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Shutterbug Staff 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 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 Nov 01, 2008 1 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 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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Shutterbug Staff Jun 01, 2004 0 comments

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Artful Architecture
From the art deco buildings of South Beach to the grand interiors of train...

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Shutterbug Staff Aug 01, 2008 0 comments

The power of suggestion is very strong in forming our perceptions. Think alligator, for example, even in a big northern city, and soon you might begin to see forms and objects that bring that reptile to mind. Our Picture This! assignment this month was just that--seeing the forms of letters of the alphabet in everyday objects and scenes. Readers responded with images that...

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Shutterbug Staff Apr 01, 2006 0 comments

Our Picture This! Assignment this month was "The Big Landscape: Mountain Views." Readers responded with photos made from East to West with some of the most beautiful peaks in our land, and with some from overseas as well. Of course, folks from out West consider Eastern mountains not much more than foothills, but any feature that rises above the horizon counts in our...

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Shutterbug Staff Apr 01, 2008 0 comments

During the day cities can be mundane places, with commuters going about their business and trucks jamming streets making their deliveries. But at night cities can come alive with light and activities that speak to a different side of life, one where details fall in the shadows and edges are electrified. Night exposures create new challenges for photographers, ones where camera...

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Shutterbug Staff Sep 01, 2007 0 comments

The Golden Hour
Our Picture This! assignment this month was the "Golden Hour," the magical time of day when the slanting rays of the sun illuminate the world in a most special way. The light is filled with red and amber colors, all due to the way the light is changed as it skims the surface of the earth right before sunset. Those colors always...

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Shutterbug Staff Jul 01, 2005 0 comments

Telephoto lenses are great for bringing distant objects closer and giving you "tunnel vision" that isolates parts of your personal field of view. They also have an added benefit, a visual trick most commonly called the "stacking effect," where a series of subjects each distant from one another are brought in much closer visual contact. This compression of...

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Shutterbug Staff Dec 01, 2006 0 comments

If there was ever any question that photos keep memories alive it was answered by the wonderful pictures we received for this month's Picture This! assignment. Readers sent us a treasure trove of their family pictures, many accompanied by stories of those family and friends depicted. As we looked at each one and read the accompanying text we couldn't but help think...

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Staff Mar 01, 2009 2 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Trees,” and readers responded with an amazing variety of those marvelous life forms from all points of the globe. It’s clear that trees remain a fascinating subject for photographers in their form, the way they catch light, and in how they adapt to the often harsh and many times beautiful places in which they exist. The photographs...

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Shutterbug Staff Feb 01, 2011 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment for this month was on Trick Lenses and how they help us to see in ways that our normal perception does not allow. Readers responded with images that used accessory lenses, as well as glass that distorts light in fascinating ways. Some used scanners to create imagery, while others “squeezed” light through pinhole apertures. While photography is mostly used...

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Shutterbug Staff Jul 01, 2004 0 comments

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Color In Black And White
There's something about a monochrome scene made on color film...

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Staff Dec 01, 2009 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Water Flow,” and we probably received as many, if not more, entries than any number we’ve had for any topic thus far. This makes it clear that all of us are entranced by the magic of water as it moves and changes, and that we know that the magic of photography is a perfect way to capture our fascination with it. The general technique...