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Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 25, 2020  |  0 comments

I ordered a circular polarizing filter in 67mm size from Amazon. The price was $7.99. Two days later I was outside shooting through the new CP filter in all of the traditional polarizer situations. The last previous time I bought a polarizer it cost more than $50. So what did I discover? Was this deal a Bargain or Bagel? 

This story includes a concise but clear explanation of how polarizers work.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 18, 2020  |  0 comments

One of my overall, long-time favorite camera bags has been out of production for many years. It can still be found on eBay, usually for around $30 in excellent condition. With so many outstanding modern bags available today, why waste this ink on a camera bag that was discontinued more than 15 years ago?

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 11, 2020  |  0 comments

Portraits, close-ups and numerous other creative compositions—the Lensbaby Velvet 85 does it all. Here’s a thorough review and several examples shot with this exciting lens.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 04, 2020  |  0 comments

Making a lens sharp and acceptably free of aberrations is hard. Very hard. Making a lens that can be both tack-sharp and intentionally soft, pleasantly unsharp and able to exploit the native beauty of certain optical aberrations is even harder. Then there’s Lensbaby.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 03, 2020  |  0 comments

DxO just released their third major upgrade to the popular Nik plug-ins for Photoshop. Here’s what’s new in Nik Collection 3.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 28, 2020  |  0 comments

Everything you need to vlog, all neatly packaged and ready to go from Canon, Nikon and Sony. Just add a topic, a narrator and a smile. Contrary to popular belief, YouTube does not require the inclusion of cats, dogs or people falling off bicycles.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 21, 2020  |  0 comments

This is about a store in Japan that sells unique camera accessories, distinctive modification components and other photo related items that some Shutterbug readers dream about.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 16, 2020  |  0 comments

This one is tough. Anyone who gets 18 out of 20 correct is a genuine expert

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 14, 2020  |  0 comments

You need a Table Top Tripod to hold your GoPro, Litra Torch, Rode microphone, flash unit, Lume Cube, cellphone, slave strobe, cue cards, etc., etc., and—oh yes—your camera. Whether you’re a vlogger, photographer, Zoom-connected work-from-home-employee (Hommuter) or just somebody who likes to take pictures of their food, you need one of these guys. Maybe two. So here are five good choices to consider.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 07, 2020  |  0 comments

Wet happens. Having photography without protection in unstable climates is more than risky—it’s an invitation to calamity. Practicing unprotected video may seem like a safer alternative, but that’s a myth. Why take chances with something as precious as your camera? Here’s a look at five products you should have on hand when life deals up an unexpected cloudburst.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Apr 30, 2020  |  0 comments

If you are looking for an absorbing creative project to enjoy during this temporary virus lockdown, look here first. Wacom’s Intuos Pro graphic tablets are extremely powerful—but still easy to learn—and more affordable than you may think.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Apr 23, 2020  |  0 comments

It’s widely known that a lack of photography in your diet can cause untold miseries. Symptoms include excessive cat photos, too many fresh-from-shower selfies and in some extreme cases, TikTok videos that practically beg for body shaming. Being housebound and isolated from photo ops can break any man or woman down. But don’t despair! Shutterbug has the prescription to relieve your aches and pains.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Apr 16, 2020  |  1 comments

Like you, I’m looking for sensible indoor activities during this temporary quarantine. I’ve tried a few. Juggling was fun but there are still stains on the ceiling and glass particles in the carpet. So I told my family that instead of throwing things up in the air and dropping them I’d buy a ukulele and learn to play it. They said they’d support my musical inclinations, but of course, they’d miss having me around, too. Ultimately I turned to my very most favorite pastime. And after that short nap, I thought about photography.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Apr 09, 2020  |  0 comments

File this one under “Having fun with photos while temporarily housebound.” reStickity prints your images on durable peel & stick adhesive material that can safely be attached, removed and then reattached to virtually any surface without damaging the wallboard, refrigerator door, corkboard or plaster (etc.) you attach it to. Put an end to crummy tape scum forever.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Apr 02, 2020  |  0 comments

If you’re interested in matching two or more pieces of your camera luggage, or even if you’re not, Think Tank’s Retrospective line, version 2.0, includes seven (7) separate pieces, including a 15 Liter photo backpack and a set of shoulder bags in sizes for everyone.

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