Strike up the contrast and add a fresh perspective to turn good subjects into winning pictures.
1st ($300) This brightly clad toddler clutching a communications receiver transforms a mass of somberly-garbed military men into a sea of smiles. By opting for an ultrawide-angle lens and shooting from a low angle, the photographer emphasized the contrast between the irrepressible main subject in the foreground and the almost one-dimensional array of troops looming behind.
What would you pay for two—TWO! COUNT ’EM!—of Ansel Adams’ chrome Hasselblad cameras, complete with multiple lenses and film magazines? Don’t answer yet! Because for this special offer only, we’ll throw in a Polaroid back and aluminum case, all used by the Master himself!
Next stop for POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY’S Freeze Frame? The award-nominated cable TV series about travel and photography continues its globe trotting exploration, this time in the country that’s practically a theme park: Switzerland. Shown on the Travel Channel, the program—now, an hour long!
Want to adopt a whale? You don’t have to provide lodging (phew!). And you can forget the few tons of krill a day for meals and snacks. What you will have is the satisfaction of knowing that Floppy, or Spitz, or Diego, or Maude, or Freckles will be well looked after.
Yes, there was Bernice Abbott, Margaret Bourke-White, and Gertrude Kasebier, and now there is Nan Goldin, Carrie Mae Weems, and Annie Leibovitz. Nevertheless, picture taking has largely been a guy thing. As recently as 1972, men bought over 90 percent of the SLRs sold.
So—you’re a famous movie star who has just witnessed the presidential inauguration, and you decide you want a good shot of the crowd to go along with all those snaps of Bill and Hillary. What do you do? Well, if you’re Michael Douglas, you climb up the north steps of the Capitol Building to get a view of the Mall, pull out your APS Canon ELPH camera, and fire away.
One big and many little things that I wouldn’t be without.
A super photo coat
Sock it to your lenses
Oops, dammit, there goes the film leader
Skip this if you have a gray hand
Get those filters out of those silly boxes
Unsticking stickable filters
Hamlet no, Macbeth yes, yes, yes
Good for more than gaffers
Keep the rain away
Quick redeye cure
When I was away, the mice did play
Keeping out of a flap
Winning the slots
When small things turn screwy
The Swiss Army to the rescue
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Mark this well
You’re probably fed up to the ears with reminders to always carry extra film, a polarizer, batteries, flashlight, and similar old-photo-hat items in your camera bag. In the hope that your ear passages and eye-sight are not totally stopped up and fuzzy from this too-often repeated photo litany, I’d like to pass along my own rundown of oddments, big and small, without which I could not do—not well, anyhow.
Shooting in the heart of darkness can be terrifying—and we mean the exposure!
Fill-Flash Follies and Fast-Film Foibles
When you first enter the forest, it takes a minute for your eyes to adjust to the prevailing darkness. Slowly they adapt to the varying contrasts where splotches of light play off deep, dark shadows, and you begin to see the intricacies that exist under the tree canopy.
Our corny but captivating May '47 cover pic of a pretty little lass watering the posies looks like a grab shot, but sure wasn’t. Hollywood pro Orville Logan Snider used a 4x5 Crown View and 18cm f/4.5 Zeiss Tessar lens in bright sunlight, plus tinfoil reflectors for fill.
Pulse of the City? That’s what our dazzling, semi-abstract May ’72 cover shot suggests. Well-known pro Francisco Hidalgo first photographed a London vista at night (f/4 on B, time unrecorded), then took his 35mm SLR in hand and moved it to "paint" a design with street and window lights before closing the shutter.
New films, digital cameras, add spice to bland ’97 Photo Marketing Association Show.
Positive moves in negative films
APS chrome, Kodachrome Minilab, and 35mm Infrared for E-6 take film spotlight at PMA
Is K-Lab in time?
This year’s Photo Marketing Association (PMA) Show was held in New Orleans, known as the Big Easy for its relaxed, freewheeling ambiance. The show was like that too—a relatively leisurely pace and some notable new stuff, but no frenzy of breakthrough products.
Price per pixel plummets, sparking digital camera baby boom
Check out this price point!
If you're looking for a top model.
Record-breaking PMA crowds witnessed a birthing frenzy at the largest introduction of digital point-and-shoot cameras to date. In the under$1,000 price range, more than a dozen cameras dazzled show participants with innovative designs and features, while several $2,500 models brought higher resolution or digital video capabilities within reach of consumers.
Advanced Photo System (APS), all the buzz a short while ago, took a decidedly second(or third-) fiddle role to the innovative film and digital introductions at PMA. Most manufacturers chose to fill in the gaps in their existing product lines; nonetheless, some eye-catching and clever new designs made their way to the show.
