Jul 042011
 

© Paul Mozell 2011

Photographers and most creative people I know, whether full or part-time professionals, are not good business people. We would prefer to devote as little time as possible to marketing, invoicing, record-keeping, social networking, and tax preparation. Photographers want to be behind the viewfinder and not in front of a screen full of pie charts and prospecting lists. Good software can go a long way towards easing the burden. Continue reading »

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Apr 142011
 

by Paul Mozell

Ilford, the recognized producer of chemistry and media for wet-lab and inkjet photographic printing, has expanded its already-deep Galerie Line of professional media. I recently had the opportunity to test a range of their new papers and was impressed with the results. I made my first inkjet prints on industrial-sized drum printers from Iris Graphics — machines originally designed and built for the commercial print world. I was an early adopter of the first desk-top color printers from HP and Epson, and wrestled with early wide-format roll-fed printers from LaserMaster and Encad. Inkjet printing has come a long, long way since then. This qualifies me as a picky and experienced user! Continue reading »

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Mar 182011
 

How many photographers have reviewed their work and found that important images were slightly out of focus? Probably the vast majority of shooters have experienced this ailment at one time or another. Datacolor, best known for its color calibration products has introduced SpyderLensCal, a simple-to-use but accurate tool for measuring and adjusting the accuracy of your camera’s autofocus system. Continue reading »

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Mar 172011
 

© Paul Mozell 2011

Until very recently, we were monitoring the strength of developer and fixer solutions in the workflow for film and print processing. Chemistry mixing errors could be costly for both professional and amateur photographers.

Accurate, predictable control of color is as important to photographers’ success in the digital era,  as accurate chemistry monitoring was to good photography in the 20th century. Datacolor‘s new SpyderCheckr™ creates color profiles of digital cameras, and helps ensure the consistency and predictability of your work. Continue reading »

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Mar 042011
 

Gary Fong is an accomplished pro photographer who also designs and markets a line of innovative light modifiers for hot shoe flashes.  I tested the new Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Pro Kit and was very impressed. Fong’s original Lightsphere product has been in my wedding/event kit for several years now and it has changed the way I work and the quality of my photographs. First, a little history of my life with with camera strobes.

Way back in film days, I had a stint as a stringer for the Associate Press, in between shooting PR photos for local agencies and businesses. My camera bag was stuffed with battered Nikons and couple of Vivitar hot-shoe flashes. For the longest time, these were the workhorses of press photographers because they were small, inexpensive, and very powerful for their size. Continue reading »

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Feb 172011
 

I designed and printed my first business cards in Junior High School 104, New York, NY with letterpress type, black ink, and some beige colored stock. With all due respect to Johannes Gutenberg, whose 15th century technology I simulated in 8th grade, I imagine that the printing pioneer would have been impressed with the business cards from Moo that arrived today on my doorstep.

My set of 50 test cards alternated between a dozen different files I uploaded to make 12 different, 2-sided cards. The full-bleed cards were printed on a 16pt stock with a pleasing matte finish.  I was very satisfied with the color match to the layout I previewed on my calibrated Apple monitor. The text and logo on the reverse side was crisp, and the blacks were pure. Simply stated, I rank the quality of the Moo cards among the best I’ve seen  from an online printer.

So, what does this mean for working photographers and enthusiastic amateurs? Variable, on-demand printing with classy designs that will get attention for your work. I could have uploaded 100 different files, or 200, all for the same reasonable prices. The Moo, Inc. site stresses that their products are all about creativity and unique presentation. Continue reading »

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Jan 262010
 

© Paul Mozell 2010

A descendant of the Olympus 1040 SW, the new Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 features the camera manufacturer’s expertise in rugged design. It is likely that Olympus has done everything possible to protect the  inner workings of this point-and-shoot camera from water, shock, and pressure; save encasing it in thick rubber. On one vacation day with the family, for example, you could drop this camera from a maximum height of 6.6 feet, dive underwater to 33 feet, absentmindedly leave it in mini-freezer in your hotel room, and run it over with bellman’s cart full of 220 pounds of luggage and still —  be able to make  snapshots and movies. Continue reading »

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Jan 012010
 

Dec 24, 2009

New York, NY (December 24, 2009) – Pro-Optic announces the 8mm Pro-Optic Fish-Eye lens, featuring a breakthrough in optical design for the first affordable fish-eye lens designed for digital SLRs that have APS-sized sensors. Continue reading »
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Jan 012010
 

Elmsford NY – December 30, 2009 – PocketWizard launched the newest and most advanced firmware for the MiniTT1 Transmitter and FlexTT5 Transceiver. ControlTL Firmware Version 5.0 for Canon incorporates several new features, many performance improvements and new camera and flash compatibility. Now, with a simple download, customers who already own MiniTT1’s and FlexTT5’s can upgrade them to get the same features found on brand new units. Owners are encouraged to upgrade all existing units at the same time for improved performance. Continue reading »

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Aug 252009
 

Lowepro, the camera bag maker may be best known for its extensive line of gear for outdoor and nature photographers. With the release of the Classified series of bags, they have shown creativity and innovation in the realm of “urban” or “street photographer” bags. Continue reading »

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May 112008
 

© Paul Mozell 2009
Question: Why don’t my prints match what I see on my monitor? Answer: Because you are not utilizing color management.

This has to be the most commonly asked question about making color prints. Color management is a process which ensures that all the color capture, display, and printing devices in your workflow are speaking the same language. Once it has has been established and verified, color management empowers you to make prints with predictable color. Meaning; the colors, contrast, and brightness you see on your screen are what you get in the final print. Continue reading »

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Mar 162008
 

© Paul Mozell 2008

With the release of the Stylus Photo R1900 printer, Epson has pushed traditional photographic prints one step closer to obsolescence. This new 13 inch printer which replaces the R1800 in the product line, raises the bar for dynamic range, permanence, speed, and smooth color transitions. With a broad target audience ranging from advanced amateur to professional photographers, the R1900 may resemble its predecessor, but the ink formulation is all new. Continue reading »

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