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Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 07, 2015  |  0 comments

I saw you in the high school gym last night, clicking away with your DSLR and long telephoto zoom. You weren’t obnoxious like the lady behind you who kept firing her point-and-shoot—with flash—from fifty feet away, or the couple who held their cell phones high above their heads (they were either shooting video, playing 3D Candy Crush or signaling their alien Mother Ship, I couldn’t tell which). But I felt sorry for you, because I could tell that your photos would turn out crappy. 

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 14, 2015  |  0 comments

Last week we listed seven ways to improve picture taking at indoor school events. This week the focus shifts to outdoor school activities. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from applying these tips to other situations—family reunions, company picnics, county fairs—almost anything outside that’s fun, loud and involves people. 

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 31, 2018  |  1 comments

A friend showed me a Father’s Day gift list published by venerable Vogue and on it was a pair of socks from Thom Browne for $150. Not to be a lowbrow, but I would think that for $75 a foot they could at least learn how to spell colors. If I put $150 socks on my feet I’m afraid that my other extremities would be jealous. Imagine what I’d have to pay for a hat, gloves and a jockstrap.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 02, 2020  |  0 comments

A certifiable ton of camera bags crossed our workbench in 2019. Here’s a look at our 7 favorites.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 04, 2015  |  0 comments

Dads and tools go together like crooked public servants and greasy bags of banknotes. Photographers tend to tote tools, too. Put it all together (minus the politician) and we just might have the perfect Father’s Day gift suggestion. And it comes from SOG, a company with a rich and venerated heritage.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Aug 10, 2017  |  0 comments

Here are seven film shooting skills that make you a better digital photographer. And I’ll bet my last roll of Tri-X that they work.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 03, 2015  |  0 comments

There is something about mistletoe and holly that makes my heart scream out: “It’s time for some more cool photo gear.” The mere thought of reindeer hooves on the rooftop gives me the urge to clean out my gadget bag collection and make room for something new. If you suffer from the same seasonal malady—or if there’s a photographer in your life who deserves more than a re-gifted lump of coal—here’s a list of camera stuff that every picture-taker will enjoy receiving as a holiday gift.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 10, 2018  |  0 comments

Mom’s Day is Sunday the 13th and Dad’s is next month. In this era of extended multilayer family structures, gifting all of the parental figures in your life could run into some serious cabbage, so here’s a rundown on some useful and thoughtful items that won’t drain the ATM. And if Mother’s Day slipped your mind—there’s still time to give something more meaningful than a Whitman Sampler from the 24-hour drug store.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 08, 2017  |  0 comments

I hadn’t planned to write a “Dads and grads guide for gifting” this year, but then I heard a radio commercial suggesting a DNA analysis kit for Father’s Day. You may have heard it, too—handy little $99 spit-testing thing that tells your dad where he got his genetics and such.

Now, back where I grew up, using the phrases “DNA test” and “Father” in the same sentence was not an event to be celebrated. So I decided that the onus is on Shutterbug to offer some gift ideas that don’t involve chromosomes. Here are seven that have clean genes but crazy names.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 25, 2017  |  0 comments

Read this and you’ll never again say, “Seen one parade, you’ve seen them all.”

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 26, 2018  |  0 comments

All are limited time offers, so buy now or cry later. We found savings on Lensbaby, Sigma, Tamron, Fujifilm X-A3 and a few more.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 18, 2020  |  0 comments

Looking for photo gifts that are a little different for the photographers in your life? Start here with our list of the 7 greatest new and/or unique photo gifts in the universe. If you are into digital photography or cameras of any sort yourself, odds are you’ll find something on this list of photo gifts that you’ll want to call your own. We did.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 23, 2016  |  0 comments

No time to conjure up a resolution for 2017? No problem! Here’s a seven-pack of readymade resolutions you can relate to, even if you’re already perfect in every way.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 16, 2018  |  0 comments

Even people who are passionate about photography often make common mistakes that prevent them from reaching their maximum potential. No one is immune. To advance to the next level of proficiency, overcome the tendency to fall victim to these common goofs.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 21, 2021  |  2 comments

Ranging in price from $5 to $75, these unique and special photo-related products make wonderful, thoughtful gifts for a graduating senior who digs photography. Holiday Alert: Father’s Day is June 20.

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