Tamron’s 18-270mm VC Lens
Capturing Life as it Happens
The Joys of Little League
Top 5 Tips for Back to School
LAST CALL: Enter Our 2008 Photo Contests
Inform • Welcome
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Hot Off The Press
NEW Product Announcement
• spotlight 4-5
Test Drive the New
Tamon 18-270mm VC Lens
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Chronicling Ghana's Future
• share 10-11
Little League Memoirs
• learn 12
The Colors of Fall
• learn 13
Back to School
• inspire 14-15
• tips to go 16
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The bright, vibrant colors of fall bring out the photographer
in all of us. It is our interest in chronicling the perfect cycles
of the earth that perhaps make us want to capture it as best
we can – in the frame of the camera.
One of our most exciting announcements this year has been
the 28-300mm VC lens with anti-shake technology which has just received the prestigious
EISA Award for Best Consumer Lens '08-'09. This issue of Tamron Viewfinder unveils another
advance in photographic lenses with the unveiling of our new Tamron AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3
Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO, the ultimate all-in-one-zoom with Tamron’s exclusive
Vibration Compensation Mechanism. We expect this new lens will produce the same excitement
and anticipation as our first VC lens. To learn about its capabilities and view photographs
taken with the lens, turn to our special Spotlight Section on pages 4 and 5.
This issue visits parts of the world that continue to intrigue us. Using Tamron’s 28-75mm
F/2.8 lens, André Costantini’s photos of Ghana reminds us that our cultures are not so far apart
and the curiosity of children remains constant wherever we travel.
Go back to school with Candice Stringham who used our 18-200mm and other lenses as a
way to uniquely document the academic journey that plays out in many different scenarios.
Celebrated photographer Tim Mantoani took time out from shooting professional sports’
heroes by spending a day at a little league baseball game. Using Tamron’s 70-300mm lens, he
was able to successfully capture the magical world of baseball through the eyes of our youth.
Ken Hubbard visits the beautiful country of Costa Rica armed with the 28-300mm VC
ultimate zoom lens and does a great job showing all the capabilities that Tamron’s proprietary
Vibration Compensation technology can produce.
Award-winning wildlife photographer Roy Toft incorporates the magnificent colors of fall in
the tundra of Alaska, Yosemite National Park and the Eastern Sierra Mountains in California
also using the 28-300mm VC.
Remember to use your Tamron lens to photograph an image that fits with one of our photo
contest themes and enter to win a 28-300mm VC zoom.
Please continue to fill out the survey on page 18 so that we can bring you the topics and
stories that interest you most.
As always, thank you for your loyalty and for choosing Tamron lenses. We appreciate your
President, Tamron USA
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Editor: Ann Scott
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Spotlight • NEW VC Lens
Longest, Steadiest Lens On Earth
For most photographers, daily life
holds hundreds of opportunities to
memorialize. Fortunately, the creators
of Tamron lenses think like
photographers, developing technologically
advanced lenses that not
only produce high quality images,
they are affordable, lightweight and
offer a wide range of focal lengths.
The most recent addition to the
company’s product list is the
Tamron AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3
Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO,
which boasts the world’s longest range
15X zoom lens and Tamron’s exclusive
Vibration Compensation Mechanism.
The 18-270mm is truly the ultimate
all-in-one lens. It covers wide angle to
telephoto to macro and provides a full 4
extra stops of shutter speed to shoot at
using super telephoto, in low light and
with no resulting blur.
The Tamron 18-270mm lens covers
angles of view equivalent to 28mm to
419mm when converted to the 35mm
format, making it the first digital SLR
lens in the world that delivers this
remarkable 15X zoom ratio.
While the diverse range is a breakthrough
that would pique the interest
of any photographer, Tamron went one
step further adding its exclusive, proprietary
tri-axial Vibration Compensation
(VC) mechanism. Employing a tri-axial
system designed to let three coils drive
a compensator lens electromagnetically via three steel balls, this
ultra high power lens is supported on rolling steel balls with very
low friction, allowing for enhanced follow-up performance and
resulting in stabilized viewfinder images.
