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Shutterbug

May 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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
AVTech Media Americas, Inc.
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IN THIS ISSUE

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happy birthday, ansel adams!

AS I WRITE THIS, the photography world is celebrating the 116th birthday of Ansel Adams, a passionate environmentalist and one of the most iconic image-makers of our time. To mark the occasion, our Web Editor Ron Leach wrote a brief look back at this photo master’s career on Shutterbug.com (see it here: http://bit.ly/2onAUx9), and it was easily one of the most popular stories of the month for us. What really struck me about the story was the reaction to it on social media. We received dozens of comments on our Facebook page (facebook.com/shutterbug), with readers noting what a major influence Adams has been on their lives. One commenter simply posted an image of a gray, wide-brimmed hat that resembled the classic Stetson Adams used to wear. Nicely done. But his sartorial choices…

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“the pano rocks!”

THE EXCLAMATORY HEADLINE was in an e-mail sent to me by Dr. Alan Sloyer when I asked him to forward the high-res file for this image, which he took in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on a family vacation in 2017. Dr. Sloyer’s enthusiasm for this panorama—and in fact the idea of panoramas—stems in general from the subject matter he chooses and specifically from the quality he’s capable of capturing. He sees on his monitor what I see on mine: incredible clarity and detail. How incredible? Well, I can see a bag of potting soil on the deck of the first boat on the right-hand side of the canal on the right side of the image. I know it’s potting soil because I can read “potgrond” on the side of the bag. And I can see that…

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my favorite things

SOME PHOTOGRAPHERS call it a personal project; others, a self-assignment. I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about whether there’s a difference, and if there is, what it might be. Besides, I have my own mash-up of it: the personal assignment. Actually, in my case, it’s not an “it,” it’s a “them.” I have several ongoing, long-term personal assignments, and they often overlap. Here they are: Seascapes (whenever I get a chance); bicycles (always great to find anywhere); expressive cloud formations (often with docks and piers); silhouettes (every opportunity I can find); graffiti (always colorful, fun to capture); and a new one: putting myself in the shot (whenever that works well). Like most photographers, I’ve assigned myself subjects that are favorites: things I love and those I want to explore. My personal…

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ask a pro

What is the latest regarding the problems with the Nikon D750? I bought one of the bad ones and am getting ready to send it back for the third time in hopes they can fix the fuzzy, black, thumb image at 6 o’clock that consumes about 40% of the bottom middle of my shots. This happens intermittently but frequently enough to have ruined both wedding and vacation shots. If I purchase a very recently manufactured D750 will I be OK? Thanks! By the way, I love your column and your well-written, easy-to-understand answers. BOB BURNS First, thanks for the kind words, Bob. I love writing this column in Shutterbug and answering questions like yours. Although we don’t list each reader’s occupation, I saw yours in your e-mail signature and am impressed. That…

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how autofocus works

WHEN, IN 1985, autofocus first made its appearance in a popular SLR, the Minolta Maxxum 7000, I figured it was a gimmick. Hey, I’m a Homo sapien, with an opposable thumb that allows me to focus a lens. To me, any battery-burning technology to take over this task was about as useful as a robot finger to punch the shutter. Leica had developed autofocus in the 1970s and apparently felt the same way. They reckoned that anyone who could afford one of their cameras knew how to turn the focus ring. So, they sold the technology to Minolta. Well, I’ve undergone an attitude adjustment. I use autofocus for maybe 70% of my shots, allowing me to shift more of my neural activity to composition. Sure, there are situations where manual focus is better,…

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the goods

STEADY SHOOTER Fujifilm has finally done it: the new X-H1 mirrorless camera is the company’s first to feature in-body image stabilization, which helps ensure sharper shots even when you’re using a non-image-stabilized lens. But that’s only part of the news about this X-series mirrorless camera: it also has a 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X-Processor Pro image processing engine, and adds a new Flicker Reduction mode, which is designed to give you more consistent image exposure under fluorescent and mercury lighting. Oh, and did we mention the Fujifilm X-H1 shoots DCI 4K, aka “true 4K,” at 4096x2160 pixels for cinema-level video, too? Well, it does, and boasts a pro-grade body that’s dust-, scratch-, and water-resistant and built to shoot in temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit. There’s also…

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