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Daniel Lemin, 33, had a brief stint as a professional photographer, but he went back to a career in marketing when he realized that trying to make money with his pictures was sapping him of the pas~ion to photograph. Check out more of the Los Angeles-based photographer's work at www.danicllemin.com.

Q. What are we looking at here? A. This is a section of the rim of a sulfur pool in a geothermal area in New Zealand's North Island. You're looking at the edge of the pool-fluid bubtKes up from the earth路, core and causes these ~othennal activities, similar to Old Faithful. The different colors arc mineral deposits that have collected over the yea". The section in this photo is probably no more than 2 feet ",,-ide.

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A. I had my camera on a tripod looking straight down, I'm standing about a foot back from the edge of what they Gall a champagne pool. It's very hot. Sulfuric steam rises from it constantly and blows in all directions.

Q. Any problems while shooting? A. The whole series had a lot of challenges, but the biggest one WAS getting over the smell. It was a windy, doudy day, and the light was very inconsistent from frame to frame. The steam .....as blowing in different directions, and because the steam is yellow it kept m~ing with my white balance settings.

Q. What equipment did you use? A . This was shot with a Hasselblad H3 and an 80mm lens. The H3 is a 39-megapixel beast; the camera itself weighs 8 or 9 pounds. I had to bring a lot of batteries. I like shooting with it because it allows me to capture the finest details. Sometimes I blow these picture~ up to "..all size. The largest I've made is 5 feet by 7 feet-they just (;ome alive at that scale. I was shooting on manual focus to make sure I could focus not on the water and bubbles but on the mineral deposits that formed the pool. They're fairly deep-you can see it's like a steep cliff down about 5 or 6 feet from the edge. Mostly I shot pretty fast , about 1/350 sec at ISO 200. I normally take long exposures, but in this case I had to shoot fast. If I'd used a slow shutter spet:d, the steam would have blurred and looked like fog.

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couple used a wireless flash with a softbox to get diffuse lightperfect for soft, white pctals. Wtth such a carefully planned setup, it didn't take them long to get this graceful photo. "After a few dozen shots, we found the jewel that showed the shadows and layers just right," Deb Barich says. Check out more of the duo's floral imagesat~

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Make the small loom large It's the smaller species-insects. amphibians, reptiles-that often slip through the conservation cracks, their decline or disappearance unnoticed. These creatures depend on the preservation of their habitats

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For photographers, this approach has the added bonus of a dynamic. almost three-dimensional. look to the images. Here are my tips for making them happen.

Use the right tools For this type of photography, camera or sensor size is less important than lens selectKIn. Habitat stories are best told with wide.... ngle lenses, between 16mm and 35mm (full-frame equivalent) that have close-focusing distances of 10 inches or less. My favorites for DSLRs with APS-C~)'stem


SAYlGHY'S AGAMA (SINAI , EGYPT): This type of agama is relatively easy to approach. as it roIies on cryptic behavior-5Uch as remaining rnoti~ot its defense. Handheld Panasonic

Lumix lX3 with lens set at 24mm (equiv.J. l r.l:1O ... at tlS.S, ISO 80.

sized sensors are Sigma's 10-2Omm fl4.5-5.6 (dose.focusing distance. 9.4 inches) and 17-70mm 拢/2.8-4.5 (AF to 7.9 inches, manlUl to 6 inches). Full路field fisheye lenses are also good tools, despite their severe distortion, as they often focus to less than 6 inches. Subjects and straight lines in the center of the frame often

appear nonna1. while outer areas of the

frame progressively mor<: distortedsuggesting the roundness of the earth. To depict the relationship between really small wildlife (such as tiny invertebrates) and their habitabl, 1 prefer compact cameras. Why? Many have optical image stabilization. which allows for sharp handheld photographs

at marginal shutter speeds. More important. they often focus to just an inch or SO from the front of the lens. Two mooch that I favor; Canon's PowerShot G9 and Panasonic's Lumix OMC-LX3. both of which record images in RAW formal. The LX:) also has the ability to focus off-center suhjects by using a joystick to select


L-bracket (starting at S80, direct; www.kirkphoto.com) in the horizontal position to get even closer to the ground (see inset photo below).

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the focus point anywhere on the screen, so you don't need to prefocus and recompose. It also lets you s,.... itch the image's aspect ratio among 16:9, 3:2, and 4:3, while maintaining the same angle of view. 1 chiefly use 4:3 for verticals (I find 3:2 too narrow), and the wider 16:9 to emphasize the sweep of terrain for horizonta1s.

Get down and dirty Photographs looking down on sma!! ground-dwellingwildlife are usually just plain boring: They lack intimacy and show no connection with the animal. So be prepared to gd your

Don't waste your time exploring for rare species-they're precisely the ones you're not likely to find, look instead for common ones, Think local: You can find them in your backyard. city park, or even a parking lot. The best times to shoot are (SINAI, EGYPT): I used a just after sunrise or before circular-image fiSheye lens, sunset. The lighting is which on an APS-C seIlSOf wanner, but the air is cool.er. makes a full-field image, to so cold-blooded animals are accentuate the curvature In more sluggish and less alert, the scene. Ganon EOS 200 The best season? The with amm fl3.5 Sigma EX OG transition of late winter into stomach, lens, 1/500 sec at fl3.5, knees, and early spring, when animals 150400. elbows dirty, emerge from hibernation ready because the to breed. You can usually get really dose to males, who have one most important rule here is to be eye-level with the animal. thing on their mind (breeding) and For small species, this usually are less concerned with predators or photographers-in summer. they're involves lying on the ground, often handholding the camera. I use a more alert to danger. Females often tripod when possible, but only if arc hard to approach any time of year, it can lie flush with or dose to the You can get quite dose to small animals if you approach slo",iy. We are ground. 1 use the very short and light Really Right Stuff BH-25 ballhead on an entirely different spatial scale ($90, direct: [caQyriKh,utuff.com), than these creatures and don't share 1 place my ballhead platform on its a predator/prey evolutionary history. For instance, you may get within a few side and attach a Kirk Enterprises

