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Shutterbug Staff  |  Jun 13, 2020  |  0 comments

Yes, there’s still time. Celebrate Father’s Day with a fun photography gift for less than $20. If Social Distancing keeps you from visiting Dad, have the gift shipped directly to his house for a special, cheerful surprise.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 22, 2018  |  0 comments

Looking for great holiday photo gifts that are affordable and sure to be appreciated? Here’s our lineup of sub-$50 swag.  From prints to printers, from pillows to penholders, we’ve prepared a panoply of photo presents you’ll be positively proud to proffer—or possess.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Apr 30, 2021  |  0 comments

The right accessory makes photography more fun. Some photographers pursue accessories that are keys to unlock new activities, like macro or time-lapse photography. Us? We love gadgets of all sorts and shapes, and we’ll never have too many. Thankfully, the goodies on this list are all budget friendly. And BTW, if you’re searching for a photo-related Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or May/June Grad gift, here are some cool ideas.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 15, 2018  |  0 comments

Well, the birds are queuing up in the backyard and you know what that means. Three calling birds, four French hens and two turtle doves—or is it four calling birds? They won’t stand still so it’s hard to count. And no one knows where in hell the partridge went. She was last seen talking to a couple turkeys who were all paranoid about some big feast that’s supposed to be happening soon. Anyway, you do know what this means, right? Time for our intrepid list of holiday photo gifts that cost less than $100.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 12, 2019  |  0 comments

There were so many three-legged accessory creatures at the last Photo Plus Expo in New York that for a moment I thought I was at a petting zoo in Chernobyl. Seriously—I dreamed I was surrounded by a herd of tripedal giraffes with skinny, hairless legs. The experience made me realize that for most photographers, choosing the right tripod is more difficult than searching for the right emoji on a smartphone while wearing mittens. Henceforth and therefore, here’s a non-zoological look at a trio of terrific tripods.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 05, 2019  |  0 comments

Three very different, very exciting camera bags—one shoulder, one photo backpack and one waist pack. Considering the variety of clever designs, abundance of high quality materials and outright affordability, there’s probably never been a better time to buy a camera bag. (Except maybe during that two-year period back in the middle of the Pleistocene epoch when cheap Diprotodon skin from Australia was flooding the market…)

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 09, 2020  |  0 comments

When it’s cold outside, our bodies know it. If you’re like me, the agony travels from your fingers to your toes and from your ears to your nose. In that order. Warm boots, hats and earmuffs are not obstacles to creativity, but how can you use a camera with gloves on? To find out, read on…

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 29, 2021  |  0 comments

Street photography is like chili recipes: every practitioner has their own flavor and style. One thing that all variations have in common, though, is the need for the right equipment to make it happen. Here are the five best cameras that can be used for nearly every street photography situation. And as an added bonus, an example of work from a young street shooter, Yuqi Wang, who has followed her own road.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Feb 05, 2021  |  0 comments

Traveling by car, camper, camel caravan or even backpacking it on foot – you need these five important accessories. (And if you’re just hanging around the house like I am, put these accessories on the must-have list right up there with the automatic wine bottle opener and TV remote.)

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jul 20, 2020  |  0 comments

People everywhere are discovering they have a talent for photography. Cellphone snaps can take them only so far, though. So they ask us to recommend a good beginner camera. Although the question is more complex than it seems, the good news is there are tons of outstanding cameras available at a wide range of prices and features from starter to stellar. Here are five first-class choices.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 28, 2019  |  0 comments

If you’re stumped picking out a holiday gift for the photographers in your life, you’ve come to the right place. They say one should only give gifts that they’d like to have themselves—and that’s a good compass. So buy two and keep one, no one will know. And your budget won’t explode either, because these gifts cost less than 30 bucks each.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Oct 19, 2020  |  0 comments

Ready to up your game with a premium DSLR but don't want to pay a premium price for a new camera? Here’s a look at 5 of our favorite used DSLRs offered by MPB, the global giant that deals exclusively in used camera gear. Why buy used? Better value, better gear, better photos.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Aug 07, 2020  |  0 comments

We love lenses, especially lenses we can buy at a loveable price. Here are five lenses that are high quality and inexpensive.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 15, 2021  |  0 comments

Each and every one of these best-in-class compact digital cameras delivers big camera performance in a small camera package. Light enough to carry with you every day, everywhere, these are high quality digital cameras that are perfect for travel, discreet street shooting and casual family snaps.

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.

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