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George Schaub Posted: Jan 01, 2005 Published: Jan 04, 2005 1 comments

Our Picture This! assignment for this month was Neon City, a nighttime endeavor where we asked you to send us images of perhaps the most artistic form of lighting. Neon is an art form that comes and goes, one that has undergone a revival in recent years. But readers sent us samples of neon from likely sources, such as Las Vegas and New York, as well as vintage neon from the past.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 01, 2005 0 comments

Light is a dancer. Given an opportunity to bounce around, it will. Given a surface, it will play upon it. Given the right time of day, it will glance around corners and capture scenes that would otherwise be unseen. The subject of our Picture This! for this month was reflections, and readers responded with some of the most fascinating photographs we've seen for quite a...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 01, 2005 1 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was Sunrise/Sunset and we received a year's worth of risings and settings from our very talented readers. The images showed a wide range of subjects and locations, from Alaska to the coast of Maine, with rainbows and the dazzling light as it moved in and around everything from peaceful harbors to the great cities of our land.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 01, 2004 0 comments

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Silhouettes
When your point of view puts the subject in front of a bright light source, and you...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 01, 2005 0 comments

Judging from the amazing images we received from readers this month the art of the wall mural is alive and well and thriving in the US and abroad. The creativity of the artists, and the unique way in which the wall murals were photographed, is a great source of inspiration. We especially liked it when readers submitted images that included the context of the mural, or some ironic...

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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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Staff Posted: Feb 01, 2010 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month covered one of the metering patterns, spot metering. Spot is a great choice when you want to saturate a distinct color, or when you want to get the bright white highlight right, with compensation. Readers sent in a variety of images, some with color in mind, others when they wanted to open up shadow details that would become too dark using evaluative...

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Staff Posted: May 01, 2009 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month is “A River Runs Through It,” where we asked readers to submit images of the cities of the world where rivers played an important role in the founding of the city and continue to serve as both working and recreational centers of activity. As we looked through the hundreds of images we received we felt like we were taking a trip around the world;...

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Staff Posted: Oct 01, 2010 1 comments

Most every camera sold has a built-in flash but many times we don’t make use of this handy item, keeping the flash on Auto (which with Auto ISO these days might just boost the speed rather than activate the flash) or turning it off for fear that it might ruin the natural light component of our images. The Picture This! assignment this month was using a touch of fill flash to add something...

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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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Staff Posted: Feb 01, 2009 0 comments

Photographers have a keen eye, and part of that is noticing moments when people, places, and things converge in extraordinary fashion. Our Picture This! assignment this month asked readers to submit images that caught those “comings together” that held those odd coincidences in a single image. Readers used long lenses to compress space and bring disparate subjects closer, and wide...

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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...

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Staff Posted: Jun 01, 2009 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Backlight,” and readers responded with images that spoke of the wonders of light in this, perhaps the most challenging but many times the most rewarding, lighting condition. Many of the images brought back the words of the filmmaker Werner Herzog, who I will paraphrase here, when he said that images are our way of bearing witness to the...

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Staff Posted: Jul 01, 2009 0 comments

This month’s Picture This! assignment was “Bokeh,” the character of out-of-focus parts of the frame. Bokeh, Japanese for “fuzzy,” has been interpreted photographically (and philosophically) in many ways, but our take is how circles of confusion can be an enhancement when used to highlight and reinforce the main subject. Some claim that lenses with more blades form a...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 01, 2007 0 comments

We're seeing red. We received so many great entries for this month's Picture This! assignment that we have red images everywhere--on our desks and picture wall. Clearly red holds a great deal of attraction for photographers, and we received lots of images of nature, painted buildings and signs, uniforms, fire engines, cars, birds, and more. Honing down to our...

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