Re: “Traveling with Color,” by George Schaub and Bob Schwalberg, August. While it is true that using lead-lined bags, such as those by Sima, helps protect your film, it does not entirely solve the problem of exposing film to X-rays and should be used with caution.
On the streets of Hong Kong a double-decker trolley advertises Olympus’s new line of cameras: the OM-40 Program, AF-1, and OM-4Ti, known in North America as the OM-PC, Infinity, and OM-4T models, respectively. The bus, painted so that each window looks like a frame of 35mm film, with sprocket holes along the top and bottom, “frames” commuters as well as shuttles them.
Capturing a subject in action makes a powerful portrait
Quite frankly, I worry to death when I go to take someone’s picture and he asks what I'd like him to do. The truth is, I don't know. All I know is that I don't want the person to look as though he's having his picture taken. When dancer Finis Jung asked me that question, my answer should have been—if I'd been honest—that I wanted him to do something interesting in the right light so I could take a good picture quickly.
Gear on the go: indispensable items for the traveler
NATIONWIDE PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES
Every photographer carries a different set of tools in his bag. Obviously, the primary equipment consists of cameras, lenses, and flash. We each carry two single-lens-reflex (SLR) bodies, a fixed focal length wide-angle lens (usually a 24mm), short and long focal length zooms, a small electronic flash unit, and more film than we think we’ll need.
Photography guides Joseph Kugielsky along life's path
When I first met photographer Joseph Kugielsky in 1973, I told him he had no vision. At age 22 he had just started his career and had yet to develop a consistent viewpoint or recognizable style. When our paths crossed again on a train ride from New York to Baltimore 14 years later, I realized time had proved me wrong.
Three legs to stand on: tripods and field photography
I've said it before, but it bears repeating: The single most effective thing you can do to improve the technical quality of your nature photography is to use a good tripod. Shooting with a handheld camera severely limits your control. To satisfy the old rule of thumb that for sharp results you must use a shutter speed at least as high as the reciprocal of the lens focal length, you’re forced to use short lenses, fast films, wide apertures, or a combination of all three.
Slide rules: tips for storing and protecting your images
Last month’s column covered how to take an inventory of your marketable images and compile an alphabetical list of categories as the first step toward creating an easy-to-use slide-filing system. This month we’ll explore step two: how to store your 35mm slides so they’re easily accessible and well protected.
Goof-proof your black-and-white film processing, Part I
INCORRECT DEVELOPER TEMPERATURE
IMPROPER DEVELOPER DILUTION
CORA WRIGHT KENNEDY
Lots of things can go awry when you process your own black-and-white film. Beginning photographers may get quite discouraged, but the joy of doing it yourself is worth the effort. Here’s the first installment of a list of the most common black-and-white film-processing errors, in no particular order, and the way to avoid each of them.
TWO NEW FILMS DOUBLE THE RANKS OF THE REVOLUTIONARY ISO 100 COLOR SLIDE BRIGADE.
AGFACHROME CT 100
SCOTCH COLOR SLIDE 100
The ISO 100 slide films are an excellent choice for shooting in a wide range of lighting conditions, including outdoors in both sunlight and shade, and with electronic flash. Though these films exhibit slightly more grain and less sharpness than emulsions rated at lower speeds, they are a stop or two faster and less contrasty than the slower films.
The designers of the Nikon N4004 have taken an unusual approach to making an autofocus (AF) single-lens-reflex (SLR) camera. What they have created is a camera that offers the major benefits of an SLR—interchangeable lenses, an accurate viewfinder, and sophisticated through-the-lens (TTL) exposure control—all in a form that is simple enough to appeal to users of point-and-shoot cameras.
Canon's EOS 620 autofocus SLR is even more capable than its look-alike, the EOS 650.
THE 620 ADVANTAGE
The Canon EOS 620 and 650 cameras appear to be identical twins, but they are actually as different as any pair of siblings. While the most visible distinction between these two autofocus (AF) models is the color of their accessory shoes—black for the 620 and silver for the 650—more important differences become apparent with closer scrutiny.
Birney Imes's colorful images reveal the soul of offbeat hangouts in rural Mississippi.
Birney Imes Ill’s photographs document a seldom-seen aspect of southern culture—the makeshift juke joints central to small communities in the Mississippi Delta region. But his work seems as much about the atmosphere inside these places as the structures themselves.
What to do when you need more speed than your film's ISO rating allows.
COLOR SLIDE FILM
COLOR NEGATIVE FILM
Have you ever been in a situation where the light was too low to get a good exposure, or where you had to use a shutter speed that was insufficient to stop the subject’s action? You could use a flash, but this is impractical with many subjects and often ruins the atmosphere of a candid shot.
Innovative new models and special features on older ones make tripods convenient-to-use accessories for steadying a camera.
ONE FOR ALL
AHEAD OF OTHERS
GET THE LOW-DOWN
ON THE TABLE
Elinor H. Stecker
The steadier your camera, the sharper your pictures will most likely be. And the easiest and most reliable way to minimize camera movement is to use a tripod. These three-legged stabilizers don’t have to be cumbersome to be effective. Although some tripods are heavy so they can provide stability for large cameras, others are small, light-weight, and exceedingly portable.
Can’t remember which handle or lever on your tripod does what? Do ball heads that won’t lock completely make you cry? Slik has come up with a unique answer to these and many other tripod head annoyances: the Slik 212 AF DeLuxe tripod. The tripod proper is my old friend, the Slik 212 DeLuxe.
Wild Horizons' Southwestern Indianlands Photo Safari. A one-week photography/natural history field seminar. Oct. 4-11, led by Dr. Thomas Wiewandt, a professional natural history professor and longtime Arizona resident. Beginning and ending in Flagstaff, the trip focuses on the Hopi Mesas, Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, Petrified Forest National Park, and the Painted Desert.
Once there was an outfit called “Photographer's Formulary,” which offered a number of chemicals for mixing photographic developers at home. Is the company still in business? Virginia Pahlem, St. Charles, Missouri Photographer’s Formulary not only is still in business but is experiencing a sales boom as photographers rediscover the joys of darkroom work.