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Leica CEO Andreas Kaufmann Speaks about the Future

Donates cameras at RIT's
written by: Jason Schneider

Two imaging icons came together to proclaim May 6, 2008 as Leica Day—the Rochester Institute of Technology—a center of imaging tech, research and photographic education— and Leica Camera, acclaimed for its cameras and outstanding optics. The daylong event, hosted by RIT included a visit by Andreas Kaufmann, the CEO of Leica Camera in Solms, Germany. He was there to donate 20 classic Leica M4-2 and M4-P cameras, each fitted with a brand new Leica Summarit-M lens, to RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences “to assure that analog photography continues to be a key element of photographic education at the Read more »

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A Commercial Photographer’s Viewpoint

Bridge and Raw Improvements Lead Changes
written by: Nick Zavalishin

By the time you read this, Adobe already will be shipping Photoshop CS4. If you have not downloaded a demo version yet, I strongly suggest doing so; the enhancements to workflow, along with improved stability, definitely make it worth investigating. The Bridge CS4 component has become a much more robust application with a redesigned user interface that I find makes navigation and use easier. Photoshop and Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) have also had some significant user-interface updates. I will go over features and changes that directly affect the way a commercial shooter may choose to work with it. An evolution One Read more »

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A Fine-Artist’s Perspective

Photographic Workflow and Tool Improvements
written by: Uwe & Bettina Steinmueller

About every 18 months Adobe releases a new version of Photoshop—now it’s Photoshop CS4’s turn. This article covers what I find most interesting for photographers in this new version. In mid-2007, I gave a talk at Google called “Non-Destructive, Selective, and Non-modal Editing of Photographs.” At that time Photoshop supported a way to edit photos non-destructively (meaning the settings can be changed later) and selectively by using masks in combination with adjustment layers. Unfortunately, all the adjustment-layer dialogs were modal, meaning that you had to close the current dialog to access different adjustment-layer tools (or anything else). I found that Read more »

Don’t Delete

Images, Old and New, Are Pay Dirt
written by: David Vestal

A recent task was to tell the gallery that represents me in New York City just how many prints I have on hand of each of more than 100 photos. They have one to three prints of each one. I found no prints at all of several. That was the easy part. Of the rest, I found from one to several prints of each. Finding them required (1) a long-overdue filing frenzy, looking through many prints and putting each one in its place among my boxes, and (2) going through the boxes to find all the prints I have of the photos Read more »

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Seeing Softly

written by: Tillman Crane

I have long admired some of the photographs made during the Pictorialist movement, in particular images made by Frederick Evans, Edward Steichen, F. Holland Day, Clarence White and Alvin Langdon Coburn. I bought my first soft focus lens in 2002 and since then have been learning to utilize its unique look in my images. A soft focus lens can create a mood, a feeling or an atmosphere that is quite different from standard lenses. Not every image should be made with a soft focus lens but they are a fun and challenging tool to use, and can add a new Read more »

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The Centerfold

written by: Doc Glidewell

When Arny Freytag, fresh out of Brooks Institute, joined Playboy in 1974, the Centerfold was already an institution, shepherded by photographers Mario Caselli, Ken Marcus and Richard Fegley. It was a unique photographic enterprise, a single monthly photo of a previously unknown model, taken by the best photographers available, shot with the most expensive camera, and printed on the finest magazine stock with the finest printing process. It was arguably the most famous, and most expensive, periodic photograph on earth. The Photograph: Its History While both its admirers and detractors, and certainly the media, were concerned with the Centerfold’s sexual Read more »

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Cameras That Made History- Part II

written by: Paul Sergeant

This is the second installment of a two part series that describes unique objects held within the collection of George Eastman House. This section reviews cameras of the 20th Century. All images are shot by Barbara Galasso and used with the permission of George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, NY. O-Series Leica It was a simple idea, a small reliable pocket camera to take on hikes and photograph the beautiful landscapes encountered. This is what Oskar Barnack had intended to design and produce in the early 20th Century. During this time the most common camera size Read more »

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The Zone System

Method or Madness?
written by: Alan Ross

Seventy years ago, Ansel Adams and Fred Archer, both teaching photography at what is now the Art Center School of Design in Pasadena, CA, announced they had come up with a means of analyzing the “brightnesses” of a scene and using that information to anticipate and manage the way those “brightnesses” would be rendered in a print. They called it the Zone System (ZS). Considering the rapid development of computerized camera meters, and “auto-this” and “auto that,” it seems a good time to ponder whether we have now fast-forwarded to the past, when Kodak announced, “You push the button, we do Read more »

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Cameras That Made History Part I

written by: Paul Sergeant

This is the first of two articles that describe unique objects held within the collection of the George Eastman House. This first section will review cameras of the 19th Century, while the next section will focus on camera technology of the 20th Century. All images are shot by Barbra Galasso and used with the permission of the George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and film, Rochester, NY. George Eastman House is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the world’s preeminent film archives. The museum opened its doors to the public in 1949 and combines the world’s leading Read more »

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A Form of Joy

The Photographs of Wynn Bullock
written by: A. D. Coleman

In Wynn Bullock we have the curious case of a recognized American master photographer whose work is included in over 90 major museum collections around the world, who received substantial critical acclaim during his lifetime, who published numerous books, whose name appears in all the standard histories−and who has slipped, at least temporarily, into obscurity. The time is surely ripe to rediscover and reconsider him. Born in Chicago, Illinois on April 18, 1902, Bullock grew up in California, where his family had moved during his childhood. He came to photography a mature adult, after a successful career as a concert Read more »