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  • Serenity... by Graflex

    I agree. Nice composition for a double portrait. Lovely (realistic) skin tones thanks to the lighting and some skilful styling. Thank heavens you didn't Photoshop the image -- you'd have ended up with ceramic skin. What's next H?
    • 17 May 2011 4:28PM
  • Karen's Smile.. by Graflex

    No Horace, leave it alone! This girl hasn't been eating her Special K and looks all the better for it. Nice shot.

    H, I don't know the model... Karen who?

    • 11 May 2011 3:03PM
  • Barbara Lyon by Graflex

    A right royal wedding! Now I know who she is... a star of steam radio. Those were the days...
    • 30 Apr 2011 5:39PM
  • Sharon Young by Graflex

    Great idea - making the best of what you've got makes this shot. The fill-in flash is perfect.

    Tell me H why is it that Rollei users are the most loyal in photography? Could it be that it was largely manufactured from metal instead of plastic? Or... is it quite simply a 'proper' camera? Anyway, what ever it is, I want one.
    • 30 Apr 2011 5:36PM
  • Three's a Crowd by Graflex

    Ah, the Braun EF3 with its tube-shaped, flash tube and 360 degrees swivelling (removable) reflector. I remember it well. Even today it would have been a great piece of kit. I guess it was perfect for shots like this. Back in the late '60s the EF3 served as my very first studio flash. I bought a photo-brolly, mounted it on a tripod and used a piece of string to position the ensemble and give me the correct exposure. Shove a roll of FP3 in the C3 (or Rollei) and off you go. Magic. Just like your photo H...
    • 20 Apr 2011 12:20PM
  • Showtime Chorus by Graflex

    Great shot H. Glamour was glamour in those days -- no tin pot celebs or soap stars. These people did it the hard way. They paid their dues and had talent.

    Just keep stimulating my memory banks. I love your portfolio.

    • 20 Apr 2011 12:04PM
  • Joan Regan by Graflex

    Wow! The subject's warmth and sincerity simply leaps out at you. This is obviously one nice lady, captured perfectly by someone who understands the true meaning of portraiture. No airbrushing or de-humanisation. It must make EPZ's army of Photoshop sycophants spill tears all over their 'airbrush' filters.

    Remember the famous Bette Davis quote: "Don't you dear remove these [facial] lines. I worked hard to get them!"

    More of this kind of work... please Horace.

    • 15 Apr 2011 12:51PM
  • Psuedo professional photographers

    So is professional digital camera equipment,(your choice and mine btw) mortgages, living in London (move if you dont like it) running a car (public transport) bringing up...
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  • 'Airbrushing'

    I don't think its a bad idea - if the law applied to products, services and editorial aimed at people of a younger age. Furthermore, I think the law should be compulsory ...
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  • Off Camera Flash Photography Thread

    Lets see some of your set-up shots then I took a few on the moors with Sam last night - cracking sunset, 3 lights... was raining at the time - always a treat - an...
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  • Psuedo professional photographers

    So is professional digital camera equipment,(your choice and mine btw) mortgages, living in London (move if you dont like it) running a car (public transport) bringing up...
    by VicBarnes | Last Post | Unread
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  • 'Airbrushing'

    I don't think its a bad idea - if the law applied to products, services and editorial aimed at people of a younger age. Furthermore, I think the law should be compulsory ...
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    Replies: 18
  • K7 Pentax

    What no Phase 1 digital back Matt how could you.:D Compare on price, yes fair point. Talking about reviewers getting accused of bias, I read another site (where the...
    by oneill | Last Post | Unread
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  • Mamiya RZ 6x7 proII

    I finally started to shoot with film since March or April, and i really feel so happy to do, started with color mostly, but lately since May i started to shoot B&W more a...
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  • Advice on my photography works

    Hello Photoworks, I'm an ex-pro, so here goes. Firstly what kind of photographer do you want to be? Your site gives no clue about this. Do you want to be what's somet...
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  • What is Photography..

    "Every time I attempt to shoot a self portrait I come to the conclusion that a camera is the wrong weapon! LOL..!" ROFL
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  • Posted on: Pentax To Be Sold to Ricoh - UPDATE

    Much of the feedback from you guys is well worth reading. However, a couple of statements need to be corrected.

    The Spotmatic wasn't the first to use 'in-camera' metering -- it wasn't even the first camera with through lens metering. Along with a maximum aperture return mirror and a frame winder, the honours for all those innovations has to go to the Topcon R (brand name of Tokyo Optical Company).

