Wadda' ya mean New York City is only one hundred years old? What about Peter Stuyvesant and that $24-worth-of-trinkets land deal he pulled off? Well, true, New York has been around since it was New Amsterdam, but it wasn't incorporated as the five boros we know until 1898.
Tired of translating that camera manual that was supposed to have been translated already? You know, the one with stirring passages like "Flash is in the state of charge, and shutter release is disable. This indicator flashes regardless of whether or not the press partial way down of shutter button will been started."
Like most Horatio Alger figures, photographer Gordon Parks started with multiple strikes against him. Strike one: He was hired for his first photo job in the '30s without experience or even equipment. Strike two: He entered professional life with no formal training in photography or art.
The sale of the century has turned out to he the shock of the century. Last May, Sotheby's London sold approximately 250 important avant-garde photographs of the 1920s and '30s from Helene Anderson, a German collector. The result was a world auction record for a single-owner photography collection.
Clear out all those old exhibition photo prints you have cluttering up the house, and support a worthy cause at the same time. Two agencies are asking for prints to donate to hospices, child care agencies, and hospitals. Windows on the World (WOW) provides free photo albums to AIDS hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Keep your eye peeled for graphic patterns and if none jumps into your viewfinder, create your own.
1st ($300) Flower power: No tricks—no computer manipulation, fill flash, or colored filters were used here. This flowerful Image is the work of a talented, determined photographer, who hiked through the muck in the wee hours of a soggy August morning just to be In the right place at the right time.
Minolta turns a drab AF-SLR frog into a moderate-priced but incredibly multifeatured prince aiming to slay the Canon Rebel G dragon.
IMPORTANT NEW MAXXUM HTsi AND XTsi FEATURES
MAXXUM XTsi AND HTsi CUSTOM FUNCTIONS
What kind of a magic wand are the Minolta engineers waving these days? What they've apparently done to the just-discontinued Maxxum 500si is astonishing It's probably the biggest and most thorough instant upgrade of a camera body in photo history.
The awesome wilderness of Yosemite: a challenge and a delight to photographers.
Some things to know before you go
Shoot both big and small
To lug or not to lug
Follow the ghost of Ansel Adams as sunset burns a golden light onto El Capitan. Explore the blooming meadows of wildflowers and hike over granite Outcroppings sculpted by eons of wind and rain. Yosemite National Park is a photographer's endless delight.
Film-zapping X-ray is being used on airline ticketed luggage. Hand-carry your film!
Here's what new airport X-rays can do to your film!
Here's how the X-ray works
Tests confirm film damage
If you've been happily packing your unprocessed film in your ticketed luggage when traveling by air, stop it immediately. The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the deployment of over 60 new Invision CTX-5000 X-ray units in the U.S. alone and more are going to be added.
How serious enthusiasts integrate photography into their lives.
What does this expert in stress management do when things start getting unbearable? She grabs a camera and starts shooting!
GRIFFIN AT A GLANCE
How about those lenses!
Squeaky wheel gets the pix
Paula J. Griffin
When planes crash, tornadoes touch down, or banks are robbed around Jacksonville, Florida, the phone starts ringing at Paula Griffin's house. A licensed mental health counselor and specialist in stress management, Paula is a key member of a disaster response team and an expert at helping people who are dangling at the end of their rope.
Battery makers battle for power; some new flashes and gee-whiz accessories turn up too
Here's the scoop on what electrical goodies showed up at the recent New Orleans PMA photo trade show. In the battery department. most manufactures rolled out new formulations of current powerhouses, all designed to edge one step ahead of the competition.
When spring hath sprung, it's picture season, and our June `48 issue carried forth this theme in vernal abundance, with pictorial features including "A Decade of Photographic Art," by Ansel Adams, a "Spring In Pictures" salon, "Let's Make a Picture Book," "Making Pictures in a Cavern," and "Buy a Ticket to Better Pictures," a piece on travel photography.
