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July 1, 2005

Online photo services resource table

With all the sites out there competing for professional photographers, it's daunting to find one that's just right for your business. No single way of doing business is right for every photographer. For example, some photographers already have a method of taking credit card payments, so they may prefer to leave the money collecting to their own staff, while other photographers will be happier leaving all that complexity to the photo Web site.

This table is designed to give you an idea of what the site offers, not represent a complete compendium of each site's abilities and practices. If the Custom materials section mentions mouse pads, then that site does offer mouse pads; but that doesn't necessarily mean that another site doesn't offer them, or that one of their lab partners doesn't have them. They might. This table is a jumping off point, where you can examine the different kinds of sites and investigate further. There are too many photo proofing and printing websites out there to list all of them, with more popping up as this table was compiled. These are some of the most prominent, and you should feel confident giving any one of them a closer look.

—Shawn Barnett


Photoshop Retouching Cookbook for Digital Photographers

200507bc_oreillycov_1 "Photoshop Retouching Cookbook for Digital Photographers" tells you everything you need to know to adjust, correct, retouch, and manipulate your photographs—without making you first learn everything there is to know about Photoshop CS2. These straightforward, easy-to-follow recipes give you specific directions so you can quickly and easily:

- Fix exposure, focus, and color problems
- Add special effects like motion blurs, lens effects, and surface textures
- Improve portraits by removing red eye, wrinkles, and blemishes
- Add and remove objects from photos seamlessly
- Use lighting effects to create more dramatic images
- Restore faded and damaged photos
- Give new shots a vintage, old-fashioned look
- Create posterized and hand-tinted images

With clear step-by-step instructions, hundreds of full-color examples, and practical tips covering key techniques in detail, this book will help you turn everyday photos into memorable images.

Download a PDF file excerpt on Soft Focus Techniques.
Download a PDF file excerpt on Removing Skin Blemishes and Wrinkles.

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Adorama releases Joe Farace Reporter Digital Backpack

200507bc_jfbackpack New York City, N.Y., July 2005—Adorama Camera (www.adorama.com) today announced the launch of the Joe Farace Reporter Backpack that will hold a 17-inch notebook computer and a pro digital SLR with a 100-400mm lens plus accessories.

“While designed for pros, aspiring professionals haven't been overlooked,” said Joe Farace. “The Reporter backpack is not only rugged and will hold lots of gear that digital photographers need today, but the $74.95 price point is so affordable that even new shooters can afford one.”

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Painting tips from Karen Sperling

200507bc_painting02_1  This is a commissioned portrait I painted in Corel Painter IX from a snap shot taken by the child's father.

When turning a photo into a painting, one of the things to keep in mind is that a painting has a chosen color scheme, unlike a photo, where the colors are random. I chose a red-orange/blue-green color scheme for the painting as these colors are complements, or opposite one another on the color wheel.

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How to copy glass plates, negatives and transparencies using digital tools

200507bc_copywmdig By Kathy Falls, PPA Certified, M.Artist, MEI.Cr.; Photography ©Dan Falls

With the new digital tools available, it is now possible to copy old glass plates, negatives and transparencies with great results. There are a few principles in the process that you must follow.

But with a little practice you can be well on the way to saving those old negatives!

The materials to use:  Adobe Photoshop CS or CS2, a digital camera that can shoots in RAW format, a Logan A-6A Slim Edge Light Box (www.loganelectri.com) that is balanced at 5400K, an ExpoDisc (www.expodisc.com) for creating a custom white balance, white gloves.

To begin with, I used the Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro camera with a macro lens. I chose the Logan A-6A Slim Edge Light Box. model because it is color balanced at 5400K and closely  matches the balance of film (5500K). I purchased my light panel from B&H Photo Video (www.bhphotovideo.com 1-800-947-9950), but Logan light boxes are available at many art supply and photographic stores. I really like this panel because of its even light, and the 5x7-inch size is easy to handle.

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July 28, 2005

Fujifilm announces world's first 9-megapixel consumer cameras

New digital camera models combine record pixel strength with Fujifilm's breakthrough Real Photo Technology for sharper high-resolution pictures with less noise

200508bc_fujifilms9000VALHALLA, NY, July 28, 2005—Harnessing the technology excellence of Fujifilm's superior Real Photo Technology and answering the advanced needs of today's skilled digital camera user, Fujifilm today introduced three new models to its digital camera portfolio. Fujifilm unveiled the FinePix S9000 and FinePix E900 digital cameras—the world's first consumer level cameras with 9-megapixel sensors. In addition, Fujifilm's popular S-series line now features the new FinePix S5200, offering 5 megapixels of shooting power, with a fully automatic point-and-shoot feature set.

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