The benefits of the VC technology are numerous. First, and
perhaps most exciting are blur-free shots at any focal length
when shooting hand-held. Often life’s greatest photos won’t wait
for a tripod or cable release to get set up. Tamron’s 18-270mm
gives any photographer enhanced freedom to shoot at will, at a
moment’s notice and at any focal length including macro. Low
light conditions often require longer shutter speeds. Hand-held
shooting is typically impossible, but this Tamron lens not only
makes it possible, it delivers
sharp, quality images
at even the longest telephoto
If life is your palette,
make sure Tamron’s
h i g h l y - a n t i c i p a t e d
AF18-270mm lens is
your brush. Never miss
another shot. It is truly an
all-in-one lens for every
scenario from wildlife to
family life. This lens is a
must-have for a photographer
who enjoys narrating
life’s many unpredictable
Tamron AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Specifications
18 - 270mm
Angle of View
75°33’ (equivalent angles of view when converted to 35mm)
18 elements in 13 groups
Minimum Focus Distance 0.49m/19.3” (over the entire zoom range)
Maximum Mag. Ratio
1 : 3.5 (at f=270mm and 0.49m MDF)
Minimum Aperture F/22
Flower-shaped lens hood
For Canon, Nikon with Built-In Motor
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ning throughout each photo.
“There are parts of Africa that have a great
spirit,” says Costantini. “Children are the
same everywhere. They see a camera and
want to perform.”
In a small village between Kumasi and
Tepa, Costantini encapsulates the collective
spirit of a group of children who show off
their uniqueness, running and smiling, hoping
to be captured in his lens. In photos like
these, Costantini advises to simply shoot,
don’t try to compose a structured shot.
“You realize that you can’t pose these children
in a better position then they have
found for themselves.”
Costantini credits the Tamron 28-75mm
lens with controlling the depth of field. The
wide-open aperture was also important in
bringing in more natural light since the shot
was taken in the late afternoon as the sun
was beginning to set. He used a focal length
of 46mm with ISO 400 and a shutter speed
of 1/125 sec.
“Most important is the focal length. The
Tamron 28-75mm has the ideal range for
“You realize that you can’t
pose these children in a
better position then they
have found for themselves.”
For many of us, Africa is both captivating and
intriguing. Charles Darwin referred to it as “the
cradle of humankind” in his book The Descent of
Man and most paleontologists and anthropologists
believe it to be the oldest inhabited area on earth.
Professional Photographer André
Costantini spent some time
on the west coast of Africa in
the Republic of Ghana working with
a non-governmental organization
(NGO) charged with delivering medical
supplies and equipment. Costantini
was engaged by the organization to
chronicle their efforts.
Photography can be a great equalizer.
Using his Nikon D3 camera and
his Tamron AF28-75mm F/2.8 lens,
Costantini’s series of images from this
small African nation provides a unique
narrative into the life of some of the
The Republic of Ghana comprises
just 92,098 square miles of Africa’s
11.7 million total square miles. Some
consider Ghana to be the geographic
center of the earth, located just a few
degrees north of the equator with the
Greenwich Meridian passing directly
through it. Yet even nearly a half a
world away, there is a familiarity run-
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nature use their
images to tell
a story and
benefits and challenges. The children gain
freedom as they learn to read and write
and long-lasting friendships mixed in
with the occasional boredom. Costantini’s
focus on the young girl daydreaming on
her desk in the warm afternoon is a story
that has played out for centuries, across
the globe in every school room. He used
the full length of the lens at 75mm, making
sure not to disturb her. The aperture
was f/2.8 @ 1/125 sec with ISO 125.
Similarly, the image on the previous
page of the figures at play depicts the
chaotic nation of children, dispersing
with great force for parts unknown to
“The unconventional composition of
this image (pg. 7) creates dynamic tension.”
says Costantini who was positioned
four stories above on the school roof top.
“There are three kids in the periphery
moving out of the frame while the two
in the middle of the courtyard act as an
anchor. A moment later and the children
at the edge would have been gone.”
To freeze the energy, Costantini set the
aperture at f/6.3 @ 1/320 using a focal
length of 38mm with ISO 320.
Perhaps the most difficult challenge
for Costantini on his visit to Ghana
was his desire to capture everything.
