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Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 22, 2023  |  0 comments

You don't have to be a prepper to take precautions against foul weather. Photographers have special needs when Nature is on the warpath. Here's a 10-point equipment checklist that may save your bacon when the forecast calls for imminent disaster.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 15, 2023  |  0 comments

Posting holiday snaps to your social media page is quick and easy—but it can be hard to control who can view your personal pics. You want to show your family members a great shot of you frolicking in Fiji on December 25, but do you really want to tell the entire world that your home back in Kansas is unoccupied until after New Year's Day? Create a virtual picture-sharing family room online, a secure place viewable only by those to whom you give permission, with Zonerama, a free and easy-to-use platform provided by a folks at Zoner, makers of Zoner Photo Studio X.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Nov 19, 2023  |  0 comments

Gifts for photographers? We have some suggestions—20 of them. And don't forget to treat yourself—you deserve it. You what?! Oh well, treat yourself anyway.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jul 17, 2023  |  0 comments

It's been said a billion times but it's worth repeating: The best camera you'll ever use is the one you have with you when you need it. Mirrorless marvels and DSLRs are wonderful photo-making machines, but there are times when they're too large or heavy to be convenient—and that's when the compact camera shines. Here's a selection of high-performance compact cameras you can order from MPB today.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Mar 24, 2023  |  0 comments

Photographing flowers is a lot like cooking breakfast. Anyone can crack an egg, but can anybody eat the omelet without gagging? Here are seven brief but important tips every budding flower photographer should know.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Mar 02, 2023  |  0 comments

Fujifilm just announced the introduction of the INSTAX MINI 12, worthy successor to the well-liked MINI 11, and Shutterbug was allowed to run a sample through its paces several days prior to the launch. Consistent with instant photography’s shoot-and-share mindset, the MINI 12 is a fun, easy-to-use camera that we expect to be well received.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 06, 2023  |  0 comments

If you have a recent iPhone it probably defaults to Live Photo and stores images as files that have an HEIC file name extension. Here’s how to change the default to shoot regular still images and save them as the JPEGs you’re accustomed to. But HEIC (High Efficiency Image File format), better known as HEIF, is better than JPEG in many ways, and after learning a bit about it you may not want to revert back to your old, comfortable JPEG files.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 11, 2022  |  0 comments

If you’re looking for the ideal gift for the photographer in your life, or if you’d like to reward yourself for persevering through a challenging 2022, here are five photographic items that any photographer is sure to appreciate.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 02, 2022  |  0 comments

Share your holiday photos and videos with family and friends. Zonerama is a free online platform that provides users unlimited space and encourages them to upload photos and videos where they’re securely stored and shared. You do not have to be a user of Zoner Photo Studio X photo/video editing software. There is no charge and it’s simple and easy to use.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 11, 2022  |  0 comments

Looking for a gift for the photographer in your life? Or maybe you’d like to show your love for your favorite brand and/or pastime? Here are nine cool items of apparel we think you will enjoy.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 04, 2022  |  0 comments

It’s November, and that means retail stores and malls are shifting into end-of-year holiday decoration mode. Soon the red-suited elf will be shaking his bell outside the train station. Is it rushing the season? You be the judge. One thing we know for sure: it’s not too early to pick up a few new ways to give your holiday photos that extra sparkle.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Sep 14, 2022  |  0 comments

Deleted images do not “go away.” Formatting a memory card does not “erase” the images. Never sell or loan a memory card unless you’re willing to risk the potential of sharing every image, video and other file that’s ever been saved to it. The same applies to hard drives, SSDs and other recording media. Here’s why it happens, and how to protect yourself.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Sep 09, 2022  |  0 comments

Are you tired of hearing locals say, “Shoulda been here last week,” after driving to a likely destination to view and photograph autumn foliage? Improve your odds of finding the red and orange leaves you crave by downloading the most respected nationwide fall leaf map and one of the best fall resources in the country. 

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 08, 2022  |  0 comments

Whether your kiddos are heading off to college, high school or doggedly pursuing their doctoral thesis, help them document each semester as they develop into fine young men and women and define their lives. Here are three cameras that will serve them well, are quite affordable, and have enough features that they can continue using them for many years to come.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 24, 2022  |  0 comments

Making an avoidable mistake can cost you a great shot, your precious inner tranquility, and sometimes cold cash. Everyone blunders now and again; missteps are an integral part of the trial-and-error method of learning (which I have always maintained is the best way to learn photography at the deepest level). But there are a few goofs that I hope I’ve learned to steer clear of.

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