OK, you've bragged to everyone about the photographic gizmos, curios, and whatnots you've purchased and are now ready to put your motor drive where your mouth is—so what are you waiting for? Grab the gear and a copy of The Daily Photo Calendar and head for the hills (or sea-shore, park, lake, national refuge area).
Sometimes you need to venture beyond your own backyard to capture truly memorable subjects!
1st ($300)Whirling dervishes: A slowish shutter speed caused the exaggerated maneuvers of this traditional dragon dance to wash into a vivid blur of movement, color, and light that captures the spirit of celebration. Nam-Li Hong of Shanghai, China, made the picture during the opening ceremonies of the Shanghai Olympics.
We've never made any secret that our absolute favorite point-and-shoots are the precision pocketables. These simply do what P/S cameras do best: slip into a small pocket to be always ready for that unexpected candid, scenic, or record shot.
A showcase for spectacular images and how they were made
I was planning to take a holiday in Rio de Janeiro after completing a grueling calendar project in Chile, when the editors of an in-flight magazine asked me to shoot Rio's Carnival. "Twist my arm," I answered. I arrived a week early. The temperature hovered over 90 degrees, the humidity was unbearable, and I began to think that maybe this wasn't such a good idea.
What you, our readers, think about the camera you own
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY’S "Test Reports" are justly famous internationally when it comes to evaluating new cameras, lens performance, camera design, and quality of manufacture. But perhaps even more important is what you, our readers, find after really putting these cameras through the most grueling test, your own experience.
How many of today’s POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY readers would want us to devote almost an entire issue to darkroom methods? In 1942, most serious photography enthusiasts processed and printed their own film, and our October issue was a special darkroom one.
A dry sense of humor is at work in Karen Glaser's underwater views
Karen Glaser’s life as a photographer took an intriguing turn several years ago as a result of a birthday gift. An avid swimmer all her life, she received a Minolta 110 Weathermatic A underwater camera from a friend. This equipment was a bit uncharacteristic, perhaps, for a fine-art photographer whose work usually requires the services of a rig such as a Hasselblad.
Nikon takes a giant step forward with new N90 AF SLR
MOST EXCITING NEW NIKON N90 FEATURES
In the never-ending battle for the hearts, minds, and dollars of serious amateurs and pros, both Nikon and Canon have created very diverse, top-of-the-line autofocus cameras. The Nikon F4S, acknowledged leader of the pack (in cameras sold), is a massive, die-cast, somewhat conservatively featured camera with controls very familiarly placed.
Choosing the right film for available light: Color......and black-and-white
Lost art of available light?
Available light is a curious concept indeed. Strictly speaking, it can encompass practically any light source under and including the sun, so long as it’s illuminating the subject as it exists, not added by the photographer. Technically, even strobe can qualify as available light if, for example, you’re photographing a roomful of flashy dancers at a typical discostyle club.
Lighting sets the stage, body paint creates the mystery, and the photographer adds his creative touch
Michael J. McNamara
When the Roman armies first landed in Wales, they were met by men and women whose bodies were completely covered in blue. That’s why they named these people the "Welsh" (meaning "people covered in blue"). But Mark Sadan, a photographer from Ossining, NY, didn’t learn this until after he finished his "Blue Series" with Clare Gwilliam, a dancer and model who happens to be—Welsh!
Kodak's Photo CD is finally here, but Is it right for you?
PHOTO CD IS . ..
Sizing up the Photo CD
PHOTO CD IS NOT ...
All roads lead from film
Aspects of Photo CD: Two views
CD-I slide show with Photo CD
Photo course ona disk!
Audio playback bonus on screen
Are all prints created equal? Almost, but not quite.
CD photo album—kit makes it easy
It’s been more than two years since we first heard about Kodak’s promise for the future of photography—a flat golden disk just under 5 inches in diameter that can hold the equivalent of more than 100 images, which can be displayed on your TV or used to produce photographic-quality prints at your photofinisher.
On a quest for creative lighting, Rich Scarpitta wields a humble but effective tool: the penlight!
Dos and don'ts of drawing with light
A mixed (light) blessing
To perform the linear magic you see here, Rich Scarpitta thinks like a draftsman and works like a cat burglar. Dressed all in black, he comes out only at night and, with painstaking diligence, exposes his subjects by carefully tracing their outlines with a five-inch flashlight.
Hands on: Fairly compact, slightly heavy, but well balanced for a 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5. Nicely finished in satin black with very legible meter/feet scales, and color-keyed green 28mm and yellow 70mm aperture scales. Autofocus is fast but noisy.
Hands on: Sizable and a bit heavy for a 28-80mm zoom, but handles well on PZ-series cameras. Well finished in satin and matte black. Wide, knurled, rubberized zoom ring is very easy to grip. In manual zooming, zoom ring is smooth but underdamped, as is grippable, rubberized, narrow focusing ring.
