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Dec 29, 2009 0 comments

Crop & Frame For Impact

Find The Shot Within The Shot

by Jack Neubart

The moment you use the camera’s viewfinder to look at a subject, you are framing that subject. In essence, you are isolating that subject from the larger world surrounding it. And you are bringing the viewer into the scene you’ve defined...

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Dec 29, 2009 0 comments

January 2010

On The Cover
Maynard Switzer got in the boat to make this photograph of a Burmese fisherman at work, but there was something more he had to do to add just the right touch of color to the image. Find out what it was by taking to the road with Shutterbug’s new travel columnist on page 22. Aside from Switzer’ss...

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Dec 29, 2009 0 comments

Make Your Computer Ready For Digital Photography

Bypass The “Default Demons”

by David B. Brooks

If you have recently purchased a new computer, whether a PC with Windows or an Apple Mac, is it really ready for use as a digital darkroom, to support opening, processing and editing or printing digital photographs?

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Dec 29, 2009 0 comments

Industry Perspective

The “Photo Enthusiast” Market is Growing and More Enthusiastic than Ever


by Ron Leach

Two leading industry organizations recently combined forces to release an interesting
joint study on the status of the “photo enthusiast” market in the United States. PMA and
Fut...

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Dec 01, 2009 0 comments

December 2009

On The Cover
This month we are touting books as excellent gift items for the photographer(s) in your life. That said, we’ve provided you with the top photo and digital imaging books of 2009 to help with the selection process. We also have a vast array of optical options to expand your photographic view of the world. We...

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Nov 24, 2009 0 comments

Industry Perspective

Facebook #1 For Online Photo Sharing

by Ron Leach

The past three years has seen some rather dramatic shifts in the way consumers utilize online photo services, according to a leading market research firm for the digital imaging industry. In their 2009 Online Photo Services study, analysts atInfoTrends...

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Nov 24, 2009 0 comments

Exposure Basics I

George Schaub

“Exposure” is shorthand for the delicate balance of the light sensitivity of the recording material (in our case the camera’s CCD or CMOS sensor with picture sites, known as pixels) with the amount of light in the scene. There are two parts of a camera system that control the amount of lightcomin...

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Nov 24, 2009 0 comments

Dynamic Range

by George Schaub

Dynamic range is the ability of the sensor to capture a certain range of light and dark, or brightness values. Think of it as the number of keys on the piano the “hand” of the sensor can cover. While the sensor may offer an octave’s worth of tones, this octave can be moved all around thekeyboard.

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Nov 24, 2009 0 comments

Metering Systems

Exposure Patterns

by George Schaub

The metering system in your camera is a highly sophisticated microprocessor that is constantly fed information from the light entering the lens, the lens itself (its aperture setting and even focal length) other settings you have made on the camera (such as yourfocusing...

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Oct 27, 2009 0 comments

Industry Perspective

Camera Phones Coming of Age

by Ron Leach

Most “serious” photographers own at least one pocket-size digital camera so that they’re always prepared to capture an interesting scene—even if their trusty SLR is back home in the camera cabinet. That means many of us go about ourdaily...

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Oct 27, 2009 0 comments

November 2009

On The Cover
Believe it or not, but Hugh O. Smith photographed the City Hall in Oceanside, California, with a pinhole camera, the Zero 2000 6x6 Deluxe. To see more of his unique pinhole images, see page 94. For further alternative camera inspiration, be sure to explore Tim Verthein’s article on TtV photography on page1...

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Oct 27, 2009 0 comments

In-Camera Monochrome Contrast Control

Get Film & Filter Looks With Your Digital Camera

by George Schaub

Although the images you create are in color (RGB) you also have the ability to create black and white images in your digital camera using the Monochrome “creative” or “picture style” setting.

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Oct 27, 2009 0 comments

Slide Shows That Shine

Digital Makes It A Whole New Ball Game

by Jon Canfield

Creating slide shows used to be a time consuming task—getting the slides in the right order, making sure nothing was backwards or upside down in the slide tray (and not dropping the tray!), and setting up the screen and projector. And,let&...

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Oct 27, 2009 0 comments

Metering Modes

by George Schaub

Metering modes determine how light is interpreted and translated into photographic terms. The exposure meter and accompanying microprocessor measure and convert various brightness levels to aperture and shutter speed values, which are the way the camera controls light, and set them for you in the Autoexposuremodes...

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Oct 01, 2009 0 comments

October 2009

On The Cover
Welcome to our annual lighting special, where our resident pros share their best gear, shooting tips, and setups. In addition to our multitude of lighting Test Reports, we have multi-flash and portable studio light roundups. We also explore the possibility of using older flash units on D-SLRs. Finally, lightingas...