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George Schaub Posted: Feb 01, 2006 0 comments

While we did feature some crystal ball gazing in our December issue, I thought I'd use this space to discuss some of the matters we'll be exploring and some of the trends we'll be watching as we move into 2006. In the last year we've done our best to keep you up-to-date on the issues and changes that have taken place in photography, and there's no...

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George Schaub Posted: Jan 01, 2006 0 comments

The title of this editorial sounds confusing, and confused, I know, but I am voicing here a mere mirror for our photographic times. There are so many options available these days, with each having its camp and cheerleaders, that it's little wonder that photographers might seem confused. To begin with film vs. film, there's been a continuing debate over whether it is...

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George Schaub Posted: Dec 01, 2005 0 comments

For this issue we asked our contributors to take what they have learned from the last year, mix in a good dose of what they might have heard from peers and manufacturers about what's on the drawing board, and come up with some predictions about what we might expect in the year ahead. Their essays make for fascinating reading, with each contributor discussing an aspect of the...

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George Schaub Posted: Nov 01, 2005 0 comments

Now that the Shutterbug Forums have been online for the last six months I can honestly say that they have been a success. We tried various topics and categories (and we're always open to your suggestions) and have honed them down to what we consider essential areas of interest. The feeling of success comes not so much from our creating the Forums but in how you, the readers...

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George Schaub Posted: Oct 01, 2005 0 comments

The news that Kodak is opting out of the silver black and white paper business should not have come as much of a shock, given the company's recent emphasis and direction. But it was a bit of a wake-up call. According to a Kodak spokesperson, the company has been seeing declines in sales of their silver product line for years and could no longer justify staying in that...

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George Schaub Posted: Sep 01, 2005 0 comments

The fellow running the curbside check-in at American Airlines out of LaGuardia seemed content with the tip, but not with the fact that we lingered until the bags went down the chute. This was New York, after all. From there it apparently went through many hands--the TSA (Transportation Security Administration), the baggage handlers at LaGuardia, the crew in Chicago where it...

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George Schaub Posted: Aug 01, 2005 0 comments

Judging from the letters we receive and the action on our Forums (at www.shutterbug.com) the debate between digital and film photographers is ongoing, and shows no signs of abating. Some photographers have manned the silver-halide barricades and defy all comers by waving the silver-halide flag, while others scoff at the film fans by terming them reactionaries and...

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George Schaub Posted: Jul 01, 2005 0 comments

The query, "Who's your favorite photographer?" has to be among the top three icebreakers (can you name the other two?) amid photographers. It's not a popularity contest, per se, but more a seeking of what images inspire you and whose point of view you admire and, at one point in your creative work, who you might like to emulate. This might vary according to...

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George Schaub Posted: Jun 01, 2005 0 comments

We are pleased to dedicate most of this issue to our Photo Marketing Association (PMA) reports, which cover just about every aspect of the show held this winter near world headquarters in Orlando, Florida. We had a very large team at this, the largest photo trade show held in the US, and each reporter was assigned various categories and the picking of their Best of Show. Coming on...

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George Schaub Posted: May 01, 2005 Published: May 20, 2005 0 comments

My favorite book when I was a kid was the atlas. I would plan elaborate journeys through mountainous regions, follow the shipping news in The New York Times, and ogle the fascinating people and places in Life magazine while waiting for a haircut at the local barbershop. For me, getting there was the point and being there was the reward. I started my travel habit with bicycle trips...

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George Schaub Posted: Apr 01, 2005 0 comments

The portrait is one of the most demanding of all photographic tasks. We are asked to capture the character of a person in the brief, fleeting moment it takes to make an exposure. Painters seem to have the advantage, being able to take hours or days to render their impressions. They can block out forms and fill in the light and shadow as they see fit. What do we have to contend...

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George Schaub Posted: Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

Memory is an odd process. Recollections can be triggered by a certain muscle movement, a dream, a flash of color or shape as we walk down the street, a shift in the wind or, more concretely, by a photographic image. In all, memory is an associative process, in that some catalyst seems to create a circuit in the mind that refers to something real, or imagined, in our past. We all...

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George Schaub Posted: Feb 01, 2005 0 comments

Black and white photography has always held a special place in the hearts and minds of photographers. The charm of the medium is that it is so flexible in both technique and its ability to communicate many different moods and points of view. Consider the documentary photographer, who uses black and white to enclose images in a gritty realism that color somehow cannot match, or the...

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George Schaub Posted: Jan 01, 2005 0 comments

In this issue we bring you our photokina report, a series of articles from our reporters who covered the huge photo show held this past fall in Cologne, Germany. Exhibitors from over 150 countries covering every aspect of the photo and imaging trade were there, and we spent five days trekking the massive halls, speaking to engineers, designers, and marketing folk about the new...

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George Schaub Posted: Dec 01, 2004 0 comments

While we plunge ahead into the digital world, and continue to buy cameras, printers, and scanners at record pace, there remain some issues that need resolution before everyone can feel comfortable with the digital thing. We do get letters, and your concerns are of paramount interest to us, that raise issues we have often addressed. But the tone of many letters express doubts about...

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