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COPPERBELLY WATER SNAKE (PIONEER, OK): This is the closest I've ever been able to approach this very wary species-it may be a once-in-a-IHetime shot. Handheld Canon EOS 200 with

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life, 3D-like perspective at minimum focusing distance, since obje<:t~ in the foreground appear larger than life in relation to the background. Compose with the animal offcenter. ideaJly in a comer, and taking up at least a third of the frame . The background should be the habitat of importance, such as a forested wetland, mountain peak, or stream. I often set the aperture to ti'S.6, which provides a balancc between a sharply rendered subject and defocused background that doesn't steaJ attention, yet reads as habitat. I tty tn maintain a shutter speed fast enough to minimize vibration while handholdingj 1/30 sec is about as slow as I go before using a tripod. Considering how little digital noise today's DSLRs produce, I don't hesitate to use ISO BOO or even 1600. If the composition is striking, grain or noise concerns are secondary.

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inches of some desert lizards, but if there is a faint black dot in the sky that represents a bird of prey, the li7..ard may well disappear as fast as if the bi,d were within a foot of it. When I'm walking, the heel of my advancing foot goes no farther than the toes of the other foot. Many small animals will not skitter away if you crawl rather than walk. so I may start crawling from 20 feet away, scooting my tripod (when I rue one) ahead of me on the ground. This type of photography is not safe with venomous snakes-you will be within striking distance-but most nonvenomoru ones will simply 30

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Don't get di.~couraged, This type of photography consists mostly of unsuccessful attempts-about 90 percent. Wildlife often flees before you can get dose. And a compact camera may be unable to focus on an insect against a low<ontrast baCkground. Your success, paradoxically, may depend on how you spend your time Q'Wtl}' from the camera, Learn about wildlife and thei r habitats, Join a local conservation group or read up on the species struggling to survive in an area near you. rake hikes. Imagine yourself as a child, looking for small creatures hiding in the leaf litter, under rocks, or on a wetland's edge, A whole new ....'Orld has opened up to me since I started looking for insects and flowers to photograph during neighborhood walks with my child. I find myself previsualizing compositions that tell a larger story and show the interaction betv.路cen wildlife and their habitats. lhis can help you create images when you chance upon a creature in the field. 0

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Sure, shooting RAW can help you improve a goofed-up image. But it really shines when

),ou get the exposure right. Using the Adobe Camera RAW processor that comes with Photoshop, you can take a good image in aU kinds of new directions. And because of the RAW file's inherent fl exibility when it comes to white balance , YOll c.an get an incredible fange of re!>ults when converting to black-and-white. Then, once you get a monochrome you like, you can even split-tone y our photo for e1t."tra depth and beauty, all before you eyen enter Photoshop itself. Here's how to do hath. Unfortunately for Elements users, its versio n of ACR doesn't let you do this to go b&w. But since Photoshop's ACR and Lightroom share the same RAW engine, you can try these techniques in Lighrroom instead . The interface just looks slightl}, different.

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color-in this ca!le, green. Move it to the left, and all the green tones get darker. Move it to the right. and they get brighter. Then move the sliders for the less predominant colors. These leaves have yellowgreen highlights, so moving the yellow slider to the right brightens them relative to the greener midtones and adds some depth. The flowers are made up of red. orange, and magenta tones. Move those sliders to brighten them so they contrast ",ith the leaves.

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go hack to the Basic tab to add definition and contrast. Start by moving the white balance sliders. You've already set the rdative weight you want to assign to each tone, so moving these sliders produces dramatic shifts in contrast. Then fine-tune the contrast and brightness until your picture looks the way you want it to. Since this image was so monochromatic from the start, take advantage of the Clarity slider to add more contra.s1: in the midtones.

NOW ADD THE COLOR. Click on the Split Toning tab, and address the highlights first. To make the highlights. a bit wanner, mo)'e the hue highlights slider to an orange or red. Then move the saturation slider slightly rightward to see your color. Keep it below 10 to avoid making it garish. Since the highlights are warm, cool down the ~had()w~. Pick. a blue tone and add some saturation to it. The trick is to keep the splittoning subtle enough that your b&w looks especially rich, though a viewer might not quite know why. 0

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_ Set up your studio. I n a basement or 93fage. hang the kit's elastic

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footage. Place your subject left, fight, or centrally so that he or she will fall correctly into tna background clip. _ Combine your clips In Elements. Export the greenscreen footage from the camcorder 10 a computer, and open it and Ihe background clip in a new Premier Elements project. Drag the background file 10 Video Track 1. and the fOfegruund (greenscrooned) clip to Track 2. Elements should automatically recognize the greenSCfoon and ask if you want to merge the files. Chck Yes, and that's all lhere is 10 it. For inspiratiOrt, search YouTube for greenscreeo tutorials, and amaleur featurettes. For more on Ina ulite Video kit, visit W'WW,ohotobaslcs,net. o pop PttOTO JUNE 2009


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I INTO THE WATERI I Sharafulla Shihab Male, Maldives The problem: There's much to like in this photo-the boy captured midleap, the off-center placement, the action moving into negative space rather than out of the frame , and the dynamic backdrop of the waterfall. The picture. though, is dark, and the boy could use a little more detail. His foot touching the edge of the frame is distracting, as is the shadov.' at the left.

