Get The Best Prints From Your Lab
A pro photographer and master printer talk about what it takes to get the highest levels of print quality and consistency
For more than 30 years, I printed almost exclusively on Cibachrome. My hesitation to move away from Cibachrome to digital output was because of my concern that prints on new digital papers wouldn’t look as good as on Cibachrome. I never felt that inkjet prints could produce the kind of results that I’m accustomed to from true chromogenic paper.
Go With The Digital Flow
Developing a smooth workflow can make the transition to digital photography easy and efficient
We develop routines to get things done more quickly and efficiently in all areas of our lives. Many photographers have found that the digital process has enough differences from film that they have had trouble developing a routine that ensures a smooth workflow. Examining the whole process, from preparation for a shoot to sharing photos, is essential.
Canon PowerShot Pro1
A pro-label Canon lens shines on a compact digital camera
When Canon announced its new 8-megapixel PowerShot Pro1, I pored over the specs and looked forward to working with the camera. It wasn’t the 8 megapixels, impressive as that was, that caught my attention. It was the lens designation—Canon gave the glass its "L" insignia, the company’s pro designation. This was unusual, as Canon has exceptionally high standards for the L-series.
Gadget Bag: Photo Inkjet Printers
Modern inkjets offer photographic quality and creative control over the printing process
None of us would have known of Ansel Adams if he had taken his film to the corner drugstore. Although the compositions would remain the same, the brilliant quality of his prints would be missing. The glowing white tones and deep, detailed blacks in his work are a stunning example of getting the best results when you do the printing yourself.
Steady your camera for tracking and photographing fast-moving subjects
Wildlife photographers who use telephoto lenses to capture exciting, razor-sharp images while maintaining a respectful distance from the subject need a stable shooting platform. However, tracking subjects in the field and reacting quickly to animal behavior isn’t easy if your stable platform is a tripod. An image-stabilization or vibration-reduction lens is an alternative for wildlife and action photography, but a budget-conscious photographer might consider a shoulder-mount or "gun-stock" unit.
Tamron SP AF 17-35mm ƒ/2.8-4 Di
Wide-angle zoom for digital and film cameras
If you’re in the midst of a transition from film to digital imaging, you’ll soon discover that your trusty 24mm wide-angle isn’t very wide on your D-SLR. In fact, that all-encompassing 24mm now acts like a 36mm normal lens! This, you’re finding out, is due to your image sensor’s smaller size in comparison to 35mm. While this effect offers increased telephoto reach on the long end, it causes trouble for users of wide-angle lenses.
Garden Of The Gods, Colorado
Nestled at the foot of Pikes Peak, just west of Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center is one of the top photo destinations for travelers to this area. This free city park is an easy 60-minute drive south of Denver. To reach the park, exit from Interstate 25 onto Garden of the Gods Road, head west and turn south on 30th Street. The splendor unfolds before your eyes as you approach the golden sandstone formations, with magnificent Pikes Peak as a backdrop.
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