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Staff  |  Oct 01, 2008  |  0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was "On the Beach," images made where the land meets the sea. Readers responded with images from around the world showing a sense of color and design that the areas inspired. Quality of light, form, and line and shadow all play their parts in these locales, and images showed the grand and macro, the simple and complex, and most of...

Staff  |  Jan 01, 2010  |  0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was Red Rock, and we were treated to wonderful images from all around the great American West. If you’ve traveled the many roads and trails through Red Rock Country you know what a photographic treasure it is; if you haven’t, plan a road trip soon! Readers sent in photographs from the Southwest and parts north that showed the amazing shapes...

Staff  |  Dec 01, 2008  |  0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was Sacred Spaces, places that inspire us to consider the less material and more spiritual side of life. Readers responded with many images of awe-inspiring landscapes with special meaning, places of worship, of pure light and color, and, in some cases, of places that have special meaning for the photographer. All this could go to prove that the divine can...

Staff  |  Nov 01, 2009  |  0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Soft Effects,” using various techniques to get an ethereal look that matches and enhances subject matter. While members of the f/64 club might wince at the thought, adding soft effects through filters (lens or computer) is part of a long-standing tradition among a certain romantic tradition of the craft. Readers sent in a wide variety of...

Staff  |  Nov 01, 2008  |  0 comments

To use an old phrase: “Far Out.” That was our reaction to this month’s Picture This! assignment, Special Effects. Readers sent us images made in camera and post-processed to change reality in unique and wonderful ways. While some readers shared their recipes some didn’t, which led us to some interesting discussions on how some of the images we received were created.

Staff  |  Mar 01, 2009  |  0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Trees,” and readers responded with an amazing variety of those marvelous life forms from all points of the globe. It’s clear that trees remain a fascinating subject for photographers in their form, the way they catch light, and in how they adapt to the often harsh and many times beautiful places in which they exist. The photographs...

Staff  |  Dec 01, 2009  |  0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Water Flow,” and we probably received as many, if not more, entries than any number we’ve had for any topic thus far. This makes it clear that all of us are entranced by the magic of water as it moves and changes, and that we know that the magic of photography is a perfect way to capture our fascination with it. The general technique...

Staff  |  Oct 01, 2009  |  0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment for this month was “Hey, Look at the Sky!” Readers sent in brilliant images from all around the world of sunset and dawn, of threatening storm clouds, and of fascinating configurations of clouds. In most cases the images included the ground as the anchor on which the sky was tied, and the interaction of reflections and color cast added to the amazing...

Staff  |  Mar 01, 2010  |  0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month asked readers to submit images made of objects that most likely would not be around next time they passed by. Readers sent in images of falling-down barns, commercial signs, and trucks quietly rusting away in fields. To paraphrase Walker Evans, photographers should shoot with history in mind, and with many of these objects the only evidence of their...

Staff  |  Aug 07, 2008  |  0 comments

PictureCode today released the Noise Ninja plug-in for Aperture 2.1, Apple's
photo editing and management software. The Noise Ninja plug-in allows Aperture
users to take advantage of powerful technology to remove noise and grain from
digital images without having to leave Aperture.

Noise Ninja is ideal for low-light or fast-action shooting situations --
including news, sports, wedding, and event coverage -- where high-ISO photography
is required and the resulting noise compromises the image. Using patent-pending
technology developed by a former professor of computer science, Noise Ninja's
powerful, best-of-breed technology yields an unmatched balance of noise suppression
and detail preservation, achieving natural-looking results with excellent avoidance
of artifacts.