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Shutterbug Staff Jan 01, 2008 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment for this month was Water's Edge. Interesting photographs often result from considering the edge, whether that be the edge of an idea, a territory, light and dark, or, our assignment, where land meets water. The potential for reflection, contrast, mirroring, and interplay of weather systems all come into play. Readers sent in pictures from...

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George Schaub Apr 01, 2004 0 comments

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Visual Perspective
Our next Picture This! assignment is Visual Perspective. All photographs are by nature...

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Staff Oct 01, 2009 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment for this month was “Hey, Look at the Sky!” Readers sent in brilliant images from all around the world of sunset and dawn, of threatening storm clouds, and of fascinating configurations of clouds. In most cases the images included the ground as the anchor on which the sky was tied, and the interaction of reflections and color cast added to the amazing...

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Staff Mar 01, 2010 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month asked readers to submit images made of objects that most likely would not be around next time they passed by. Readers sent in images of falling-down barns, commercial signs, and trucks quietly rusting away in fields. To paraphrase Walker Evans, photographers should shoot with history in mind, and with many of these objects the only evidence of their...

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Shutterbug Staff Oct 01, 2003 1 comments

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Group Portraits

Ever since photography began people have been lining up, or have been posed, in the...

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Shutterbug Staff Jun 01, 2003 0 comments

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America The Beautiful

W e thought we'd celebrate our nation's...

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Shutterbug Staff Dec 01, 2003 0 comments

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Winterscapes:

The Beauty Of The Season

Harsh though it may be, winter affords...

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Shutterbug Staff Jan 01, 2004 0 comments

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Signs Of The Times

Signs, placards, and posters are like captions on the real world. They are the unavoidable text that leap out and put a literal...

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Shutterbug Staff Aug 01, 2003 0 comments

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Colorful Cars

Our next Picture This! assignment is "Colorful...

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Shutterbug Staff Nov 01, 2003 2 comments

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Fill Flash

Flash isn't just for lighting up a dark room--it's a great tool to use...

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Shutterbug Staff Sep 01, 2003 0 comments

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Found Still Life

Some photographers spend hours (and days) in their studio arranging objects for...

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Shutterbug Staff Jul 01, 2003 0 comments

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Seascapes

The convergence of sky, water, and land always makes for great photo...

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Staff Nov 16, 2011 Published: Oct 01, 2011 17 comments
Composition dictates that we place a frame around the world before us. The lens we use, the depth-of-field effect we choose, and most importantly the elements of the scene we choose to include and exclude make up the final image. There are numerous compositional gambits, including sense of scale, where we include familiar elements in a scene to help establish size, distance, and, metaphorically, our sense of importance, or lack of same, of the object or subject used to establish that sense of scale.
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Staff Dec 20, 2013 Published: Nov 01, 2013 0 comments
A sense of scale is created by the juxtaposition of objects and subjects within the frame that establishes a size relationship based upon that juxtaposition. That sense of scale can be based upon distance, on the “true” relative sizes of the elements, or on the use of optics that exaggerate the relative sizes through near-to-far relationships that are established with the clever use of depth of field. While wide-angle lenses are most suited to creating the latter effect, in fact the setup can be made with virtually any lens, given a certain point of view of the photographer. In most cases a deep depth of field works best, since the mind can better grasp the intention when all objects within the frame are sharp. Readers sent in a wide range of images, some almost surreal and others that showed an awesome world in which we are merely the smallest of spectators.
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Oct 01, 2013 Published: Sep 01, 2013 0 comments
This month’s Picture This! assignment was Shadow Play, the role played by shadows in a photograph’s composition and, often, meaning. Shadows define form and shape, but they also can add an aura of mystery and intrigue, one where the recognizable subjects are altered by their presence. They can also be the subject of the image, and dominate the frame to create an abstract view of the world. Readers sent in images that accomplish all the above, with photos of people, places, and things that are enhanced by the sense of depth and space created by these light-formed elements.