What now: We opened the original RA.W file in Adobe Camera RAW and dialed up the highlight and midtonc brightness, which was sufficient to bring up some detail in the boy. We also boosted the contrast so the shadows didn't wash Ollt. We changed the crop to get rid of the shadow on the left and keep

the boy's leg fully in the frame. Finally, as the original image looked a little too cool, we sd a slightly wanner white balance.

exposure compensation would have hclpl:d. But there was plenty of room to correct it in the RAW file. Moral: Shoot RAW:

Next time: The major issue was the strong backlight-this is a typical situation in which the meter gets fooled into setting too Iowan exposure. About +0.7 to +1.0 EV

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I INTO THE AIRI I Marv Kaminsky Flanders, NJ The problem: Again, a dynamic composition, with good use of negative space, and captured at a (hoo boy!) peak moment. While the photographer made some good adjustments to get detail in the bike and rider, we'd like to see a little more. We also think that the

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brought up the midtone (;00tra5t for more detail in the subject overalL We found that this left the tires and rider's boots looking a little over-boosted (that is, grayish), so we also made local Curves adjustments for a better black in those spots,

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objects behind the glass. Shooting architecture? Cutting reflectivity can enhance a building's appearance, You can also reduce or eliminate reflections and glare on waterdeepening the blue in sunlight and allowing you to capture what's under the surface, With a h\i.st of the polarizer. enhance the greens or yellows or reds of foliage and flowers . [t can even cut atmospheric haze in broad mountaintop scenics. With any SLR, or any digital camera that ~ live view, adjusting the polarizer is simple: Just roUte the filter until you get the look you like in the prism finder or LCD, Keep in mind that a polarizer can't completely eliminate lopcctral reflections-highlights with no tone at at1~special1y those coming off metal,

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cyclists, or skateboarders, "The faster the motion, the longer the blur trail will be, Slower shutter speeds also elongate the ghost, If you want the effect of frantic motion, pan with your subject at a slightly slower rate than its speed-this will add a streaky, smeared background. As with many special effecu in photography, practice is key. I"OP PHOTO JUNE 2009

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meter the exposure ~imull.aneously when you press the shutter button halfv.'ay (or all the way) down, But sometimes you don't want to meter and focus on the same thing. And sometimes you want the button to activate only the shutter. Say you're shooting tenni.!> on a variably cloudy day. Since most players dress almost entirely in white, metering off them .....ould result in serious underexposure, and the moving clouds wou1d likely require frequent rcmetering. You'd also want to pick a pointoffocus that doesn't change when you press the shutter button, In a situation like this, first set your exposure manually: Press the shutter button halfway to meter, then dial in the aperture and a shutter speed fast enough to captUre the action, Pressing the shutter button now will not change your exposure, so you mu.tt meter and adjust again when the lighting chang\!~, Next, hunt for a button mo.~t DSLRs b.n路c on the back-u.!>ually within easy reach of your right thumb----that can be customized to activate AF. On Canon DSLRs, it's marked with an asterisk; Olympus models label it Fn. Using the custom function menu, assign AF to it (Nikons have a dedicated AF-on button already), and you can u.~e this to set your point of focus independent of metering. auto or manual. 53


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Sand at the base of a tAli building and look up. You see the building narrowing as it gets higher. hut your Sol

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amber filter over a field of dense blue flowers, for example. And in some scenes rou may "''ant a wanner or cooler, rather than neutral, tone. The simplest manual WB setting Think of your canlera's whi~足 is a preset. Cloudy WB acts as an balance (\VB) seUings as a ~et amber warming filter to counteract of electronic color filters. 1bey counteract color caltts in the existing chilly blue light. The Tungsten preset acts as a strong blue filter light to render iI neutral or ncarneutral color balance in your photo. to compensate for the yellow of household incandescent bulbs. The Automatic WB usually works Fluorescent preset uses a magenta weU, but there are times when it tone to cut down the green color pays to set it manually: In a scenc c.ast. of standard fluorescent lights. with a single predominant color, Most DSLRs also let you set WB automatic WB can be fooled into in Kelvin color temper.ature. The overcompensating-throwing an

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O ne of the hotlest current trends is also wet: Compact waterproof cameras that can capture photos and video while submerged . (See High 5, page 16, for some of the top new models.) But shooting underwater requires some special tccl1niques to get the best pictures! _MOVE IN, Light falls off much more quickly underwater than in air. so get cloSe!' to your subJec~ than you normally would. Having a wide-angle lens with good closefocU$lng capablli!le$ Is a particular boon below the surface. _FOR GET THE FLASH. Don't count on your buill -in fiash to add light. Since it's so cIo!l& to the lens, it will illuminate any small particles

between you and your subject (an effect called backscatter). _CHECK YOUR WHITE BALANCE. Some waterproof

can while .~t ill keeping an unobstructed view of the entire building, and shoot with the camera perfecdy level. (A hot-shoemounted bubble level helps with this.) Sure, you'll have a whole expanse of unwanted foreground at the bottom of the frame, but that's what cropping is for. pop PHOTO JUNE 2009

