Hugo van Lawick is famous for his photographs of the flora and fauna of the Serengeti plain in Africa, as well as for his naturalist and conservation films made for television. He has written seven books and won numerous awards, including six Emmys.
To make a dramatic statement, look for color, contrast, and don’t be afraid to enhance an old shot.
1st ($300) Tires afire: Though the exposure was made in an instant, this news-as-art image took almost ten years to produce in its present form. Back in ’87, Bill Willcox of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, was a staff photographer for the Greeley Tribune in Greeley, Colorado, when he was summoned at daybreak to a tremendous fire at a tire recycling plant about 30 miles away.
The close-focusing barrier and how to get around it.
Viewing slides easily: a problem solved at last
Can Alpa climb back into the SLR ring making only 500 cameras per year at about $8,000 apiece?
Tamron breaks the barrier...
I don’t think there’s any zoom that’s more fun to look through or use than a 28-200mm or 28-300mm. Just gear up, turn or push-pull that zoom ring, and watch the subjects zoom forward or back to the tune of an over 7:1 ratio—from a satisfying wide angle to just about as much tele as you can handhold safely.
Prego, Prego? Grazie, Grazie! A Serving of Rollei's Saucy Wide-Zoom P/S
Rollei Prego 90
I Never Saw a Purple Prego (Until Now)
Camo Vivitar Takes Aim At Macho Single-Users
More Prego points
Part of the problem with naming a camera line Prego (aside from the obvious one) is that there’s no real English equivalent of some expressions like the Italian prego, the Netherlander 'stublieft, or the Japanese dozo. These words are a sort of all-purpose verbal handshake; depending on context and inflection, they can mean anything from “please” or “you’re welcome” to “set yerself down and make yerself comfy.
Presenting the top pictures in the 1996 POP PHOTo/American Humane Association Animal Lovers’ Photo Contest.
There’s almost nothing POP PHOTO readers enjoy more than taking animal pictures. Indeed, the subject stats for our ongoing monthly (“Your best shot”) and annual (“Great Picture”) contests prove that our furry and feathered friends rank right behind humans as your favorite subjects.
Videos on how to shoot video? Here are reviews of 40 we consider the best!
General video shooting techniques
Subsidy and special-interest videos
What more appropriate way to learn about making video than by watching video? I’ve been looking at dozens of how-to videotapes, and you’ll be impressed with the wealth of information they offer. Here are my summaries of the best tapes. They are coded by proficiency level as follows: B (beginner), I (intermediate), A (advanced), P (professional).
Regarding your reply to Diane Johnson [“Letters,” August ’96, page 190, protesting “doctored” photos], I would guess most POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY readers take “simple” photographs, and that they are dismayed and discouraged when you praise photographs that are enhanced in one way or another and that are impossible for them to emulate.
It looks like an ad for the Garden of Eden, but the November '46 cover was actually shot in the photographer’s apartment. Lenore Simon, a top-notch model herself, used a ,3¼x4¼ Popular Pressman camera with an f/4.5 Gooke-Butcher lens.
10 pros tell why they didn’t use 35mm or a view camera.
Despite the improved emulsions, incredible variety of film, convenience of zooms, availability of extreme wide-angles, and the ever-growing ability of 35mm to equal medium-format quality in all but giant enlargements, many pros expect more from medium-format negatives and transparencies—and apparently get it.
Here’s the lowdown on every full-system, interchangeable lens 2¼ camera being sold In the U.S. today!
What's new in medium format since our roundup a year ago? Two noteworthy trends are developing, and both work to the advantage of 35mm photographers who'd like to upgrade to 2¼. First trend: medium-format camera makers are bundling their least-expensive models into attractively priced starter kits that include a body, lens, viewfinder, and filmback.
There now are 9 new Advanced Photo System print films. Are some better than others? You bet!
NEW 35MM FUJI REALA: COMPARE IT TO APS
100-SPEED APS FILMS
200-SPEED APS FILMS
400-SPEED APS FILMS
Who's best in ISO 100?
Four for 400
Send them back!
While the number of Advanced Photo System (APS) camera owners pushes ever upwards, the question is no longer how APS films compare with 35mm films (Very well! Sec “APS vs. 35mm: Which is Sharper?”, August ‘96, page 75), but which APS films are the cream of the crop and which don’t even make it to skim milk.
Can Kodak’s two new jazzy-colored Ektachromes stop pros from switching to brightly hued Fuji, Agfa, or Konica slide films? Flere’s how they compare.
How grainy are they?
Michael J. McNamara
Most amateurs seem quite content with the quality and results of medium-speed Kodak Elite slide films (we’ll soon be testing the new ESO 50, 100, 200, and 400 Elite II). But if you’ve been reading the tech data in photo magazine picture credits, you can’t help but notice a swelling tide of Fujichrome 100 Provia and Velvia 50 among professionals.
SHOOT MULTISPEED FILM FROM ISO 100 TO 1600? YOU MUST BE KIDDING!!
Having tried and failed once, has Kodak finally produced a print film shootable with good results at darn near every ISO film speed you need?
Right after Kodak introduced Ektapress 400 Multispeed color-print film (PJB) last year, claimed to be usable at ISO 100 to 1000, our Technology Editor, Mike McNamara, tested it out and found it wanting. Making exposures at ISO 100 to 1000 all on one roll of PJB, he found his commercially-made prints acceptable from ISO 100 upwards—until he hit 1000.
Tired of goopy soft-focus wedding albums? Nick Waplington has the antidote for you.
No one will ever call Nick Waplingron’s book The Wedding an idealization. This slice of contemporary working-class British life continues the intimate documentary work that Waplington used to such striking—and controversial—effect in its predecessor, Living Room.
Hands on: Both the 50mm f/2 Summicron and the 50mm f/2.8 Elmar are extremely well finished in satin black, with very legible white-on-black aperture, depth-of-field, and metric distance scales, and orange-yellow footage scales. Focusing helicals are very well damped and turn with a silky smoothness.
The South By Its Photographers; through Dec. 29. Birmingham Museum of Art, 2000 Eighth Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203, 205-254-2566. ARIZONA Richard Misrach: Crimes & Splendors—The Desert Cantos; through Dec. 1. Center for Creative Photography, Univ. of Ariz., 843 E. University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85721, 602-621-7968.
The 100mm lens for my Beseler Topcon Super D no longer closes down properly and I can’t find a source for Super D nickel-cadmium motor drive batteries. Where can I get Topcon repairs and parts? Joel Ware Harborton, VA Topcon Repairs, Suite 101, 14050 Magnolia Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, BAX 818-995-4169, TEL 818-784-5501 is the official Topcon agency.