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July 1, 2007

Roundup: High-end Digital SLRs

It takes more than megapixels to distinguish a camera in the field of high-end digital SLRs. Find out what the current crop has to offer.

By Ron Eggers

The digital single lens reflex market continues to expand as new companies enter the ring and the established vendors release new models. But changes are coming more slowly now. Resolution isn't nearly the crucial issue it has been. The emphasis now is on speed and quality.

Maximum resolution for DSLRs has hit a plateau, crowned by the 16-megapixel Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II. The rumored 22-megapixel Canon DSLR remains a rumor; instead, Canon released the EOS-1D Mark III, with a 10.1-megapixel sensor, Integrated Cleaning System, 100 percent viewfinder, 45-point AF and support for Live View technology. 

At one point, Olympus was about the only company making DSLRs with live view, giving photographers the option to compose images on the LCD rather than in the viewfinder. Now Canon and Fujifilm also make live-view DSLRs.

Prices on all digital SLRs are dropping, with some entry-level DSLRs selling for as little as $500. The new Canon Mark III comes with a price tag of $4,495.

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Making Digital Negatives

All contents and images ©Dan Burkholder

Digital negatives have pumped new energy into the alternative printing arena. Since the first edition of my Making Digital Negatives for Contact Printing was published in 1995 (I call that long-past period the Paleolithic era in digital imaging), I've heard from people all over the world who are thrilled with their new power to combine the old (chemical-based photography) with the new (digital capture and control).

Today the friendliest way to make digital negatives is with Photoshop and modern inkjet printers, using these inkjet negatives to print on classic photosensitive materials like cyanotype, platinum/palladium, and silver gelatin. When we do the steps properly, we can make contact prints that rival the quality of prints made from camera-original negatives. You gotta admit, this sounds like fun!

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Figure 1: Windmills, Spain, Platinum/Palladium Print from a Digital Negative, by Dan Burkholder

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Review Supplement: Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro UVIR Raw File Tests

By Joe Farace

In the July issue of Professional Photographer magazine, Joe Farace reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro UVIR digital SLR, the first production digital SLR that’s capable of taking photographs in the ultraviolet  (UV) and infrared (IR) light spectrums.

Here we show the results of his testing with raw file capture.

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This image was incorrectly captioned in the July issue. It should read: This is what a raw file captured with the S3 Pro UVIR looks like when initially opened in Adobe Camera Raw. For my raw file tests, I removed all color by moving the Saturation slider all the way to the left. The latest version of ACR, 4.1, only works with Photoshop CS3 but also functions perfectly with Photoshop Elements, so you can get the latest greatest raw conversion software as part of a $99 imaging program. © 2007 Joe Farace

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Software: Borders and Edges Made Easy

By Wendell Benedetti

Artists and photographers have used picture frames, edges and borders for hundreds of years. Such creative embellishments enhance the original artwork while integrating it into the environment where it's displayed. That's true for physical frames, edges and borders, and it's true their digital counterparts. These days you can find a vast selection of specialized Photoshop-compatible add-ons and plug-ins that can be used to add professional-looking borders, frames and edges to electronic images.

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Images ©Ron Eggers

I've looked at borders and edges plug-ins before and have been impressed, if not overwhelmed, with the large number of configurable templates they offer. Most offered so many possible configurations it was difficult to find them again in order to re-use them. In most cases, the search was so time consuming that it was easier to go with an application that only offered a few hundred borders and edges than to wade through the literally thousands that others included.

In this review we'll examine the features and functionality of three digital framing software options:
onOne Software's PhotoFrame Pro 3 and the optional Pro Digital Frame Bundle; Kubota Imaging Tools Sloppy Borders, Volume One; and Graphic Authority Library.

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July 10, 2007

Tutorial: Fix Optical Distortion from Prescription Eyewear in Portraiture

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All images ©Tony Hopman

Prescription glasses for nearsighted people cause a distortion that makes the portion of their face seen through the lens look as though it's farther away than the portion not covered by the lens. Many people are so accustomed to seeing it that it doesn't register in face-to-face interaction, but it becomes more noticeable in a portrait.