How serious photo enthusiasts like you make photography part of their lives.
Has this guy got an active lifestyle? Just take a look at these fast-paced action photos starring the photographer! I I -
She lives in misty Seattle, but peruse her pictures and you'll swiftly see that her heart's in sunny Italy.
`-F This doctor operates with a computer to create eye-catching collages from pictures he's shot near and far, then and now.
When you make your own hours, travel and scenic photography are a natural combo.
What's in the future?
This is the first in what promises to be a long-running series of feature articles based on a simple but compelling concept—showcasing the work of talented readers and revealing the fascinating ways in which, these accomplished photo enthusiasts integrate photography into their lives.
Just Another Leather, Deco, Auto Lenscap, Zoom Camera
Position Sought: Resourceful innovator, small in size but big in reputation, perennial survivor of camera downsizing wars, seeks new position befitting her status as cult-camera insider. Tough exterior, sharp-eyed, but easygoing manner.
EXHIBITIONS CALIFORNIA Seydou Keita; through June 3. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-357-4000. Ansel Adams, A Legacy: Masterworks from The Friends of Photography Collection; through June 15.
"First Prize Photojournalism" a cliche, huh? ["Letters," March ’97, page 53, regarding a winning photograph in our January-issue "Great Picture Contest]. After serving forty-one years— from age sixteen to fifty-seven—in the armed forces of this nation, and having jumped into Holland with the 82nd Airborne, served with the 101st outside Bastogne in December, 1944, as well as tours of duty in Korea and Vietnam, I have news for that fellow.
Rock music’s premier portraitist proves that great people pictures ain’t always pretty!
Location, location, location
Equipment is secondary
Anton Corbijn has never asked anyone to say cheese. The Dutch-born, London-living, 40-something portraitist who started out chronicling Britain’s punk rock scene, is now sought after by Hollywood stars and top-grossing rock musicians for his distinctively gritty, black-and-white "anti-portrait" style.
In one way or another, ol’ Sol is the defining element of all daylight photography
When a French scientist and tinkerer named Joseph Nicéphore Nièpce fitted a chemical-smeared plate into a camera obscura and aimed it at a bland scene of rooftops on a summer day in 1827, he took the first permanent photograph by the only light powerful enough to work: the sun.
Subtle, serene, sometimes surreal: Alan Delaney’s London After Dark
A lan Delaney just can't stay home at night. But hitting the pubs or nightlife he's not. Instead, the 38-year-o1d Delaney is loading his 4x5 equipment into a carryall and roaming every dark corner of his beloved adopted London, photographing Westminister Abbey and Tower Bridge, Annett's Crescent and Limehouse Basin, The Hop Pole and St. Pancras Station, Snow Hill and Spitalfields, concrete depots and bagel shops—the modern, the ancient, the great, the small.
Simply the quickest shooting, most advanced, safety-loaded pro AF SLR ever.
QUICK GUIDE TO WHAT’S IMPORTANT
Over seven frames per second by the clock!
FEATURES AT A GLANCE
Does dynamic autofocus switching really work?
What’s on the LCDs?
Focus Lock-On: A Big Plus
TEST RESULTS: NIKON F5 #3004514 with 50mm f/1.4 #3059194
AUTOFOCUS & TIME LAG
SHUTTER SPEED ACCURACY
EXPOSURE ACCURACY AT FILM PLANE
Choosing a metering pattern
Custom Functions: The 24 are easily set
After three months of the most extensive field and lab tests ever conducted by POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY on any camera, (necessary because of the F5's complexity), we conclude that Nikon has achieved a cutting-edge triumph. Not that the F5 is perfection.
Hands on: Remarkably lightweight and short in length. Well finished in satin black with easy-to-grip, heavily ribbed zoom and manual focusing rings. There's an aperture lock at f/3.5. The zoom ring is well damped and adequately smooth, the manual focusing ring is very smooth.
Three ancient Japanese SLRs you won’t find in the collector’s guides, and one Japanese classic you can nab for a song.
Finding the unfindable
A Japanese classic for under $40?
While I am hardly self-effacing by nature and will happily toot my own horn if I know the tune, there are two unearned titles I absolutely refuse to accept, even when they’re bestowed with sincerest respect and kindliest intentions. I am not, despite being immersed (mired?) in this field for nearly 30 years, a "camera expert."
When I make closeups on a copystand with a 105mm Nikkor lens and extension tube, I notice that the center of the frame is perfectly focused but the edges are quite noticeably out of focus. I have to stop the lens down quite a bit to bring the entire frame into sharp focus.