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Staff Posted: Mar 17, 2015 0 comments

This month’s assignment was “bokeh,” which is the beautiful background blur you get when you capture an image with a shallow depth of field. Bokeh, which is derived from the Japanese word for “blur,” is typically achieved by using a lens with a wide aperture (f/2.8 or faster is ideal) and a nine-bladed diaphragm, to create an almost painterly background with highlights broken into soft glowing forms. Just as critical to creating a great picture utilizing bokeh is the sharp subject matter in the foreground, which draws the viewer’s eye in like a laser beam. Here are our 10 favorite examples of bokeh from Shutterbug readers.

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Staff Posted: Jun 14, 2011 Published: May 01, 2011 5 comments

This month’s Picture This! assignment was Painterly Backgrounds, the use of various photographic devices—namely depth of field—to create a field of color and design for a backdrop to the main theme. The technique not only removes what could be a distracting background but also brings the main subject more into the visual attention of the viewer. It also can be used to complement the color, shape, and design of the entire frame, adding to the emotional content of the image. Readers sometimes used their digital darkroom skills to enhance some of the effects (noted in captions), but, as with other assignments, we view image processing as something that can be used to emphasize the image from the camera, not obtain it entirely from software techniques.

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Staff Posted: Oct 19, 2009 0 comments

Fatima NeJame, president and chief executive officer of the world renowned Palm Beach Photographic Centre (PBPC), today announced that the nonprofit organization's inaugural Grand Opening Exhibition at City Center will be: Celebrating US! Photographs from Presidential Inaugurations & Historic White House Moments.

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Staff Posted: Jan 28, 2009 0 comments

The Palm Beach Photographic Centre presents its 14th annual FOTOfusion festival of photography and digital imaging, starting Tuesday, January 27 and continuing through Saturday, January 31.  The internationally-known FOTOfusion is one of the largest photography-oriented events of its kind in the United States, welcoming all levels of shutterbugs.

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Staff Posted: Jul 06, 2009 0 comments

Panasonic announced pricing for the highly-anticipated LUMIX DMC-GH1, the new Micro Four Thirds digital camera with Full-High Definition (HD) video recording ability. The camera will be available in early June for a suggested retail price of $1499.95.  The LUMIX DMC-GH1 includes the LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. lens as part of the kit.  The new lens, designed to support HD movie recording, features a silent motor and continuous auto focusing (AF) capability – a differentiator from traditional DSLRs.  

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Staff Posted: Dec 28, 2009 0 comments
The Panasonic is a very compact camera with an interchangeable lens system based on the Micro Four Thirds system. It offers 12 MP resolution, easy handling for beginners and professional users, a large LCD on the back as electronic viewfinder and HD-video capabilities.

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Staff Posted: Sep 22, 2008 0 comments

Panasonic has announced the world's first Micro Four Thirds system camera,
the LUMIX DMC-G1, the world's smallest and lightest digital interchangeable
lens camera, weighing in at approximately 385 grams (0.85 lbs). Based on the
new Micro Four Thirds System standard, the LUMIX G1 eliminates the internal
mirror structure that defines digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, thus
reducing the size and weight by nearly half. With the mirror-less system, the
G1's flange back, which is the distance between the mount and the image
sensor, has been reduced from 40 mm -- as specified in the Four Thirds
System -- to approximately 20 mm.

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Staff Posted: Apr 20, 2009 0 comments

Panasonic has introduced the DMC-GH1, the newest member of the company’s LUMIX G Micro System. Compatible with the Micro Four Thirds System standard, the new LUMIX GH1 features advanced video photography functions, such as the ability to record High Definition (HD) AVCHD 1080p/24p video.  In addition, the new LUMIX GH1 comes with a newly developed long-zoom interchangeable lens – the LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.  This lens was specifically designed to support HD movie recording and features a silent motor and continuous auto focusing (AF) capability; two features which distinguish the LUMIX GH1 from DSLRs that offer HD video recording capabilities.

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Staff Posted: Oct 14, 2009 0 comments

Panasonic announced the new LUMIX DMC-FZ35, a digital camera featuring AVCHD Lite, High Definition (HD) video recording capability, combined with a powerful 27mm wide-angle, 18x optical zoom LEICA DC lens. A successor to the popular FZ28, the FZ35 packs enhanced creative features combined with the power to shoot HD videos, including motion zoom capabilities to take full advantage of the 18x zoom.  The operational layout of the FZ35 includes a dedicated video record button, making it a true hybrid – a single model that performs seamlessly at capturing both still and motion images – while still providing smooth and easy operation in either mode.

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Staff Posted: Jul 30, 2008 0 comments

Panasonic has announced its newest addition to its FX-Series of LUMIX digital
cameras with the unveiling of the DMC-FX150. Equipped with 14.7 megapixels,
the FX150 also boasts a 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens with f/2.8
brightness and 3.6x optical zoom.

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