Photographers by nature use their images
to tell a story and provide insight. On this
trip, he was charged with documenting
the human condition in Ghana, where
he consistently succeeds using Ghana’s
future – their children – to provide us
with their story. What we learn is that
this small republic is very much like our
Costantini’s final photo of the smiling
schoolboy (pg.6 ) gives us hope. Shot at a
focal length of 28mm, with ISO 200, an
aperture of f/2.8 @ 1/60 sec, we clearly
see that he is happy and healthy. He
also appears to be telling us something.
Perhaps it is simply that the future is
bright for the Republic of Ghana.
Capturing the enthusiasm of a child requires a
great eye for composition, and a fast aperture
lens that offers versatility with a wide range of
focal lengths like the Tamron 28-75mm. This
animated pose was shot using ISO 400 with an
aperture of f/2.8 @ 1/125 sec. The focal length
for International Travel
Travel light. Use a lens that offers a versatile range that you can keep on your camera
throughout your trip. An all-in-one like Tamron's 18-250 is a great solution.
Bring extra memory cards. Costantini brought two additional 8 gig cards and shot
more than 1200 photos.
Use rechargeable batteries and bring a plug adapter and power converter/transformer.
While an adapter allows you to use the wall sockets, the power converter/transformer
converts the standard European 220 volts to 110 volts so you don’t burn out your charger.
Embrace the natural light. Some remote villages have no electricity. Using a wide
open aperture and high ISO helps. Tamron’s 28-300mm Vibration Compensation lens is
remarkable in low light conditions as well and provides a wide range of focal lengths , especially
at the tele end.
Document the culture and capture the moment. Don’t try to pose subjects to tell
your story. Let them tell their story.
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using a fast aperture when dealing with low
light conditions,” adds Costantini.
Tamron lenses are not only known for
their quality and versatility, many photographers
find their weight, averaging just
16-20 ounces, to be crucial when traveling.
The 28-75mm is just 18 ounces with a minimum
aperture of f/32 and a minimum focus
distance of 0.33m (13”).
During his stroll through the village, he
was introduced to a young shoemaker who
paused momentarily to allow for a photo.
The image was shot using a focal length of
28mm @ 1/60 sec. The aperture was set
at 2.8, which helped bring in more natural
light, with ISO 1600.
Prior to gaining their independence,
Ghana had just one university and a handful
of primary and secondary schools. Today,
more than two million children attend over
27,000 primary, secondary and senior secondary
Like every young child, school offers many
Share •Tim Mantoani
Nerves of Steel
Few industries are recession-proof, but photographing children
competing in sports probably comes close. Unlike adults, kids
wear their emotions on their young faces and capturing their
joy and love for the game is unique and often heartwarming.
Photographer Tim Mantoani has captured many of the legends in
sports from Peyton Manning to Jeff Gordon and nearly every superstar
in between. His series of little league baseball photos may not
have the same celebrity glam that multi-million dollar player shots
might exude, but the photos are wholesome and depict young boys’
rite of passage, showing the grit and determination of what it takes
to love and participate in America’s favorite pastime.
In the shot of the boy embracing the baseball, Mantoani creatively
shoots with the sun behind the subject and yet the resulting image
is bright without shading. He accomplished this using the Tamron
17-35mm lens using a speedlight aimed at a silver fill disc (camera
left) to bounce some light into the boy’s face, thereby diminishing
any shadow. The focal length was 35mm with an aperture of f/5.6 @
1/125 sec and ISO 100.
In baseball, the coach typically appears in the diamond a few
times during the game to provide encouragement to
the pitcher and perhaps slow down the momentum
of the other team. Mantoani’s photo of the pitcher
on the mound taking direction from his coach as the
third baseman looks on is a great example of compression
using a long telephoto lens. The focal length was
165mm using Tamron’s 70-300mm lens. He used ISO
320 with an aperture of f/5.0 @ 1/640 sec.
“Long glass is great for shooting sports. I try to
shoot wide open so I can blow the background out of
focus. The image was backlit and I needed to open up
a bit from my in-camera meter reading to get a good
exposure on the face. When you can use backlight and
have a dark background, your subject will pop.”
Is he safe or out? Mantoani successfully captures the
moment just prior to the umpire’s call when both boys
are hoping to be the victor. Freezing the moment takes
strategy and a creative eye on the end result. With
his Tamron 70-300mm lens following the runner, he
employed the aperture priority mode which allowed
him to use the fastest shutter speed available for that exposure
to stop the action.