CALIFORNIA 50/50: Israeli Art from Bay Area Collections; through July 26. The Jewish Museum, 121 Steuart St., San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-543-8880. The Art of the Daguerreotype; through June 12. Framing the Asian Shore: NineteenthCentury Photographs of the Ottoman Empire; through June 28.
I have noticed a problem when using an autofocus camera to take portraits of my sons, Alan and Liam. Using a procedure recommended by many publications and by the camera’s documentation itself, I aim my camera at the eyes of the subject, autofocus, recompose while locking the focus, and finally, take the picture.
What were the Germans doing in the late ’50s when the Japanese started taking over? Turning out oddball 35s.
A French TLR sans quirks
By the time I emerged from the serried ranks of box-camera-toting snapshooters into the more rarified and maniacal realm of serious photographers in the late '50s, the Japanese camera industry was in its ascendancy. Not surprisingly, the cameras I lusted after, and could possibly afford after some months of scrimping, were mostly Japanese rangefinder 35s with leaf shutters and noninterchangeable lenses.
Each month brings us a stack of mail praising our mail-order advertisers. But we have to admit that we also get a few letters reporting “rotten apples”—salesmen who twist the truth to try to land your order. When you do come across one of these, don’t argue, don’t fret—just hang up.
For dramatic pictures, turn 'round and shoot into the light!
What so BAAAD about backlight?
Pivot for pleasing light
Don’t counteract backlight with fill!
Nothing, actually, In fact, it can improve some shots!
Don't fret about exposure
Shield your lens!
Let’s face it. For many photographers, backlit pictures are often happy accidents or total disasters. Sunbeams may stream around your detailed subject creating wonderful halo effects you didn’t expect, or your main subject can draw a totally underexposed blank with plenty of wishy-washy flare.
Scientific films, yes, but they're used for startling artistic effects
Was there ever a photographic process that over flowed its intended niche more than infrared? In vented for such earnest applications as agricultural survey and medical research, these expensive, tetchy films sell far, far beyond these utilitarian needs.
Kodak’s new film, processable in E-6, is more fun than a barrel of purple monkeys!
If you really want AR-5...
The Cincinnati Reds wearing yellow uniforms playing baseball on red turf? Cows in front of yellow bams eating red grass? A bright, blood red, Arizona cactus shot in front of a cobalt-blue sky? Time to see the optometrist? No, these are just the effects of Kodak’s new Ektachrome Professional Infrared color-slide film.
A good wedding photographer never misses the buss, but here’s one who turned it into an art form!
Success by popular demand
Basically, what Lynette Huffman Johnson does to the time-honored wedding photography priorities is to turn them on their head! Most pros covering the nuptials circuit offer standardized packages based on a traditional selection of images—formal portrait of bride and groom, the ring ceremony, “you may kiss the bride,” family groups, guests at tables, etc., sometimes supplemented with less formal “candids.”
These metal-clad wide-angle wonders are petite and sweet. But are they worth the $$$$?
How we tested
HOW METERS PERFORM IN TRICKY SITUATIONS
Assorted surprises and gripes
And the envelope, please...
MAJOR SLR MAKER’S 28MM f/2.8 LENS
There you are, in the store to pick up a coupla rolls of film and a battery and some other whatsis you need, and you stop by a glass display case, and then it happens. One of those expensive little cameras. Or worse, several of those expensive little cameras.
Lester A. Pfeffer loves exposure meters. He has over 800.
More than 25 years ago, Lester Pfeffer went meterless to an American Photographic Historical Society show and sale. He returned with his pockets stuffed with meters and they have been multiplying like rabbits. Pfeffer has been collecting meters as well as researching and writing about meters and metering systems ever since.
Hands on: Canon’s second IS zoom lens is a little larger and heavier than you might expect for a lens of this focal length and speed, although remember that this lens contains a considerable amount of extra paraphernalia: an optical stabilizer lens group and the motors and microaccelerometers that make it work.
