What began in 2004 as a social networking service for Harvard students has rapidly grown into an international phenomenon with social, political, business and cultural implications for users of all ages. With over 158 million users in the U.S. (and almost a million world-wide), Facebook now reaches nearly 75% of Internet users in our country.
I wanted to give you a Coming Attraction of our June, 2006 Shutterbug issue.
It's filled with new products, trends and technology from the recent PMA
Show in Orlando, FL. This is the biggest photo/imaging trade show in the US,
and we had a team of reporterscoveri...
On the road, it's not always about transferring picture files to a portable
device. Many of us take our laptop computers with us, transferring pictures
directly to the computer, often for immediate previews while shooting on assignment.
And what folly that is without some means of backing up those pictures from...
I learned a long time ago that I couldn’t rely on serendipity to get great shots of people when traveling. Once in a while I’d get lucky, but most of the time the background wasn’t perfect, the lighting wasn’t quite right, or the person wasn’t wearing clothes that told a story about the culture. In addition, I hesitate to point my camera at people without their permission. I can understand that they may feel I’m intruding on their space and their privacy, and I don’t want to do that. Grabbing shots of people without getting their permission also means that the chance of getting a model release is very small.
Despite the dismal world-wide economic outlook, prospects for continued growth in the digital camera market seems remarkably strong—especially as compared to predictions for other consumer-related industries. Recent data from theCamer...
Once or twice a year we like to take a look at what types of cameras are being
purchased and how photographers are printing their images. The latest report
from the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) provides an interesting overview
of these trends through the end of 2007, soletR...
As the price of wide format photo printers like the ones offered by Epson,
Canon, and HP continues to come down, more and more digital photo enthusiasts
are adding them to their digital darkrooms. For less than $400, you can now
print photo quality 11x14" images (actually, up to 13x19), saving money
and time without sending these prints out to a photo lab.
Back in the "old days" of film, most photographers concentrated
on image capture, with "output" being limited to the relatively
few pros and enthusiasts with access to a darkroom. Things are a bit different
in today's digital world, with affordable inkjetprinters...
Three prominent industry organizations have just launched a comprehensive and long-needed campaign to permanently embed standardized metadata and copyright-status information in digital files. The program is intended to benefit those who create, as well as use, digital photos, text, audio and video files.
In these days of online photo sharing and social networking, privacy issues have become
a real concern. Facebook has supplanted MySpace, Kodak Gallery and Snapfish as the
top choice for uploading images,accor...
The U.S. Copyright Office recently issued a call for comment on "orphan
works"--asking a number of questions about what to do with works
that are still technically under copyright protection but where the rightful
owner cannot be located. In response, four leadingphot...
Fill flash can be used for a quick fix for contrast problems that can be solved without further image processing. It is a powerful aid that can even trump today’s in-camera or post-process heightening of shadow detail. It can handle the problem with one exposure, and not rely on HDR or other curve adjustment tricks. Keep in mind that the sensor in your camera has a certain dynamic range that cannot be expanded even with such processing magic, and with too much work on the shadows some noise may creep in.
The small, built-in flash on your camera is not meant to be a powerhouse that will enable you to capture large groups indoors or throw light any significant distance outdoors when trying to conquer the contrast problemsof...