Hands on: Unusually compact. One of the lightest of all 28-70mm AF zooms. Balances nicely on camera. Ribbed, rubberized zoom and focusing rings are amply sized and easy to grip. Smooth zoom action; underdamped manual focusing. Our sample exhibited a slight lateral shift of viewfinder image during autofocusing, suggesting loose gearing, judged a minor defect.
It may take a balancing act to whiten the whites and keep your colors true
MONOCHROMATIC SCENE CAN FOOL A CAMCORDER
White balancing your camcorder is important, as you probably know, to get natural-looking colors and whites that look white. As with film, subjects shot under tungsten light will look reddish when photographed with daylight film or a camcorder set for daylight, and subjects shot outdoors will take on a bluish cast if the film or camcorder setting is appropriate for tungsten light.
After reading the article "Photography Computes!" in the July '92 issue [page 46], I realized that personal computers can be used to alter photographs to win contests. Are there any rules that forbid altering pictures that are entered in the monthly column "Your Best Shot"?
If you think a disk drive is strictly for computers, take a look at the Pro-Kalt Disk-Drive Rotary Trimmers. These paper trimmers are a variation on rotary-blade cutters, with their cutting disks fully enclosed in a housing for safe operation. The company says it will handle difficult materials such as polyester, acetate, corrugated cardboard, fabric, or mounting board. The Model DC-110 can cut material up to 10 inches wide on a high-impact plastic base. The cutting arm has a magnetic hold-down to keep the material firmly in place. It comes with a spare cutting disk and a perforation disk. Suggested price is $59.95. The heavier-duty models DC-111 (with a 12-inch cutting bed) and the DC-112 (with a 17-inch cutting bed) use solid aluminum bases. Their cutting arms employ a snapdown clamp to keep material from shifting. The manufacturer claims these models can cleanly cut 30 sheets of paper at one stroke. They also come with a spare cutting disk and a perforation disk. Suggested prices are $133.95 for the DC-111 and $159.95 for the DC-112. The Disk-Drive Trimmers are currently available at photo retailers. For additional information, write to Silver Image Creative, 3705 North Wayne, Chicago, IL 60613 or call Brandess/Kalt at (312) 588-8601.
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The Star-D Archival Storage File
Here’s one of those remarkably unglamorous products that, in meeting a real need of serious slide shooters, should prove very popular. The Star-D Archival Storage File is a three-ring binder with a difference: It’s made of rigid plastic and closes tightly to form a fully enclosed box. The 2¼-inch-thick file measures 12¼x10¼ inches and therefore has ample room for standard slide (or negative or print) pages. The material used is archival-grade polypropylene, and with lip seals around the edges, the binder can stand a splashing. The U.S.-made binders are available in gray or black and carry a 10-year warranty. They are also available without the ring-binder mechanism. List prices are $10.95 for the ring binders and $10 for the plain files. For more information, contact Uniphot Corp., 61-10 34th Ave., Woodside, NY 11377.
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Looking at projected slides is wonderful, but sometimes you don’t want to put up the screen (or take down all the pictures from the wall you use as a screen). And if you’re sorting and editing slides, it’s nice to be able to have immediate access to the slide trays. Porter’s Camera Store has a nifty solution in its Table Top Front/Rear Projection Screens. These are lightweight, aluminum stretcher frames holding white screen material. The company says the surface provides high color saturation and sharpness and uniform brightness. The screens can be viewed from front or back. Another use: copying slides onto video. Prices: $26.95 for a 12 X 12-inch screen, $37.95 for an 18 x 18, and $44.95 for a 24 x 24. Shipping is extra. For information or ordering, contact Porter’s Camera Store at P.O. Box 628, Cedar Falls, IA 50613, or call (800) 553-2001.
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Kik Yamamoto’s KIK-90 is a leather and nylon-webbing camera strap with a new twist or, we should say, bend: The leather portion, 1½ inches wide, is cut with a 90-degree bend, which is said to increase comfort when wearing a camera around your neck, particularly medium-format cameras or one of the heavier 35mm SLRs. The straps come with two types of lug ends, split ring and webbing. They come in three sizes to accommodate photographers of different heights (longer straps for taller photogs, natch). The webbing is available in black, navy, Pacific blue, and gray. Straps come with appropriate end lugs as well as a nine-inch hand-carrier strap. The KIK-90 is currently available by mail order for $18.95 plus $3 shipping; California residents must add 8.25 percent sales tax. (You may see the KIK-90 straps in some camera retail stores in California as well.) Order by color preference, model of camera, and your height. KIK-90 straps are also available for camcorders and binoculars. For information or ordering, contact Kik Yamamoto, P.O. Box 91921, City of Industry, CA 91715-1921.
