Editor's Notes

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George Schaub  |  Oct 01, 2010  |  0 comments

Those who have labored long and hard to create a many-layered workflow may find a certain sense of exasperation when confronting the latest software that’s come and is coming down the pike. If it’s ease of use you are after, and a certain push-button path to myriad results, much of the new crop is just for you. Yes, you have to know where you’re going, but more and more that...

George Schaub  |  Sep 01, 2006  |  0 comments

We recently had another scare about black and white printing papers and supplies, what with the recent rumor that Ilford would be closing shop in the US and Canada. It was just that--a rumor, based on the fact that a consumer electronics distribution firm would now be handling the distribution of their fine line of papers. And, we have been assured that a knowledgeable tech...

George Schaub  |  May 01, 2008  |  0 comments

While we at the magazine tend to get caught up in the exciting news about new products and technology, we also keep our eye out for topics we believe are of interest to photographers today. You might call these guiding lights that we will follow in the months and years ahead. We feel we owe it to you to occasionally state those topics explicitly, so you know where we are coming...

Dan Havlik  |  Dec 09, 2014  |  0 comments
If you want to find a way to a photographer’s heart, it’s through their lenses. Yes, as much as photography might appear to be a camera-obsessed culture, it’s the optics that matter most. Visit our website, Shutterbug.com, and you’ll see this clearly. We cover a range of timely photography news on the site, everything from product announcements to photo book reviews and features on gallery shows, but whenever a new lens is unveiled or we do a review of some quality glass from Canon, Nikon, Tamron, Sigma, or other companies, our readers flock to it.
George Schaub  |  Nov 01, 2008  |  0 comments

As this issue goes to press we’re off to photokina in Cologne, Germany, for the one show that always rocks the photo world. Held every two years, photokina is where just about every manufacturer in the industry from around the world gathers to show their wares, and their future tech, so that’s where we’ll be. Shutterbug is sending a team of reporters to cover every aspect of the...

George Schaub  |  Apr 24, 2012  |  First Published: Mar 01, 2012  |  0 comments
While parts of the nation are blessed with warm or let’s say tolerable weather during these winter months there are many more areas in which we inhabitants spend the short days thinking about the springtime to come. For photographers who earn all or part of their keep with their camera some of the planning has to be preparing for what is hoped will be a busy season—the myriad social events that photographers are paid to document, including weddings, graduations and concomitant senior portraits, Easter and First Communions, and whatever social and familial events that come along. Granted, a good many jobs are already booked by now, but there are always late calls, cancellations, and rebookings.
George Schaub  |  Oct 01, 2004  |  0 comments

When I first started out in photography one of the foundations of the craft I set out to learn was lighting. So I went out to my local camera store and bought a set of metal reflectors with clamps, and, aided by the storekeeper, got me a pair of blue, daylight photoflood bulbs and a few rolls of color film. Those hot lights wilted...

George Schaub  |  Aug 01, 2006  |  0 comments

Whenever I need a visual shot in the arm I take my camera to somewhere I've never been, or switch lenses, or both. As this issue is weighted toward the exploration of optics, I'll focus here on the changing lenses part of the equation.

All of us have a favorite lens, the one that best expresses our vision, and that delivers the crisp images we...

George Schaub  |  Oct 01, 2008  |  0 comments

Those who spend most of their time working in natural light have come to appreciate the difficulties of making the best exposure reading, working the point of view, and maintaining tonal value and detail in the scene. One of the reasons for the increasing interest in HDR (so-called High Dynamic Range imaging) is that it seems to be a digital way to overcome the curse of the ancient...

George Schaub  |  Oct 09, 2012  |  First Published: Sep 01, 2012  |  0 comments
There have been profound changes in lighting gear options of late, and each adds newfound ways to make images. You can work using hot or cold continuous lights, with AC or battery-powered units, and even choose between LED and strobe sources. Some “new” light sources are coming into their own. For example, we have been covering LEDs for a while, and now we see how they are growing in their use in both the studio and on location.
George Schaub  |  Dec 13, 2011  |  First Published: Nov 01, 2011  |  0 comments
It’s hard to beat the beautiful quality of “natural” light. As I write this I am looking out my studio window at dusk, right when the rays of the setting sun backlight the magnolia leaves swaying in the wind, and there are thousands of facets of illumination that move together as one. Yet, photographers face the fact that light is not always so kind and gentle, and that subjects do not sway in the wind to add grace to the moment, and that there are some times when you have to make the shot when the light is just plain lousy, or the weather, setup, and subject make it an indoors occasion in small rooms lacking any kind of pleasing, or even ambient light worth shooting in.
George Schaub  |  Oct 08, 2013  |  First Published: Sep 01, 2013  |  0 comments
In this issue we dive deep into auxiliary lighting waters with reviews, roundups, and tips on everything from studio to location strobes to on-camera flash to flash modifiers, those items that shape and add subtlety to what might otherwise be nothing more than a large blast of light. As you’ll see, lighting solutions are quite varied, and our task is to provide an overview of some of the latest available products as well as tips on setups and using them, something our tests always emphasize.
George Schaub  |  Oct 01, 2009  |  0 comments

I tend to separate light into two distinct areas—that supplied by the one true light source, the sun, and the other by the inventiveness and ingenuity of people, namely flash, a controlled explosion, and continuous, usually some form of filament, spark, and vapor, or controlled burn. My tendency is to seek out natural or ambient light whenever I can, mainly because I like the hunt and the...

Dan Havlik  |  Jun 05, 2015  |  0 comments
For many people, travel photographer must sound like a dream job. Get hired by a fancy magazine (National Geographic?) to go shoot in an exotic locale; spend your days photographing beautiful beaches and idyllic sunsets in paradise and your nights wining and dining with the locals; see your photos printed in gorgeous two-page spreads that will be seen by millions of people around the world; collect your paycheck and do it all over again.
Dan Havlik  |  Nov 07, 2014  |  0 comments
“Location is everything,” the old real estate maxim goes, and I think I’ve landed in a pretty good spot. If you’re a longtime Shutterbug reader, you just might be saying to yourself now: “Who the heck is this guy and what’s he doing here?” The short answer, in case you missed last month’s Editor’s Notes, is that George Schaub stepped down as Shutterbug’s editor and I’ve taken over for him. I’ve known George for most of the time I’ve worked in the photography magazine industry, which is going on 16 years, and he’s always been someone I’ve admired.