Ron Leach

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Ron Leach Posted: Jul 22, 2014 0 comments
While we often devote this column to a discussion of evolving technologies for innovative photographic gear, this month we’d like to tell you about some changes we have in the works for Shutterbug and solicit your input for updating the magazine, our website, and our social media initiatives.
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Ron Leach Posted: Jun 20, 2014 4 comments
Those of you who are fans of Shutterbug Magazine’s Facebook page have read the recent news that our longtime Editor George Schaub is moving on to pursue other interests. George and I have been friends and colleagues for many years, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors. All of us—the magazine, our readers, the industry, and photographers everywhere—owe George a huge debt of gratitude on both a personal and professional level for everything he has done to further the craft of photography.
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Ron Leach Posted: May 28, 2014 0 comments
Most of you are familiar with the concept of “wearable cameras”—particularly as pertains to the so-called digital “POV” models used by action sports enthusiasts to document their exploits with still images and/or video while skiing, ballooning, cycling, surfing and other such activities. These cameras can be attached to helmets, body harnesses or even the sports equipment itself. There have also been a few not-so-successful attempts to market small wearable devices designed to capture low-res images as people go about their daily lives.
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Ron Leach Posted: Apr 24, 2014 0 comments
Every so often one hears the story of an artist’s unique journey to find his voice. Richard Dunwoody’s transition from holding the reins of thoroughbred racehorses to holding professional cameras is one such tale. Born in Comber, Northern Ireland, Dunwoody was 12 when he started riding racehorses and rode in his first race as an amateur in 1982. He turned professional two years later and won his first Grand National on West Tip in 1986.
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Ron Leach Posted: Mar 25, 2014 1 comments
For the past year or so some industry analysts have been ringing the death knell for digital point-and-shoot cameras and their larger and more sophisticated cousins—the interchangeable-lens mirrorless cameras. The narrative goes like this: As camera phones become more and more advanced, and offer a wider array of photocentric accessories, compact cameras and mirrorless models will fall by the wayside. Professionals and “serious” photographs will stick with full-size “system” DSLRs, while everyone else will grab a smartphone when they wish to take a photograph.
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Ron Leach Posted: Feb 24, 2014 0 comments
The results of the 57th Annual World Press Photo Contest were just announced and the winning images provide a visual treat for anyone who loves photography. The winners were selected from almost 100,000 photos submitted by almost 5,800 hundred photographers from 132 nationalities.
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Ron Leach Posted: Jan 22, 2014 0 comments
The New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust recently discovered and restored a treasure-trove of century-old cellulose nitrate negatives left behind by the ill-fated Ross Sea party when they were rescued after spending three years struggling to survive on Ross Island after their ship broke loose from it’s moorings and blew out to sea. The small box of 22 unprocessed negatives were part of more than 10,000 objects conserved at Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s hut and brought back to New Zealand by the Trust and painstakingly restored.
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Ron Leach Posted: Dec 25, 2013 0 comments
In perhaps an unfortunate sign of the times, we recently learned that an unauthorized telemarketer has illegally obtained a portion of Shutterbug’s subscriber file and is contacting readers in a fraudulent attempt to collect funds for past, current or future subscriptions. We’ve heard from a number of angry readers, upset by the rude, harassing (and illegal) telephone calls from someone they perceived to be one of our authorized subscription representatives.
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Ron Leach Posted: Nov 18, 2013 2 comments
I just read an amusing piece by a tech blogger and self-proclaimed photography expert who worried about an impending demise of the interchangeable lens digital SLR camera. I say “amusing” because the basis for his concern was a recent Wall Street Journal report indicating that DSLR shipments could fall 9% by the end of this year as compared to a year ago. From this, the prognosticator made the cognitive leap that “smartphones are likely the culprit when it comes to the declining fortunes of the DSLR market.”
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Ron Leach Posted: Oct 22, 2013 3 comments
I was recently reading about American documentary photographer and photojournalist Dorothea Lange and was reminded of one of my favorite quotes, in which she said “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” Afterward, I thought it might be fun to take a look at what other luminaries have said about our craft.

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