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George Schaub Oct 28, 2011 Published: Sep 01, 2011 25 comments
The revised website at www.shutterbug.com is now online. This new iteration maintains all the archived stories of the past site—with postings from all our articles from over the past 12 years—plus new features that make searching easier, sharing more accessible, and now the ability for registered users to comment on all our postings. The new site is the result of hard work by numerous people from our team and we trust it will become one of your main sites for photographic news and views and research.
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George Schaub Sep 16, 2011 Published: Aug 01, 2011 0 comments
In this issue we feature the TIPA Awards for products in 40 different categories and I thought you might like to know how the finalists were chosen. TIPA, the Technical Image Press Association, is composed of representatives from photographic magazines around the world, editors, who go through the process of first nominating products by a Technical Committee and then voting on what they consider the best or most innovative products in their respective categories. Editors are from pro, advanced amateur, and amateur photo magazines, including those from Australia, Canada, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States, from which Shutterbug is the sole member.
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George Schaub Aug 23, 2011 Published: Jul 01, 2011 1 comments
I remember a story Fred Picker once told about showing his portfolio to a curator at a museum in New England. Fred photographed in the British Isles, near his home in Vermont and places far and wide, and trained his eye and lens on natural forms and man-made totems in nature. His favorite photographer was Paul Strand, though his photo collection ranged as far as his travels. In any case, in goes Fred to this curator, who quickly breezes through the images and dismisses the lot, saying, “We don’t need any more rocks and trees.”
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George Schaub Jul 11, 2011 Published: Jun 01, 2011 0 comments
Photography and travel have always been intertwined. Ever since photography was invented photographers have been exploring the world, both locally and globally, with images. The camera becomes motivator and instigator, witness and commentator, of the social, natural, and wondrous sites that surround us. And while many of the articles and images in this issue deal with particular projects undertaken by a wide range of photographers, there’s no reason to think you have to travel far and wide to discover what that magical combination of camera and travel can do for you.
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George Schaub Jun 22, 2011 Published: May 01, 2011 1 comments
Image processing has always been an important facet of photography, even in these post-film days. Indeed, even working from film, most photographers now go the scan route so that all images get poured through the digital funnel as they make their way to print and online. While we often run processing technique articles that concentrate on Adobe Photoshop, the reviews here feature other products that pose an alternative to that most impressive program and that might just handle many of your conversion, manipulation, and editing needs. It is rare these days that one software package can do it all, and many exciting programs are available that offer unique ways for you to work your images.
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George Schaub Apr 01, 2011 0 comments

Throughout the years we have paid close attention to the business side of photography, featuring tips and words of wisdom from working pros in Maria Piscopo’s Business Trends column, Jack Neubart’s Pro’s Choice column, and numerous articles on wedding, portrait, stock, event, and other venues in which photographers, both full- and part-time, share their experiences on how they...

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George Schaub Mar 01, 2011 2 comments

Many photographers start their careers photographing weddings or doing portraits “on the side.” Me, too. While I was engaged in other aspects of the craft, I worked as a weekend warrior shooting weddings and social events to help raise money for new gear (and pay the rent). I set up a small studio with seamless paper on rolls in my one-bedroom apartment and would do tabletop...

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George Schaub Feb 01, 2011 0 comments

Every photo you take with a digital camera is RGB but that hasn’t stopped anyone from exploring the rich field of black-and-white imagery. True, a few years back the “conversion” to black and white was not so simple. You had to explore Channels or desaturate the image to create the foundation file, which left you with a fairly good black-and-white rendition, but something that...

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George Schaub Jan 01, 2011 0 comments

Every two years the photo industry and sundry crews from the art, printing, and Internet world gather in Cologne, Germany for what is indisputably the largest gathering of its sort in the world. While the halls are filled with various products and innovations, and probably the best minds in the photo world, the town gives itself over to photography with exhibits both sublime and ridiculous in...

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George Schaub Dec 01, 2010 0 comments

When the barbarians sacked an ancient city they often used the library as kindling, wiping out ancient knowledge and ages of historical texts and pretty much bringing on the Dark Ages. To hear some folks tell it, all a barbarian would need today is a powerful magnet applied to servers and hard drives. This would hardly seem to sate the appetite for pillage any good barbarian would practice, but...

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George Schaub Nov 01, 2010 0 comments

You might think that with digital offering a unique ISO setting for every frame, and with the coordination of high ISO and sophisticated noise reduction software, that there would be less and less demand for and use of auxiliary lighting. Yet, use of flash, from built-in to ringlight to large portable battery packs and softbox location gear, has risen, and with it the potential for more finite...

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George Schaub Oct 01, 2010 0 comments

Those who have labored long and hard to create a many-layered workflow may find a certain sense of exasperation when confronting the latest software that’s come and is coming down the pike. If it’s ease of use you are after, and a certain push-button path to myriad results, much of the new crop is just for you. Yes, you have to know where you’re going, but more and more that...

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George Schaub Sep 01, 2010 0 comments

You can set your clock by it. A year and a half after Version XX of software comes out, Version XXI comes down the pike. But if that was all there was to do we wouldn’t have to struggle so much about deciding whether or not to upgrade; we’d just look at the new features and decide whether or not they were worth the time and money to update. But then...

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George Schaub Aug 01, 2010 0 comments

Point of view is determined by many factors, and is one of the most important aspects of making photos that define who you are and how you see. It can be where you stand, whether you are photographing from your normal height or elevating above the subject or shooting from kneeling position, the direction of light from your shooting position, and, perhaps most important, how much of the scene...

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George Schaub Jul 01, 2010 0 comments

Photography and travel have always been inextricably linked. As soon as a camera could be hauled about, by mule, porter, or on the back of the photographer, pictures from every locale were made. They might be exotic images from far-off lands, bucolic scenes away from the city’s strife, or just postcards that adorned a cathedral’s gift shop, but if it had trees, pyramids, or boats...