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underwater we setting because what's appropriate for a swimming pool drffers from What you'd want while snorkeling in the CaribbeM. _ GET CREATIVE. When composlllQ underwater. make the most of what you've got. In a pool? Try capturing the bubbles that form when someone dives in. Also try shootll19 up lrom just below the surface, as partially submerged subjects provide a perspectiVil you'd never get on dry land. _USE THE STRAP. Most waterproof compacts can be submerged only to 10-33 feet

while malllt81nlng their watertight seals. II you drop the camera. It might Sink down too far. so attach 8 strap or flotatIOn device. Want both? Olympo$ makes a floating

wrist strap for its underWater compact models. _KEEP IT CLEAN. Always rinse your waterproof camera in plain waler when you're done, to clear out any chlorine or salt water.


higher the number, t he warmer (yellower) the filter: the lower the number, the cooler (bluer) the filter. Many cameras let you usc a Kelvin

l>ctting to fine-tune the \VB presets. Finally, you can create a cu~tom WE. Place a photo gray card (not a white card) in the light fall i ng on the scene, and make a WB reading with your camera. (The procedure differs from c.unera to camera, so you'll have to consult t he manual.) You usually can nne-tune this setting with the Kelvin controls. Of coune, if you shoot in RAW fonnat, you can fiddle Yo,th WB when you convert your files.

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Take high-key portraits High-key portraits pose Iighthued subjects against white backgrounds, with important subject contours defined by shadows---exactly the opposite of low-key, in which a dark subject is

defined by highlights. The highkey effect is one of vi~ual and emotional lightness and simplicity. This technique suits young children, romantic

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countcrproour.:tivc to use highkey to convey depression, anger,

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re ..ist the treatment. Because you will be reproducing the facc as light as po~sible, it often makes sense, especially for women, to use a light application of eyeliner andlor eye shadow so the eyes don't wash out. (This works for children, too.) And use a light red lipstick, even for men and children, Err on the side of overexposure, Push the histogram to the right, and if it falls off the chart, no worries-

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setting up portrait shoots to minimi7.e your suhjects' flaws. Here are common issue~ and their fixes. _ PROBLEM SKIN; Zap wrinkles Of blemiShes by positioning your main and fill lights just above the camera position (one ri9ht. the other left), overexpose, and reproduce the image as high-key as possible. Avoid side liU and keep your SUbject from smiling. Try a subtlebut-effactive soft-focus fi lter, such as Tiffen's Soft FX 3 (from $40. street). _ BAGS UNOER THE EYES; Use front light only, with lights at eye level. Lift the camera slightly. and have your subject look up Into the lens wh ile keeping thE! chin down. Apply a little foundation makeup under the eyes, even on men. _ OOUBL.E CHIN: Shoot clown onto your subject from slightly above. Ask your subject 10 lift the chin whHe looking up toward the lens, and position your lights as high as possible to throw the chin into shadow. _ WEIGHT ISSUES: Gil the camera to eye level. and try to light the face exclusively. lelling the body go into shadow. Crop out as much of the body as possible, and dress the subject in clolhes that blend with the background. For tight head路and-shoulder portraits, have the subject turn slightly away from the leos, and ligt1t the far side of Ihe face, so that the broader, near side of the face is in shadow. _ LARGE NOSE: Shoot straight 011 as your subject looks directly Into the lens. Light so the nose casts no shadow. pop PHOTO JUNE 2009


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Somdimes there ju~t isn't enough light. Maybe you're shooting in a dim

place: where you can't use a ÂŁlash, or maybe you r camera's weak pop-up will make things worse rather than better. So you crank up your ISO and get what)'<lll can. The result? Lots of noise, and an image almost too dark to print. ""'hen you brighten it, the noise only lx.'ComCl> more apparent. Instead of trying to ignore the noise or clumsily reducing it, work with it. Convert the image to blackand-white and disgui~ the noise as grain-think old.,chool. pushprocessed, fast b&w ftlm.

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uncler the Enhance menu. Usc Levels to simultaneously adjust hrightness and contrast. Bring the black and white point sliders (the ones directly uncler the histogram) closer to the center to add contrast. Then move the gr.ay, middle slider to the left to brighten the image. You'll get a gritty black-and-white, and no one ""iU guess you didn't plan it all along.

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Make crowds disappear

Yes, you really ca.n make people disappear from a crowded landmark or cars vanish from a highway. Just buy an overall neutral-density (ND) fiJter, whose gray tone cuts light without affecting color in the scene. (Street prices stan at around 520.) The trick is to usc an exposure time so long that anyone walking, running, or even dawdling in the frame blurs out completely. If they're moving relatively quickly. a 10second exposure might ....,orl.:. but you'lI usually need anywhere from 30 seconds to several minutes. For instance, an overcast outdoor scene typically needs an exposure of about 1/8 sec at ff.22 and ISO 100, too short to rid it of people. To get the exposure to 30 sec, you'd need to cut light intake by 8 stops or so. If you're shooting in a truly dim environment, you may not m.'Cd an ND filter at all. So indoor pop PHOTO JUNE 2009

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he captures a beautifully blurry shot entirely in h.is camera using a lens that focuses m.mually. Usually sh.ooting at twilight or in very low light, he hand holds for expo:>ures that can run a'l long as 5 seconds. How does Yanlrus know when he's reached the right level of defocus? Instinct. "'When I'm taking it out of focus . at a certain point the image starts to hm'e a poetic feel to it, ~ he says. "It starn; to be in focus in my .....,orld ...

