Tech Sheets Archive


TPS Tech Sheets

Due to popular demand, we have compiled the full collection of our past printed Tech Sheets for your quick, historical reference. The Tech Sheets are listed below in reverse chronological order and may be previewed as PDFs. We hope you enjoy this valuable resource!


Do You Sign Your Work?

Tech Sheet 27  |  Authored by D. Clarke Evans  |  Published in 2012
It is surprising how many images are submitted for exhibition that are unsigned on the front and without a name on the back. Hear how gallerists and other professionals in the field respond.

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Is Time on Your Side?

Tech Sheet 26  |  Authored by Ann Daly  |  Published in 2006
For creative professionals with their own businesses, time can feel like private enemy #1. There are two basic components of time management: effectiveness and efficiency. How are you managing your time?

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Constructed Photography

Tech Sheet 25  |  Authored by Lori Nix  |  Published in 2006
Lori Nix writes about her "faux" landscape photography, revealing her personal process and inspiration; "I knew I had no desire to physically travel to my childhood stomping ground or the financial means to spend long periods of time unemployed. Instead, I could bring Kansas to the kitchen table in my attic apartment."

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Managing to Succeed

Tech Sheet 24  |  Authored by Ann Daly  |  Published in 2005
Whatever your personal goal as a photographer, you need to manage your photographic practice. Most of us are very efficient. We're getting stuff done. The question is: is it the right stuff?

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A Year with Arnold Newman

Tech Sheet 23  |  Authored by Julie Soefer  |  Published in 2005
When I first heard about the job opening at Arnold Newman's studio, I knew I just had to write him and tell him how much his photograph meant to me. Even if I didn't get the job, I just wanted him to know how his images immensely influenced my way of thinking about making portraits.

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Shooting from the Heart

Tech Sheet 22  |  Authored by Rob Goldman  |  Published in 2004
Photograph someone for ten days, ten months, ten years, and you will find your place, each in the other, and the faith to take risks you must take as an artist and a human being.

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Selecting a Photography Workshop

Tech Sheet 21  |  Authored by Craig Varjabedian  |  Published in 2004
The ideal photography workshop is hands-on, where you are learning and doing. You can read and learn only so much from a book; a workshop gives you the experience and practice to become familiar with the technical tools.

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Press Trip Photography

Tech Sheet 20  |  Authored by Bill Bruzy  |  Published in 2004
As one photographer said to me about press trip photography, "You might as well hurt yourself ahead of time. That or leave your camera at home. You get three seconds to take a shot."

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Ideas by True Redd

Tech Sheet 19  |  Authored by True Redd  |  Published in 2004
All the eyes really do is gather light. The creative imaging process from that point comes from deep within us. The more we strengthen and encourage our mind to give fresh ideas, the less risk we run of taking photographs previously seen.

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Exploring the Raw Digital Format

Tech Sheet 18  |  Authored by Scott Canterbury Campbell  |  Published in 2003
For digital photographers who want the ultimate in image quality and versatility, the RAW file format is advantageous. Once you get used to it, it’s hard to go back.

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Self Promotion: Making the Most of Your Marketing Efforts

Tech Sheet 17  |  Authored by Mary Virginia Swanson  |  Published in 2003
If your work is to be seen, collected, and/or licensed, people must know about it, and that is your responsibility. That means planning for self-promotional efforts, sooner rather than later.

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A Practical Guide to ICC Color Management

Tech Sheet 16  |  Authored by Scott Martin  |  Published in 2003
Color management is all about maintaining an image’s appearance and color integrity as it is used with a variety of devices. Each device within the digital workflow must be calibrated to ensure accurate color.

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Collecting Photographs

Tech Sheet 15  |  Authored by Kevin Kaplan  |  Published in 2002
Collecting photographs should be fun and it shouldn’t have to bust your budget. Kaplan offers background information for beginners and some valuable resources to help collectors make informed decisions. [image below © Keith Carter]

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The Art Process: Packaging Slides and Sending Prints

Tech Sheet 14  |  Authored by D. Clarke Evans  |  Published in 2002
Learn how to package your contest entry slides and exhibition prints to increase the likelihood that they will safely arrive and eventually be returned to you in a like fashion.