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The new Mamiya M645 PRO
Two new medium-format Mamiya cameras recently announced in Japan, both upgraded versions of existing models, should be available stateside by year’s end or early in ’93. The new Mamiya M645 PRO, a 6 x 4.5-cm, 120/220 rollfilm SLR, is based on the well-established M645 Super, accepts the same lenses and attachments, but has a sleeker, rounded, more contemporary look, especially with its new winder grip and AE prism finder attached. Updated features include the streamlined AE Prism Finder FE401, providing average, spot, and average-spot autoselection modes; the Winder Grip WG410 that automatically determines if the last frame was exposed and winds if needed when attached; a new selftimer; and a time-exposure (T) setting that uses no battery power. In addition, the new body will automatically switch the focal-plane shutter to 1/8 sec when leaf-shutter lenses are mounted, is said to have improved dust and moisture sealing, and is expected to sell for around 15—25 percent more than the M645 Super body. A quintet of new Mamiya M645 lenses unveiled along with the new PRO model include a 55mm f/2.8 N/L wideangle, an 80mm f/2.8 N/L normal, and a 150mm f/2.8 N/L tele. All three have electronically controlled, 1—1/500 sec, Seiko leaf shutters providing flash synch speeds from 1/30 to 1/500 sec. Rounding out the new optical group is a brace of new shutterless teles, a Mamiya A 150mm f/2.8 and the light-finished Mamiya A 300mm f/2.8 APO. On the rangefinder front, Mamiya revealed a slightly revised version of the 6 x 6-cm (2½-inch square), interchangeable-lens Mamiya 6, tentatively dubbed the Mamiya 6 ME It will use the same lenses as before, but it will also accept accessory adapters that give 12 widely spaced 6 x 4.5-cm images or let you shoot 24x56-mm panoramas. Viewfinder frames will show what you get with all formats. The MF is in preparation for ’93 and, of course, will be more expensive than the regular Mamiya 6.
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Lenticular 3-D photography, a cult fad in the early ’80s, has attempted a come-back in recent years. First came the Nishika and then the Image Tech (aka Trilogy) 35mm cameras. Both cameras produce multiplane, lenticular, 3-D prints aimed at amateurs. Now, Image Technology International wants pros and (very) serious amateurs to get in on the act. The new PRO645 3-D camera uses five lenses to expose matched frames on 220 rollfilm. The 6 x 4.5-cm frames are used to make high-resolution 3-D prints or transparencies at Image Technology’s dedicated-processing lab in Atlanta. Enlargements of up to 40 x 60 inches are possible. In addition to the larger format, the PRO645 offers exposure control missing in the amateur cameras. Apertures (f/5.6—f/45) and shutter speeds (16 sec to 1/500 sec, plus Bulb and Time) are user-set. The PRO645 is a meterless non-SLR with a sixth viewfinding lens, a motor drive, lens shutters, 125mm f/5.6 fixed-focus lenses (four feet to infinity), and a hernia-inducing weight of 11 pounds (not including special nicad battery). List price? Ha! Even if you don't have to ask, you can't afford it ($12,500, and no, we didn’t misplace a decimal point). Luckily, it can be rented in most major metropolitan areas. For further information, contact Image Technology International, 5172 Brook Hollow Parkway, Suite G, Norcross, GA 30071.
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The Flash Quick Release
Flash brackets that hold electronic flash units high above the camera lens help prevent red-eye, produce relatively shadowless lighting, and have, as a result, been a mainstay of wedding photographers for many years. The trouble with some of them is that you can’t quickly dismount the flash unit. Stroboframe, the company that brings us all sorts of useful flash gizmos, solves this with the Flash Quick Release. This accepts any Stroboframe shoe or handle flash mount, then clicks onto any Stroboframe System 2000 RL and 2000 SQ bracket, which includes both side and overhead mounts. And there’s an adapter arm to fit the unit to Stroboframe models R4, R7, R66, and RL/c. Made of heat-treated aluminum alloy and finished in anodized black, the Flash Quick Release clicks onto the flash bracket arm. To secure the flash, twist the safety knob a half-turn. To remove the flash, you just press a spring-loaded lever and slide it off, first loosening the safety knob if you had tightened it. The Flash Quick Release (model 300QRF) carries a suggested list price of $29.95. For more information, contact The Saunders Group, 21 Jet View Dr., Rochester, NY 14624—4996. O
Honest, unflinching answers to your most probing questions
An ol' Rebel
Slide film seems to be the film of choice for both professionals and advanced amateurs. Yet in resolution, sharpness, granularity, contrast, and exposure latitude, negative films have better specifications than corresponding slide films.