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Think Tank Photo releases new backpack

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Oct 17
SANTA ROSA, CALIF – In December, Think Tank Photo will release the Shape Shifter™, the first backpack designed to expand and contract to fit DSLR equipment. By contracting down to 3 inches, the backpack keeps photographers from having to carry around a large foam box on their backs once their equipment is removed. To be alerted when the backpack is available, go to www.thinktankphoto.com/shapeshifter The Shape Shifter was designed for: • Photographers that want a

Notebooks part 11 by Ron Steinman

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Oct 17
My thoughts on being a pitchman. I work in front of people. I know nothing about them. But I now know exactly what they are and what they are not. Generally they smell badly, as if they can’t afford deodorant. Could it be the weather? They are like leeches. They mooch every chance they get. The people are poor in this neighborhood. People run to me when they hear me call: Come over, come on

Notebooks part 10 by Ron Steinman

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Oct 17
I’m going to try out for a job as a pitchman. I’ll be selling who knows what in chain stores in New York and New Jersey. First I journey to Flushing to watch a pro in action, then to talk terms. I’ve got to watch two demonstrations to see if I can make it. Then I’ll see the boss man later in the week. My commission will be on gross sales. Strange feeling of freedom

Notebooks part 9 by Ron Steinman

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Sep 24
“A man’s rhythm must be interpretive. It will be, therefore in the end, his own, uncounterfeiting, uncounterfeitable.” Ezra Pound. Someone else said “Each line of a poem, however many or few its stresses, represents a single breath, and therefore a single perception.” And “The poet must forge his rhythm according to the impulse of the creative emotion working through him.” Some outside reading: “Rats Lice and History,” Dr. Hans Zinsser “Post Mortems,” and “Mere Mortals,”

Notebooks part 8 by Ron Steinman

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Sep 24
I can start over. I can build anew, now. I may only be for me. I have no girl, but I will find one—in time. The need is there because women are the greatest tension relievers and sounding boards who ever lived. They are useful and enjoyable, necessary for the house. Here are women at two for a quarter or on any street corner. Take a long look. Don’t touch. Step right up and make
LEICA S2

The new Leica S2 SLR system announced

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Sep 23
Some companies tweak the features. At Leica, we transform the concept. That’s why the introduction of the flagship Leica S2 is not merely an incremental advance. It is nothing less than a watershed event that sets an entirely new performance standard for professional digital SLRS. With a custom 37.5-megapixel, 30 x 45 mm sensor that is 56% larger than full frame, it establishes parameters of imaging excellence that are well beyond those obtainable by conventional

The Dark Knight, or who is the real Batman?

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Sep 15
The headline reads: “The Dark Knight swing past $500,000,000 in tickets worldwide.” I grew up when Batman was a mere comic book character and, at that, a flawed superhero who sometimes ran with a sidekick, a kid named Robin. None of us wanted to be Robin and if you asked then and also asked now, I could not tell you why. With my friends, I wanted to be Batman because he seemed closest to being

Second Life documentary from the Drew Carey Project

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Sep 15
Drew Carey takes us on a guided tour of Second Life (SL), a virtual world with more than 500,000 residents. This short documentary was produced by Paul Feine and edited by The Digital Filmmaker’s Roger M. Richards. Second Life isn’t your typical virtual world. Unlike other popular massively multiplayer online role-playing games, like EverQuest and World of Warcraft, there are no defined roles or objectives in SL. Just like in real life, SL residents determine
Leica M8.2

The new Leica M8.2

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Sep 15
Editor’s note: the following is excerpted information from the news release for Leica’s much anticipated upgrade to their M8 digital rangefinder camera. The new LEICA M8.2 integrates a new extra-quiet, low-vibration metal blade focal plane shutter which allows the photographer to determine the right moment for cocking. This addition brings the digital LEICA M8.2 extremely close to the ideal of the famous rubber cloth focal plane shutter of its analog sisters. Responding to the request

Context

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Sep 15
There are endless ways to think about photographs. We have to consider the intention of the photographer and the situation he or she is in. Then we must consider the photos that result, whether as a photojournalist covering news, one who takes pictures of weddings, or who uses his or her pictures to create a documentary. There are equally endless ways to think about writing, and the combination of words that make us reflect on