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A Welcome Alien Invasion - 1/14/08

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, right? Like when we were all shooting film and couldn't wait to have all the high-tech, high-speed improvements that were bound to come with all the digital technologies on the horizon.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo ZoomThe grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, right? Like when we were all shooting film and couldn't wait to have all the high-tech, high-speed improvements that were bound to come with all the digital technologies on the horizon. Now here we…

Strobe Lighting Unleashed - 1/7/08

I shoot with studio strobes a lot, even when I'm on location. The problem is that I'm always searching for an outlet to power them. I've long dreamed of investing in a rechargeable battery pack, but the steep price of great units from many strobe manufacturers has always kept me from taking the plunge.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom I shoot with studio strobes a lot, even when I'm on location. The problem is that I'm always searching for an outlet to power them. I've long dreamed of investing in a rechargeable battery pack, but the steep price of great units from many strobe…

Simulating In-Camera Effects

With a digital SLR, and even with many compact cameras, you can manually select the shutter speed and ƒ-stop for powerful creative control. Fast shutter speeds (1?500 sec. and higher) freeze most action, and slow shutter speeds (1?30 sec. and slower) blur action. Wide apertures (ƒ/4.5 and wider) can be selected for shallow depth of field, and small apertures (ƒ/8 and smaller) can be used for greater depth of field.
By Rick Sammon
With a digital SLR, and even with many compact cameras, you can manually select the shutter speed and ƒ-stop for powerful creative control. Fast shutter speeds (1?500 sec. and higher) freeze most action, and slow shutter speeds (1?30 sec. and slower) blur action. Wide apertures (ƒ/4.5 and wider) can be…

January/February 2008 HelpLine

helplineQ) I'm trying to figure out how the exposure compensation works on my digital SLR. It doesn't seem to affect the metering. Am I using it the right way, or is there a problem with my camera?

Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom • Inadequate Compensation • Learning To Polarize • Is It Stabilized? ------------- As I start this column, the first of the new year, I'd like to thank all of you who have submitted questions to HelpLine through the years—they have helped make this column a…

Camera Hack: Flash Bounce - 12/31/07

One of the most flattering light sources you can use for a portrait subject is a large, even illumination. The wraparound shadows are softer and less harsh, making blemishes and wrinkles disappear.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom One of the most flattering light sources you can use for a portrait subject is a large, even illumination. The wraparound shadows are softer and less harsh, making blemishes and wrinkles disappear. The trouble is, the most readily available light is a tiny camera flash.…

The Tablet Shall Set You Free - 12/24/07

I made a tough decision this year: I sold the 35mm film camera system that has seen me through years of shooting. I also parted with some medium-format gear and a few other things that had collected inches of dust.
Lindsay Miller
This Article Features Photo Zoom I made a tough decision this year: I sold the 35mm film camera system that has seen me through years of shooting. I also parted with some medium-format gear and a few other things that had collected inches of dust. The price of progress is…
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