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Shutterbug Staff  |  Aug 18, 2017  |  0 comments

Here’s something to ponder this weekend: what will happen to photography in the future? To help celebrate World Photo Day – which is Saturday, August 19th, COOPH has weighed in with 10 predictions.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Oct 23, 2018  |  0 comments

We share a lot of photography tips videos by travel photographer Pierre T. Lambert but today’s tutorial is a bit different from the rest. First of all, it has a very provocative title: “Why Your Photo Suck – And Mine Too.”

Shutterbug Staff  |  Aug 21, 2018  |  0 comments

Photographer Pierre T. Lambert wants to debunk a photographic myth. No, you don’t need to shoot in manual mode to take better photos, he says. It’s actually a lot more important to hone your photographic vision and not get bogged down in stressing over technical skills you might or might NOT need.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Mar 29, 2018  |  0 comments

Throughout history, photographers (famous and not so) have described photography in their own words. This article isn’t about that—because that horse has been ridden so many times that the saddle sores have saddle sores. This is a request—an invocation if you will—for you to express how YOU define photography.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Apr 14, 2016  |  0 comments

Do your friends often tell you that your photographs are so good you should become a professional? Do you sometimes stare blankly at the pages of National Geographic and hear a voice inside your head that says, “I can do better than that!”? Do you post on Instagram more than 70 times a week? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, read on—and unleash the master picture-taker that’s lurking in your soul.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 31, 2015  |  0 comments

You have common sense enough to know that you need a spare battery, high capacity memory cards, USB card reader and, for sure, a subscription to Shutterbug, so we won’t restate the obvious. But there are a few other things you really should have to maximize the fun and function of your new camera.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Feb 01, 2019  |  0 comments

Here’s a helpful video for any photographer out there who suffers from GAS, aka “Gear Acquisition Syndrome.” In the below clip, photographer Michael Andrew, aka Michael the Maven, tries to answer that eternal question photographers face: how many lenses is too many?

Jason Schneider  |  Jan 20, 2016  |  0 comments

One of the most enduring and ubiquitous axioms in photography is that it’s the photographer behind the camera, not the camera itself that creates the image. Or, as one guy commenting on my recent article "My 10 Favorite Film Cameras" trenchantly put it, “In the end, the equipment you use doesn’t mean squat.”

Ron Leach  |  Nov 20, 2015  |  0 comments

Thanks to rapid and ongoing advances in digital imaging technology, our industry is so abuzz with exciting new photographic products—both hardware and software—that it’s difficult for photographers to keep up with the latest-and-greatest gear and without worrying that their photographic arsenal is about to become obsolete. In real terms, though, much of this technical innovation is incremental in nature; better low-light capability, faster processing, higher resolution, enhanced video capability and the like.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Sep 10, 2015  |  0 comments

This question has been bugging me since I first looked into the waist-level viewfinder of a Yashica D twin-lens reflex camera more years ago than I care to admit. I haven’t been more than three feet away from a camera since then, and clearly I am neither artist nor scientist. Explore a couple differing points-of-view with me and then please leave a comment and share your opinion.

Dan Havlik  |  Sep 29, 2015  |  0 comments

The camera market is in a constant state of flux these days thanks to a still volatile economy and the popularity of disruptive, non-traditional imaging forces including smartphone cameras, GoPros, drones and a host of other wirelessly connected, social sharing-focused digital doohickeys. So it was not a complete surprise when a rumor started making the rounds of the photo blogs recently that Samsung was planning to exit the camera business.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 06, 2016  |  First Published: May 05, 2016  |  1 comments

I’m way too polite and well-mannered to come right out and say that photographers lie, so instead I’ll repeat some of the things I’ve heard them say and translate their words into language we can all understand, i.e., the truth. For example, when my friend told me, “Very useful blog this week, Jon!” she really meant, “You couldn’t write your way out of a paper bag, you schlub, but I ran out of Nyquil and I had to get to sleep somehow…”

George Schaub  |  Dec 11, 2012  |  4 comments

When a photographer deals with the emotions generated by black-and-white prints, and the methodology of creating and defining those emotions and how they are generated, he or she begins to deal with developing a sense of the aesthetics of the monochrome image.

George Schaub  |  Dec 26, 2012  |  23 comments

While black and white digital photography is based on the conversion of a color (RGB) image to monochrome via software, those who remain adherents of film photography have an entirely different route to obtaining a black and white image.

George Schaub  |  Dec 16, 2012  |  4 comments

The reaction to a human face is inherently stronger than to any inanimate object or arrangement. The expression, body language, placement and lighting often overcome the processing and/or printing technique, or at the least dictate much of the approach.

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