“Aperture priority can be your best friend. I shot wide open
to get the background out of focus as much as possible from
where I could stand to shoot. I tried to keep in mind the background
so that the fence posts were at the edges of the frame
and not in the center.”
A shadow draped over the face of a young, determined athlete
can speak volumes.
“The late afternoon light created the shadow on his face as
"What a perfect lens for
shooting your kids’ sports."
he waited to go to bat. I try to shoot the fun of the game and
the disappointment of the game. That is what sports is about,
like taking photos, you win some and you loose some. You just
want to enjoy the experience, both the highs and the lows. If I
am not taking bad photos while I am out shooting, I am playing
it too safe.”
Again using Tamron’s 70-300mm, Mantoani used a wide
open aperture of f/4.0 to “let the background go as soft as possible.”
The focal length was 70mm with ISO 200 and a shutter
speed of 1/640 sec.
Capturing children’s sports as they happen can be difficult,
but using the right tools can make things easier.
“This was the first time I had shot with the 70-300mm
Tamron lens. What a perfect lens for shooting your kids’
sports. It allows you to track the action and keep yourself in the
game,” said Mantoani. “The 17-35mm offers you a great wide
lens for overviews and a tighter crop for portraits.”
When you don’t get a second chance to capture the winning
run, count on the lenses that professionals use - Tamron’s high
quality lenses. Make every shot count.
Use a wide open aperture to blur
1. out the chaotic background of
sports and focus in on your subject.
In sports, kids are always moving
and your lens needs to follow the
action. Freezing a scene can be done
using aperture priority, which allows
for the fastest shutter speed possible
for the exposure.
Shoot the good with the bad.
Sports teach children lessons in
life. Some days you’re the superstar;
some days even with our best efforts,
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Share • Roy Toft
Capturing the Hues of Fall
with Roy Toft
Award-winning photographer Roy
Toft is most at home in the wild,
recording images of the great outdoors.
His photographs have been featured
at the Natural History Museum in London,
the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum
exhibition in Washington, D.C. and within
the pages of National Geographic, Nature’s
Best, Smithsonian, Audubon, Wildlife
Conservation, Discover magazines and more.
Last year, he spent time in America’s
national parks, documenting landscapes
and wildlife against a backdrop of fall colors
using several of his Tamron lenses. In Denali
National Park in Alaska, he got acquainted
with a Bull Caribou from a safe distance
using the full focal length of the new Tamron
AF28-300mm Di VC lens. He credits the
lens’ Vibration Compensation technology
with securing the sharp image of the animal,
seemingly planted firmly within the red,
orange and greens of the tundra.
“The beauty of this lens is the handholdability.
The VC function makes it much easier
to move,” says Toft. “You can be flexible with a
shot in the field.
Even with no tripod, he realized a crisp,
rich image using an aperture of f/5.6 @ 1/320
sec with ISO 100.
The waterfalls in Yosemite National Park
are showstoppers. Toft composed his artistic
image of flowing falls using a tripod placed
almost on the ground and shooting upward.
For this shot, he employed his Tamron SPAF
20-40mm zoom. (DSLR users with smaller
sensors, look for the new Tamron SP AF10-
24mm F/3.5-4.5 coming soon). Known for its
sharpness, this wide angle lens creates dramatic
perspective extending the background
and focusing the viewer’s eye onto the vivid
fall leaf and pink petal in the foreground. The
focal length was 25mm with ISO 100. The
silky effect of the water was created using an
aperture of f/22 @ 30 sec. Toft also used a lens
polarizer to cut down on the glare from the
water and saturate the color.
The long 30-second shutter speed required
him to use the mirror lock up and a cable
release to reduce shake and blurring.
Toft’s horizontal shot of the quaking aspen
trees was photographed in the Eastern Sierra
Mountains using the Tamron SP AF28-75mm
F/2.8. These beautiful trees burst with golden-yellow
foliage in the fall months.
“Shooting horizontally creates a threedimensional,
stacking effect,” says Toft who
acknowledges that many photographers tend
to shoot trees vertically, consistently moving
backward to build more trees into a photo and
often losing any illusion of depth.
