I am very upset to see some of the ridiculous pictures that have been printed in “Your Best Shot" column. I suppose if I could take great pictures of an old sow hog or even an eye-catching row of mailboxes, my pictures would be featured also.
Dare to be different: Take an ordinary subject and transform it with imagination
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Baseball is a natural subject for the camera. It provides ritual, drama, athletic heroics, and fun. Such photographs as Lewis Hines’ 1909 shot of a pick-up game in a tenement alley, Nicholas Murray’s famed 1938 black-and-white portrait of slugger Babe Ruth and his bat, and the image by Walter looss, Jr., of an elderly softball player show that for years photographers have found the sport as fascinating and enchanting as have millions of fans.
Jamaica bound? Head for the hills and harbor towns for some exciting photo opportunities
On my last trip to Jamaica. I used Kingston as a home base to take off to two of my favorite photo spots on the island: the Blue Mountains north of town and Port Antonio along the northeast coast. Repeated visits to these areas have always been fruitful, yielding both generic images of Jamaica (the beached boat, the friendly locals, the ubiquitous hibiscus) and special ones that could be made only in these picturesque spots.
Spring has sprung,the flowers are abloom;I wonder where's my macro zoom?
Play with abstraction of color and form
Push high-speed films for special effects
Around this time of year, I look forward to crawling around the yard and clambering about favorite fields in the country taking photographs of flowers. Though passersby may be amused by the sight of a grown man hovering over some plant with a machine pressed against his nose, they little realize the intensity of the color and design excursion I’m on.
The little window that could but doesn't—a tale of a good idea gone wrong
Tales of a rewind crank, or powerless in New Jersey
28-210mm zoom too short? How about a 35-300mm?
35mm SLRs: the calm between storms—almost
The snapshooter, spying me with all my lenses and cameras, figured I’d know. “Excuse me,” he said. “I’ve loaded my camera, but I can’t remember what film is inside. Can you tell me?” In olden days, only a psychic could tell once the camera back was shut.
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For a Lost Lens Cap Check the Supermarket
Covering Your Reflection Needs: A Space Blanket
Do-it-yourself Starburst Filters
A Transparent Solution For Transparency Viewing
Convert your backpack into a convenient camera case using only one 4-inch and two 1-inch layers of thick foam rubber. Begin by cutting a paper pattern shaped like the interior of your pack. Lay the pattern over the foam rubber and cut it to size.
Cars transport more when they become vehicles of photographic expression
CARS AND SOCIETY
CARS AS ART
TIPS ON SHOOTING CARS
The American passion for automobiles exceeds all rational bounds. Cars have fulfilled our fantasies, created our suburbs, and defined and shaped our society more than any other single piece of technology. The music, literature, and graphic arts of our time and place are so replete with automotive imagery that historians already refer to the American automobile culture of the 20th century.
Japan’s Jolly Green Giant of photography unleashes new print-film technology
ISO 100 GRAIN WITH ISO 400 SPEED?
How real is Reala?
FLASH SHOTS SHOW MORE NATURALLOOKING COLORS
The quadruple pack
HAS REALA BANISHED FLUORESCENTS’ UGLY GREEN CAST?
Filling the spectral gaps
Reactivated inhibitor releasers
More compact grains
Trade-offs and refinements
L. Andrew Mannheim
Count on Fuji to keep those film wars hot! Five new Fujicolor print films launched at the Photo Marketing Association show in Dallas include new technologies to make color negatives more stable, sharper, finer-grained, and more realistic.
Minolta maintains that zoom point-and-shoot 35s should be distinct from SLRs and new-concept cameras, so it has brought forth the Freedom Zoom 90, a traditionally shaped model featuring a wider-ranging 38-90mm f/3.5-7.5 powerzoom lens and multibeam autofocusing that works in concert with the multizone programmed exposure system.
As at Photokina, film introductions once again dominated the show news. Just prior to the meeting in Dallas, Fuji introduced new and revised emulsions in its color-print lineup, with two emulsions, Fujicolor Reala 100 and Fujicolor HG 400, being downright revolutionary (see our full report on these films elsewhere in this issue).
The most interesting new flashes were found among the power pro units. These nifty numbers should tempt photographers who need higher guide numbers. Ideal World Marketing (76-01 Jamaica Ave., Woodhaven, NY 11377) showed an improved version of the German-made Unomat P600 Processor flash, a full-featured unit with a unique universal dedicated camera adapter that can accommodate most major camera systems, including Canon, Contax, Nikon, Minolta, Olympus, and Pentax.
The new Linhof Technorama 617S is living proof that less is more. Linhof replaced the Technorama 617 with this new model by modifying and simplifying it. The basic 2¼ x 6¾-format machine using a Schneider Super-Angulon 80mm f/5.6 lens is based on a high-pressure diecast body for greater strength.
It used to be that a “professional” still video camera had at least the trappings of a full-fledged 35mm SLR. Panasonic’s new electronic still camera, dubbed the AG-ES1O Video Floppy camera, has many of the high-tech features of top-of-the-line still video systems but is dressed in dual-lens, point-and-shoot clothing.
We didn't really expect too much this soon after Photokina, but a few new lenses surfaced at the PMA show. Perhaps the most significant design is Tokina’s 28-70mm f/2.8 AF, a constant-aperture zoom. With its wide view and constantly fast maximum aperture we hope it starts a trend.
Lighting the way for improved video, manufacturers continue to introduce lightweight units. The Reflecta NC 20 from Bogen can be mounted on the camcorder shoe or to the battery-integrated grip, and it allows both a.c. or d.c. operation with the same 6-volt, 20-watt lamp.
Our apologies to the friends of the late Yoichi Okamoto for misspelling his name in the “Snapshots” section (page 12) of the March '89 issue. Mr. Okamoto was invited by President Lyndon Baines Johnson to photograph his administration, thereby becoming the first official White House photographer.
It took a heap of walkin',but we found something new for almost every darkroom
T-Max comes of age
Color this interesting
Accessories for all budgets
Oh, my aching feet! After four days of cruising the aisles and back hallways of Dallas' cavernous convention center, site of this year’s Photo Marketing Association convention, my poor feet are plumb tuckered out. The good news is that all the marching was worth the effort: There are a lot of interesting, even innovative, darkroom products coming your way.
After taking photographs for nearly 20 years, I'd like to start marketing some of my best work. Until recently I was unaware of the need for model releases. Are they always necessary? Steve Zimmerman, Loring AFB, ME While there’s no question that pictures that have an accompanying model release have a greater potential for earnings, the lack of one doesn’t necessarily mean that they are running totally out of the money.