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George Schaub Posted: May 01, 2007 0 comments

Travel photography today has its difficulties, what with security lines and restrictions at airports and the concern some security personnel seem to have, perhaps rightfully so, of people with a camera in their hands. Photographers need be aware of the various restrictions and rules that are in place at the airports, available at http://www.tsa.gov/public"...

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George Schaub Posted: Apr 01, 2007 0 comments

Having worked with a fair share of digital cameras--both D-SLRs and digicams--I'd like to suggest some designs that might be appealing to many users. I am not being presumptuous, or even suggest that these ideas be adopted, but with so much technology there's no reason why we can't get customized cameras to match specific needs.

We...

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George Schaub Posted: Mar 01, 2007 0 comments

A few years back when all these digital doings got started I was chatting with some photographers about how having images as information would affect our work. At one point in the discussion we started to joke about how the next generation of software would give us an instant Van Gogh, or emulate a Sunday painter's watercolor, or even create pen and ink drawings from any...

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George Schaub Posted: Feb 01, 2007 0 comments

While I am very proud of the job we do here at Shutterbug magazine, there's another aspect of our work that I'd like to call to your attention--our website at www.shutterbug.com. I was reminded of what we offer when I recently met a Shutterbug reader at a photo show. After we talked for a bit about the state...

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George Schaub Posted: Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

This issue contains our photokina show report, a summary of what caught our eye at the giant photo and imaging show held in Cologne, Germany, every two years. While we concentrate our main energy on the PMA Show held here in the US (our report on that show will be in our July 2007 issue), photokina does represent a milestone in photography in its international appeal and breadth...

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George Schaub Posted: Dec 01, 2006 0 comments

In this issue we ask our contributors to pose their thoughts about the future of photography, at least looking forward a year. As is their wont, each has a particular revelation, wish, or projection based upon their sense of optimism (or lack of it) and field of expertise. You'll read echoes of nostalgia for film photography, thoughts on what needs to change to make things...

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George Schaub Posted: Nov 01, 2006 0 comments

When the term pro gear is used these days it means more than a high-priced camera and fast lens, or a strobe setup that can fire three heads at once and still have juice to spare. Pros these days also have to be concerned with fast computers, terabytes of backup, and large-screen monitors that display images in all their glory. They also need the software to run it all, and the...

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George Schaub Posted: Oct 01, 2006 0 comments

Photography by definition is "drawing with light." It is creating a frame around a play of light that translates to a continuous tonal image. That definition helps identify one of the most important aspects of the craft, which is first seeing and then understanding how the play of light influences the image; how it expresses the photographer's vision and creates...

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George Schaub Posted: Sep 01, 2006 0 comments

We recently had another scare about black and white printing papers and supplies, what with the recent rumor that Ilford would be closing shop in the US and Canada. It was just that--a rumor, based on the fact that a consumer electronics distribution firm would now be handling the distribution of their fine line of papers. And, we have been assured that a knowledgeable tech...

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George Schaub Posted: Aug 01, 2006 0 comments

Whenever I need a visual shot in the arm I take my camera to somewhere I've never been, or switch lenses, or both. As this issue is weighted toward the exploration of optics, I'll focus here on the changing lenses part of the equation.

All of us have a favorite lens, the one that best expresses our vision, and that delivers the crisp images we...

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George Schaub Posted: Jul 01, 2006 0 comments

There are quite a few differences between film and digital imaging. One main difference is that when it comes to film you are dealing with dye and density; with digital it's all a numbers game. Once exposed and developed, film has measurable and fairly fixed characteristics. With digital it's pretty much up for grabs. That's because digital images are composed of...

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George Schaub Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

The main focus of this issue is on our reports from the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) Show, the annual trade show of the photo and imaging industry held this year in Orlando, Florida. We had a large team of reporters on site, each assigned a number of coverage categories that matched their expertise and disposition. Their assignment was to bring you the best and brightest of...

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George Schaub Posted: May 01, 2006 0 comments

The somewhat archaic reference in the title of this month's Editor's Notes shows you from whence I came, and perhaps where most photographers are heading. The onrush to digital is apparent in sales stats from the holiday shopping season, where 90 percent of the cameras sold were digital. The show season, which began in January and stretches into the fall, is filled...

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George Schaub Posted: Apr 01, 2006 0 comments

It seems only a few months back that I did a similar obit/reminiscence on black and white printing papers from Kodak. The subjects of this month's eulogy include both film and digital passings, with one being a venerable company that has departed photography altogether. I don't write these items for morbid or even sentimental reasons, but to note the passing of an era...

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George Schaub Posted: Mar 01, 2006 0 comments

Readers of Shutterbug will recognize a change in this issue, one that has been in the works for a while and that came to fruition through the energy and effort of all the staff, especially Art Director Richard Leach. Our aim in this design change is to continue to bring you all the information and images Shutterbug has delivered in the past with a fresh look and approach. We made...

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