Using a focal length of 75mm, ISO 100 with
an aperture of f/22 @ 1/8 sec., Toft creates a
very detailed image of the tree trunk in the
foreground, with softening foliage blended
into the background.
Toft’s fall foliage images show off three of
Tamron’s distinct lenses.
“Tamron lenses have great glass and workmanship,”
says Toft who is especially excited
about the Vibration Compensation technology
recently introduced on two lenses. “You
can’t go wrong with VC. It’s a great addition.”
To learn more about all of Tamron's superior lenses, visit Tamron.com.
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Back to School
Take group shots employing levels such as stairs. In her school bus photo, she uses
the stairs to insure that everyone can be seen equally. She employed the Tamron AF18-200mm using a
focal length of 18mm with an aperture of f/11 @ 1/60 sec. This lens is great for group shots when it is used at
its widest focal length and perfect for head shots using its full length at 200mm.
Focus in on the expression. Let your child’s face tell their story. Stringham’s favorite wide open
lens is her Tamron AF28-75mm F/2.8. “The open aperture blurs out distractions.” The close up photo of
her smiling son was taken with this lens at a focal length of 35mm with an aperture of f/2.8 @ 1/160 sec.
Frame the photo to show where your child is headed. Stringham’s photo of the
boys walking to school was created in black & white because the school is painted bold colors and would
become the focus of the photo, not the boys. She used the wide open 28-75mm with a focal length of 28mm
and an aperture of f/11 @ 1/100 sec.
Find a reference point. Take a photo of your child in the same place year after year. You might
even consider planting a tree on the first day of kindergarten and capturing your child next to it each
year in order to provide perspective. The photo of her son waving is a great reference shot with the fence
providing an orientation point. She used the full focal length of the lens at 75mm with an aperture of f/2.8
Compensate for poor lighting. School plays and chorus performances inevitably occur in
lowlight conditions. Stringham suggests turning up the ISO as well as using a wide open lens. She has
also found great success using Tamron’s 28-300mm Vibration Compensation lens which is made to perform
in lowlight conditions. The range in focal length makes it a great all around school lens that can be used for
every program or event.
Learn • Top 5
from Candice Stringham
Back to School! Those three little words conjure up memories for all of us.
The yearly chronicles played out in pictures still make us smile as we are reminded of the clothing styles, the innocence and
excitement painted on our faces and the events we participated in throughout each passing year.
Candice Stringham is not only a talented photographer; she is also the mother of two young boys.
Marry these two professions and you get photos that are rich in composition and filled with creative features.
She offers great tips on how to tell each child’s unique story through her Tamron lenses.
For additional tips for back to school, visit us online at Tamron.com.
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Share •Ken Hubbard
According to the World Trade
Organization, tourism in the first half of
2008 grew five percent worldwide over
2007. Tourism to Costa Rica grew more than
15 percent in that same period, with more than
42 percent of visitors coming from the United
States. Ecotourism draws a large percentage of
travelers to the region. The country is home to
five percent of the world’s biodiversity.
Photographer Ken Hubbard traveled to the
northwest edge of Costa Rica to the province
of Guanacaste, which skirts the Pacific Ocean
and documented many of the subjects that
draw millions of visitors to the country annually.
With photo opportunities everywhere,
Hubbard packed Tamron’s 28-300mm VC lens
with anti-blur technology.
“Many of the images that I took during
this trip probably would have required a tripod.
Since I was using the Tamron 28-300mm
Vibration Compensation lens, I was able to get
some really great images without one.”
When you travel to a dynamic part of the
world like Costa Rica, you want to have a lens
Refining the Art of Eco-Photography
that is durable and can be used in nearly every
situation. An all-in-one lens is crucial.
Along the countryside, Brahman cattle bask
in the sun. Hubbard’s photo of this popular
breed was shot using a focal length of 28mm,
ISO 200 with an aperture of f/16 @ 1/200.
“I really liked the composition of this shot
with the animals in the foreground, the lush
green landscape in the middle and the billowing
Hubbard also spent time in the celebrated
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, gaining its
name because of its high altitude. The reserve
has several suspension bridges located throughout,
allowing visitors to get a better view of the
flora and fauna. On one bridge, Hubbard was
overwhelmed by the size of a large fern.