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“Can you fix that?” my client asked when she saw the distortion through her husband's lenses in their portrait. "Of course," I said. "We can fix almost anything!" That was easier said than done. After several unsuccessful attempts at cloning and painting the missing cheek within the glass frame, I decided there must be a better way. I finally arrived at a method that works well without adding too much work.

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Review: Alien Skin Snap Art

By Joan Sherwood

While some of us yearn to free our inner painter and take a summer in Tuscany to study art and technique, the real world often has other plans for our time. Or perhaps, if you're like me, your initial attempts at painterly portraits may have been a blunt introduction to your lack of painterly talent and how much time it takes to make a painted photo look like real art. This is when software like Alien Skin Snap Art can offer a satisfying compromise between your artistic vision and cold reality.

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Pastel, Still Life imported custom setting from Snap Art forums.
All images ©Joan T. Sherwood

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July 19, 2007

Lighting & Digital Photography Training Camp: Live with Jack Reznicki

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Press ReleaseSoftware Cinema has announced a seven-city one-day workshop tour featuring Jack Reznicki, "Lighting and Digital Photography Training Camp." This is your opportunity to learn the secrets and techniques of the legendary Jack Reznicki. PPA President Jack Reznicki is one of the busiest commercial photographers around, and this is your only chance to see him reveal how he works from shoot to finish. You will learn the nuances of lighting, how to get great images in the camera, and how to protect those images. Learn how Jack increases productivity using Photoshop Lightroom. Rarely do you get to learn and ask questions of someone like Jack, and this is his only tour this year. We invite you to sign up early. The seats are limited, and the information is awesome.

Topics include …

  • Histogram, white balance and other camera essentials
  • Lighting overview
  • Basic one-light portrait lighting with live model
  • Pro lighting techniques with live model
  • Importing, processing, printing files in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
  • Masking in Photoshop
  • Copyrights & ‘Copywrongs’

Cities on the tour:

The one-day seminar is $99. Go to Software Cinema for more information.

Photojournalist Harry Benson Shares Personal Thoughts and Memorable Moments in History

Kingston Technology’s Icons of Photography Web Site Features 20 Questions Interview

 

Press ReleaseKingston Technology Company, Inc., has posted an interview with legendary photojournalist Harry Benson on its Icons of Photography microsite. A witness to history, Benson shares what it was like to be standing next to Robert F. Kennedy when he was assassinated, how he got his first big break as the only journalist allowed to interview a mass murderer in prison, and how it felt to march with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition to his photographic exploits, Benson expresses personal goals such as his longtime desire to become a professional football (soccer) player.

The interview marks the second in a series called 20 Questions, which gives site visitors an up-close-and-personal look at some of the world’s most respected photographers. Kingston encourages photographers who visit the Icons of Photography microsite to take an active role through features including Ask the Icon, which gives photographers an opportunity to pose their own questions and Critique My Image, which invites photographers to submit a photo to be constructively critiqued by one of Kingston’s Icons.

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July 27, 2007

Product feature: Canon REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector

Canon shares a real-world testimonial from photographer John Sexton, who chose the Canon REALiS SX6 to use on his lecture tour


Photographer John Sexton needed a projector to accurately display a precise reproduction of color and fine detail for his lecture tour promoting his latest book, “Recollections: Three Decades of Photographs,” a collection of his large-format natural landscape images.

His requirements called for a bright, high-resolution, color-accurate, big-screen – and portable – means of showing his photographs to a large audience. His search for a solution led him to the Canon REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector, which weighs only 10.4 pounds and uses Canon’s proprietary AISYS-enhanced LCOS projection technology to display sharp SXGA+ (1,400 X 1,050) resolution images with a 1000:1 contrast ratio and 3,500 ANSI lumens of brightness.

“When looking for a new projector, I researched the available options,” explained Sexton. “Prior to conducting the research, I made my ‘wish list’ – something portable, easy to set up and break down, and most importantly, conducive for displaying professional quality productions.”

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