Zero to Blue-Chip in Four Years

Hard work a a distinctive look helped Tim Tadder rise to the top
written by: William Schneider

High-end commercial photography is a tough market to crack. Many aspiring photographers try, often spending many years in their efforts. Still, the road to photographic prominence is littered with half-successes and downright failures. That makes the quick rise of San Diego commercial photographer Tim Tadder rather remarkable. Just four years ago, he was starting the switch from photojournalism and editorial photography to commercial photography. You’ll now find Tim busy with clients that include Microsoft, Miller Lite, Newcastle Brown Ale, Coke, Pepsi, Gatorade, Powerbar, Callaway Golf, Yamaha, Arnette Sunglasses, Listerine, Southwest Airlines, Gillette, and AT&T. His quick rise to the top Read more »


Pocket Pixel Power

The Quest for Big Image Quality in a Portable Package
written by: Dan Burkholder

Even the most seasoned pro or devoted amateur occasionally longs for a small, light camera that yields great image quality.At times, a DSLR is a physical burden, a social inconvenience, or simply too much camera around your neck.Vacations and other carry-everywhere opportunities cry out for smaller cameras that fit in your pocket yet provide image quality rivaling that of their larger and heavier digital siblings. For photo enthusiasts, a run-of-the-mill point-and-shoot simply won’t do. They want an easily transported camera that holds its own for tasks like capturing family outings or settling down to serious landscape photography; the only catch Read more »


The Battle of the Digital Giants

Do digital backs, combined with medium- or large-format cameras give you more than high-end (yet less expensive) DSLRs?
written by: Mark Dubovoy

Art is all about passion.Yet few forms of art engender as much passion as photography. Photographers are not only passionate about their work, they are almost obsessively passionate about their equipment and their methodology.This passion leads to heated discussions about many topics. One such topic is the use of DSLRs versus larger-format digital cameras.Therefore, I thought it would be very interesting to compare a top DSLR with a top medium-format digital outfit, as well as with a top digital view-camera system. The purpose of this article is not to test every single DSLR, every single lens, every view camera, and Read more »


How to Ship Photographs Faster, Cheaper and Better

written by: Ctein

A positive consequence of the digital printing revolution is that more photographers than ever are makin their own fine prints in both color and black-and-white. Furthermore, more photographers are making some effort to sell their prints, usually at modest prices and with some modest degree of success. Keeping the price low, however, means keeping all the expenses (including your time) low. Otherwise it’s a losing proposition—or at least one that doesn’t bring in a living wage. As a professional photographer, custom printer, writer and editor, and photo restorer, I’ve been shipping and receiving photographs for more than 30 years. My Read more »


Film in the Age of Digital Domination

Kodak's New Ektar 100 Color Negative Film
written by: Abhay Sharma, Paul Sergeant

Kodak was once the giant of the photographic market, with a legacy stretching back to the 1880s. The company reigned supreme for a century until the advent of digital technologies challenged their position. Kodak slowly recognized the power of digital and has been investing in digital cameras and media. Yet even when we all thought f ilm was dead, Kodak has released a new film type—something that no one would expect. Why would a company that is closing f ilm plants release a new f ilm? Kodak has recognized that some users continue to use film, and through careful analysis Read more »


Digital, Film, and Resolution: A Test

Canon's 50D's Resolution Approaches that of High-Definition Film
written by: Neil Lipson

It’s been f ive years since I tested the resolution of the Canon 10D digital SLR against that of f ilm. At that time, the 10D was about $1,500 for the body, and I found that film offered about twice the resolution of digital, depending on the lens. Times have changed. I just had the pleasure of testing the new Canon 50D against the same f ilm, the same lens, and the same resolution chart. The results were impressive. The film camera was a Canon 630 with a Canon 50mm ƒ/1.8 lens; the digital camera was a Canon 50D, hot off Read more »


Does Printing With Both High-Contrast and Low-Contrast Filters Create a Richer Print?

Split Filter Printing Has Many Advocates– Tests Reveal Whether It Actually Helps
written by: Dick Dickerson & Silvia Zawadzki

When printing black-and-white on variable contrast paper with a color-head enlarger, the usual tactic is to make a single exposure through a discrete filter, such as 20M (magenta) or 50Y (yellow). That specific filter is selected to afford good overall contrast to the print, which may then be fine-tuned by dodging or burning selected portions of the image. An alternative technique—so-called split-filter printing—is to expose a print twice, once through an intensely magenta filter and then through a strong yellow filter (or vice-versa). With this approach the relative times for the two exposures are adjusted to create a print of the Read more »


Field Test: GPS Units from Canon & Nikon

written by: Lloyd Chambers

Canon and Nikon both offer GPS units for both stills and videos. What are the practical aspects of using these units during shooting and what uses and considerations are there for GPS data? Introduction Both Canon and Nikon offer GPS units that can be connected to their respective brand DSLR cameras, with recent-models having built-in menu support with recording options. With both brands, the GPS units are add-on devices that are designed to mount in the hot-shoe of the camera, though both can be mounted to a belt or otherwise with a cable. With the Nikon GP-1 a cable is Read more »