Have you ever had a credit card stolen and used? If you’re one of the thousands who have endured the trauma of this fairly common crime, then this news from Citibank is sure to interest you. In order to stem the loss to credit card fraud of an estimated one billion dollars each year, Citibank has joined forces with Polaroid and DataCard to develop the Photocard.
Think you have to travel to exotic places to find interesting photo subjects? The curators at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art don’t agree. “Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort,” the museum’s crowd-drawing photography exhibition from last fall, contained over 150 pictures, all of which were taken near someone’s own backyard.
Recently, while composing a shot of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, Nichoiai Konovaloff of Sacramento, CA, was interrupted by the U.S. Capitol Police, who told him it was illegal to photograph Big Abe using a tripod without a permit.
We’ve recently received a number of letters concerning the state of processing affairs at Kodalux. Many readers wonder why Kodalux quietly decided to change its return mailing system to Priority Bulk Mail and closed its Palo Alto, CA, processing plant.
When your,name is Cameron, it’s logical that someone may give you a camera. Well, that wasn’t the real reason Julia Margaret Cameron’s daughter presented her with one, but it did start her off—at age 49—on a career that made her one of the greats among Victorian photographers.
Can you believe we once recommmended using rubber Cement to paste photos in a1bums? But that was in August of 1942, before we were aware of the deleterious effect certain cements could have on photographs. And we suggested clean ing negatives with carbon tetrachloride, now a known health hazard.
Our persnickety panel of editors praise and pan your pictures
Electric bike man
Elinor H. Stecker
Michael J. McNamara
P.K. This is a great example of using a slow shutter speed with a flash. The photographer evidently mounted his camera with a superwide-angle lens in a vertical position on the arm bar in front of the bike. The slow shutter speed allowed the background lights to appear snakelike, and the throughthe-lens flash program exposed correctly for the subject.
FOR SERIOUS PHOTOGRAPHERS WHO SECRETLY ADMIRE POINT & SHOOT CAMERAS
How to buy a point-and-shoot
Who is it for?
Know your types
Pick your features
Go and try
Are you a slave to slow film?
“Which is a better camera—the Everest Incalculable Zoom 720z or the Maxolta Liberty 99cc?” We get that question all the time. To be truthful—and we’re not waffling—only you can answer it. The “best camera” is the one that best meets your needs.
You asked for an updated Minolta Maxxum 9000 suitable for serious amateurs and pros. You got it: the Maxxum 9xi
MOST EXCITING NEW MINOLTA MAXXUM 9xi FEATURES
How metering index works with spot readings
Just when we had all but given up expecting a top-of-the-line Minolta Maxxum to slug it out with the Canon EOS-l and Nikon F4S, Minolta has delivered. No, it hasn’t tried to upgrade the discontinued Maxxum 9000, which has almost reached cult status among serious amateurs and pros despite inferior autofocusing (by today’s standards).
Just you, the animals—and lots of other photographers?
When capturing wild animals on film, every photographer knows how he would prefer to do it: alone! Nobody around to hiss in your ear that it’s time to go. Nobody to drop a tripod and scare the critter into the next county. Nobody to creep around and get into your picture.
Thanks to a new crop of reversal papers, printing from slides ain't what it used to be!
A NEW GENERATION OF REVERSAL PAPERS COMPARED
HERE, PICTURES DO THE TALKING
PRINTING FROM SLIDES: A GLOSSARY FOR BEGINNERS
What comes to mind when you think of color prints from slides? Is it fuzzy internegs? Gorgeous but expensive Cibachromes? Muddy Ektachrome 22 prints? Contrast out the kazoo? If any of these negative notions taint positive printing for you, hear this:
Video on video—tapes that can help you become a great videomaker
PUBLISHERS'AND DISTRIBUTORS' ADDRESSES
Elinor H. Stecker
It’s one thing to look at a picture in a book or magazine as an example of good or not-so-good still photography, but it’s quite a trick to grasp certain concepts about making movies by looking at a printed page. That’s when it’s time to slide an instructional videotape into your VCR.
