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Grace Schaub Dec 01, 2007 0 comments

There's something odd about the even years in the photo industry. While manufacturers no longer wait for trade shows to release products, as they did in the past, there's something about the even years that seems to bring forth the really major introductions and changes. It might be a hangover from the past, before the Internet was filled with rumormongers and those...

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George Schaub Nov 01, 2007 0 comments

To get a handle on the issue at hand we first have to define a "pro photographer." In the simplest terms, a professional is someone who makes money at what they do. But pros can also have another day job entirely, or do the odd photographic job on nights and weekends to help pay the rent. Indeed, many pro photographers started working for nothing or next to nothing...

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George Schaub Oct 01, 2007 0 comments

This issue is dedicated to lighting with reviews, how-to articles, and roundups of gear, all intended to get you thinking about the best way to illuminate your subject. At the most basic level exposure is about aperture and shutter speed--that's how light is controlled. But it is in shaping light, using modifiers for existing light and various types of bulbs, controlled...

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George Schaub Sep 01, 2007 0 comments

While grammatically awkward, the headline on this column pretty much sums up how digital has changed our relationship with our prints. While many photographers have always made an effort to develop their own black and white film and make their own custom-crafted prints, quite a few less bothered making their own color prints, and only a handful might have developed their own color...

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George Schaub Aug 01, 2007 0 comments

As many of you know a dear friend and colleague left us not too long ago. The passing of someone close to us always gives us pause to consider how precious, and fragile, life is. Monte Zucker was one of the most talented photographers and educators I ever had the pleasure to know.

His energy, enthusiasm, and sense of sharing his craft was amazing, and inspirational.

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George Schaub Jul 01, 2007 0 comments

This issue contains our annual new products report in which we look at a number of product groupings and discuss what's been introduced in each in the last few months. The main inspiration for this flood of products comes from our attending America's largest photo/imaging trade show, known as PMA (Photo Marketing Association). Our staff and a host of our contributing...

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George Schaub Jun 01, 2007 0 comments

There's a split decision about how to handle digital images out of the camera these days. One camp says the only way to shoot is raw format, and that you have to process the image yourself after exposure for ultimate quality. The other says that you can set up all the parameters you need in the camera and even if you shoot raw you don't need to do extensive image...

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George Schaub May 01, 2007 0 comments

Travel photography today has its difficulties, what with security lines and restrictions at airports and the concern some security personnel seem to have, perhaps rightfully so, of people with a camera in their hands. Photographers need be aware of the various restrictions and rules that are in place at the airports, available at

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George Schaub Apr 01, 2007 0 comments

Having worked with a fair share of digital cameras--both D-SLRs and digicams--I'd like to suggest some designs that might be appealing to many users. I am not being presumptuous, or even suggest that these ideas be adopted, but with so much technology there's no reason why we can't get customized cameras to match specific needs.

We...

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George Schaub Mar 01, 2007 0 comments

A few years back when all these digital doings got started I was chatting with some photographers about how having images as information would affect our work. At one point in the discussion we started to joke about how the next generation of software would give us an instant Van Gogh, or emulate a Sunday painter's watercolor, or even create pen and ink drawings from any...

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George Schaub Feb 01, 2007 0 comments

While I am very proud of the job we do here at Shutterbug magazine, there's another aspect of our work that I'd like to call to your attention--our website at www.shutterbug.com. I was reminded of what we offer when I recently met a Shutterbug reader at a photo show. After we talked for a bit about the state...

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George Schaub Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

This issue contains our photokina show report, a summary of what caught our eye at the giant photo and imaging show held in Cologne, Germany, every two years. While we concentrate our main energy on the PMA Show held here in the US (our report on that show will be in our July 2007 issue), photokina does represent a milestone in photography in its international appeal and breadth...

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George Schaub Dec 01, 2006 0 comments

In this issue we ask our contributors to pose their thoughts about the future of photography, at least looking forward a year. As is their wont, each has a particular revelation, wish, or projection based upon their sense of optimism (or lack of it) and field of expertise. You'll read echoes of nostalgia for film photography, thoughts on what needs to change to make things...

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George Schaub Nov 01, 2006 0 comments

When the term pro gear is used these days it means more than a high-priced camera and fast lens, or a strobe setup that can fire three heads at once and still have juice to spare. Pros these days also have to be concerned with fast computers, terabytes of backup, and large-screen monitors that display images in all their glory. They also need the software to run it all, and the...

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George Schaub Oct 01, 2006 0 comments

Photography by definition is "drawing with light." It is creating a frame around a play of light that translates to a continuous tonal image. That definition helps identify one of the most important aspects of the craft, which is first seeing and then understanding how the play of light influences the image; how it expresses the photographer's vision and creates...