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April 2005


How-To

  • From Sharp To Blur


    Art Wolfe shares his insights for the creative use of motion



    Sharpness is important to Art Wolfe, so much so that he shoots virtually all of his images using a tripod. You might even find him navigating through the crowds of a bazaar, carefully examining the scene, working on visualizing the next shot with his camera firmly mounted on a ballhead.
  • Stop Dreaded Camera Jitters


    A steady support or image stabilization will help you capture sharper images



    Even if you spend a fortune for the finest, sharpest lenses available, you still can find that your images are soft. Camera shake from shooting handheld usually is the cause.
  • What Is Sharpness?


    A Deeper Understanding Of Sharpness Can Help Better Control It



    Sharpness is a critical issue for photographers. While we sometimes experiment with blurs, we mostly want our subjects to be as sharp as possible. The standard, reliable approach is to use a good lens and tripod.

Gear

  • Gadget Bag: Going Light With Firm Support


    Ultralight, but steady tripods for hiking and travel



    When I began using a new "lightweight" tripod in the late ’90s, I was relieved that it weighed just 8 1/2 pounds/five for the tripod and the rest for the head. It certainly seemed light because it was just half the weight of my first solid tripod, a 17-pound brute.
  • Jasc Paint Shop Pro 9


    An affordable pro-level image-editing program



    Image editing is as important a part of image creation now as lens selection, composition and exposure. Instead of leaving the final result to your local lab, today’s digital darkroom provides total control from the moment the shutter is released to the creation of the final print. Jasc Paint Shop Pro 9 is an affordable and powerful program that allows you to see your vision through. Paint Shop Pro 9 offers a wealth of tools, including a One Step Photo Fix that automatically enhances your images at the touch of a button, yet it’s the more advanced features that make it exceptional.
  • Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 DG Macro & EF-500 DG Super Flash


    This macro lens and electronic flash make a great combo for close-ups



    I have a love-hate relationship with spiders. I find their webs and variation in body styles and colors to be fascinating subjects, but I don’t like walking into their webs at night, which happens too often at certain times of the year. I’d rather not have a spider crawling down my neck either! Recently, as I went outside one night to walk the dog, I pulled up short of entanglement with a head-high web barely visible in the moonlight. I noted a big spider and a striking web that promised some interesting images.

Locations

  • Land Of Passes


    The Tibetan-like land of Ladakh makes a last stand against the rush of globalization, leaving it as the do-or-die destination for photographers seeking an unblemished Buddhist culture in a Himalayan-scale landscape.



    The Western world, clothed in the coarse wool and hemp garments of the Middle Ages, was instantly seduced by the mystical fabric of the East, as though the gossamer threads were spun from the golden hair of angels. And so it followed that numerous caravan trails were pioneered to traverse the vast deserts and mighty mountains of central Asia. Collectively, the many disparate routes came to be known as the Silk Road. This trade in oriental luxury lent its name to the larger exchange of necessities that not only moved east and west, but north and south.

Columns

  • Channel Islands, California


    Sitting off Southern California’s populated coast, the Channel Islands are an inverted oasis of spectacularly natural beauty. The eight Channel Islands offer wilderness treasures ready for exploring most of the year.
  • Getting The Most From RAW


    A valuable tool for the digital photographer, RAW must be treated with respect to maximize its benefits



    Digital offers so many new choices that it can be confusing at times. Remember what it was like when we first started photographing—our choices were befuddling then, too. We had no idea of what an ƒ-stop was or why we should choose a particular ƒ-stop and shutter speed combination. And what about depth of field versus selective focus?

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