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Exhibition Options for the Project Photographer

Tech Sheet 13  |  Authored by Jill Waterman  |  Published in 2001
Waterman continues her discussion on how to successfully exhibit photographic projects. Additional information includes: Follow Up, Current Trends, Rejection, Costs and Exhibition Options. [Part 2 of 2]

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Exhibition Options for the Project Photographer

Tech Sheet 12  |  Authored by Jill Waterman  |  Published in 2001
Waterman shares her research conducted since 1998 from interviews with directors and curators from over 30 venues nationwide concerning exhibiting photographic projects. Topics covered include the following: Why Exhibit, Growing the Project, Marketing and Submission. [Part 1 of 2]

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Peter Brown: An interview

Tech Sheet 11  |  Authored by D. Clarke Evans  |  Published in 2001
An interview with Peter Brown reveals the stories behind his photographic work in the Great Plains. Brown discusses his project and shares images from his book On the Plains.

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Back to the Basics

Tech Sheet 10  |  Authored by Dennis Darling  |  Published in 2001
Darling discusses how proximity creates a sense of intimacy between the viewer and subject. Learn how proximity, used in unison with its twin, unconventional framing, can help you present the common in an uncommon and alluring fashion.

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A Photographic Library

Tech Sheet 9  |  Authored by D. Clarke Evans and Jean Caslin  |  Published in 2001
After reaching out to photographers, museum curators, collectors and editors, Evans and Caslin developed a bibliography of 530 books about photography. This issue shares a selection along with related commentary.

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The Art of Night Photography

Tech Sheet 8  |  Authored by Dana Foy  |  Published in 2000
Foy explores the creative considerations of night photography by addressing the light, the practice and the art. By understanding light in night conditions, one can better practice envisioning differently. Foy will help you bring the elements together to improve your ways of seeing and creating in night photography. [Part 2 of 2]

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The Craft of Night Photography

Tech Sheet 7  |  Authored by Dana Foy  |  Published in 2000
The process of developing a sense of photographic night vision is full of technical and artistic challenges. Foy addresses a range of equipment and film issues, including metering, exposure, reciprocity failure, color of light and more. [Part 1 of 2]

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Back to the Basics

Tech Sheet 6  |  Authored by Dennis Darling  |  Published in 2000
Darling examines the concepts of composition and framing from various perspectives and approaches. He considers the mechanical, theoretical and practical influences of composition with book references to a few of the masters in photography.

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Inner Inspiration: An Inside Look at the Visual Journal

Tech Sheet 5  |  Authored by Richard Newman  |  Published in 2000
Newman continues to guide you through various steps to develop your photographic vision, such as weeding out bad photos, things to think about when taking photographs, steps to becoming a fine art photographer, understanding cropping, unblocking creativity and assignments to help hone your skills and ways of seeing. [Part 2 of 2]

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Inner Inspiration: An Inside Look at the Visual Journal

Tech Sheet 4  |  Authored by Richard Newman  |  Published in 2000
Don't let yourself be confused with all the possibilities of what technology affords us as image-makers. Get as simple as you can with your equipment. Using one camera and one lens will teach you how to make photographs instead of take photographs. [Part 1 of 2]

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Making and Using Pinhole Cameras

Tech Sheet 3  |  Authored by Ralph Howell  |  Published in 1998
A pinhole camera is an age-old tool that evolved from the Camera Obscura. The process of working with pinhole cameras encourages intuitive responses, exploration and experimentation that often produces surprising results. Learn more about the exciting possibilities of building and shooting with a pinhole camera.

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The Beauty of Black & White Infrared Photography

Tech Sheet 2  |  Authored by Steve Goff  |  Published in 1997
Infrared film is sensitive not only to visible light, but also to longer wavelengths which are invisible to our eyes. Discover the history, creative applications and technical considerations of this unique film.  

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Making Copy Slides of your Photographs for Presentation 

Tech Sheet 1  |  Authored by D. Clarke Evans  |  Published in 1997
At one time, knowing how to make accurate copy slides of your work was a must—a standard, valuable tool for any serious photographer. This issue provides helpful information for producing quality slide reproductions.

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