We love our gear, although if anyone asks, we're not equipment junkies, we're equipment enthusiasts! One of the great joys of our job is seeing and telling our readers about cool new inventions, and here are our recommendations for gifts this holiday season for the "enthusiast" in your life. We review the Razer Pro 1.6 Ultra-Fine Pixel Precision Mouse, the PYRO AV/Link & Instant Music from ADS Technologies, ColorVision's PrintFix PRO Suite, Unibind's Photobook Creator, and the CableYoYo. Part of the Mac Edition Radio Holiday Buying Guide 2006. 

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/9/2006

The problem with digital photography and digital audio is finding a place for all that new-found digital data. In the beginning, there wasn't much of a choice. If you ran out of memory cards, you were stuck. Enter Woverine Data. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to take a look at the Wolverine MVP 9000 portable storage unit. Then, last month, Wolverine released the Wolverine ESP 5000. When I first started researching the Wolverines, there was a wonderful post on Amazon.com that referred to the MVP as a "Swiss Army Knife" of sorts, which mirrored my thoughts exactly after working with it on an extended basis. If you ever need to backup your digital photos on the road, backup your data, or relax with a video, Wolverine has couple of very nice pups indeed! 

Harris Fogel, Posted 11/27/2006

With the introduction of the Olympus E-1 DSLR system, Olympus sought to bring unity and sophistication to the myriad approaches to lens and sensor design in the industry and helped to found the Four Thirds specification and consortium. In this interview with John Knaur of Olympus, we discuss the current state of the Four Thirds system, the differences between CMOS and CCD technology, and the status of Olympus new products. Recorded at the Photokina Conference in Köln, Germany, in October 2006 by Harris Fogel. Posted 11/26/2006 (12:51)

One of the most important aspects of the digital photography revolution was the ability to create books of your own images without the need for a publisher, or even the need to have a press run. In this interview with Eric Kunsman of Booksmart Studio, we discuss the rise of the fine-edition book. In the past, an artist didn't have too many choices if they wanted a book of their work, but with the advent of digital imaging technology, everyone from photographers to scrapbookers are creating their own books. Recorded at the Photokina Conference in Köln, Germany, in October 2006 by Harris Fogel. Posted 11/26/06 (11:07)

 

One of the pioneers of digital photography, Stephen Johnson's high-resolution digital photographs of the National Parks helped to rewrite our understanding of the parks themselves, and of the potential of digital photography to revolutionize our understanding of the world around us. In this interview with Stephen Johnson, we discuss his career as a photographer, educator, and his newest book, titled aptly enough, Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography, published by O'Reilly Media. Recorded at the PhotoPlus Expo Conference in New York City, in November 2006 by Harris Fogel. Posted 11/26/2006 (14:46)

For the past 100 years much of the world market for the base of photography papers were all made by one firm, Felix Schoeller of Germany, and today they have two-thirds of the market! In this interview with Michael Szidat, of Felix Schoeller we learn of the changes in the paper industry as photography enters the digital age, but don't worry if you never heard of them, because while they create the paper bases for paper that might just come in Yellow, Greeen, Orange and other colored boxes, their name is never on the package. In the past, manufacturers coated their own light sensitive silver emulsions on the paper supplied by Felix Schoeller, but as any good OEM manufacturer would tell you, it's all behind the scenes! Recorded at the Photokina Conference in Köln, Germany, in October 2006 by Harris Fogel. Posted 11/26/06 (15:31)

An interview with master digital printer Jack Duganne, who began printing for Graham Nash, and who coined the term “Giclée,” and later founded Duganne Atellier. If you ever wondered where fine-art digital printmaking began, then listen to this interview. Recorded at the National Association of Photoshop Professionals Photoshop World Conference, Las Vegas, in September 2006 by Harris Fogel. (28:01)

Harris Fogel, Posted 11/5/06

An interview O’Reilly Media Author Deke McClelland on Photoshop Elements, InDesign CS2, and his new training videos on Lynda.com. Deke is a member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame, and is the author of more then 80 books and videos. Recorded at the National Association of Photoshop Professionals Photoshop World Conference, Las Vegas, in September 2006 by Harris Fogel. Posted 10/31/06 (12:37)

Since 1914, for many photographers one name was synonymous with photography, and that was Leica. The original UR-Leica was invented by Oskar Barnack, and used a new film format for still photography, 35mm. The name Leica was derived from Ernst "LEItz CAmera," which became Leica. How would one of the most prestigious names in photography, creators of the camera used by many of the greatest photographers, grapple with the digital onslaught? With the Leica M8, and in this interview with Gero Furchheim of Leica Camera, AG, we learn about their newest addition to their storied line of cameras.  Recorded at the Photokina Conference in Köln, Germany, in October 2006 by Harris Fogel. Posted 10/28/06 (12:38)

For the past 160 years, light sensitive silver was the standard for creating photographs, and although it seems like traditional black and white photographic processes are dead, for fine artists, nothing could be further from the truth. Ilford is one of the most respected names in photographic paper, film, and chemicals and in this interview with Harman Technology's Eric Luden, makers of the famed Ilford brand line of photo materials, we discuss the current state of traditional photo technologies, as well as their groundbreaking new fiber based photo paper for digital printers. Recorded at the Photokina Conference in Köln, Germany, in October 2006 by Harris Fogel. Posted 10/26/06 (9:09)

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