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September 2005


Gear

  • Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT


    Small and compact, the XT still packs a full-featured camera inside



    Like many of my generation, I’ve known a lot of heavy film SLRs. They offered great performance, true (and often were so solid that they could be used to hammer tent stakes), but heavy cameras and lenses just aren’t something I want to deal with anymore. My ideal now is to grab a small pack with a camera and a few lenses and hike more lightly into the field.
  • Epson Stylus Photo RX620


    Gain space with a scanner-printer combo



    One new challenge to the digital photographer is space around the computer. Scanners, printers, card readers, extra hard drives and big monitors all vie for real estate on your desktop. One way to create more room is to use an all-in-one printer and scanner. Up until recently, though, they didn’t fare favorably to stand-alone units. The Epson Stylus Photo RX620 is designed for some serious photo usage, however, which you can tell right away from its Stylus Photo designation.
  • Gadget Bag: Light Up Your Life


    Flash accessories and lighting concepts to help enhance your photography



    I’ve been a studio shooter for quite some time, so when I started getting involved with nature photography, I wanted to bring some of my studio equipment along. As you can imagine, big battery-powered strobes are cumbersome. I decided that I didn’t want to have that burden when hiking and enjoying the wilderness so I opted to leave them at home. There are much easier and lighter ways to achieve a similar look by using small accessory flash units.
  • Tamron SP AF11-18mm Zoom


    Gain added wide-angle capability for your small-format digital SLR



    A steady complaint about small-format digital SLRs is that they lose wide-angle possibilities. With their smaller sensors, they take lenses that we’ve known and loved from 35mm work and cause them to gain a telephoto effect. Focal lengths that worked great for wide-angle shots in nature lost that wide-angle feel.
  • Wrangling The Light


    Use simple and affordable accessories to take your landscapes to the next level



    My job requires me to look at a lot of photographs, thousands of them. It’s something that I’ve always enjoyed, and I consider myself lucky to be able to review the images of some of today’s best photographers. When it comes to landscape images, I often see familiar locations: Yellowstone, Arches, slot canyons. The places are immediately identifiable because of some distinguishing landmark and because I’ve seen the location photographed hundreds of times before.

Columns

  • Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Minnesota


    Located along the spectacular North Shore of Lake Superior, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park is one of a series of picturesque parks located between Duluth and Grand Marais in the Arrowhead region of Minnesota. If you’ve never been to northern Minnesota, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the rugged landscape.
  • The Better Print


    If a good print matches the monitor, how can it be made better?



    What’s a good print from your photo? How can you make one better? Many people will answer that a good print matches the monitor and a better one matches it better! There’s no question that having a properly calibrated monitor is critical to getting a quality print, but simply saying a print must match that monitor in order to be good is misleading to the goal of getting a better print.

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