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Ron Leach Posted: Nov 20, 2015 0 comments

Thanks to rapid and ongoing advances in digital imaging technology, our industry is so abuzz with exciting new photographic products—both hardware and software—that it’s difficult for photographers to keep up with the latest-and-greatest gear and without worrying that their photographic arsenal is about to become obsolete. In real terms, though, much of this technical innovation is incremental in nature; better low-light capability, faster processing, higher resolution, enhanced video capability and the like.

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Ron Leach Posted: Oct 26, 2015 1 comments

I’m constantly impressed by the fine photographs posted by readers on Shutterbug’s Facebook page ( and make a point of reading the technical descriptions of how the images were made—as well as the comments by others in response. One of the great things about photography, whether you pursue the craft as a profession or a hobby, is there’s always something to learn from someone else with a different vision or a unique style.

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Ron Leach Posted: Sep 28, 2015 0 comments

Every five years the experts at Canon hold an event to share their vision of future imaging technologies and present some of the cutting-edge innovations they have in the works. These events tend to be inspirational and aspirational for everyone interested in the art and craft of photography, and this month’s Canon Expo was no exception.

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Ron Leach Posted: Aug 24, 2015 0 comments
Sooner or later most avid photographers find themselves in a rut and find it difficult to get the creative juices flowing. If you’re a working pro on assignment, duty calls and it’s relatively easy to get motivated. On the other hand, if you’re a photo enthusiast shooting for yourself, sometimes you have to play some mind games to push yourself through the doldrums.
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Ron Leach Posted: Jul 27, 2015 0 comments

Governmental regulations are a hot topic in the news these days, but rarely do they have an impact on the tools we use for photography. Recently, however, we discussed the growing nuisance—or possibly danger—to people or property caused by the ubiquitous “selfie stick.” A growing number of museums and other public venues have taken action— not only on inexpensive selfie sticks, but tripods, full-size monopods, and even umbrellas.

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Ron Leach Posted: Jun 29, 2015 0 comments
There seems to be a growing number of legal issues facing photographers, their subjects or their clients these days. Some, like the recent prohibitions against “selfie sticks,” are easy to understand and relatively benign. Others, like copyright and ownership laws are far more serious and complex.
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Ron Leach Posted: May 26, 2015 0 comments
At 15,781 ft. above sea level Europe’s Mont Blanc doesn’t compare to the world’s tallest mountains, and it’s not one of the most difficult climbs. But thanks to an ambitious project led by Italian photographer Filippo Blengini, the peak does have the distinction of being the subject of the world’s largest photograph. Blengini and his international team managed the feat by shooting 70,000 images over a two-week period late last year to create the breathtaking, 365-gigapixel panorama of the mountain.
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Ron Leach Posted: Apr 23, 2015 0 comments
This is the time of year when everyone starts thinking about doing some spring cleaning, and that holds true for those of us in the publishing business as well. With that in mind, I thought this would be a good time to share some of the fresh ideas we’re rolling out in Shutterbug Magazine, on, and within our social media initiatives.
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Ron Leach Posted: Mar 27, 2015 1 comments
Most of us who are serious about photography own an arsenal of gear. These days that could mean one or two DSLRS with an array of lenses and accessories, a compact mirrorless system for traveling light, and a high-end compact camera (or two) with manual controls so there’s always a capable camera on hand for those unexpected moments worth capturing.


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Ron Leach Posted: Feb 18, 2015 0 comments
The New York Times ran an interesting piece recently about the growing popularity among picture-takers of “selfie sticks” and the problems they are causing at public venues. For the uninitiated, a “selfie stick” is essentially a lightweight, extendable monopod with a mount for either a smartphone or compact camera that photographers use to pursue their narcissistic habits.


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