheels of commerce turning?

  • Vision To Visuals: A Traditionalist’'s View

    Going digital doesn't mean ditching your aesthetics

    Many of the artists and commercial clients who work with me often present me with fresh creative challenges, requiring the application of old technologies in new ways. More often than not, however, it's the discovery and application of new scanning and printing technologies that helps them communicate in ways they didn't think possible. In the end, though, I often remind myself that it has nothing to do with the technology. In the end, everything that I do stems from my simple love of and passion for the art of photography—converting motion into a frozen, static image in the hopes of creating a compelling visual record that proves to everyone that the experience was indeed real.

Editor's Note

  • May/June 2008

    I don't know when it will happen exactly, but one day the last roll of TRI-X will come off an assembly line, get boxed up and head to a camera store where it will sit on a shelf, probably past its expiration date, and finally get snapped up by a lucky winner of an eBay auction. And with that, a chapter in the history of photography will be closed. When I think of all of the collective moments—instants really—that were captured and brought to the world on film, it's overwhelming. The history of the 20th century is written in slides and negatives.

 

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