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autoexposure mode, then dial down the background using exposure compensation, Start at -0.5 EV, and keep going until background colors are rich but not murky. \\'hen you've found an c}l.posurc for the overall scene. add flash for your subject. If you uwn a LurniQuest. Ken Kobre, Gary Fang, or similar diffu.'OCr, pop it into place. Start with flash exposure camp at O. then try +0.5 or + 1 EV of additional flash fin to brighten your subject. (When the flash calls attention to itself, you've gone 100 far.) Want to mimic the effect of backlighting but still have detail in your subject's face? Reverse the compensation: Dial up the background by 0.5 to 1 EV, and dial down the flash by-O.5 to - 1 EV. WWW.POPPHOTO.COM

photography COUfSe---<)t read The Fix-you've heard this many times: Never put your subject in the center of the frame. Instead, you're told to compose your image according to the Rule of Thirds by placing the most important element one-third of the way from the top or bottom and from either side. Feeling rehellious? Put,YQUf subject sm.1ck-dah in the middle, then crop to a perfect square. This works perfectly with round subjects such as sunflowcD, dock faces, and domes interiors----particularly if you crop in tight enough for }'OUf subject to fill the frame. With a portrait, whether of man or beast, leave a little breathing space around your subject to avoid a feeling of claustrophobia. And, while the subject as whole may be centered, the picture still follows the Rule of Thirds-look at where the eyes and mouth (or. in this case, nose) wind up.

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MY PHOTOS MADE A Three photographers share their inspiring stories Can a photograph change the wo rld? A single image can touch or amaze us, and sometimes awaken us to something importa nt. Such extraordinary photos may ~ the result

of a lens in the right. place at the right time, or one photographer's passion to open people's eyes. And although pictures alone won't change the world, one thing's certain~just taking up your camera and getting behind a

cause, whether across the globe or dose to home, can have a vital impact. To show you how, we tracked down three exceptional photographers who've made a big difference-and many little ones along the way.


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"I realize that photographs cannot change the wood in one fell swoop,· says Ed Kast1i. "But they can change people's minds, and isn't that where change begins?" The 52-year-old photOjournalist has spent 30 years documenting conflict and civil war. And with his wife, Julie Winokur. Kashi now creates advocacy projects ttJat include books, 9l1hibits, and f~ms. From 2004-06. National Geographic assignments brought him to the Niger Delta to photograph the oil industry. The

poverty of villages near the oil wells, toxiCity of the environment, near-anarchy of government corruption--all in the wol1d's Sixth-largest oil-producing nationmade him wOf'tde( how this was possible. "In Port Harcourt, there's billions of dollars in oil wealth and no paved roads," Kashi says. "About 90 percent of Nigeria's wealth is derived from oil, but this is the poorest part of the country. It's one of the

grossest examples of social injustice that I've seen." He adds, on's something that affects evetyone, not just Nigerians."

Kashi documented the villages, oil we lls,

and activities 01 MEND, a local group that ~shuts-in" wells in a campaign for (ocal resource control. His images are beyond diSIUfbing: women baking tapioca on oil flares, vilJagers cleaning up 011 spills from neglected wellheads. their dwellings built around galed oil-compMY facilities. Some of these made it into National Geo, but the full impact was published in Curse of the Black Gold (powOOiouse. 2008; $45), a book he did with the help of scholar Michael Watts that iocludes essays and interviews by Nigerian writers. Now, he says, ~unlversities are teach ing the boolI., activists and NGOs are using it, legal teams are using the images as evidence against the oil companies. Olllam has commissioned a [traveling! panel 9I1hibitiOl'l." And the project has expanded into multimedia and video, (To see more, ViSit www.curseoftheblackooldbook.com). Kast1;'s photos dkin't change things

ovemight lor Nigeria. but they did lor 14-year-old Paulinous Uko, shown here wOfklng in a field where animals are slaughtered, heaped in a pile, then roasted Ofl toxiC fires fueled by discarded rubber.

After lt1is photo ran In NatiOnal G90 in February 2007, Kastli got an e-mail from a woman in Smithtown, NY, who had been touched by it. So touched that she had ~ church group cootact Nigerian churches to find out who and where the boy was. And she began sanding him money to help him. With her original donation of $500, the boy started attending sctlooI, and he and his benefactor in America have been in

regular corraspondeoce since. ~tt's one 01the things about photOQfaphy that rejuvenates me,n!<ashi says. •You can have a SingtJar experience, but it's also a tni~ language. ThIs IS <V1 eKafT'4l'la wtlere it's achieved both."


Photographer Mona Reeder

rates, voter apathy, and medical care. With a career dedicated to socially concerned photography, she had already covered these topics individually. "But the impact comes when you see all of these

you wonder. How could this be?" This was the birth of her photo essay, "Th e Bottom Line," a Pulitzer Prize finalist )t was a long timl! in the making. Papers rarely take photographers seriously as

