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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 01, 2005 0 comments

I count this image among my best not because of the "aha" I felt as I dashed across a busy Tucson, Arizona, street before the sun could move another inch. It was only after I had several shots stowed safely in my Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II that I realized what I had actually found.

The first aha was seeing those nine "wanderers in the desert" from...

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Jay McCabe Posted: Sep 01, 2005 0 comments

It starts with the website, which is a key element in wedding photographer John Solano's business. John's goal is to be pre-sold before the client even meets him. "The ideal is that I don't have to show them a picture," John says. "I do that, of course, but the work kind of sells itself, and if they've seen it already, the selling is...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Sep 01, 2005 0 comments

Cats 24/7: Extraordinary Photographs Of Wonderful Cats; by Rick Smolan and David Elliot Cohen, Chronicle Books; 192 pages; $24.95; (ISBN 0-8118-4815-9) & Dogs 24/7: Extraordinary Photographs Of Wonderful Dogs; 192 pages; $24.95; (ISBN 0-8118-4816-7)
This book happily celebrates the special bond we have with cats who share our homes. It contains over 500...

Chris Maher and Larry Berman Posted: Sep 01, 2005 0 comments

If you are serious about photography, there are two things that you will always want to do. One is to be able to shoot whenever a picture opportunity presents itself, and the second is to show your best images to others. Surprisingly, the best way to accomplish both of those goals may be one of the tiny pocket cameras like the Casio EXILIM EX-Z55 or Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5. If you...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 01, 2005 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment for this month was Background Blur, creating a sense of dimension in the photograph by playing a sharp foreground subject off against a blurry, or unsharp background. Readers sent in a wide variety of subjects, from flowers to statues to birds and carnival rides, all using this time-honored technique. Many used telephoto lenses to enhance the shallow...

Stan Trzoniec Posted: Sep 01, 2005 0 comments

Now doesn't it seem ironic that just as we're in the midst of the digital revolution that slide films are at the peak of performance and quality? While all sounds like doom and gloom when it comes to silver-based products, around my circle of friends I find that most are still shooting film at a rate close to or even sometimes more than they were shooting before. Sure...

Robert E. Mayer Posted: Sep 01, 2005 0 comments

TAP Offers New Line Of Presentation Products In Colors
Since there is a growing demand for color folders, mattes, easel backs and holders for multiple prints, TAP (Taprell Loomis) has introduced the Brooke product line. Available now in oatmeal, sage, and sandstone colors, these presentation products can be mixed and matched. The company offers different...

Peter K. Burian Posted: Sep 01, 2005 0 comments

The smallest digital SLR on the market when it was first released, the Pentax *ist D received accolades for its diminutive size. Surprisingly, the newer *ist Ds is even smaller and lighter yet it boasts a larger 2" (vs. 1.8") LCD monitor. It's also priced at $300 less but, as we'll see, it's not just a stripped-down version of the earlier model. In...

Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 01, 2005 0 comments

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Mike Stensvold Posted: Sep 01, 2005 0 comments

Photographing action is quite challenging, but can also be very rewarding. The keys to success are knowing your camera, knowing your subject...and LOTS of practice. You have to be able to set focus and exposure quickly (or monitor them quickly, if using an automatic camera). In short, you can't be fumbling around trying to figure out how to apply exposure compensation or...

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