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Shutterbug Staff Posted: 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 Posted: 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 Posted: 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 Posted: 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 Posted: 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 Posted: 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 Posted: 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 Posted: 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...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 01, 2006 0 comments

The Picture This! assignment for this month was High Sensitivity, pictures taken at ISO 800 and beyond. Readers sent in a host of images that took advantage of high-speed settings on their digital cameras and on high-speed film. At those speeds images made in very low light become available, and many more "chances" are taken with pictures that in the past might have...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 01, 2006 0 comments

This month's Picture This! call was for "Colorful Carnivals" and readers responded with a wide range of shots from the midway. In many of the pictures you can almost hear the delighted screams of those on the rides and the barkers calling to the crowd to try their luck. Many of the shots were made at night, the time and light being the most complimentary to the...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was simply "Fog and Light," and readers responded with a host of gorgeous images that made the most of this very mysterious weather condition. As we looked through the pictures it became clear to us that readers responded to fog in the way it played with light and shadow and how it faded some colors and emboldened others. Many...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 01, 2006 0 comments

This month's Picture This! assignment is "Regards to New Orleans," and readers responded with images that show why we should all continue to keep the pressure on to rebuild this most unique of American cities. Think how the home countries would respond should Venice, Paris, or any of the great cities of the world be subject to the tragedy that is New Orleans. As...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 01, 2006 0 comments

Our Picture This! Assignment this month was "The Big Landscape: Mountain Views." Readers responded with photos made from East to West with some of the most beautiful peaks in our land, and with some from overseas as well. Of course, folks from out West consider Eastern mountains not much more than foothills, but any feature that rises above the horizon counts in our...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 01, 2006 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment for this month was "Wavin' Old Glory," and readers responded with a host of images that speak to the profound connection we all have with this powerful symbol. Many of the images spoke to the sacrifices of our men and women who have served in defense of our country, something that cannot but remind us of our brave troops serving...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 01, 2006 1 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was Outdoor Sports, and readers responded with a host of great shots from a near-Olympic-size field that included baseball, running, biking, and rodeo. Judging from these photos it's clear that readers have their eye on the ball and know how to grab those "peak of the action" shots.


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