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November 2006


Books & DVDs

How-To

  • Understanding Layers


    Use these tips to make the most of this key Photoshop tool



    Working in an image-editing program without utilizing Layers is, from my perspective, like using a pro SLR and leaving it on manual all the time. You’ll still be able to make quality images, but you certainly won’t be taking advantage of all the technology that makes life easier!

Gear

  • Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi


    This Digital Rebel has a high-res image sensor, anti-dust technology and a host of new features


    The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi offers more resolution, a larger LCD with a wider viewing angle and a built-in self-cleaning sensor, making it one of the most affordable and feature-loaded digital SLRs available.
  • Gadget Bag: Rolling, Rolling, Rolling...


    When you're traveling and you have lots of gear to move through airports, along sidewalks and anywhere else in the urban jungle, a roller bag is a welcome companion



    A rolling bag won’t help you much if you’re pulling your camera pack through a South American rain forest, but if you’re sprinting to make a flight connection at LAX (or just sauntering along the sidewalks of New York), having wheels can save the day—and your back. When you’re tired of toting that heavy load of gear, do what the flight crews do—pull it along behind you. There’s a tremendous assortment of rolling photo bags available these days from nearly every manufacturer. There are a few things to keep in mind when shopping, but most of all remember—it’s a bag first and roller second. Make sure it satisfies all of your camera bag requirements; otherwise, you might end up with a heavy refrigerator on roller blades.
  • Going Tele: A Complete Guide


    What you need to know about buying and shooting with long lenses



    Long lenses are terrific tools when you can’t get close to your subject, providing dramatic frame-filling images of distant wildlife and sports subjects. Long lenses are also useful to isolate a subject from busy surroundings and for telephoto compression effects. There’s a variety from which to choose today—both prime (single-focal-length) lenses and tele-zooms. Following are some considerations when buying and using long lenses.
  • Nikon D80


    The successor to the popular D70 boosts resolution and features



    It never ceases to amaze me how much camera manufacturers are able to fit into an SLR body these days. The Nikon D80 is a thoughtful combination of controls and features that makes creating pictures a pleasurable experience.
  • Pentax K100D


    A low-priced D-SLR with very effective built-in Shake Reduction



    As one who shoots handheld almost all the time, I appreciate image stabilization. With some digital SLR brands, stabilization is available only in special stabilized lenses. But it’s currently also built into some D-SLR bodies. The lowest-priced of these by far is the new Pentax K100D.

Columns

  • Always Take The Next Step


    Progressing as a photographer and artist means striving to see things in a new way



    I’m always looking for the next step for my photography, asking myself, "Where can I take it from here?" I’m a big Tiger Woods fan, and one thing I admire in him is his constant desire to improve, no matter what level of greatness he has achieved. He seems to genuinely take pleasure in his hard work and training. The question, specifically for landscape photographers, is how can we take our own technique and creative vision to a higher level?
  • Book 'Em, Dano!


    Books offer the ultimate showcase for your photography—here's how to get your own



    There’s no stronger urge among serious travel and nature photo enthusiasts than to share our work. We go to great lengths to perfect our craft. We travel to the four corners of the earth and wait for the absolute best conditions to capture our imagery, so it’s only natural that we’d want people to see and share in the fruits of our labors. There’s no stronger urge among serious travel and nature photo enthusiasts than to share our work. We go to great lengths to perfect our craft. We travel to the four corners of the earth and wait for the absolute best conditions to capture our imagery, so it’s only natural that we’d want people to see and share in the fruits of our labors.
  • Boulder's Flatirons, Colorado



    Rising more than 2,000 feet above the plains, the Flatirons rock formation is the iconic backdrop of Boulder, Colo. These iron-rich sandstone formations were tilted on-end 300 million years ago when continents collided and the ancestral Rockies were uplifted. At 5,430 feet of elevation and 28 miles from Denver, Boulder is where the Great Plains meet the foothills of the Rockies.
  • Digital Darkroom Workflow


    A basic outline to help you find your own best workflow when working on images in the computer



    Digital photography adds a bunch of new steps to the photographic process. Because of that, many photographers get uneasy that they might not be following the best workflow.
  • Photographers In Harm's Way


    How Far To Go For The Ultimate Photograph? • Reciprocity Compared • Digital Black-And-White • Snowy Details



    There seems to be no end to the dangerous things photographers will do to get the ultimate photograph. Each of us has to decide how far to push the limits, but collectively, we're all influenced by other photographers' failed attempts. I'm increasingly concerned by the imposition of more rules and restrictions to our access in both public and private locations due to the government's or the private owner's perceived need to protect themselves from liability and to protect ourselves from our own recklessness.

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