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"I spent weeks and weeks doing research and getting access to prisons, lor e:o:ample: she says. "I made countless phone calls. I'd cootact all kinds of advocacy groups, activists, and outreach groups. II took 3 or 4 weeks just to get to ride with Meals on WheeI$, w wh8f8 she eventually found a family wi~ing 10 open up to her as a sub;ect. The vast scope of her project helped open the dOOf. With such insliMions as tile Te:o:as Youth Commission, MI had to talk about the project in its entirety to make them underntand it was about the state rather than just them, so that they realized that they weren't under the gun and going to be targeted," she recalls. And to convince her actual subjects-the families she found through various organizationsto take part. she had to convey tt1e importElI1ce of her project. She worked nearty every waking hour tram January 2007 until right before her photo essay ran in the paper ()fl December 23. She wrote all the captions and even created audio fOf a multimedia project posted on the newspaper's websita (see it at WWW dallasoews coml~ws,l photooraphvaOO7/bonom!ineO. Although the effects are hard to measure, her photos brought attention to the groups she featured. Says Lynn Sipiora, director of a Collins County homeless shelter Reeder depicted, "Anytime we get press coverage, we're able to raise public awareoess. Which always increases community support"COf"Ilributions and volunteern. But Reed&r hopes 10f" greater changes. She sent copies of the story to Te:o:as officials, including the governor, state senators, mayors of every major city-and also to the presidential candidates and the White House. 'lEI Morning News plans to print a Special edition 101" the Texas legis~ture. Reeder's grueling e:o:perience has only motivated her more. "One thing the project taught me," she says, "was that I could accomplish almost anything if I was honest and sil1Cef& about it." 65


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"I didn't go into it with a big political idea," says Subhankar Banerjee, 42. "People think of the Arctic as this very cold and lifeless place-I wanted

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when he quit his job al Boeing in 2001 10 pursue his pasSion for photography. Dreaming of creating a major photo project, Banerjee was drawn to Blue Earth twYiw..blu~arth,Qrg), a nonprofit that pop PHOTO JUNE 200Q

supports and funds socially concemed photography. Undef the guidance of one of its 10und9l's, Natalie Fobes, who had shot In the Arctic, he studied the region's wildlife and immersed himself in what he'd WNW,PQPPHQTO_COM

planned as a , 4-month project. E~ht years later, he's slill at it His first night in the Arctic, the \hemlometer dropped to 90 00101'1, and for an instant Baner)ge thought about giving up. But haYing surviyed the night, there was no turning back. He spool more than a year trayeling throughout the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, capturing the colors of the landscape, the migration pallerns of caribou and whales, and the Inuit societies that have subsisted in this ecosyS\e(!'l for hundreds of years. Upon his return, he published his photos, with the help of Blue Earth, as Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Urn and Land (Mountaineers Books, 2003: $40) and landed an ellhibit at the Smilhsoniar1 Institution's Museum of Natural History. This may be how BOller got wind of his work-which was moved from its designated spot in a main-floor rotunda to a much smaller space in the basement after the infamous Senate dust-up. While partly thrilled by the publicity, Baner}ee says he was u a nervous wreck. I had depleted all of my sailings on the Arctic trip and, at the time, I was not yet officially a U.S. citizen." But tlla experience pushed Banerjee into advocacy. "From 2003 to 2006 I was on the road aU the time, giving lectures and exhibiting the wOli<," he says. Then he went back to his first love: Photographing at 90 below. Now he trayels not just the North American Arctic btlt Siberia, lugging medium-fonnat film cameras that don't have ballenes that might freeze (though the film sometimes does); a Mamiya 6x7, Fujifilm 6119. and two Fuji GSW 690s. Oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge remains a politiCal hOt-potato, bIJt it hasn't happened yet And Banerjee hopes that his wOO;. will help show why this unique and beautiful habitat must remain untouched. ~It's aesthetic as well as journalistic,~ he says. "' don't want to show people in a strict photojournaiistic way and make it all about informatiOfl. If you giv9 people just infoonation, they 'Ofget it. I want people to imagine the Arctic otherwise.0 67


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More than meets the eye So you want a full-sized DSLA. but something in you-such

as your vsrtebra&-is telling you that it's not a good idea. Olympus fools your pain, as it has lor a couple generations of compact DSLAs_ The latest , the E-620, has a body that's no bigger than a pack of ramen noodles and weighs just 1.04 pounds. That's several cubic inches smaller and-most important-nearly a quarterpound lighter than the just-announced Nikon 0500J (see page 76), Doesn't

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handholding leeway). 12.3MP in the Four Thirds format (2X lens factor), live view, 4-lrames-per-second burst, and a 2.7-inch 230.000-dot LCD on a flipout/swivel-around mechanism, which is clearly a good idea (just ask Nikon).

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fingered lumberjecks won't feel like girly men trying to take hold. For a better handhold--especially for portrait shooters-try the add-on vertical grip ($t66. estimated street). While that adds to the mass, it nearly doubles your battery power, From whal we can see, Ihe real downside of cramming so much camera into such a small body is noIse. Heal builds up around the sensor, and there isn't much that can be done to draw it off with so lIttle real estate. Let's not overstate the case, since much noise can be removed in postprocessing, but it is an issue. In oor tests in the Pop Photo lab, the E-620 had a noise score of 1.7 at ISO 100 for a rating of Low. stepping up to a rating 01 Moderat&ly Low with a score of 2. I at ISO 400, and reaching Unacceptable levels at ISO 1600 and 3200 with respective scores of 3.2 and 4.8. All of these numbers were d8fived from TIFF files developed from RAW files WIth Olympus' RAW conversk)n software's noise reduction set to Standard. Compare that WIth the new. small, $520 (street) Pentax K2oo0. which had scores of 1.1 at ISO 100, 1.6 at ISO 400 and didn't reach Unacceptable levels

