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George Schaub Posted: Dec 15, 2015 0 comments

Print surface decisions are usually conditional, that is, they depend on the look you want for each image and how you might intend to display the print later. There is a general wisdom that states that glossy surfaces make prints look “sharper” and matte makes them look “softer”, although that softness is more in overall tone and mood (and ink dispersion) than edge definition.

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Dan Havlik Posted: Dec 15, 2015 0 comments

We’ve really been enjoying The Lab’s ongoing video series about photography and the group’s latest clip (embedded below) could be its most creative one yet. In the 2:30-minute spot titled “MINDFRAME – Think First. Shoot Later.”, six photographers are invited to a cemetery and are asked to capture “eternal life” in a single photo.

Staff Posted: Dec 15, 2015 0 comments

THE GOODS is a new feature in Shutterbug that spotlights the hottest premium photo gear out there.

Scott Kelby Posted: Dec 15, 2015 0 comments

One of the things I love about sports photography is that no matter which sport you’re shooting, the actual camera techniques themselves have an awful lot in common. For example, while baseball and tennis are very different sports, the skills you need and the settings you use for shooting both are just about the same. To help you capture better images of “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat,” here are my top 10 tips to help you no matter which sport you’re shooting.

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Dec 13, 2015 0 comments

Here are seven affordable photo gifts that are fun to give or receive. Prices range from $25 to $99 and all can be ordered from the comfort of your keyboard. Happy holidays!

Blaine Harrington Posted: Dec 11, 2015 0 comments

It wasn’t long ago that I began to notice I had competition—and I’m not talking about other travel photographers.

Barry Tanenbaum Posted: Dec 11, 2015 0 comments

He lives in a historic California gold-mining town about an hour out of San Diego, so the props for Ed Masterson’s Old West images are easy to come by: a barrel borrowed from a nearby winery, a pistol from a friend’s gun collection, a book from an antique shop, weathered wood from old barns nearby, and so on.

Jason Schneider Posted: Dec 10, 2015 5 comments

I’ve been collecting cameras for (ahem) well over half a century. But unlike many of my fellow film camera fanatics, I actually use these things to make pictures, which is a lot more fun. That’s why all the cameras on my 10 Favorites list below are prime, high-performance user-collectibles capable of outstanding image quality that can give those digital upstarts a run for the money. Yes, shooting film is a lot less convenient, and more expensive than shooting digital, but if you enjoy being a contrarian, iconoclast or outlier, being a Film Dinosaur is a great way to go.

Joe Farace Posted: Dec 10, 2015 0 comments

Each month in this column I gather a collection of websites, sometimes with a loosely related theme. This month’s sites have little in common except an excellence of vision, proving they are not only most uncommon but the result of hard work.

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Gary Pageau Posted: Dec 10, 2015 0 comments

The high-profile photo organizing app, Carousel, was recently put on the chopping block by its developer, the popular online storage service Dropbox. By next March, the iOS and Android apps will be killed (although users’ photos will be safely stored in Dropbox.) In a blog post, Dropbox declared users data will remain secure, but many of the features that attracted photographers to the product -- shared albums, Flashbacks, etc. -- will stop functioning.

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Cynthia Boylan Posted: Dec 09, 2015 0 comments

JACK Compact System Camera Bag: Sleek and fashion forward this weather-resistant camera bag is durable and features top-grain leather trim with a padded interior and adjustable dividers. Double zip top opening allows for easy access to your gear and the interior zipper pocket safeguard your small valuables. The outside pocket hold your keys and smartphone, the convertible strap lets you carry the bag cross-body or on your shoulder there are also convenient loops to carry on a belt. The JACK measures 9.25x3.25x7 inches and weighs just one pound. It can fit a compact system camera body, 1 or 2 small interchangeable lenses and a Smartphone. The suggested retail price is $49.99.

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Dan Havlik Posted: Dec 08, 2015 0 comments

Are you looking for work and do you know a thing or two about large format photography? Well, this job opening from the National Parks Service just might be for you: and it pays up to nearly $100,000 a yea

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 08, 2015 0 comments

Alien Skin Software released Exposure X imaging software today. The digitial imaging app, which is compatible with OS X and Windows operating systems, is designed to help photographers quickly organize, edit, and enhance their photos.

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Joe Farace Posted: Dec 08, 2015 0 comments

While compiling a list of my favorite professional DSLRs two things came to my mind: At this point in the 21st century, why are they still called DSLRs and not simply SLRs? Canon’s top-of-the-line, film-based EOS-1v was introduced in 2000 and is long gone. Nikon’s F6 ($2,399) was launched in 2004, and although you can still buy one, not many people do. To me it’s like calling automobiles “horseless carriages” and since I don’t think a Nikon F7 is around the corner, let’s put this abbreviation to bed.

Staff Posted: Dec 08, 2015 0 comments

What’s the biggest challenge about photographing a dirt bike jumping into a swimming pool? “Aside from not dying by either being hit by the bike from landing so close, or being electrocuted by the lighting power pack since the area around the pool was only about two-feet wide, the hardest part was to understand how to send a signal underwater to fire off the strobes above to get the necessary lighting,” photographer Jean-Paul Van Swae said about this spectacular shot.

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