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Shutterbug Staff Nov 01, 2007 0 comments

Black and white has always been a very expressive photographic medium. When digital came along it was all RGB, all the time. But black and white was always there, although in some cases it took some skill in image editing to get it right. Increasingly, digital cameras feature a Monochrome mode, many including "filter" effects that emulate the tonal interpretation as if...

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Shutterbug Staff Oct 01, 2007 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment for this month was Keep It Steady--Tripods Only, the idea being that even with modern marvels such as Vibration Reduction lenses there are some shots that can only be made with the help of a steadying tripod. Readers responded with images made at shutter speeds beyond any hand holdable range that depicted motion in ways impossible to see with...

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Shutterbug Staff Sep 01, 2007 0 comments

The Golden Hour
Our Picture This! assignment this month was the "Golden Hour," the magical time of day when the slanting rays of the sun illuminate the world in a most special way. The light is filled with red and amber colors, all due to the way the light is changed as it skims the surface of the earth right before sunset. Those colors always...

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Shutterbug Staff Aug 01, 2007 1 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was Secret Beauty, out of the way places you love to photograph. The idea was that there are special places you have come to know that spark something deep in your photographic soul, places that only "locals" might know. It could also be places that you had come upon in your travels when you took a turn off the beaten track.

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Shutterbug Staff Jul 01, 2007 0 comments

Geological Wonders
Our Picture This! assignment this month was Geological Wonders, the amazing forms and patterns of the natural world. While we rightfully admire the design concepts and executions of engineers and artists, they are in many ways little match (indeed are often humble imitations) of what a walk in a canyon or valley will provide.

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Shutterbug Staff Jun 01, 2007 0 comments

Saturated Color
Our Picture This! assignment for this month was Saturated Color. While the world is certainly colorful enough, our interpretation of it can be enhanced through the judicious use of additional vividness in the camera through saturation settings and/or, in the case of film, with a high-saturation color slide film such as Fujifilm's...

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Shutterbug Staff May 01, 2007 0 comments

Double Exposure
Our Picture This! assignment for this month was Double Exposure. The challenge was to create multiple exposure images that combined various images in a way that enhanced the storytelling or created a new reality. Readers responded with a host of imaginative pictures that spoke to the newfound visual freedom of in camera and software and...

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Shutterbug Staff Apr 01, 2007 1 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was Abstracts in Nature, and readers responded with a beautiful assortment of images from every type of environment and in every season. Each framed the world in a very special way, recognizing the divine in life as something the inspired eye can capture through the informed lens of a camera. In fact, this assignment probably brought in...

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Shutterbug Staff Mar 01, 2007 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was High Contrast, in camera or in the darkroom (including digital). We received an overwhelming response from readers who used special effects on a wide range of subject matter. We were excited to see that this venerable form of expression has gotten new life thanks to digital techniques, and while quite a few of the images were first...

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Shutterbug Staff Feb 01, 2007 0 comments

We thought it would be fun to run some summer shots in these darker and colder days of winter, so we put out a call for photos in the fall and readers responded with images that made us yearn for those warmer days when we got home and it was still light enough to get some sand between our toes. Summer, it seems, is the time to get together with family and friends and spend some...

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Shutterbug Staff Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

Whether it's adding light to shadows to create a good balance of tones, or brightening color on overcast days, fill flash provides an extra burst of light that can do the job. Close-up fill can be done with the built-in flash that comes with many cameras, or auxiliary flash that mounts on the camera's hot shoe. In either case, fill can be modified using the power...

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Shutterbug Staff Dec 01, 2006 0 comments

If there was ever any question that photos keep memories alive it was answered by the wonderful pictures we received for this month's Picture This! assignment. Readers sent us a treasure trove of their family pictures, many accompanied by stories of those family and friends depicted. As we looked at each one and read the accompanying text we couldn't but help think...

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Shutterbug Staff Nov 01, 2006 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was "It's What's Up Front That Counts," the implication being that the lens, lens attachments, and of course where the lens is pointed has a profound influence upon any image. Although you could crop into an image made with a 24mm lens to gain the same perspective as one shot with a 50mm, there's the context of...

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Shutterbug Staff Oct 01, 2006 0 comments

Light informs the content of an image. It shapes and creates volume out of a two-dimensional image, and leads the viewer's eye into and through the scene. Indeed, the literal definition of photography is "drawing with light." This month we asked readers to send us images under the heading "Directional Light," and the response was overwhelming, and...

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Shutterbug Staff Sep 01, 2006 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was "Grab Shots," those pictures that show up when you might least expect them, and that almost force you to grab the shot. Ready-to-shoot, fully automatic exposure and focus cameras make spontaneous picture taking easy--what's not always simple to figure out is why the picture picks you to take it. Readers sent in a...