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Ready, set."focus! The autofocus system is new, with 7 points in a horizontal diamond array. In bright light, the Olympus Is fast. At EV 12, the brightest light level in OUT test, it locked focus in 0.34 sec. AF took 0.5 sec at the ne)(t level down (EV 10), and was still under a second by the dim light of EV 2. In this range, the Pentax K2000 Is slightly faster at several points. But in lower light , the Olympus doesn 't slow as much as the Pentax, keeping a focus time of 1.57 sec down to the cavelike conditions of EV -1. Compared with the canon Rebel XSI and the Nikoo D60, though, both the Olympus and Pentax are M laggardS. Metering? Certainly a strong suit on the E-620. In our field lests, th e 49poin t mult i-pattern meterIng did a great job of detennining the proper exposure for most conditions. And if you have an extremely bright or dan.; scene, set It to Highlight Of Shadow mode, and the camera compensates, bringing out details In the shadows and sa ... ing them in the highlights. Impressive. Like to spotmeter? You 'lI love t he 2% spot in this vieWfinder. No other lowpriced DSlR comes close in this regard. As for t he viewfinder overall, it covers 95% of the frame, which is excellent for the class, and the O.96X magnification keeps you from feel ing like you're looking t hrough a tunnel.

VITAL STATISTICS IMAGING: 12.3MP effective Uve MOS sertSQ( captures Images at 4032X3024 pixels with up to 12 bits! color in RAW. STORAGE: Dual slois for CompactFIash Type III! (Including UDMA) and xD-Picture carels. Stores J PEG, RAW, RAW + J PEG. BURST RATE: JPEGs (Super Fine-quality), 4 fps up to 9 shots. RAW, 4 fps up to 5 shots. AF SYSTEM: Tn. phase-ditf&rence detection system with 7 points full twin-cross AF sensors. Single-shot and continuous AF with focus tracking. Sensiti ve down to EV -1 (at ISO 100, 1/1.4). SHUTTER SPEEDS: 1/ 4000 to 60 sec plus B (1 .3-EV inc rements). ME'nRING: 49·zone TTL metering with Oigital ESP, centerweighted, and spotmeteTing (appro ximately 2.0% of viewfinder). EV 1-20 (at ISO 100).150 RANGE: ISO 100-3200 (1/3 - or l -EV increments). FLASH: TIL auto pop-up flash, GN 36 (ISO 100, foot). Flash sync to T1180 sec. Provides wireless control of Olympus RC flashes. Dedicated ho tshoe. VtEWFINDER: Fixed eye-level pantapfism. LCD: SWiVelingitilting 2.7-inch TFT with 230.000-dot resol ution and H...e· view mode. OIlTPUT: HI-Speed USB 2.0, NTSCI PAL video, PC terminal. BATTERY: Rechargeable BLS· l U-Ion. CIPA rating, 750 shots, 50% with flash . SIZEIWEIGHT: 5.5x4.2x3.0 in., 1.04 Ib without card and battery, STREET PRICE: $700, body only; S800 with 14-42mm 1/3.5-5.6 Zuiko EO lens; $900 with 14-42mm f/3.55.6 Zuiko EO lens and 4o-15Omm f/4-5.6 Zuiko ED lens. FOR INFO: www ojympysamericacom,

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Canon EOS Rebel T1 i IMAGING: 15.1MP APS-C~size CMOS sensor (AID, 14-bit). LCD: Fixed 3-inch, 920,OOO-dot. ISO RANGE: ISO 1~12,800 {extended). VlDEO: 192Ox1080-pixel HD, 2Ofps, 12 min/clip; 1280x720-pixel HD. 30 fps, 18 min/clip; 640x480-pix~, 30 fps, 24 min/clip. Mono sound via built-in mic. BURST RATE: 170 (Large Fine) JPEGs or 9 RAW at 3.4 tps. AF: 9--polnt diamond pattern with high-pr&eision center crosstype sensor, 8 linear sensors.

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also demOnstrate some divergence in ttunking by their respectt\le makers. Let's Ioott at them side by sid e in several key areas.

Imaging Both camet'as use sensors and procesSOfs from e)(lsting models of what might be called the high-mldlevel class. The Canon gets Its 15.1MP C MOS sensor from the 500, plus 14-bit AID conversIon, and like the SOD, tSOs can be pushed into an extended range to 12,800. Naturally, we expect that Image quality from the Rebel 11; will closely match that of the SO~. The Nlkon 05000 plays it a little more conservatively, using the 12.3MP CMOS setlsor of the 090, with its 12-bit NO converter, and 150s e:JCpandlng up to 6400. This hardly makes it a slouch. As the Nikon D90 ran practically neck and neck with the canon SOD In our lab tests-and bested the SOD In noise performance at

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with center cross-type sensor, 10 linear sensors, MEnRlNG: 420-plxel 30 Color Mabix evaluative, cente,... weighted, and spol &ATT.FIY! ENELSa, 510 shota per charge (50% with flash), PI.A8H: GN .56; coverage angle not yet available. No wirel. . TTL control from pop-up. LaMS COMN.TlBIL~ N-S Nikkor len... with autofocus; all other Nikkors with manual focus.. t .5X lens factor. SlzaJ nIGHT IBODY OHLy): Slt4.1x3.1 in.j

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The D5000 shows some new thinking from the Nikon engineers--il's the first Nlkoo DSLR to have an articulated LCD scraen. A great idea in any event, the OSOOO's does something different and, in our view, better. The 2.7-indl. 230,000-<101 display flips downnot out to the sJd~nd then rotates. Since the display remains centered laterally, you don't flOOd to movalt1e camera to the right to keep the screen in front of your face while you frame yOU( shots. This also keeps the screen centered on the optical axis and makes panning 1001 more naturnl than with a flip-to-the-sJde design. This setup will also come in handy when capturing video. Canon took the more traditional path, with a fixed 3-inch, 920,ooo-dot lCD borTowed from the EOS 500 and EOS 50 Marti: II. If flfle-grained screen viewing is more important to you than an articulating LCD, too Canon may tug harder on your heartstrings---it's a gorgeous display. Autofocuslng systems on both cameras are also off-too-shelf items. The Canon uses 9SSef1tially Itle same 9-point, diamond-pattern AF array as the EOS Rebel XSi (wnlch will remain in the liooup, as well as the EOS Rebej XS). The center cross-sensor is SUlTOunded by linear sensors.