    I switched from Topcon to Pentax in 1978 when I was told by AICO (importers) that Topcon was stopping camera production and would support professionals for only four years. I bought an MX with a Series One Vivitar zoom and a 5 fps motor drive. I still have that MX and despite the hammering it took from the motor (used every weekend for international motorcycle racing and the IoM TT) it has never been serviced.

    Yes, the Pentax LX was a great camera for pros and the equal of the Canon F and Nikon F1 (?). However, in my opinion, the Z1P was probably the best of all pro cameras ! In fact, it seems to have instigated and influenced the design of most of today's digital SLRs. There's a little bit of the Z1P in every digital Pentax I've owned.

    Interestingly, Hoya bought Pentax in 2006 at a time when Pentax had quadrupled its profits and when the K100D had been awarded the Japanese industry's Camera of the Year and Product of the Year. Hoya's pledge was to emphasize the pro-end of digital camera production.

    The tie-up with Samsung was a software collaboration.

    Although I am now retired I still enjoy using my K10D for personal pics. About a year ago I bought my first compact so that I could carry a camera wherever I went. No, it's not a Pentax, it's a (wait for it) Ricoh GX200. Oddly enough, the Ricoh seems to have an identical imaging engine to my K10D. Now, isn't that a surprise...?

    • 4 Jul 2011 2:25PM
  • Posted on: Pentax 645D V Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Comparison

    Gary: a good honest review.

    Depth of field is the same for every lens and every camera. It is only affected by image size. For example, a head shot where the head exactly fills the frame on a telephoto will have the same DOF as a wide angle, (if the head occupies exactly the same area). Mind you, I wouldn't be thrilled at the distortion of the latter!

    In my pro days I used a brace of Mamiya 645s and a number of Pentax Z1Ps. For reproduction on certain magazines' rotten paper the 35mm trannies and prints were marginally better than medium format images. This was simply because 35mm edge sharpness was preferable to the finer resolution of medium format. Digital photography has changed this rather strange anomaly.

    It really pleased me to see how thoroughly you tested the two cameras.

    Vic Barnes
    • 23 Feb 2011 6:05PM
  • Posted on: Fire Sale!

    Martin, we've had our differences but this is an excellent article. Well written, unbiased and informative. As a Duffy fan, and someone who saw the TV programme, you told me everything I wanted to know about his exhibition. I wish I had the money to buy an original print.
    The only thing I'd question is the assertion that Baily, Donovan and Duffy "dominated the London photographic scene." I think Barry Lattigan and Tony McGrath might have something to say about that. Nevertheless, your review was an excellent piece.
    • 11 Mar 2010 1:42AM
  • Posted on: Panning for Gold

    Great tutorial. Can I add that... start shooting just before the subject reaches the position you want to capture it at. It is amazing how much further past the point you planned to photograph the subject that it can be. With experience you will learn to anticipate this.
    Good shooting!
    • 15 Aug 2009 12:59AM
  • Posted on: Mixing flash and daylight for your portraits

    What you say about fill-in flash is largely true. The only trouble is that this technique produces shots that LOOK like flash shots. The dedicated flash guns made for DSLRs are sophisticated enough for a simple trouble-free and (almost) foolproof technique. For my own work I hardly ever balance ambient and flash lighting.
    This is the technique I use. Set the DSLR to 'Shutter preferred' mode and the flash gun to high speed sync; set a shutter speed on the DSLR and adjust the flash gun's exposure compensation to minus I stop. And that's it. You'll get almost undetectable and virtually perfect fill-in. Use it also on dull days to give the subject's eyes a catch-light. It will also correct colour and give auto white balance an easy job!
    • 9 Aug 2009 12:33AM
  • Posted on: Shooting with two softboxes

    Hi Brownie. Sorry, I should have said 'as close to the subject as possible'. The two soft boxes can touch so that they become one broadlight.
    Diffused light becomes less and less effective the further it is away from the subject. Eventually it becomes a weak, point light source.
    • 20 Jul 2009 12:00AM
  • Posted on: Shooting with two softboxes

    I agree with MikeOtley -- far too brief and subjectively definitive. I often employed two softboxes for my studio/location work and rarely used the simplistic set up illustrated here. The film industry used this equipment for years before still photographers copied them. At first, softboxes were called 'broadlights'. A good tip for using two of them (on the subject illustrated) is to put them side-by-side 90 degrees from the subject and as close as possible. This encircles the subject and produces a quality of light similar to northern light. The subject will literally glow. Great for glamour and portraiture. Oops... now I'm being subjective!
    • 17 Jul 2009 3:40PM

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