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Photographer’s Forum :: Fall 2015 issue

Bobbie Goodrich • Anita Douthat • Videography: Lighting for Storytelling

The Painterly Eye of BOBBIE GOODRICH

By |September 15th, 2015|

Bobbie Goodrich is an artist, first and foremost. Her background in painting is apparent in her award-winning images of dance, African wildlife and the semi-wild horses of the Camargue in Southern France. For the past six years, she’s conducted workshops and photo tours domestically and in exotic global locations.

ANITA DOUTHAT: Emissary Of Light

By |September 15th, 2015|

Over the past 20 years, as photography has become increasingly hands-off, Anita Douthat has literally run the other way — and, one might say, into the light. Produced without a camera, her photograms rely on the sun to expose images placed directly on ultraviolet light-sensitive printing-out paper. At once skeletal X-ray and intricate detail, these light drawings of objects evoke connection to the human body, speaking of breeze and breath with the delicacy of half-remembered dreams.

Secrets Of Video for Photographers: Lighting for Storytelling

By |September 15th, 2015|

My adventure into video started in the early 2000s, when non-linear editing programs like Final Cut Pro and Avid became available for desktop computers. Much of the work was still standard definition, and I was using the Sony PD150 — an affordable mini tape camera for documentary projects. (Important projects were still shot on expensive, professional full-size shoulder video cameras.) The PD150 had tiny chips that were not especially light-sensitive and created a “PD150 look” of deep depth of field — not very cinematic. In other words, everything was in focus all the time. The high compression of the mini tape cameras left something to be desired in image quality as well.

Digital Photography

New Products

Tamron’s Trifecta of Lenses

As a manufacturer of an impressive array of precision optics, Tamron offers lens mounts for most DSLR models on today’s market. Since 2012, the company has expanded its lineup of interchangeable lenses for full-frame digital cameras. Its most recent introduction is the SP 15-30mm f/2.8 wide-angle zoom, preceded by the SP 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom and SP 70-200mm f/2.8 telephoto zoom lenses. Together, these three lenses cover wide, mid-range and telephoto focal lengths.

To learn more about these lenses, I caught up with Ken Hubbard, Field Services Manager at Tamron. He’s in charge of Tamron’s technical representative team, traveling around the country to educate retail store personnel and Tamron end users via the company’s “Tailgate Tour.”

SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

The SP 15-30mm f/2.8 wide-angle zoom is the latest addition to Tamron’s lens lineup. It was designed for fullframe cameras, as designated by the “Di” in its model name. (Lenses with a Di II designation are designed for smaller APS-C camera sensors.) While the SP 15- 30mm zoom can be used on DSLRs with smaller sensors, the focal length won’t be ultra-wide.

“The lens has a very bulbous front element, so many people think that it’s a fisheye lens,” Hubbard says. “However, it’s rectilinear and corrects for distortion.” He adds that when you shoot a subject from a parallel vantage point, you can get straight lines with the SP 15-30mm. “It will give you pretty dramatic images, especially when shooting landscapes or other wide scenes.”

This lens offers a fast, maximum aperture of f/2.8 […]

By |September 15th, 2015|

PIXMA MG3620 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer from Canon

By |September 15th, 2015|

Canon U.S.A., Inc. announces the PIXMA MG3620 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One (AIO) printer for high-quality photo and document printing. The printer includes access to the updated Canon PRINT application, a four-color FINE Ink Cartridge system for vivid colors and sharp text, Auto Power On/Off functionality, Auto Two-sided Print, and PictBridge printing via Wireless LAN for direct connection to select Canon Digital […]

Manfrotto’s 190GO! Tripod

By |September 15th, 2015|

Manfrotto’s new 190GO! tripod offers a number of simple innovations and practical improvements, one of which is the introduction of twist leg locks that allow for easy opening and closing of all sections at one time with one hand. Extremely lightweight at just 3.75 pounds, and compact, measuring just 17.7 inches when fully collapsed, this tripod can extend to a […]

SIGMA’S dp0 Quattro Camera

By |September 15th, 2015|

The fourth compact camera in the Quattro series, the Sigma dp0 Quattro incorporates a fixed, high performance 14mm F4 lens, which is equivalent to a 21mm lens on a 35mm DSLR and is optimized to maximize the performance of the series’ Foveon “Quattro” Direct Image sensor. The dp0 lens features four “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass elements, which have performance […]

Nikon Announces Three New Nikkor Lenses

By |September 15th, 2015|

The new AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR is the evolution of one of Nikon’s most popular pro lenses, adding Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization technology. With up to four stops of image stabilization, the lens also offers Tripod Mode to help banish blur for landscape shooters. Nikon’s Electromagnetic Aperture control allows for consistent exposures during high speed bursts […]

Nikon’s Nine New COOLPIX Cameras

By |May 15th, 2015|

Nikon’s new COOLPIX models range from budget friendly to rugged and durable, to an entire stable of long zoom options. The COOLPIX AW130 is of the rugged kind: waterproof to 98 ft, shockproof (6.6 ft), freezeproof and ready for adventure. It sports built-in Wi-Fi, a 16 MP sensor, 5x zoom and full HD video. In addition, the built-in GPS, POI, […]

Manfrotto’s New Fluid Video Monopod Kit

By |May 15th, 2015|

Manfrotto has added a new kit, MVM450A, to its line of fluid video monopods and accessories. The new MVM250A fully functional aluminum fluid video monopod features the MVA50A fluid base with retractable feet, and a customized XPRO Fluid Video Head (MHXPRO-2W). The new fluid monopod is lightweight and stable, with a patented fluid cartridge system design in the base, allowing […]

The New 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens From Sigma

By |May 15th, 2015|

Sigma’s 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens features a light-weight and compact construction. It has a new and improved Optical Stabilizer, for mobile, handheld shooting in the field, and features a new water and oil-repellent coating on the front and rear lenses. At 4.1 inches by 10.2 inches, it features 20 elements in 14 groups – including one FLD […]

Digital Film Tools Releases EZ Mask V3

By |May 15th, 2015|

Digital Film Tools, developer of visual effects software, has released EZ Mask v3.0, an interactive image masking tool capable of extracting almost any object in an image, even fine hair detail, smoke, or reflections. EZ Mask iteratively estimates the transparency value for every pixel in the image, based on a small sample of foreground (what you want to cut out) […]