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Shutterbug Staff 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 Mar 01, 2008 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment for this month is "I Can See For Miles," a request for the long view of things made from a high vantage point, or at least one that allowed the eye to see toward the horizon. We looked for scale and leading lines, as well as locales that inspired awe and wonder. Readers responded with many images from the American West, the land of the...

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Staff Apr 01, 2009 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Interiors.” We asked readers to submit images that show the unique ways in which we arrange the space between four walls. The response brought all sorts of images, ranging from the grandiose to the humble, from a painter’s studio to the grand churches and temples of the world. What is perhaps most interesting about these shots is the...

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Shutterbug Staff 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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Staff Jan 01, 2009 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Just Black and White (No Grays),” and readers have responded with a wide range of high-contrast black and white images, from architecture to portraits to dreamlike scenes that add a heightened sense of mystery to an already abstract form. Many of the images resemble pen and ink drawings, with others playing into the line and form potential...

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Shutterbug Staff Oct 01, 2007 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment for this month was Keep It Steady--Tripods Only, the idea being that even with modern marvels such as Vibration Reduction lenses there are some shots that can only be made with the help of a steadying tripod. Readers responded with images made at shutter speeds beyond any hand holdable range that depicted motion in ways impossible to see with...

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Shutterbug Staff 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 Jul 01, 2010 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Leading Lines: Into Infinity.” We called for images that brought the viewer’s eye into the frame with various compositional techniques, including leading lines, S-curves, and parallel lines that seem to meet at infinity, or vanishing points. Readers responded with a host of architectural, urban, natural, and highway images, all of...

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Shutterbug Staff Sep 01, 2010 0 comments

We continue our compositional assignments this month with “Leading Lines: S-curves and the Diagonals” (the July issue was “Into Infinity”) and readers responded with fascinating images that show why these compositional devices are so visually enticing. The S-curve runs the eye from front to back, playing with movement through both vertical and horizontal space, while the...

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Shutterbug Staff May 01, 2010 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Light Patterns: Cast Shadows,” and this turned out to be one of the most difficult for us to choose as we received so many excellent entries. The use of shadows in images allows the photographer to bring enhanced form and content into scenes where other lighting conditions might have been less dramatic and graphic. Shadows not only allow us...

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Staff Aug 01, 2009 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was Macro World, and readers responded with a dazzling host of images that revealed a colorful, delightful, and often surprising look at a world most folks do not take the time to observe. Photography is a reminder of the moments we often pass by in the rush of daily events, and nowhere is that more evident than when viewing these looks at a close-up world.

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Shutterbug Staff Apr 01, 2005 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was "made in the shade"; pictures made under overcast sky, dark forest canopies, or anywhere the bright sun doesn't shine. Ask a wedding photographer, for example, his or her preference for a wedding day's shoot and generally they'll tell you one with a good cloud cover, even though the bride and groom might be...

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Staff Sep 01, 2009 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Monochrome Tone,” images made with black-and-white film or converted into black and white using a variety of routes, from in camera digital conversion to software programs for creating everything from toned to neutral black-and-white images. While we sought monochrome with a bit of color tone, we did not limit submissions to just sepia...

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Shutterbug Staff Nov 01, 2007 0 comments

Black and white has always been a very expressive photographic medium. When digital came along it was all RGB, all the time. But black and white was always there, although in some cases it took some skill in image editing to get it right. Increasingly, digital cameras feature a Monochrome mode, many including "filter" effects that emulate the tonal interpretation as if...

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Shutterbug Staff Jun 01, 2010 1 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Night Moves: Time and Motion” and we asked readers to send in images that incorporated not only nighttime photography, which is challenging enough, but also a sense of movement through the frame. Of course, working in low light usually requires a longer shutter speed, so the challenge became creating a sense of motion through the dark...