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Posted: Jul 28, 2009 0 comments

Seeing Pictures: Negative Space

What’s Not There

by Jim Zuckerman

The concept of negative space has to do with compositional balance. Negative space simply means an area of an image that is largely devoid of subject matter. In other words, it’s a blank area like the sky, an expanse of plaster, the surface of a...

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Posted: Jan 25, 2011 0 comments

Seeing Pictures: “Soft” Foregrounds

A High Tech Solution To A Visual Dilemma

by Jim Zuckerman

When foreground elements are soft, they are visually annoying. In nature, we want to see and appreciate all of the beautiful detail and texture in the subject. When the part of the composition that is closest to thec...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 26, 2005 0 comments

Corel Corporation has kicked off the "Summer of Painter" with two announcements
regarding Corel Painter IX. The Corel Painter IX 9.1 update is now available as
a free download for all Painter IX customers. The update provides customers with
new features and enhancements including:



Dual Monitor Support for Windows Customers running Windows 2000 and Windows XP
can now also experience the same level of dual monitor support enjoyed by Mac
OS X customers. Palettes, toolbars, and the toolbox can now be moved outside the
application window and dialog boxes appear on the same monitor as the active canvas.




New Art Pen Brushes Following the introduction of the Corel Painter IX Art Pen
Brush Pack this spring, Corel has introduced five additional brushes to take advantage
of the powerful realism and control of the Wacom 6D Art Pen. Customers who download
the 9.1 update will receive 10 brushes in total, which include the five brushes
previously introduced in the Art Pen Brush Pack.



Enhanced Dab Type Support for 'Rotation' Expression In addition to adding new
brushes to take advantage of the Wacom 6D Art Pen, Corel Painter IX 9.1 offers
rotation expression with the following Dab types: Circular, Captured Dab, Artists'
Oils, Camel Hair, Flat, Liquid Ink Camel Hair, Liquid Ink Flat, Watercolor Camel
Hair, Watercolor Flat, Palette Knife, Liquid Ink Palette Knife, and Watercolor
Palette Knife.



Enhanced Support for Mac OS X Tiger Corel Painter IX 9.1 now provides even better
overall performance when running on Tiger. This enhancement complements the Corel
Painter IX Spotlight plugin introduced earlier this spring that enables customers
to take full advantage of Tiger's advanced searching capabilities with their Painter
files.



To download the Corel Painter IX 9.1 update and to access a full list of included
enhancements, please visit www.corel.com/painterix/91update.



Corel has also introduced the Corel Painter Open Upgrade Program for customers
in North America and the United Kingdom. Until August 31, 2005, the Corel Painter
IX upgrade policy has been broadened to include any graphics or imaging software
package from the following companies: Adobe, Macromedia, ACD Systems, Corel (including
Corel Painter Classic, Painter Essentials, and any previous version of Painter),
Microsoft, and Apple. For a limited time, Corel Painter IX is available through
Corel and participating resellers at the upgrade suggested retail price of $229
a savings of $200 off the full suggested retail price of $429. Resellers may sell
for less. For more details, please visit www.corel.com/painter/openupgrade.
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George Schaub Posted: Jan 30, 2007 0 comments

CS 3 Beta..Black and White Improvements and Changes

by George Schaub

I have always enjoyed black and white printing, and have used the tools in
various versions of Photoshop to go from color to black and white. Now, with
CS3 (beta) there are even more tools to work with, some of which are improvements
or at leastrefineme...

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Posted: Mar 25, 2008 0 comments

Printing and Camera Trends

by Ron Leach

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...

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Posted: Dec 01, 2009 0 comments

December 2009

On The Cover
This month we are touting books as excellent gift items for the photographer(s) in your life. That said, we’ve provided you with the top photo and digital imaging books of 2009 to help with the selection process. We also have a vast array of optical options to expand your photographic view of the world. We...

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Ron Leach Posted: Apr 26, 2011 0 comments

As you might suspect, the photographic industry has been greatly impacted by the horrible devastation of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the ongoing nuclear crisis. While we continue to pray for the injured and those who lost their lives, it’s not too soon to acknowledge the severe impact the March 11 disaster and it’s aftermath has had on many of the world’s leading camera and accessory companies.

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George Schaub Posted: Apr 12, 2005 0 comments

For those who have been working with the latest digital cameras--both
integral and interchangeable lens types--you've probably seen an
option called Raw among your file formats. Unlike JPEG and TIFF, Raw is not
an acronym and therefore we don't capitalize it, and is just what it states--the
"raw" image date received by the sensor and digitized within the
microprocessor of the camera. It is not "raw" in the sense that
it is unfettered or unrecognizable, but it does take image processing software
other than what's in the plain version of some image processing programs
to see it. That Raw software converts the Raw image file format to an image
on the screen and allows you to save it to a format other than Raw--such
as TIFF or JPEG.

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Ron Leach Posted: Mar 27, 2007 0 comments

Innovative Digital Products

by Ron Leach

We just returned from Las Vegas after attending this year's PMA International
Convention and Tradeshow, and one of the highlights of the event for those of
us in the media is the "Sneak Peak" that takes place on the afternoon
before the convention opens. Thisinf...

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Posted: Jul 29, 2008 0 comments

Shooting For Profit

by Ron Leach

If you are one of the many subscribers to the Shutterbug Storefront program,
you've learned that photography doesn't have to be a career to be
profitable. If you are unfamiliar with this program, a quick visit to www.shu...

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Posted: Feb 23, 2010 0 comments

Hard & Soft Light

Use One, Or Both, For Portrait Work

by John Siskin

Photographers talk about the characteristics of light using various terms. When we talk about light being soft or hard, we are really referring to the size of the light source. By using both kinds of light we can have more control over theappearance...

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Ron Leach Posted: Jun 27, 2006 0 comments

Shutterbug Unveils Gold Member Program



By Ron Leach, Publisher

Those of you who are regular readers of Shutterbug and visitors to shutterbug.com
know that our magazine and website offer more than comprehensive product reviews
and in-depth instructional tutorials for advanced amateur and professional photographers.
While our primary...

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George Schaub Posted: Jun 26, 2007 0 comments

The III also sports a new Raw option, dubbed sRAW, which is 2.5 megapixels
in size and half the file size of "regular" Raw images. The advantage,
claims Canon, is that sRAW images can be processed just like any Raw image but
stored in at a smaller size. This is perfect, they say, for wedding candid photographers
who want Raw post-exposurepr...

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Posted: Nov 25, 2008 0 comments

 Create Your Own Shutterbug Cover

by Ron Leach

Have your ever pictured one of your favorite photographs  on the cover of Shutterbug Magazine? Our new MyOwnCover program is an opportunity for our readers to do just that! You simply upload one of your images into our special template template, select some textto...

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Posted: Jun 29, 2010 1 comments

Super Wides

Exaggerated Points Of View

by Jim Zuckerman

If you like straight, unaltered images and you diligently try to capture what you see with your eyes, super wide angle lenses are not for you. At the very least the images will give you a headache. However, if you like thinking outside the box (and sometimes outside...

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