“The absolutely gigantic size of the fern was
what made me take the image,” says Hubbard.
“It was approximately 25 feet across and 20 feet
above the forest floor.”
Hubbard also notes that the photo was taken
in the early afternoon, under very cloudy and
“This is where the 28-300 VC lens really
shows off the remarkable results of Tamron’s
Using a focal length of 50mm, ISO 400 and
an aperture of f/4.5 @ 1/125 sec., the details of
the fern are obvious and the color is vibrant.
The Owl Butterfly was taken in the
Mariposario in the Monteverde Cloud Forest
Reserve. Primarily found in the rainforest regions, this butterfly’s
wingspan can exceed five inches. In order to isolate the subject,
Hubbard used a lower aperture of f/6.0 @1/13th sec. to blur out the
background. He succeeds in delivering a sharp close-up of this distinctive
insect. Shooting handheld with natural light, he used a focal length
of 170mm and ISO 200.
“The brown and tans of this butterfly stand out perfectly against the
soft green background,” say Hubbard.
Bird watching is serious business in Costa Rica and one of the biggest
draws for many tourists. According to the International Union for
Conservation of Nature, there are almost 850 species of birds in Costa
Rica living in rich habitats such as the rainforests, mangrove swamps,
beaches, cloud forests, rivers and dry forests.
“You never really see a hummingbird just sitting
there,” says Hubbard on his choice to capture the deep
purple-throated bird. “They are usually darting about
or hovering by a flower.”
Hummingbirds are among the fastest birds in
the world, flying an estimated 60 miles an hour.
Composing the photo requires quick thinking and a
telephoto lens that can capture the shot far enough
away that the bird is not frightened.
“I wanted a really soft background and foreground
to make the colors stand out. I also liked having the
second bird in the frame.”
Using a focal length of 250mm, with an aperture
of f/6.3 @ 1/70 sec. and ISO 800, Hubbard was
able to realize the sharp image of the bird in the
foreground with a soft blur of the second bird in the
“I wanted to put the out-of-focus bird in the corner
so it would not be the focal point, just a little added
feature to the image.”
Some of Costa Rica’s churches are enduring a colorful
facelift these days. One of Hubbard’s stops was
in the town of Cañas where well-known artist Otto
Apuy has been overseeing tile overlays on the Iglesia de Cañas resulting
in vibrant mosaics that depict religous themes.
Hubbard decided to shoot the mosaic with the lens parallel to it. “I
did not have to worry about depth of field issues. If I shot the wall at
an angle, then I would have had to contend with depth of field because
one part of the wall would have been closer.”
The colorful shot was taken with a focal length of 28mm, an aperture
of f/8 @ 1/300 sec., ISO 200.
Hubbard’s trip to Costa Rica was during the country’s extensive rainy
season, which can make for extremely challenging lighting conditions.
Its rugged terrain requires visitors to be flexible and not overburdened
with heavy equipment, all perfect scenarios for the 28-300mm VC
lens. Its all-in-one capability offers diverse focal lengths and Vibration
Compensation technology that allows for immediate, on the spot
handheld shooting in many lighting conditions, delivering crisp, clear
images. The results speak for themselves.
1. Travel light. Choose an allin-one
lens that can be used for
every type of shot.
2. Use Vibration
Compensation to your advantage.
Hubbard’s shots were crisp
and clear at all focal lengths even
when shot handheld.
3. Consider using a soft
background to offset your
subject image. Many photographers
simply blur out a background
to focus on a subject
rather than use it as part of the
photograph’s unique composition.
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to Isolate Your Subject
with André Costantini
As the eye is usually drawn to sharpness in an image,
sometimes restricting what is sharp in an image helps to add focus.
This selective blur technique is quick and easy to do.
Inform • 2008 Photo Contests
Prize Valued at $599 (average price)
Select an image.
Preferably a sharp one.
Duplicate the layer.
Add a Gaussian
Blur to the top
Blur). Note you can add a
pretty heavy one for now.
Grab your eraser
tool, with a soft
edge erase out the part
you want to be sharp. (I
usually pick a pretty big brush
as the edge looks more natural.)
opacity to as much or
little blur as desired.