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CANON EOS REBEL T1 i and NIKON 05000 HD recording, up to 12 minutes a clip, but there are a few asterisks. Because the Tl i has just two outlet channels from the sensor, as opposed to four on the 50 Mark II, the camera can manage only 20 fps at 1920xl080, making for choppy motion. And since it has a smaller sensor (and smaller pixels) than the full-frame 5D Mark II, there may be greater noise issues in videos taken at higher ISOs. Unlike the stereo-capable 50 Mark II,

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The bottom line Both DSlRs stack up fairly e ... enly in terms of in-camera effects like dynamic range adjustments, fiher effects, JPEG profiles, and so on. (The Nikoo 05000 doesn't offer wireless flash control lrom the pop-up flash, unlike higher-end Nikons. But since Canon dOesn't offer this feature on any EOS model, mark them even here, too.) Another Issue: The Nikon 05000 does not ha... e the AF-coupling pin

found Of! more expensive Nikons, which means that you need AF-S lenses (which ha... e internal focusing motors) to autofocus. The Canon. on the other hand, can take any lens from the EF arsenal, digital-ooly or full frame. Wheth6f you're a Canon or Nikon fan, you're getting a ton for your money in these respecti ...e models. And if you're sitllng on the fence deciding on a sub-$I.IXlO OSlR, your decision just got exponentially harder. 0

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Handling and add-ons We shot with the two cameras in brief field tests alld were impressed with both. In terms of the body, the Canon Rebel T11 is a near-clone of the Rebel X5i, differing only in the video setting 00 the mode dial on lop. and a thumb button on the back, for liye view and yideo recording. (Note to Canon: That button needs to be raised a little more-it:'s almost impossible to find by leel alone.) The fit of bOdy panels was trim and tight on tile beta version we handled. As with other Rebels, if you have big hands, yoor pinky could slip off the bottom 01 this petite camera. so you may want to add the battery grip for extra finger room. (The Tl i uses the same battery grip, Li-ion battery, and remote switches as the XSi.) The 05000 Is similar to Nikon's 090 in body design. There's a dedicated live view button 10 make it easy to switch to framing images on the LCD or to capture video. Also, the grip is longer than the one on the Rebel. so yoor pinky won't feellelt out . And a bevy of buttons gives yoo access to all the most important controls. Nikon's display lets you change other important settings and see all your main settings quickly. The build quality felt solid on the preprodUction sample we used. The 05000 isn't compatible with any Of Nikon's existing battery grips, and unfortunately there won't be a new grip for this model. But it is compatible with current Nikon Speedlights, ML-L3 wireless remote, and GP-I geotagger.

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35mm (36.2Bmm tested). "'.8 (111.83 lesled), 8 elements in 6 group•. Focusing tlIms 120 degrees counter' clockwise . • Weight: 0.47 lb.

• Flit....... : 52mm. • Mounts: Nikol'l AF. • Incluct.d: l&n&hOO(!, softcase, • 51,.... prke: $220. super-quiet SWM autofocus motor, and rounded aperture blades for smoothly defocused image areas at at! apertures. HANDS ON: All inch shorter and about halt the weight of Sigma's comparable 30mm 1/1.4 digilal-only normal, it's both Hght and compact, casting no shadow when used with the Nikon D90's built-in flash.

There's no distance scale, and its manuaJfocus r'ng tums with a slightly scrntchy feel.

IN THE LAB: Our SQF teslS found near·nawiess sharpness and contrast. with SQF scores a bit below the Sigma '$ mid-Excellent range results. DxO Analyzer 3.0.1 tests rsveaJed only Slight barrel distortion (0.27%), an above-aV9fa99 performance. light lallollieft the COfl1efS by fI2.S. At the close-focus distance of 10.87

Indles, maximum magnification came In at a powerlull:5.10. Indeed, this Nikkor signiflC3l1tly outperformed the Sigma in distortion, falloff, and magnifying power. CONCLUSIONS: Fast for shooting in low light and able to produce attractiVely defocused backgrounds, th is utility play« is compact and light for rraval , inconspicuous for street shooting, <rid about as affordable and useful a lens as you're likely to find. 0

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flush-mount AF/MF switch keeps you from aCCidentally changing modes. IN THE LAB: SOF tests found stlarpness and contrast in the Excellent range. similar 10 ttle original and to Nikon's 17-35mm tl2.BO. DxO Analyzer Version 3.0.1 tests found Visible barrel diStortion (0.59%) at 16mm-a vast improvement over the Very Visible 2.9% of the earlier lens (and over Itle Nikon's 2.5%). At 24mm and 35mm, we found Slight pit"ICUshion distortion (0.12% and 0.19%, respectively), also a big Improvemeot over the earlier versioo (0.25% and 0.86%). Due to its larger diameter. vignetting was gone byf/4 at 16mm; we saw none at 24mm or 35mm--agam.

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