|January 31, 2006|
March, 2006 issue is just about to arrive in mailboxes and hit the newsstands,
and Shutterbug fans will notice lots that's new. It starts with our new
cover logo and watchwords, "Tools, Techniques and Creativity."
It extends to inside, where a look at our revamped Table of Contents shows
how those watchwords come to life, with each article and column organized
accordingly. There's also a new layout and design, which we think makes
it even easier to find and read all the great articles inside.
What hasn't changed is our great content and our mission. It's to provide you with the best photo and imaging magazine available today, written by experienced photographers for serious photographers. We hope you enjoy the new design, and some of the surprise features and new columns we've included, in this and every issue of Shutterbug. And of course we welcome your comments and suggestions.
The Way You Want It
by George Schaub
is a subjective experience. Yes, there are defined color spaces, and gamuts
and color meters that define, measure and make suggestions for balancing
color to be as “true” and accurate as anyone could desire.
But for photographers color is what they see and want to communicate,
not always what objective measurement might indicate. For film photographers,
especially those who shoot slide film, the color “profile”
is determined by how the film emulsion is structured and how one exposes
and develops the film. Push a film a stop and color will change; underexpose
slide film and the color will shift accordingly. For color print shooters,
the color is initially described by the film structure, but very much
interpreted by who is making the print and on what paper they might be
Eliminate Distracting Backgrounds
are familiar with the basic concept of eliminating distracting elements
from photographic compositions. But when you’re concentrating on
making the most of an intriguing photo opportunity, is easy to overlook
a cluttered background that can ruin an otherwise great image. So the
next time you’re caught up in the excitement of picture-taking,
be sure to pay attention to the background in your scene and make sure
that it works to your benefit.
2 Special Effects Plug-Ins
Skin has been a leader in special effects plug-ins for years. With
Xenofex 2, they’ve added five new filters and enhanced nine
existing ones for a new package of 14 hot effects. You can simulate
natural phenomena such as realistic clouds, spectacular lightning,
or electrical discharges. Burn the edges of your photos and crumple
them for an antiqued look. Add cracks, stains, punch holes, and/or
shatter your image. Transform your subject into a constellation of
stars, a jigsaw puzzle, or intricate mosaic colored tiles. Want an
edgy contemporary portrait? Use the Television filter to add scan
lines, distortion, and ghosting.
For A Gallery Exhibition
A number of companies have recently announced organizing and editing tools specifically aimed at digital photographers, including Apple's Aperture, Adobe Lightroom and acdsee's pro. Do you currently make it a regular habit to organize your images carefully after downloading?
Briefly comment on the organizing software you currently use, or how you track and catalog your digital images.
The Best Of America: Photographers 2005
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