From the Editor, M/A 2013

By Wendy Erickson Back to

Precious Metals: silver, platinum, palladium, tin, iron and aluminum foil?

In this issue you’ll find the influence of metal (an important element in photography no matter how you define it) running through several articles including Bruce Barnbaum’s take on traditional silver-based printing papers, Tom Persinger’s hand-colored Kallitypes (an iron based photographic process), Michael Massaia’s portfolio (Platinum/Palladium and Silver Gel- atin toned prints) plus my review of Metals for Digital printing.

We’re delighted to have Jill Skupin Burkholder join us with the first of her two “how to” articles on Encaustic over Inkjet prints. See what the beauty of beeswax could do for your images. Using Photoshop and Lightroom, Steve Anchell goes wildly Panoramic and David Saffir demonstrates selective color adjustments.

Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective writes about identifying 19th Century photographic images. Use this as a guide before you head out this spring to the flea market to buy vintage ephemera. Everyone needs a Daguerreotype and an Ambrotype in their collection! You must!

Bonnie Schranz reports on the 24th and last Al Weber Rendezvous—a remarkable event that is now part of the social and cultural history of photography. Do you believe digital technology really changed photography? Find out in Bob Hirsch’s interview with Mia Fineman, Faking It, Manipulated Photography before Photoshop.

Thinking about buying a small sensor digital camera? Lloyd Chambers shares insights about his personal and practical experience using three different small sensor cameras.

You’ll also notice reader raffles for some fantastic products scattered through articles and Gear Apps and Good Stuff. Someone will win so why not send an email for one or more and try out your luck?

And finally, Tom Gramegna and I took a novel approach to our interview with Michael Massaia, a remarkable young man. His platinum prints are so carefully crafted, seeing them in person takes your breath away. We’re planning more intimate conversations like this with visionary photographers in upcoming issues. It’s a wonderful way to learn more about an artist’s process and work.

I made it the whole way through this note without mentioning the weather, so hopefully that means spring is upon us.

That means it’s time to get outside—you know what to do.

About the Author

Wendy Erickson
Wendy Erickson is a photographer, writer and teacher. Her photographs and writings have been widely exhibited, and published in numerous books and articles. Wendy teaches photography at the University level and as Editor, is putting the technique back into photo technique Magazine.