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Jun 30, 2009 2 comments

Equivalent Exposure

by George Schaub

Now we come to how ISO, aperture, and shutter speed relate to one another. They exist to balance the amount of light in the scene with the recording made by the sensor and ultimately made into an image file on the memory card. Your goal is to record the scene with as true and balanced a color and lightnessof...

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Jun 19, 2009 0 comments

Industry Perspective

Young Adults: Highly Engaged in Photography

by Ron Leach

InfoTrends, a leading market research firm in the digital imaging industry, recently released two surveys detailing the enthusiastic photography-related habits of young adults between the ages of 18 and 24. Given the popularity of socialnetworki...

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Aug 01, 2009 0 comments

August 2009

On The Cover
This month our focus is on lenses and pro Steve Bedell checks the specs and weighs in on why you may or may not want to keep using pro-quality lenses for your work. In addition, we have a Test Report on the latest Zeiss Planar T* 85mm and 50mm lenses. Aside from optics, we have an exclusive interview with mastercr...

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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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Jul 28, 2009 0 comments

Exposure Basics II

by George Schaub

Now we come to how exposure and creative photography go hand in hand.

Why would you need to change the aperture or shutter speed under different lighting conditions? Why would you want to use a fast shutter speed for one shot and a slow one for another? Why change apertures or ISO?

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Jul 28, 2009 0 comments

Industry Perspective

Mama, Why Did You Take My Kodachrome Away?

by Ron Leach

Faced with ever-declining demand in this digital age, Eastman Kodak recently announced it was retiring Kodachrome—it’s oldest film stock—which was long favored by professional and amateur photographers alike for its rich,vibrant...

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Sep 01, 2009 0 comments

September 2009

On The Cover
As you can tell from our unique cover image taken by pro Don Dixon (see more of his work on page 52), this month we’re diving headlong into the creative options made possible by a range of image-processing tools, from plug-ins to graphics tablets. In addition, we have tests on the latest D-SLRs fromCano...

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Aug 25, 2009 1 comments

The Mysteries Of Long Exposure

Expand Your Image Imagination

by Art Rosch

The human eye sees light in the moment. Film or sensors accumulate light through an entire exposure, as if it were a memory. Photons continue making impressions wherever they land on the sensor or film. Moving objects leave a distended, time-lapsei...

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Aug 12, 2009 0 comments

Exposure Tips

Sunsets And Sky

by George Schaub

There’s something magical happening in the sky all the time—if we only bother to look. Whether it’s sunrise, sunset, or a front passing through, the sky offers an amazing diversity of light, color, and subject matter. However, photographs of the skysometimes...

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Aug 25, 2009 0 comments

Industry Perspective

Hindsight is Sometimes More than 20/20

by Ron Leach

As the end of this decade approaches, I found myself pondering the direction our technology-driven industry has taken and some prognostications Shutterbug writers made back in 1999 about the future of photography. Let’s take a look back and see...

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Oct 01, 2009 0 comments

October 2009

On The Cover
Welcome to our annual lighting special, where our resident pros share their best gear, shooting tips, and setups. In addition to our multitude of lighting Test Reports, we have multi-flash and portable studio light roundups. We also explore the possibility of using older flash units on D-SLRs. Finally, lightingas...

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Sep 29, 2009 0 comments

Self-Publish Your Photo Book

A Great Way To Show And Share Your Images

by Joe Farace

Most photographers dream of accomplishing two things in the publishing world: The first is having their work featured in a national publication such as Shutterbug, National Geographic, or maybe Playboy and the second is showcasing theirph...

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Sep 29, 2009 0 comments

Pro Essay

Hands-On Exposure Control

Creative Metering For Expressive Results

by Ibarionex R. Perello

When I began as a photographer, my biggest concern with metering was having an image that just “came out.” That simply meant that the exposure was accurate and the image wasn’t severelyunde...

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Sep 29, 2009 0 comments

Industry Perspective

“Frankencamera” Could Revolutionize Photography

by Ron Leach

Scientists at Stanford University are attempting to revolutionize photography with the development of a unique “open-source” digital camera platform they say will provide programmers with the freedom to fine-tune acam...

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Oct 27, 2009 0 comments

Metering Modes

by George Schaub

Metering modes determine how light is interpreted and translated into photographic terms. The exposure meter and accompanying microprocessor measure and convert various brightness levels to aperture and shutter speed values, which are the way the camera controls light, and set them for you in the Autoexposuremodes...