The key to great scenic photos? Start with a subject that inspires and simply add blood, sweat, and ideas!
Mention the word “scenic” and most people think of sky-filled vistas, forests framed by distant mountains, endless rolling hills, vast expanses of water, sand, fields, plains—in short, broad views of natural scenery. Ironically, the only trouble with this concept is that it’s far too narrow!
"Believe it or not, I took this picture while standing on a stepladder," says Magnum photographer Hiroji Kubota, who went to New Orleans to fulfill a longtime wish to cover the Mardi Gras. "It provides an excellent platform and lets you shoot from a higher-than-normal angle."
Depending on your point of view, there may be a million sunsets per day, but just try capturing one great one!
Useful tricks for adding beauty and banishing banality
Shooting the world through rose-tolored filters
Michael J. McNamara
Since the dawn of time, the incredible color and majesty found in a beautiful sunset (or sunrise) have inspired artists in all cultures. It’s apparent that photographers heed the same call to capture this commonplace but awesome natural phenomenon.
Although you may think you are going to capture on film what you see in the SLR viewfinder at the moment you press the shutter release, sadly it isn't so. What you are really doing when your finger bears down on the release button is starting a whole series of mechanical and electrical events within your camera and lens that will eventually result in the picture being taken.
A showcase for spectacular Images and how they were made
This is a picture about nature, politics, and nuclear weapons. All three come together in my adopted home, New Mexico, where, behind seemingly peaceful landscapes, 66 percent of the U.S. Government’s nuclear research goes on. It happens in places like this.
Hands on: For a handholdable lens, somewhat unwieldy in 300mm position (< 8 in.), gaining a half inch on the previous 100— 300mm f/5.6. Quite a bit lighter, however, with conveniently wide manual-focus and zoom rings that feature easy-to-grip, rubberized surfaces.
Hands on: Compact and well balanced for long zoom range, but front extends far to reach 300mm. Nicely finished in satin black, with broad, easily grasped collar for autozooming and power-focus control. Lack of distance, depth-of-field, and focal-length scales is disappointing, but probably won’t be missed in most picture-taking situations. Lens mounted on non-xi Maxxum cameras provides manual zooming but without manual focus.
Hands on: Fairly large and heavy for a 35135mm f/3.5-4.5; fast autofocusing. Balances very well on handheld camera. Very nicely finished in satin black, with wide, grippably textured, well-damped push-pull zooming collar, narrower, similarly textured, too-lightly-damped manual-focusing ring at front of barrel, thin but grippable aperture ring at rear.
Hands on: Average in size and weight for a 24-50mm zoom; fast autofocusing; balances very well on camera. Nicely Finished in rubberized gray. Fairly wide, ribbed zoom ring is well damped, turns smoothly. Fairly wide, ribbed manual focusing ring at front of barrel is underdamped, turns very smoothly.
As an amateur photographer and employee of a minilab, I feel it is time for me to clear up some common misconceptions. First of all, quality service is available! It helps us immensely when people give us hints (like the man in the May ’92 letter—page 56— who wrote on the processing envelopes, “dark skin tones, print lighter than normal”), especially regarding unusual lighting or settings.
It's new, but how good is it? Here's what we found out.
What will they think of neck-ist?
Prints limp? laminate 'em.
Is photography a pain in your neck? The problem may be your neck strap. A fresh variation on this accessory comes by way of the sartorial world: suspenders. Unlike normal suspenders, however, the new EZeeNeck Suspender System doesn't so much hold up your pants (although that is a benefit) as redistribute camera weight.
Honest, unflinching answers to your most probing questions
Big bucks batteries
Coming up short
Partial to parts
Take us to your leader
I own a camera that uses a 6-volt lithium 2CR5 battery. Since the cost of replacing this battery is about $10, is a rechargeable battery of this size being developed by the battery manufacturers? Or is such a battery impossible at this point in time?