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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Aug 25, 2016 0 comments

The moon was full last week, and two lunatic things happened to friends of mine. One got a bad case of ransomware on her Mac (yes, that’s Mac as in MacBook Air). The other had a microSD card self-destruct in his Android cell phone. Bad things happen in threes and, oh yes, I hit a curb and blew out a tire.

The difference was this: I had a spare in my trunk. I didn’t wait until the curb bit me to prepare for the disaster. My two friends? Well…

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Aug 19, 2016 0 comments

I’ve been taking pictures for so long that when I began, practically all cameras were made in Japan or Germany, ISO was spelled ASA and image files were paper folders where sleeves of negatives were stored.

Despite my ample experience, there are mistakes that I make over and over again—not every time I go out, thankfully, and not even every week—but often enough. Do you do these too?

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Aug 11, 2016 0 comments

The “Back to School” bug bit me and I volunteered to teach a digital photography workshop at my local library. You may have had the same inclination at one time or another, but never got around to putting together a syllabus and some example images. Here are a few tips that will help you create an informative, worthwhile photo class for your community.

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Aug 05, 2016 0 comments

Adobe Photoshop Elements is a budget-friendly image editing package that’s designed for casual users and amateurs. Under the hood, however, there are dozens of advanced features and hidden capabilities that are accessible via plug-ins. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could unlock, say, 130 of those features with one add-on product that costs less than fifty bucks? Then here’s good news: you can. 

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jul 29, 2016 0 comments

Most bags are relatively easy to describe. Usually, one or two photos are all that’s needed to capture the essence of a gadget bag, photo backpack or other carrying system. But the Wolffepack Capture is unique and, well—here, you decide for yourself. 

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jul 22, 2016 1 comments

Xpozer is a fascinating new way to create exhibition-quality photo prints from Bay Photo Lab. How good do they look? If Leonardo da Vinci had seen these…

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jul 14, 2016 0 comments

Apple offers two models of the iPad Pro. On the surface (no reference to Microsoft intended) the difference appears to be primarily the size: 12.9 vs. 9.7 inches, but there’s much more to it. The price difference is $200, which is not small change, but less important in the overall scheme of things. I am buying one or the other—and I am asking you folks who own an iPad Pro to weigh in and tell us which model you bought and why.

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jul 07, 2016 0 comments

The Classic Car Club Manhattan. What could possibly be a more appropriate venue for a product launch event by a company that’s done an amazing job of capturing classic, retro lines in its X-100 and X-Pro series cameras? We’re talking about Fujifilm, of course, and the product that was launched at the CCCM is the exciting new Fujifilm X-T2.

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jun 30, 2016 0 comments

As a Shutterbug reader, you know how to shoot fireworks. But what do you say to your friends and kinfolk when they ask you for advice? Simple—just send them the link to this article. It’s a nice, relatively short list of 10 tips for photographing aerial pyrotechnics. Because after all, there’s more to fireworks than what meets the sky. 

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jun 24, 2016 1 comments

No, we’re not cooking color slides and film negatives in a pop-up toaster like Eggo waffles. The FilmToaster is a device that enables you to create digital image files from virtually any size film or transparency up to 4x5. You supply the DSLR and macro lens. If you have a shoebox full of family negs like many of us do, prepare to bring those old images back to life. 

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jun 16, 2016 0 comments

The folks who brought you PortraitPro, the software that turns average looking men and women into superstars (or as John Oliver might say, “Turns ones into tens faster than a South American counterfeiter”) now brings you LandscapePro, a similar application you should think of as “cosmetic surgery for Mother Nature.” But is this a case of “liking what you get,” or “getting exactly what you like?” That, my friends, is the $59 question

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jun 10, 2016 0 comments

The big news about the Leica M-D (Typ 262) is what it doesn’t have. It does not have autofocus. It does not provide through-the-lens viewing. And it’s not compatible with any zoom lens. 

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jun 01, 2016 0 comments

In my review of the original Platypod Pro I suggested that it was “Quite possibly the coolest camera support around.” Well, here’s news: it just got bigger—and better. 

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: May 26, 2016 0 comments

Every once in awhile I discover a photo bag or backpack and something just clicks. It becomes part of my routine—my “go to bag” when I have somewhere to go to. So if you’ll kindly overlook my dangling preposition, I’ll tell you about three bags I don’t want to be without. 

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: May 19, 2016 0 comments

If you like the Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag but think it’s a bit too large for daily use, here’s good news: a new Peak Design messenger bag that’s one size smaller.  

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