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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 01, 2011 1 comments

Our reader assignment for this month was to explore a quality of light that brought out a glow in subjects and scenes. For the most part that meant working with strong backlight and sidelight in hazy or low-light conditions, but readers also, we note, added glow of their own through some post-processing steps. While this was okay with us for the most part, adding excessive glow that was not...

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Staff Posted: Jan 01, 2010 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was Red Rock, and we were treated to wonderful images from all around the great American West. If you’ve traveled the many roads and trails through Red Rock Country you know what a photographic treasure it is; if you haven’t, plan a road trip soon! Readers sent in photographs from the Southwest and parts north that showed the amazing shapes...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 01, 2011 1 comments

Our Picture This! assignment was “Reflections” and we received many excellent images that took the assignment to the next level. Readers responded with reflections from many possible surfaces, including ponds, glass buildings, metallic objects, and more. The idea was to make the reflection part of an overall composition, to have it further reinforce the design, color, and forms of...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 01, 2006 0 comments

This month's Picture This! assignment is "Regards to New Orleans," and readers responded with images that show why we should all continue to keep the pressure on to rebuild this most unique of American cities. Think how the home countries would respond should Venice, Paris, or any of the great cities of the world be subject to the tragedy that is New Orleans. As...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 01, 2010 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was the Rule of Thirds, a compositional guideline that relies on balance and “weighting” of subjects within the frame that follows a general tripartite pattern. That’s not to say that images made with this “rule” in mind need strictly follow it, as shown in the images here. But it is a starting point for compositional...

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Staff Posted: Dec 01, 2008 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was Sacred Spaces, places that inspire us to consider the less material and more spiritual side of life. Readers responded with many images of awe-inspiring landscapes with special meaning, places of worship, of pure light and color, and, in some cases, of places that have special meaning for the photographer. All this could go to prove that the divine can...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 01, 2007 0 comments

Saturated Color
Our Picture This! assignment for this month was Saturated Color. While the world is certainly colorful enough, our interpretation of it can be enhanced through the judicious use of additional vividness in the camera through saturation settings and/or, in the case of film, with a high-saturation color slide film such as Fujifilm's...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 01, 2007 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was Secret Beauty, out of the way places you love to photograph. The idea was that there are special places you have come to know that spark something deep in your photographic soul, places that only "locals" might know. It could also be places that you had come upon in your travels when you took a turn off the beaten track.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 01, 2010 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment for this month was “Shadows and Form,” images where the shadow plays an important role in the composition and point of view of the photographer. Shadows can redefine form, create volume and space, and can both echo and abstract form. Readers responded with images of landscapes, architecture, and even portraiture. In all cases the play of light and dark, of...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 01, 2004 0 comments

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Picture This! - Our Next Assignment

Historical Reenactments
Throughout the country, and the world, historical societies keep the past alive...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 01, 2004 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was Silhouettes, and we could have published the Big Book of Silhouettes with all the great images we received. From what we saw we can say that readers have mastered this image technique, with a great mix of people, nature, and architecture. Clearly, silhouettes are a photographic effect that can only be seen with a...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 01, 2008 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was all about cityscapes and how we associate a city with the grandeur of its buildings and how the architecture defines its space. Yes, cities have millions of stories within them, but when you step back and view it from a distance it's about its profile and the face it presents to the world. Readers responded with mostly idealized...

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Staff Posted: Nov 01, 2009 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Soft Effects,” using various techniques to get an ethereal look that matches and enhances subject matter. While members of the f/64 club might wince at the thought, adding soft effects through filters (lens or computer) is part of a long-standing tradition among a certain romantic tradition of the craft. Readers sent in a wide variety of...

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Staff Posted: Nov 01, 2008 0 comments

To use an old phrase: “Far Out.” That was our reaction to this month’s Picture This! assignment, Special Effects. Readers sent us images made in camera and post-processed to change reality in unique and wonderful ways. While some readers shared their recipes some didn’t, which led us to some interesting discussions on how some of the images we received were created.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 01, 2008 0 comments

While the Picture This! topic this month, "Spring Has Sprung," might seem seasonally inappropriate, the assignment was made during the height of the season so we'd get fresh, new images and not have readers sorting through their files from last year. The result was a profusion of amazing images ranging from florals to landscapes to a good deal of wildlife...

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