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Thursday, February 26, 2009

"How to choose studio lighting" equipment article

Image by Garry Edwards Lighting Forum moderator Garry Edwards has written a great primer on how to choose your first set of professional studio lights. In addition to helping us on, Garry is an experienced advertising & commercial photographer, specialising in furniture, other still life & fashion. You can trust that his words are backed up with years of experience.

"I’ve written this article to help people who are about to make their first lighting decisions, or who want to make buying decisions that will help move their photography to the next level. In the first half of this article, I’ll discuss the three basic lighting choices you’ll want to consider. In the second half, I’ll help you determine how much power you’ll need for your lighting kit, depending on the type of photography you will be doing." -Garry


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Welcome to Filmtown: Leica IIIf & Fuji Provia 100F

Image by Josh Root

The newest addition to my Welcome to Filmtown article series is on the Leica IIIf and Fuji's Provia 100F.

Filmtown: Leica IIIf & Fuji Provia 100F

If you are unfamiliar with the Filmtown series, you can read my reasons for creating it here on the index page:

As will be regular with the Filmtown series, enter yourself in a contest to win some free film just by making a comment on the article regarding your experiences with either the Leica IIIf (or any LTM leica really) or Provia 100F. Posting an image from either is welcome as well.

And yes, there was a pretty long gap between the first Filmtown article and this one. My apologies for that. I bit off a bit more than I could chew over the holidays and new year. I've got another Filmtown article coming up quickly and we will be caught back up in no time.


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Color Management Primer Part III: Color Settings

New article for all the Digital Darkroom obsessive photographers we have on Part III of the Color Management Primer series from Jay Kinghorn, offers advice on how to configure your color settings and color management options in popular image-processing applications.

Color Management Primer: Part III for everything you wanted to know about color management.


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

February 2009 Featured Member: Ton Mestrom - Street Photographer

Image by Ton Mestrom

Like many people on, photography is Ton Mestrom’s passion but his day job is something else. Working as an RN overseeing a endoscopy department in the university hospital of Maastricht, photography plays a small role in his professional life (digitally processing specialized endoscopic images for example). That has not stopped him from following his passion for photography and becoming a truly wonderful street photographer.

Street photography can be difficult for even the most technically talented photographers. That is because there is so much more to this type of photography than just knowing the numbers that make up the technical side of image making. A good street photographer has to have a sense of place, a sense of self, a set of people skills, a quick eye and has to know how all of those talents fit into the environment that he is working in. Ton has these skills and they show in his images.

”By profession I’m a trained observer and for me there’s nothing more interesting than observing the world around me and the people in it, the way they behave and interact amongst themselves as well as with their environment. It’s really as simple as that. It’s like being a child in an adult world—you see so many unexpected and amazing things. ” -Ton Mestrom

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 Canon EOS 5D Mark II Review

Bob Atkins reviews Canon's addition to the family: the hot-ticket Canon EOS 5D Mark II. This camera has been much anticipated, largely due to the success of the predecessor, the EOS 5D. The Mark II version includes the ability to shoot HD video, setting new standards for DSLRs in the future.

"The 5D MkII can record at 30 fps in 1080p HDTV mode (1920×1080) pixels, but while in video mode you can also shoot a single still image or even a burst of still images at any time (though that does pause video recording). Not only does the 5D MkII record video, but it has a built in microphone (just below the 5D logo on the front of the camera) to record mono sound and a jack for an optional external stereo microphone. There’s a small speaker on the back of the camera, which allows you to listen to the recorded audio in playback mode." -Bob Atkins

Read More: Canon 5D Mark II Review

Image by Hannah Thiem


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Sports Illustrated Photographer Bill Frakes documents the Super Bowl XLIII

Introducing Bill Frakes, Sports Illustrated staff photographer and multi-skilled top-level sports photographer. He will be writing a monthly series of articles for us on all things regarding sports photography. We are honored to have him join us.

This month, Bill Frakes documents his behind-the-scenes experiences capturing the Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa Bay, FL, as a Sports Illustrated staff photographer. He shares with us some of the challenges, set up details, excitement of the day, etc, to give us a sense of what it's like to be in the seat of this high-powered sports photography dream job.

"When Big James Harrison intercepted Kurt Warner and made his epic 100 yard rumble down the sideline to score on the final play of the first half, a number of SI photographers had key vantage points and was able to post a 15-image gallery that gave our readers a terrific look at what will surely be remembered as one of the great plays in Super Bowl history." -Bill Frakes

Read More: Super Bowl 2009: Working the Sports Photographer's Angle