The small, neatly shaped box appeared in the mail and contained slides, but it resembled no slide mailer we'd ever seen. Its surface was buffed aluminum, and the look was that of an elegant European cigarette case. Even its tiny, pointed corners had been carefully burnished round.
“The photos aren’t big enough," you said; so this month it’s larger pictures, less text
We regret that due to the large number of entries we cannot return your photographs unless they are accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Although we will do our best to take proper care of your submissions, we strongly urge you to send prints or duplicate transparencies rather than originals.
In your August issue you invited comments about the new feature. “Your Best Shot." Here goes: For the three winners, you picked three nice pictures—three pretty, trite pictures. Probably every subscriber to your magazine has a supply of pictures like those.
Can you cram a full-featured AF SLR with macrozoom and flash into a "new-concept" compact?
MOST EXCITING NEW RICOH MIRAI FEATURES
Pentax SF-10 is its own instruction book
MOST EXCITING NEW PENTAX SF-10 FEATURES
Controlling the Pentax is almost like flying
There you are, hung up on the perpetual photographer’s dilemma once again. You look ruefully at your beloved SLR bag with its zooms, macro, and flash. Too big, too heavy for this particular business or pleasure jaunt. You turn to your neat, compact point-and-shoot.
The Tundra G Minus Formula Strap (list: $14.95) is claimed to make your camera feel 50 percent lighter than if attached to other straps. How? The strap is made almost entirely of neoprene, the same form of artificial rubber chosen for orthotic devices because of its lightness, strength, and “breathability.”
CARIBBEAN CRUISE OFFER Details in Entry Form Inside Supplement
Trends And The Year Ahead In Camcorders And VCRs
Where is video moviemaking heading? What kinds of products can we expect to see on the shelves next year? In short, the many camcorder formats of 1989 will be giving sharper pictures than ever before. There are featherweight 8mm camcorders weighing about three pounds made by Canon, Fisher, Kyocera, Minolta, Olympus, Pentax, Ricoh, Sanyo, Sony, and Vivitar.
As you learn ways to use the assortment of video accessories; signal improving equipment, special effects gadgets, lights, tripods, carrying cases, filters, and a raft of other gizmos, you will find they are all important to professional quality videomaking.
Although your VCR needs little maintenance, caring for it is important. Feed your VCR good quality name-brand tape, try not to pause and shuttle excessively, keep your machine in a clean, dry, temperate environment, and avoid banging it or forcing the plugs when you remove them, and your machine should need little maintenance for years.
Most studies have shown that the name-brand videocassettes are all good. Below is a list of some of the more popular name-brand cassette manufacturers: For more exacting purposes, use high-grade tapes, offering better audio fidelity, an improved signal-to-noise ratio (less graininess), and better color.
True creativity may come from the heart, but the tools to put it into practice come from the wallet. The right gadget used at the right time can transform your mediocre teleproduction into a sparkling one. There are many creative touches that can be done with the camera alone.
St. Charles Parks and Recreation Board, St. Charles, MO. “Alaska Photo Workshop,” Nov. 17-27. This outdoor-photography workshop with Frank Oberle goes to the Chilkat Valley where participants will have the opportunity to photograph one of the world’s largest concentrations of bald eagles.
When the going gets rough, keep it light and easy with a point-and-shoot zoom 35
For 25 years, Outward Bound has guided people of all ages in the acquisition of wilderness skills through outdoor adventure. The lessons learned on the trips become metaphors for everyday life; in the class-room of the great outdoors, you’re challenged mentally, physically, and socially, while developing a sense of independence as you begin to appreciate the meaning of the interdependence of the group.
What's this thing called saturation, and how can we exploit it when we shoot?
When Kodak brought out the new lineup of Ektachrome slide films, it was claimed that the films offered higher color saturation than the old. This new breed of film, said Kodak, came about as a direct response to consumer demand for increased saturation, a marketing approach that Fuji had either forecast or gambled on for years.
Can a well-known pro photographer become a successful equipment designer and maker?
