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Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 17, 2020  |  0 comments

Leica just unveiled a new M-series camera, the M10 Monochrom black-and-white-only digital rangefinder. It has an all-new 40.89-megapixel sensor (7864 x 5200 pixels when shooting DNG files) and the same ultra-quiet shutter that’s in the M10-P. Shutterbug was permitted an early hands-on, sneak preview of the new Leica M10 Monochrom. Here’s what we saw.

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 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  |  Dec 26, 2019  |  0 comments

Yup, that’s right. Our friend Where’s The Flash (WTF) peers into his alleged crystal ball and answers all of your questions about life, photography and anything made with tomato sauce. If he doesn’t know the answer, he’ll be proud to lie to you.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 19, 2019  |  0 comments

We’ve all covered the front of a lens with sandwich wrap or a nylon stocking and created a DIY special effects filter at one time or another. Maybe you’ve even smeared an old UV or Skylight with Vaseline or crayon wax to produce creative distortion. Cool, no? Well, those are NOTHING compared to the incredible optical tricks you can do with the new Omni Creative Filter System from Lensbaby.

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  |  Nov 14, 2019  |  0 comments

In this two-part story we first looked at the conversion of a digital camera to shoot color IR photos. Link to that story is here. Here in Part 2 we go out into the field with my converted Fujifilm X-Pro1 and explore everything you need to know to get great results when shooting and processing infrared images.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 06, 2019  |  0 comments

Leica just announced the SL2, a 47.3-megapixel mirrorless full-frame system camera, which is the successor model to the esteemed Leica SL (reviewed here), and Shutterbug was invited to take a preproduction model for an early spin. Let’s take a look at the Leica SL2's long list of new features before we recap some of our thoughts and impressions about this new Leica model in this first look review.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Oct 31, 2019  |  0 comments

Shooting incredible color infrared (IR) photos is fascinating and surprisingly easy if you use the right tools and techniques. In this two-part story we first look at the conversion of a DSLR to shoot IR photos, and then later in Part 2 we explore everything you need to know to get great infrared imaging results (setting White Balance, Channel Swapping and post-processing techniques). Ready for some mind-blowing colors? Read on…

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Oct 24, 2019  |  0 comments

From Italy, the UK and good old New Jersey USA, here is a trio of camera straps that should be on your radar.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Oct 17, 2019  |  0 comments

Guaranteed, you will be amazed how quickly and easily you can colorize old black and white snapshots, add life to classic public domain images, convert color infrared images into amazing works of art and more – automatically – with Photoshop Elements 2020. Here are step-by-step directions plus several examples to…

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Oct 10, 2019  |  0 comments

Pssst! Got two minutes? Calibrate your monitor with the new Datacolor SpyderX Elite so that you’re not looking at your image gallery through a dirty screen door.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Oct 03, 2019  |  0 comments

Adobe just released Photoshop Elements 2020, the most powerful derivative of Photoshop to date. Available for $99 (or bundled with also-new Adobe Premier Elements for $149 retail) the latest version features automation powered by Adobe Sensei, their amazingly potent AI engine, and three access levels to suit Beginners, Intermediate Users and Experts. If you haven’t seen Elements recently (and I suspect many of you fall into that category) you will be surprised by the range and capabilities of this inexpensive photo editor. What follows here is my recap.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Sep 30, 2019  |  0 comments

It’s an annual event that never fails to please. Across most of the country, the leaves on deciduous trees do their fire dance, wither and fade, and then finally surrender to the sway of the autumn wind. It’s a great time to be a photographer, but capturing the fall color explosion at its peak can be frustratingly difficult. Right? So do what we do—take a look at this interactive leaf color predictor.

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