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Ron Leach Posted: Feb 12, 2016 0 comments

If you’re looking for a destination offering unlimited photo opportunities, great history, amazing food, and a bit of debauchery, look no further than New Orleans during Mardi Gras.

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Ron Leach Posted: Jan 25, 2016 0 comments
Back in the days of film, many of us who considered ourselves “serious” photographers had an arsenal that not only included an SLR system with a myriad of lenses, flash equipment and other accessories, but a high–end pocket camera that offered a “premium” lens and a complete array of manual controls. The idea, of course, was that with one of these little wonders you would always have a capable camera on hand for those unexpected opportunities—even on days when you left your SLR at home.
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Ron Leach Posted: Dec 28, 2015 0 comments

As 2015 draws to a close, it’s once again time to reflect upon the past 12 months and make some resolutions for the coming year. We’ll leave it up to you to set personal goals for exercising more, eating less, and quitting smoking, and instead offer a few suggestions for improving your enjoyment of photography in 2016.

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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 2 comments

I’m constantly impressed by the fine photographs posted by readers on Shutterbug’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/shutterbugmag) 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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