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Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 28, 2023  |  0 comments

Whether your strategy to beat this summer's heat involves the beach, the municipal pool or the backyard sprinkler, you can capture the fun with a waterproof, all-weather camera. Bonus— they're not just for summer. They also stand up to spring showers, wintry blizzards and the grubby hands of children.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 21, 2023  |  0 comments

Many photographers routinely create images that are good technically and in every other way, but are still about average. In many instances, you can transform your photography skills from typical to exceptional with the right accessory. Besides that, here at Shutterbug we really love photo accessories. Who doesn't? Here are a half-dozen that we especially like.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 14, 2023  |  0 comments

Nurturing neophyte film photographers and movie makers, supplying photo schools with film cameras, and helping photographers of all levels learn how to use legacy film cameras, Michael Raso and the Film Photography Project volunteers have engaged with tens of thousands of film users around the world via a monthly podcast, by answering emailed questions and by conducting workshops. If you're into film of any size, shape or format, visit the FPP website and tune in to a podcast.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 07, 2023  |  0 comments

Improving your snapshots or transitioning from a smartphone to a digital camera is easy if you follow these tips.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 30, 2023  |  0 comments

Edit directly on the image with this exciting and very affordable ($399) creative graphics tablet from industry giant Wacom. Frankly, using it was about the most fun I've had since I discovered Photoshop 2.0 in 1991.

If you're into editing digital images, producing digital art, or any other activity related to graphics, you've heard of Wacom. They have been providing imaging professionals with outstanding products for nearly 40 years. If you don't already know about the Wacom One interactive tablet, read on.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 23, 2023  |  0 comments

Exactly what is a Platypod Handle? It's a grip for vloggers. It's a tripod tool: a camera riser. It's a versatile attachment point for lighting paraphernalia, microphones, monitoring gear and other accessories. It pairs perfectly with any Platypod tripod alternative and the Platypod Grip ballhead. It's the brainchild of highly respected NJ physician and brilliant inventor, Dr. Larry Tiefenbrunn, CEO at Platypod Pro LLC.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 20, 2023  |  0 comments

3 Legged Thing (3LT) just announced Freya, an L-bracket designed to fit the popular Fujifilm X-T5 specifically, and Shutterbug received a sample to evaluate several weeks before launch date. Here's our rundown.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 16, 2023  |  0 comments

Tamron just introduced the 11-20mm f/2.8 Di III-A RXD fast-aperture, ultra-wideangle zoom lens for the Fujifilm X-Mount, and Shutterbug was able to take it for an extended spin. Although it covers more than 105° at the 11mm focal length, it features close-focusing down to 5.9 inches, prompting us to propose that it enables a wholly new type of photographic composition: Ultra-Wide Closeup.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 09, 2023  |  0 comments

How do you photograph summer? Ecstatically of course! Here's a large collection of tips that are sure to make your summertime photography more enjoyable and more successful.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 04, 2023  |  0 comments

Addressing a very real but virtually ignored need felt by female photographers, Shimoda Designs is offering five of their most popular and requested pack sizes outfitted with a new women-specific harness and an exclusive teal colorway. The Shimoda Women's Collection consists of female-friendly designs based on the Shimoda Explorer V2 and Shimoda Action X V2 models.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 02, 2023  |  0 comments

Looking for a versatile, expandable backpack for photo, video, and drone gear? One that’s comfortable to wear, affordable, and keeps your equipment intelligently organized? Check out the new OneMo 2 camera/drone backpack from PGYTECH.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 26, 2023  |  0 comments

Adobe just added several exciting new features to the beta version of Photoshop. The most significant is Firefly-powered Generative Fill, the ability to select any item in an image and replace it with a different object based on the prompt you type into a dialog box.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 19, 2023  |  0 comments

Using a hard shell case to protect sensitive camera gear has its advantages—until you try to carry it for a few miles over rough terrain. So professional photographer Laurens Parsons, founder of RucPac, invented the Hardcase Strap system that effectively turns your hard-sided case into a backpack. This is just one of the many useful and innovative products in the RucPac photo accessory stable.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 16, 2023  |  0 comments

Peak Design just announced the presale Kickstarter launch of the Micro Clutch, a minimalist hand strap specially designed for today’s mirrorless cameras. Shutterbug had the chance to use a sample for a few weeks and it looks like PD has hit Pay Dirt once again.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 12, 2023  |  0 comments

Beware of knockoff and counterfeit Peak Design Anchor Links. Knockoffs look remarkably similar but lack the PD brand name. Counterfeits are manufactured to look just like the genuine article and are presented by unscrupulous retailers as authentic—even though they’re fakes. In either case, when you try to save a couple bucks and end up with an imitation, you’re risking the safety of your camera.

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