Gary Morrison hits a grand slam with his baseball abstractions
How Morrison works
We all know the excitement of baseball, don’t we? The jam-packed stadium, the crack of bat against ball, the powerful grace of the pitcher, the diving catches, the near misses, the errors, the roaring crowds, the arguments with the umpires, the mustard on a hot dog—all part of the American love of the game, and all photographed and enjoyed, from generation to generation.
Manfrotto’s low-profile #329 three-way tripod head ($110) is 1-1/2 inches shorter and about 8 ounces lighter than the Italian company’s previous short guy, the 3047. With 90-degree front and side tilts, plus a -20degree front and -30-degree side tilt, the smaller head also has 360-degree rotation, spring-assisted handles, and three (count ’em) bubble levels.
Alps MD-1300 printer The newest Alps printer has a split personality! It can print up to 8x10-inch photo-quality color prints using dye-sublimation (at 600x600 dpi), or similar sized photorealistic prints using Alps’ exclusive waterproof Micro Dry inks (at 600x1200 dpi). Changing printing modes only takes a minute. Image quality is higher for the dye-sub prints (which include a protective overcoat), but also more expensive (about $3.50 for an 8x10). Using Micro Dry inks, the MD-1300 can print color photos on just about anything, including transparency film, Tshirts and tattoo transfers, even colored papers— thanks to a ribbon that lays down a white background. The MD-1300 also prints metallic inks, ships with Adobe PhotoDeluxe 2.0, and is available for Mac and PC computers. (Alps Electric, Inc. 800825-2577 or www.alpsusa.com).
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Canon CD-200 Digital Printer Who needs a computer to print photos from digital cameras? The new Canon CD-200 ($499) lets you print directly from images stored on CompactFlash (CF) cards from the new Canon PowerShot A5 (shown on printer) as well as a variety of other cameras that use JPEG file storage. Printer resolution is up to 288 dpi and a 3.2x4.2-inch photo prints in about 95 seconds. The CD-200 can also capture stills from video or print digital files from PC or Mac computers. It even prints multi-image stickers, labels, and postcards. (Canon Computer Systems, Inc. 800OK-CANON, or www.ccsi.canon.com).
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Panasonic PV-PD2000 printer The new PV-PD2000 ($599) dye-sub printer handles removable media from just about any digital camera, lts Type II slot can read images stored in JPEG format on CompactFlash or SmartMedia cards (via an adapter card), as well as PC Type II cards. The PD-2000 is capable of up to 144x288 dpi resolution in full 24 bit color. Print area is as large as 3.3x4.4 inches on 4x6 inch paper. Multiple images (up to 16), strobe prints, trimming frames, and as many as 14 preset titles can be printed on a single sheet. Still frames can also be captured from video sources or downloaded from a Mac or PC computer. The printer can even print camcorder-generated titles and borders. (Panasonic Consumer Electronics, 800-211-Pana or www.panasonic.com).
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Fujifilm NX-5 digital/video printer Fuji enters the PC-free printing arena with its NX5 Thermo-Autochrome printer ($499). The NX-5 can read SmartMedia cards, capture video, and download images from Mac or PC computers when connected via parallel or serial cables. It uses a proprietary color technology that doesn’t require extra ribbon cartridges like dye-sub printers. Instead, color images are produced from thermally activated CMY layers coated on special paper. The printer has a built-in two-frame memory (for printing images and templates) as well as color and contrast controls. Print resolution is 145 dpi and image print area is up to 3.3x5 inches on 4x6-inch paper. Each print takes about 98 seconds, and up to 16 images can be printed on a single sheet. Available papers include sticker prints and postcard media, and options include designer templates stored on SmartMedia cards. It ships with MGI’s PhotoSuiteSE. (Fuji Photo Film, 800-378-3854 or www.fujifilm.com).