Photo Contest 1
Photographing the Natural Wonder of Water
DEADLINE: OCTOBER 31, 2008
It’s hard to imagine a world without water, from the grand oceans to the quiet lakes,
water is alive with plants, animals, sea life and more. It provides constant enjoyment
for children through sprinklers, fountains and waterslides. Even the endless, impulsive geysers
provide Wet & Wild! amusement for us all.
What’s your interpretation of Wet & Wild!? Enter Tamron’s 2008 Photo Contest today!
The only rules on the subject matter are that the pictures must be in good taste and include
water. Be creative and enter as often as you like.
The Wet & Wild! Grand Prize Winner will receive the AF28-300 F/3.5-6.3 XR VC Di lens valued at $599!
Tamron’s state-of-the-art Vibration Compensation mechanism incorporated into the award-winning
28-300mm zoom gives you blur-free hand-held images with exceptional results.
The winner will have his or her image showcased in Tamron Viewfinder and in the Gallery section
of Tamron.com. Up to 20 favorites will also have their winning images published on the website for
all to see.
Guest Judge: Award-winning Professional Photographer Don Gale.
View full contest rules at www.tamron.com/enews/archives/contest.asp
Photographing Human Emotions
DEADLINE: November 30, 2008
Here’s your chance to show off your photography muse. Submit your
most creative image for Tamron’s 2008 Photo Contest -
Send us your favorite photo that expresses a human emotion:
happy/sad/tired/mad - or any other human emotion.
The Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner will receive a magnificent Tamron AF28-
300mm XR VC (Vibration Compensation) Di zoom lens for a Canon or Nikon Digital SLR
Plus, the winning image will be showcased in the Tamron Online Gallery in the
Learning section of tamron.com with up to 20 of our favorites.
The contest is judged by Professional Photographer André Costantini and Guest Judge
and Professional Photographer, Emily Wilson.
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View full contest rules at www.tamron.com/lenses/scrapbook.asp
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Tamron AF28-300mm VC!
AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC
Give Us YOUR VOTE!
Tamron Viewfinder is successful because so many of our
readers take the time to answer our surveys. This is how we
know what you are interested in seeing in our newsletter.
GENDER: M ❍ F ❍
❍ Under 25
❍ Over 65
CITY: STATE: ZIP:
Answer A Few Questions:
What camera(s) do you own?
❍ Konica Minolta
❍ Film Model
What would you like to see featured in upcoming issues
of Viewfinder? ( Pleae check all that apply.)
❍ Pro Photographer Profiles ❍ Reader Profiles
❍ Product Spotlights ❍ Lighting Tips
❍ Photoshop Tips ❍ Travel/On-Location
❍ Pet Photography ❍ Portrait Photography
❍ Sports Photography ❍ Contests
❍ Wedding Photography ❍ New Product News
❍ Special Events Photography
What may be your next lens purchase(s)? (Please check all that apply.)
❍ 11-18mm Di-II ❍ 18-250mm Di-II ❍ 28-200mm Di ❍ 70-300mm Di
❍ 17-50mm Di-II ❍ 55-200mm Di-II ❍ 28-300mm Di ❍ 200-500mm Di
❍ 18-200mm Di-II ❍ 28-75mm Di ❍ 28-300mm Di VC ❍ 90mm Di
❍ 70-200mm Di ❍ 180mm Di
REPLY TO US via internet or
print & fax back to us at (631) 543-3963.
Rules: Surveys must be completed in full and submitted or faxed by October 31, 2008.
No entry will be accepted without all questions answered. Enter only once. Only one entry
per household, no duplicate submissions or faxes will be accepted. All prizes are selected
randomly and awarded 60 days after electronic mailing of last Tamron Viewfinder of 2008.
can ruin your
or in low
V i b r a t i o n
Compensation mechanism incorporated into
the award-winning 28-300mm zoom gives you
blur-free hand-held images for incredible results!
Finally, the technology you need in the lens you want.
see the lens in action at
Other Prizes you could win!
TAMRON $25 Gift Card
Gift Card to your favorite
authorized Tamron dealer
TAMRON Rollerball Pen
Cap (20 prizes)
TAMRON Lens Cleaning
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