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Jay Abend Posted: Sep 01, 1999 0 comments

One of the most difficult obstacles to overcome for the aspiring studio photographer is the lack of a proper space to shoot. Spare bedrooms, garages, attics, and basements have all been transformed into makeshift studios, and most lack adequate space to...

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Rosalind Smith Posted: Sep 01, 1999 0 comments

"When showing your
portfolio it is a good idea to offer up a variety of choices--some verticals,
some horizontals, some wides, and some tight details."

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Rick Sammon Posted: Aug 01, 1999 0 comments

I'm a zoom lens man. I use zooms in virtually all my travel work, making exceptions when I need a macro or super telephoto shot.

This was not always the case. Back in...

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Jay Abend Posted: Jul 01, 1999 0 comments

If you have been reading Shutterbug for some time, you're no doubt aware of the constant drumbeat of the digital photography industry. The products used to fall into two categories--expensive cameras that take frightfully bad pictures, or frightfully...

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Rosalind Smith Posted: Jul 01, 1999 0 comments

"Your camera is like
a Geiger counter. It takes you to the right place. When it faces something
that doesn't interest you, there is no tick-ticking, but when
it faces something you like, it is tickingaway....

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Barry Tanenbaum Posted: Jul 01, 1999 0 comments

For years we've been asking professional photographers a variation of the same question: what does it take to be a pro? We may ask, "What's the secret of your success?" (as if it were a secret); or, simply, "What is it that...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jul 01, 1999 0 comments

A tree is a tree is a tree
--Max Sennett

That silent film pioneer may have been talking about why shooting movies on location in Hollywood was a good idea for the fledging film...

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Rosalind Smith Posted: Jun 01, 1999 0 comments

Marnie Crawford Samuelson
recalls one of her earliest influences, the photographer Sam Abell,
telling about a body of work he did on canoeing. His bosses were not
enthusiastic about the project initially but Abell hadst...

Peter K. Burian Posted: Jun 01, 1999 0 comments

Although we tend to take them for granted, batteries are an integral part of photography. Virtually every camera developed in the last 10 years becomes merely a paperweight without voltage to keep its mechanisms ticking. Unlike the previous generation which required power for little more than...

Rick Sammon Posted: Jun 01, 1999 0 comments

Many amateur photographers have a simple remedy for shooting in low-light conditions--they turn on their flash units and blast the hell out of a scene or subject. Well, that technique sure is effective. For a more pleasing and more creative picture...

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Rosalind Smith Posted: May 01, 1999 0 comments

Christine Triebert was looking
for a different way to photograph the landscape, an alternative process
that would be more subjective in nature, more abstract. She wanted to
continue working in silver since it would give...

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Jay Abend Posted: May 01, 1999 0 comments

One of the things that many good photographers struggle with is sharpness. I have spent years of my life working on getting the most tack-sharp images, and have even written a few stories for your favorite magazine explaining some of the things that I do...

Steve Bedell Posted: Apr 01, 1999 0 comments

Ah, Palm Beach. Just the mention of the name brings images of wealth and power to mind. Exotic cars, palatial estates, beautiful people, exclusive stores, and there's so much more--crystal skies, blue-green waters, the Intercoastal Waterway, yachts...

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Bob Coates Posted: Apr 01, 1999 0 comments

For those times when you want to isolate an object with a pleasing non-competing background, here is a system that will give you lots of options. It worked especially well when a client asked me to photograph individual pieces of jewelry to illustrate...

Rick Sammon Posted: Apr 01, 1999 0 comments

Travel photographers are a unique breed. Some go to the ends of the earth to get pictures that tell a story of a faraway land. Others stay relatively close to home, documenting the pulse of a major metropolitan city--which might be a travel destination to...

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