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GV-HT1 miniprinter from JVC Want to make prints from your digital camera or camcorder wherever and whenever you feel like it? Try JVC’s compact GV-HT1 ($799), the first battery powered digital printer that’s small enough to fit in a coat pocket. Packed within its 5⅛x1⅜x3¾inch frame are an IrDa infrared interface for connecting to digital cameras and computers, video input connectors for printing from camcorders and tapes, and a serial port for direct connection a PC or Mac (optional kit required). A compatible digital camera can transfer JPEG images directly to the printer in minutes. The printer uses wax thermal permeation to produce photo realistic quality, business card-sized prints (2¾x21/16-inch images on 3⅜x2⅛-inch paper) with 217 dpi resolution and 18-bit color (262,000 colors). The printer also utilizes a rechargeable JVC lithium-ion camcorder battery and ships with a soft case. (JVC, 201-7943900 or www.jvc.com).
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LinoColor Jade2 scanner
LinoColor Jade2 scanner Looking for an affordable color-accurate flatbed scanner? Linocolor’s Jade2 ($449) could be the solution. It features 600x1200 optical resolution with 30 bit color depth and a 2.8 density range (well above the D range of most prints). It can scan up to 8.5xl4-inch prints and up to 8.5x11.7-inch transparencies (with an optional $ 2 5 0 adapter). The Jade2 can capture a hi-res scan in only 40 seconds, and it comes with Visual Lab EZ software for the Mac Power PC and ColorFactory Pro for the PC, (Windows 95 and NT). Both of these programs include high-end scanner controls and built-in color management tools, with the ability to generate ICC color profiles on both platforms. Also included: TextBridge OCR software, Micrografx Picture Publisher, and an SCSI card. (LinotypeCPS, 888LinoColor, or www.linocolor.com).
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Umax Astra 1220 scanner
Umax Astra 1220 scanner The price to performance ratio just improved again with the introduction of the Astra 1220 series of flatbed scanners (starting at $199). Featuring 600x1200 dpi optical resolution and 36 bit color depth (until recently 36-bit scanners cost over $1,000), the Astra 1220 scanners are available in a variety of interfaces including a passthrough parallel port, SCSI-II, and USB. All of the models feature fast onepass scanning and a robust software bundle that includes Adobe PhotoDeluxe 2.0, Presto! Page Manager, Caere Omnipage LE OCR software, and a UMAX utility for sending scanned images directly to a printer. Vista Scan software is also included for controlling image quality. It includes color and contrast controls, gamma and tonal curve tools, and descreening filters. (UMAX Technologies, 800-562-0311 or www.umax.com).
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Xaos Tools Flash Box
Xaos Tools Flash Box Image editing and retouching takes on a new look and feel with Xaos (pronounced ka-os) Tools new ElashBox ($49.95). The easy-to-use program is packed with features such as a browser, a full set of imaging tools, special effects filters (over 90), creative projects, and outstanding designs including frames, borders, text, props, and background textures and shapes. Its unique interface is set up like a desk, with a work area and shelves which contain editing tools, frames, projects, and everything but a pencil sharpener. The program grows on you—literally. Thanks to FlashXubc programming technology, you can add more tools and effects simply by downloading them from the Xaos Tools website. ElashBox is compatible with Windows 95 PC’s, and Mac PowerPC platforms. (Xaos Tools, 800-289-9267, or www.xaostools.com
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Test Strip 2.0
Vivid Details Test Strip 2.0 Photographers leaping from the traditional darkroom to the digital darkroom will feel at home with Test Strip 2.0 ($149), a Photoshop compatible plug-in filter that uses a test strip chart approach for correcting color, contrast, and applying special effects. More powerful than the Variations function found in Photoshop, Test Strip 2.0 speeds up image retouching, simplifies printer calibration, and offers unlimited undos. It includes 115 preset special effects filters and provides an editable Task Fist that helps you keep track of changes. Image editing can be performed on RGB or CMYK images, and enhancements can be applied to multiple images. Available now for the Mac PowerPC platform and soon for Windows NT. (Vivid Details, 800-9484843 or www.vividdetails.com).
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I’m debating whether to buy a Pentax ZX-5N. I would probably get the SMC Pentax-FA 28-105mm f/4-5.6 zoom too, and in the camera’s brochure there’s a footnote about the lens that reads “28mm-35mm range and under 1.5 m at 35mm may cast shadow.”