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Jay Abend Posted: Feb 01, 2003 0 comments

The Inside Scoop

Face it, you like your equipment. You started reading Shutterbug for the ads, and there isn't an issue that comes where you don't check out the price on some photo item you must have. I started my...

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Jay Abend Posted: Nov 01, 2002 0 comments



Surreal Composites
--A great technique is to take a collection of original images and combine them to create a fanciful and surreal final image. For this other-worldly desert scene I took four original film shots of...

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Rick Sammon Posted: Nov 01, 2002 0 comments

I recently returned from a 10-day trip to China. I was at the Great Wall, Tieneman Square, the Forbidden City, and Yellow Mountain. I stopped in remote villages and traveled by boat along winding canals. I took hundreds of photographs...and...

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Rick Sammon Posted: Aug 01, 2002 0 comments

I'll never use a zoom lens." That's what some of my professional photographer friends said when I first got into photography back in the mid-70s. Back then, zoom lenses did not compare in sharpness to fixed focal length lenses. What's more, the zoom...

Susan McCartney Posted: Aug 01, 2002 0 comments

My niece and keen amateur photographer Elizabeth Martin celebrated the coming of the new millennium on a mountainside near Katmandu, Nepal. She carried a backpack containing a Canon EOS Elan, 20 rolls of color print film, three pairs of wool socks, her...

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Rosalind Smith Posted: Aug 01, 2002 0 comments

With many photographers pulling
up stakes as rents soar and landlords take advantage of the burgeoning
rental market, it was a pleasant surprise to walk into the spacious studios
of Michael Indresano and Craig Orsini, two Boston photographerswh...

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Barry Tanenbaum Posted: Jul 01, 2002 0 comments

We had a theory that somewhere
in the career of many a pro photographer there's one photograph that marks
a turning point. It might be the one that brings the first recognition
or first sale; or the one with which she proves to herself that, yes...

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Joe Farace Posted: Mar 01, 2002 0 comments

You know how it goes: The Art Director says, "I know you can photograph right-handed baseball players, but can you photograph left-handed ones?"

An unfortunate reality of the...

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Jay Abend Posted: Sep 01, 2001 0 comments

Last year I wrote about the need for every photographer, regardless of their ability, to have a current portfolio. In my business as a commercial photographer, a killer portfolio is a necessity. I received a few e-mails inquiring about the...

Rick Sammon Posted: Aug 01, 2001 0 comments

It's that time of year when many of us are gearing up for our summer vacations. Some folks will go to the far sides of the planet, others will stay close to home. But, no matter where we go, Shutterbug readers have one thing in common:...

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Tony Sweet Posted: Jun 01, 2001 0 comments

Capturing mood
imagery in photography is achieved through applied techniques and filters.
Of course, subject selection, exposure, and compelling composition are
the most important elements in creating evocative imagery. When thel...

Peter K. Burian Posted: May 01, 2001 0 comments

Whenever I judge photo contests including a travel category, one fact quickly becomes apparent: picture-taking during vacation and other trips is not always taken seriously. The photographer who might spend hours making an exceptional landscape...

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Joe Farace Posted: Apr 01, 2001 0 comments

Making photographs for a model's portfolio involves much more than just using the proper posing and lighting techniques and includes all of the less glamorous and business-oriented aspects of creating these kinds of images. The...

Peter K. Burian Posted: Apr 01, 2001 0 comments

In most parts of North America, March signifies the beginning of spring, but it's the April showers that bring the best flowers. By the end of this month, gardens all around us will be lavished with vibrant colors making a highly appealing...

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Barry Tanenbaum Posted: Jan 01, 2001 0 comments

It's an old antique store--okay, you can call it a junk shop--by the side of the road in Delaware, and photographer Tony Sweet drives by a lot on his way to the coast from his home in Baltimore. And it's a great place to take pictures simply because it...

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