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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 01, 2011 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was for images made at flea markets and antique stores, where the sellers act as impromptu art directors and assemble their wares in often interesting ways. The assignment was to go on a kind of treasure hunt for those found still life photo ops, and to make framing and compositional decisions that created a cultural mix through juxtaposition of objects and...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 01, 2010 1 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Graffiti: On the Wall,” and we asked readers to submit images that showed the best of a most decidedly urban and exterior art form. What we sought were mural artworks that by definition were mixed media, with the environment forming the canvas and the context often hinting at or defining content. We tried to avoid gang defacements and...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 01, 2010 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was the Rule of Thirds, a compositional guideline that relies on balance and “weighting” of subjects within the frame that follows a general tripartite pattern. That’s not to say that images made with this “rule” in mind need strictly follow it, as shown in the images here. But it is a starting point for compositional...

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Staff Posted: Oct 01, 2010 1 comments

Most every camera sold has a built-in flash but many times we don’t make use of this handy item, keeping the flash on Auto (which with Auto ISO these days might just boost the speed rather than activate the flash) or turning it off for fear that it might ruin the natural light component of our images. The Picture This! assignment this month was using a touch of fill flash to add something...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 01, 2010 0 comments

We continue our compositional assignments this month with “Leading Lines: S-curves and the Diagonals” (the July issue was “Into Infinity”) and readers responded with fascinating images that show why these compositional devices are so visually enticing. The S-curve runs the eye from front to back, playing with movement through both vertical and horizontal space, while the...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 01, 2010 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment for this month was “Shadows and Form,” images where the shadow plays an important role in the composition and point of view of the photographer. Shadows can redefine form, create volume and space, and can both echo and abstract form. Readers responded with images of landscapes, architecture, and even portraiture. In all cases the play of light and dark, of...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 01, 2010 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Leading Lines: Into Infinity.” We called for images that brought the viewer’s eye into the frame with various compositional techniques, including leading lines, S-curves, and parallel lines that seem to meet at infinity, or vanishing points. Readers responded with a host of architectural, urban, natural, and highway images, all of...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 01, 2010 1 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Night Moves: Time and Motion” and we asked readers to send in images that incorporated not only nighttime photography, which is challenging enough, but also a sense of movement through the frame. Of course, working in low light usually requires a longer shutter speed, so the challenge became creating a sense of motion through the dark...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 01, 2010 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Light Patterns: Cast Shadows,” and this turned out to be one of the most difficult for us to choose as we received so many excellent entries. The use of shadows in images allows the photographer to bring enhanced form and content into scenes where other lighting conditions might have been less dramatic and graphic. Shadows not only allow us...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 01, 2010 0 comments

Judging from the number of entries we received, readers really enjoy getting down…low, that is. We received images made in the middle of the road, on forest floors, and inside city parks and palaces. All the images share a low vantage point and look up at a world not often seen. This point of view can be quite startling, especially with deep depth of field employed.

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Staff Posted: Mar 01, 2010 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month asked readers to submit images made of objects that most likely would not be around next time they passed by. Readers sent in images of falling-down barns, commercial signs, and trucks quietly rusting away in fields. To paraphrase Walker Evans, photographers should shoot with history in mind, and with many of these objects the only evidence of their...

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Staff Posted: Feb 01, 2010 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month covered one of the metering patterns, spot metering. Spot is a great choice when you want to saturate a distinct color, or when you want to get the bright white highlight right, with compensation. Readers sent in a variety of images, some with color in mind, others when they wanted to open up shadow details that would become too dark using evaluative...

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Staff Posted: Jan 01, 2010 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was Red Rock, and we were treated to wonderful images from all around the great American West. If you’ve traveled the many roads and trails through Red Rock Country you know what a photographic treasure it is; if you haven’t, plan a road trip soon! Readers sent in photographs from the Southwest and parts north that showed the amazing shapes...

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Staff Posted: Dec 01, 2009 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Water Flow,” and we probably received as many, if not more, entries than any number we’ve had for any topic thus far. This makes it clear that all of us are entranced by the magic of water as it moves and changes, and that we know that the magic of photography is a perfect way to capture our fascination with it. The general technique...

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Staff Posted: Nov 01, 2009 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Soft Effects,” using various techniques to get an ethereal look that matches and enhances subject matter. While members of the f/64 club might wince at the thought, adding soft effects through filters (lens or computer) is part of a long-standing tradition among a certain romantic tradition of the craft. Readers sent in a wide variety of...

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