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Shutterbug January 2018

Shutterbug is the leading photo and imaging magazine for advanced amateur and professional photographers, and all who relate to their photography as a meaningful part of their lives. Inside every monthly issue you'll get lighting pointers, pro studio tips, test reports, equipment reviews... and much more! Written by photographers, for photographers, Shutterbug is dedicated to helping photographers enhance their creative potential.

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photography and painting

(© Dan Havlik)IT BUGS ME, TO NO END, when non-photography people will look at one of my photos and say something like: “Very nice. It looks like a painting.” While it’s meant to be a compliment it really makes me cringe. This is not a knock against “non-photography people,” as in folks who might not have a photography background and can’t, necessarily, speak insightfully about a photograph the way a trained photographer or student of photography might be able to.Saying a photo looks like a painting is not “wrong” in any way. It’s a completely valid thing to say and, in fact, some of my images have looked like paintings. But to me, that’s a failure on my part and I take it as an insult.Part of the reason I’m…

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full frame

THE BIG PICTUREYou don’t always need to wait for the perfect hour or the perfect light to capture an image. Sometimes you should just go for it. That’s what photographer Iswar Biswal did with this epic panorama, which was shot on the way to Denali National Park in Alaska. “At times, one doesn’t need to wait for the blue hour or golden hour to shoot the picture,” Biswal says. “This is shot middle of the day, standing from a viewpoint and hand-held.” It’s a three-shot pano captured with a Sony A6500 mirrorless camera and a Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens at 209mm, f/10, 1/500 second, ISO 320. He said the biggest challenge with photographing something as dramatically awesome as an Alaskan landscape is to isolate a single composition…

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shooting stars

THE NIGHT PROMISED PICTURES: there’d be a clear sky and the peak period of the annual Perseid meteor shower.There’d be a lot more, but photographer Christoph Stopka and his wife, Cathy, didn’t know when they set up the camera in their backyard that the sky show would far exceed their expectations.The Stopkas live in Westcliffe, Colorado, in a house 9,000 feet above sea level. Their view of the night sky is spectacular and unspoiled by light pollution because there is none; Westcliffe is a designated International Dark Sky Community. “People come from around the world to photograph the night sky over Westcliffe,” Stopka says. “There are no streetlights allowed here, and residents either don’t have outside lights or have covers over them to limit their visibility.”Stopka adds that area is…

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olympus veteran jay dickman shoots only with the om-d system

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING photographer Jay Dickman has been shooting only with Olympus equipment since 2003, converting to its Micro Four Thirds OM-D System when introduced in 2008.As a National Geographic photographer, Dickman’s career has included many diverse experiences, including three months living in a Stone Age village in Papua New Guinea and a week under the Arctic ice in a nuclear attack sub. He’s had more than 25 assignments for the National Geographic Society and, among his many credits, has taught at the Santa Fe Workshops, Maine Media Workshops, Photography at the Summit, and American Photo Mentor Series.Dickman is co-author of the best-selling book, Perfect Digital Photography, published by McGraw-Hill.“Olympus gave me its ‘road map’ for the future 15 years ago when I was originally approached about being a sponsored Olympus…

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shake it up

REGULAR READERS KNOW THAT I EMPHASIZE in these columns the idea of visualizing opportunities that will set your images apart from the rest. There is another aspect to that idea, and that’s setting your images apart from each other. In other words, adding variety to your photography by adding, and even combining, techniques.All my methods, techniques, and ideas ultimately have one purpose: to reach beyond the first-impression shot, the see-something-and-grab-a-photo moment.My 8-16mm zoom fisheye, at 8mm, provided a different way to picture familiar elements at the Bear Lake area of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. I wanted to give viewers a sense of place and a bit of a jolt. In Photoshop I gave the colorful, detailed circle a clean white background and a drop shadow.« I made this…

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life lessons

I WAS PRETTY SURE I WANTED TO TALK with Eric Ward when I saw his iPhone pictures at various sites around the Web. I was absolutely sure when I read, at one of those sites, his best photography secret: “Perspective. I’m 6’4” and I see the world differently than my 3 year-old. Change your perspective while shooting a scene and you’ll find a whole new scene to shoot.”I like it when photographers work their kids into their ideas and their photographs.Eric Ward’s son, Cole, at Fort Meigs, in Perrysburg, Ohio. For strongly backlit sunset silhouettes, Ward meters the brightest part of the image, underexposing the subject.Ward is not a photographer by profession—he’s a teacher, and has been for 22 years—but he’s a professional if you consider that he’s carried out…