The questions posed by Miriam and Rowland Townsend concerning editors' request for slides instead of negatives (“Letters," April '89, page 6) were answered correctly to a point, but there are many more reasons than the ones offered that reinforce the need for slides opposed to negatives.
In 1839, Frenchman Louis Jacques-Mandé Daguerre birthed photography with his astonishing daguerreotypes—perfect mirror images of the world on shiny metal plates. In the 150 years since, innovation has o’erlept innovation until today’s photography bears only a slight resemblance to that practiced by Monsieur Daguerre.
Black-and-white is back! Contrary to what some of our readers think, you don’t have to shoot color to win prizes.
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The middle-size bag battle: Are you going vertical slim or conventional boxy?
Why is this camera case called never-ready?
DO WOMEN CHOOSE BAGS DIFFERENTLY?
A good camera bag isn't a luxury. It’s an essential that should be useful and convenient, allowing you to be ready and waiting when picture possibilities occur. If you’re often wrestling with your camera bag instead of taking pictures, you have a bad bag. The wrong bag can be a big fat pain in the neck or shoulder.
Studio portraiture with a point-and-shoot camera? Have we gone mad? you ask. Well, quite possibly we have, but believe us, you can do pretty good studio work even with a no-frills Cheapmatic. The secret is the new Morris Mini Slave. This itty-bitty flash unit, powered by two AAA cells, operates solely via slave—a trigger that fires when it senses another flash.
Does your camcorder really need variable shutter speeds?
Still photographers’ options
Videotaped at 1/2000 sec
Seen on VCR still frame
ON SHUTTERS AND NONSHUTTERS
Elinor H. Stecker
It you've bought a camcorder within the last year. I bet it has one or more high shutter speeds. Almost all the new camcorders do. and the manufacturers' brouhaha makes shutter speeds that arc faster than the normal 1/60 sec seem like the most important feature since the zoom lens.
Subject got a contrast range that's as wide as all outdoor? It may be time to graduate
I am not a filter fanatic. Some photographers carry complete systems of filters, adding star bursts, light rays, multiple images, or color casts to their subjects. Not me. I'm usually interested in the unadorned subject matter. No, I'm not suggesting that using all sorts of creative filters is wrong; it's just a matter of personal mood and taste.
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Make Your Studio A Clip Joint
Hot Rod for Big Enlargements
Stick to Your Shoulder Strap
Knocked for a Loupe
Flash Through Glass
Come On Over to My Pad
One of the most annoying glitches when using off-camera flash is the boing! phenomenon. Surely many of you have fallen victim to it: You detach your flash from the camera bracket or mount it on a studio stand, and just as your finger hits the shutter release—boing!—the coiled PC cord snaps out of the flash-synch socket.
Editor's Note: When Don Brockway, producer of the Galen Rowell videotape, Mountain Light (distributed by Eastman kodak, $29.95 at photo dealers), sent us a copy, he suggested we might want to review it. One viewing convinced us that it was simply the finest, most visually breathtaking instructional tape on photographing scenics ever made.
Ideas and images by W. Eugene Smith, the great American photojournalist
W. EUGENE SMITH ON CRAFT, CREATIVITY, AND THE CONSCIENCE OF A PHOTOJOURNALIST
Prince of darkness
A lethal combination
Shaping our vision
For much of my life in photography, which began in 1950, W. Eugene Smith east an extraordinary spell over his peers and colleagues. He built a mythical reputation as gadfly, guru, and master practitioner. He also was a knot of paradoxes and contradictions: flamboyant but secretive; productive but self-destructive; fiercely independent in his creative work but guilt-ridden in his emotional life; a perfectionist, manipulator, self-pitier.
Built-in, three-step autobracketing mode can be set for intervals up to ± 4 stops. • Self-timer LED in body shoots one or three frames after 12-second delay. • Continuous framing rate has been increased to 2.2 fps. • Exposure memory lock now doubles as LCD panel-illumination button.
Does your new AF camera focus faster than a speeding bullet?
Almost as soon as autofocus SLRs began to appear, so did the inevitable claims of extraordinary performance. ‘‘Only the human eye focuses faster” was the tag line for one major maker. Experts argued ad nauseam as to whether or not a newly designed model focused faster than the other competitors’.
The latest in stereo 35s looks like a four-lensed déjà vu, but when it comes to marketing, this is 3D with a d-d-difference
LENTICULAR 3D: HOW THEY DO IT
A consumer camera you can't buy in a camera store? II' you think that sounds like something from another dimension, you're more than partly right. The camera in question is none other than a resurrected version of the short-lived. four-lensed Nimslo 35mm 31) camera of the mid-1980s.
Putting your equipment under lock and key takes on a new meaning with the Cullman CT50 Titan Professional Ball and Socket Head ($274.95). This hefty brute of a tripod head comes with what looks like a set of car keys. But they're not for starting anything, just unlocking your camera from the head's quick-release system.
I live in a small town whose winters are notorious for their extremely cold temperatures, many times exceeding 20 degrees below zero! When I mail my film in an outdoor mailbox, will this cold temperature damage or affect the quality of my pictures?