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Cynthia Boylan Posted: Dec 09, 2015 0 comments

JACK Compact System Camera Bag: Sleek and fashion forward this weather-resistant camera bag is durable and features top-grain leather trim with a padded interior and adjustable dividers. Double zip top opening allows for easy access to your gear and the interior zipper pocket safeguard your small valuables. The outside pocket hold your keys and smartphone, the convertible strap lets you carry the bag cross-body or on your shoulder there are also convenient loops to carry on a belt. The JACK measures 9.25x3.25x7 inches and weighs just one pound. It can fit a compact system camera body, 1 or 2 small interchangeable lenses and a Smartphone. The suggested retail price is $49.99.

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Cynthia Boylan Posted: Aug 13, 2015 0 comments

Savage Universal’s Printed Background Papers: Printed Background Papers are available in 24 styles and colors. The patterns are continuous along the complete length of the roll and the backdrops are core wound for easy hanging. Printed Background Paper measures 53"x18' and are ideal for studio sessions, celebrations, photo booths and much more. Crafted from high-quality paper with a non-reflective surface. The paper density is 180 GSM, basis weight: 100 pounds, acid-free material with a core diameter: 2.125 inches (interior).

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Cynthia Boylan Posted: Feb 04, 2016 0 comments

ThinkTank’s Suburban Disguise 5 Bag: This stylish bag is compact and can safely hold a small DSLR kit or a mirrorless system. The zippered lid folds away from the body to allow for fast access to your gear and the interior of the bag has removable closed cell foam dividers. The Suburban Disguise 5 bag features durable premium metal clips, hardware, and YKK zippers and multiple pockets to organize all of your accessories.

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Cynthia Boylan Posted: Oct 22, 2015 0 comments

Gary Fong’s Dramatic Lighting Kit: Designed to provide the control of complex studio lighting systems in a compact format at a fraction of the cost. The new Dramatic Lighting Kit includes two Speed Snoots, two PowerGrids, a Colored Gel kit, and a custom Gary Fong Gear bag. The Speed Snoots has a newly designed mounting system for quick, easy attaching/detaching along with a collapsible design for easy storage. 

Cynthia Boylan Posted: Jul 02, 2015 0 comments

The DSLR Wheel Of Filters: Would you like to change filters without having to fumble with color gels and multiple lenses? The DSLR Wheel of Filters makes it fast, easy and fun to create different effects with the 18 different filters and prisms that you can change with the simple turn of a wheel. Just mount it directly onto your DSLR body, snap on one of the two rotating wheels and enjoy. Wheel number one has colors, dual colors, and color surrounds. Wheel number two has lenses that include kaleidoscope, macro and more. The Holga base-lens is responsible for its distinctive lo-fi toy camera look and you can shoot video through it, too. The DSLR Wheel of Filters is available for Nikon or canon cameras and the retail price is $41.99.

Cynthia Boylan Posted: Feb 18, 2016 0 comments

Tamrac Jetty 7 Bag: The Jetty 7 sling pack is the ideal companion for your compact DSLR (or mirrorless) camera—with an attached zoom lens up to 7-inches. It is roomy enough to hold a few extra lenses as well as a flash and various small accessories. The pack's sling design makes it easy to carry and access all of your gear. It even has enough room for a tablet, your phone, keys, and other assorted accessories. 

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Jason Schneider Posted: Oct 07, 2016 0 comments

I’ve shot thousands of pictures with hundreds of great lenses over the past 40+ years, but these seven have a special place in my heart. That’s because they capture beautiful images that have “the look”—an elusive quality that may be a combination of excellent detail and sharpness plus a natural roundness in their rendition. It’s not bokeh exactly—that refers to smooth transitions and shape retention in the out-of-focus areas of the image—although these lenses all have gorgeous bokeh as well. 

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Cynthia Boylan Posted: Jul 16, 2015 0 comments

Polaris Karat Flash Meter: This new flash meter is from Polaris and OmegaBrandess. The slim and lightweight Polaris Karat was redesigned and features an easy to read LCD display and a flash duration function on a light meter. Measure the flash duration of your strobes with this unique function. The Karat also has an Auto ISO function. By setting your Aperture and Shutter Speed it will give you the appropriate ISO setting. With Flash Duration mode, Flash Ratio, Auto ISO and Contrast Function, Memory Function as well as Ambient light reading in both incident and reflective the Polaris Karat offers a wide variety of features and performance at a fraction of the cost of other similar models. 

Joe Farace Posted: May 10, 2016 1 comments

When a photographer leaves the studio to go on location, they need to start packing. It doesn’t matter whether you’re slinging gear into a Range Rover or a baggage handler is stuffing it inside an Airbus, you need tough, dependable bags and cases that are up to the job. How do you pick the bags and cases that hold your equipment? Like green bags? Prefer anonymous bags? Want a hard case? What about wheels? The answer to these questions and more are found in this month’s installment of “One Case to Schlep.”

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Staff Posted: Oct 25, 2016 0 comments

Despite all the advancements in imaging—including the advent of color and the now dominance of digital—there’s something about classic black-and-white photography that will never go out of style. That’s not to say that just because a photo has been shot in or converted to monochrome, it’s guaranteed to be a great photo. The choice to go black and white must have some meaningful relationship to the subject matter or scene to be effective. For this assignment, we were looking for your best black-and-white photos that use the dramatic impact of monochrome in a powerful way. Here are our six favorites.

Staff Posted: Nov 29, 2016 0 comments

Today’s camera gear is faster than ever and much of it is tailor-made for capturing any sort of motion or movement. So then why do so many photographers struggle to shoot compelling images of action? Part of it has to do with timing and part of it has to do with composition. Your camera and lens can only do so much and there’s more to a great action shot than simply capturing the moment and making sure it’s in focus. For this assignment, we were looking for images of anything from basketball to dance to wildlife, just as long as there was some kind of action in the scene. For the winning images, we were looking for great composition, effective use of backgrounds and scenery, and powerful emotion: human, animal, or otherwise. Here are our six favorites.

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Staff Posted: Aug 16, 2016 0 comments

Shutterbug readers were ready for their close-ups with this month’s Picture This! assignment.

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Staff Posted: Sep 13, 2016 0 comments

While it’s true that black-and-white photography presents a classic look that will likely never go out of style, if you want to create an immediate impression with an image, some stunning color certainly doesn’t hurt. This Dazzling Color assignment proved just that. We wanted Shutterbug readers to show us images of a variety of subjects as long as they included a stunning use of color. Photos could include everything from landscapes to still lifes to portraits or action shots.

Staff Posted: Feb 05, 2016 0 comments

We love outdoor photography but we like it even better when there’s some element of the “extreme” involved. Yes, extreme is tough to define but for this assignment we were looking for images of dizzying mountaintops shot from harrowing angles, exploding volcanoes, dangling ice climbers, kayakers barreling through rapids, or stunning displays of weather. We didn’t get all of those things but we did get some amazing images from Shutterbug readers. Check out our favorite 10 outdoor images that made us see the awesomeness and danger of nature in the extreme.

Staff Posted: Jun 07, 2016 0 comments

We’re a little surprised—but maybe we shouldn’t be—that Fine Art Photography was one of our most popular and most competitive assignments yet. Maybe it’s because fine art photography, as a category, can encompass so many different subjects, including landscapes, cityscapes, macros, wide angles, long exposures, abstracts, portraits, nudes, semi-nudes, black and whites, color photos, surreal photos, hyperreal photos, nature photos, and on and on and on.

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