Finding the tools
Luckily, Phillip Leonian had some extra space in the corner of his New York studio. He needed the extra space to install $30,000 worth of metal-working machinery. He needed the metal-working machinery to fabricate a few small connectors. And he needed a few small connectors because of his philosophy of picture making.
Popular Photography’s information exchange where readers help readers solve problems
Studio in a Bag? You Decide!
Tripod Problems? Use Your Cap!
Too Dim for Your AF SLR? Shine a Little Light On the Subject
Lens Protection Wrap-up
Dan Boyd of St. Augustine, FL claims to have devised a system capable of producing all the soft, controlled studio lighting you could want from portable flash units! We haven’t tested this idea and so can’t vouch that it’s as remarkable as Mr. Boyd claims.
Three legs will stabilize a camera better than two
It’s no secret: No matter how steady you can hold your camera, a good tripod can hold it steadier and give you sharper pictures. But as important as sharpness may be, there is more to picture taking than crispness. A tripod-mounted camera frees you from basing film choices on what shutter speeds you can handhold.
What should you know about buying a tripod? POPULAR’S leading expert puts you a leg up.
Size and weight
TRAVELING TRIPOD TYPOLOGY
LEGS AND BRACES COMPARED
HINTS ON HEADS
SETTING IT UP
MORE TIPS ON SETUPS
Metal, wood, or hybrid?
Legs and leg locks
Leg sections: How many?
A tripod test that’s fun
Leg tips: plain, spiked, or combination
Center posts: to have or have not
Quick-switch camera releases
Choosing your first tripod is like buying an antique automobile. Once you get it home, the education begins. To help you kick the appendages and look under the head of prospective three-leggers, I've drawn up a checklist of tripod facts and features that may prevent you from making costly mistakes.
Do you want video movies with fantastic sound? Silky movements? Incredible effects? You can get ’em all —but not in one machine!
SOUNDING OFF WITH SONY
CHASING THE SHAKES WITH CHINON
ELECTRONIC IMAGE STABILIZATION
Elinor H. Stecker
Can your camcorder do animation? Is it able to smooth out the camera jiggles? Can it create mood with a nostalgic, sepia tone? This is the year camcorder features move beyond the exciting into the exotic. Fade in/fade out, automatic white balance, and even high shutter speeds are just about universal features, but the innovations don’t stop there.
There’s only one compound that exists naturally in all three physical states, solid, liquid, and vapor—it’s water. That diversity forms the subject of The Water Planet, the new book by science writer Lyall Watson and photographer Jerry Derbyshire.
Sync cords: You can live with them, but can you live without them?
Make the “Y” connection
Flash “slave” triggers
when taking flash pictures, your flash must fire in perfect synchronization with your camera. You must connect the flash unit to your camera indirectly with sync cords or directly by using on-camera hot shoes. But even if you do enjoy the convenience of a direct-connect hot shoe, there are times when off-camera flash, using a sync cord, will provide more pleasing results.
Mysterious symbols are showing up more and more on cameras Here’s our quick tour to what means what.
Focusing-zone distance indications
Wideand tele-lens settings
Open and closed
Watch out! Those flashing and blinking symbols in camera viewfinders and iiquid-crystal-display panels are increasing. So are those that just sit there serenely glowing or are fetchingly etched into plastic and metal. But believe it or not, there is an intelligent method to what could have become symbolic madness.
A century’s worth of photo treasures is shown in a salute to America’s oldest camera club
Plan to be in New York City this month? Make a point of swinging by Manhattan’s City Gallery at #2 Columbus Circle to explore a photo show with a twist. Not dedicated to the work of a specific theme, style, period, or photographer, this exhibition celebrates a camera club.
I work for a major processing lab. Every day we throw away hundreds of plastic film containers. There must be some use for them. Do you or your readers have some ideas for using one, two, or a few thousand of them? Matthew Brenengen, Lake Elmo, MN We do have a few ideas, but we’d rather let our readers send us suggestions for using one or many film cans.