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Shutterbug

3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Information and buying source for serious photographers. Each issue is filled with articles on photo equipment and techniques.

Product Description

Information and buying source for serious photographers. Each issue is filled with articles on photo equipment and techniques.

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  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: The Enthusiast Network
  • ASIN: B00007B1I4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • This magazine subscription is provided by Magazine Express, Inc.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good - but wait! November 11, 2008
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
If you see Shutterbug on a news stand you might think it is a typical photo mag for amateurs. The usual heavy emphasis on product reviews and how to articles. In fact the content is very much biased towards professionals. Lots of stuff beyond the interests and capabilities of the average non-pro photographer. e.g. If you want to submit stuff for their challenges they want prints.

However there is a lot of good in it for the rest of us. It is certainly educational.

For my money the best part is in the recommendations of web sites of top class photographers. A real source of inspiration.
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74 of 85 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheerleading reviews, mediocre articles August 14, 2007
Subscription Term Name:1 year
In many respects, Shutterbug is the mirror image of Popular Photography & Imaging. The strength of Popular Photography is its quantitative product reviews. Shutterbug does little if any measuring when they review a product. Further, I have never once seen a review in Shutterbug that was anything less than gushing. The writer will go on and on about the strength of the product and never compare it critically to other similar products on the market. I realize that magazines are reluctant to offend potential advertisers but some shred of integrity toward readers would be greatly appreciated.

The relative strength of Shutterbug is reflected in more general articles regarding photographic technique. This is the area that Popular Photography badly stumbles and this magazine definitely manages to perform at a higher level of competence. Unfortunately, these articles are still pretty basic and repetitive. Any decent entry level book on photography would contain 99% of the advice you'll ever find in Shutterbug. So while the articles are better than the reviews, it's hard to say that they alone make it worth the price of a subscription. In the final analysis, I can't recommend Shutterbug to eithe beginners or advanced photographers.

UPDATE: Shortly after posting this review, I flipped through an issue of Shutterbug at a local store. It looks like there has been a change in editorial policy as a product review took the tone of a true critique rather than being a puff piece as they so often did in the past. There still wasn't quite as much meat as I would have liked but this is definitely a step in the right direction for the magazine. Amazon does not allow reviewers to alter the number of starts given once a review is published or I would probably bump Shutterbug up a notch to 3 stars. It still is far from great, but I appreciate the fact that they've improved a bit.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shutterbug full of ads April 23, 2007
By Terry F
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
I recieved my first issue of Shutterbug after about 7 weeks from ordering it. I was disappointed in the mag. as almost all of it is ads, ads and more ads. As far as I'm concerned it should be given away for all the advertising they recieve in it. The articles they had in this issue were about very high end equipment that 99% of the readers would not be able to afford or use. Most of the ads do not even contain prices for the products, making them useless for shopping and comparing anyway. I did like the low price that amazon had for Shutterbug though, I would have really been mad if I had paid cover prices for it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good to look at while in a bookstore March 12, 2008
Subscription Term Name:1 year
This is a very basic photography magazine that is best read quickly in the store and put back into the rack.

The camera and lens reviews on the internet are superior and the magazine is bogged down with a ton of advertisements.

Conclusion: save your money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent magazine. September 6, 2013
By Jason
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
I have always subscribed to Popular Photography (still do) and enjoy the reading. Recently I wanted to try something different in addition to PopPhoto so I decided on Shutterbug. Like most magazines it has a lot more advertisements than I care to see but at the same time I really don't get bored reading it. It has a lot of stuff about the latest and greatest gear which is fine but I would like to see some of that scaled back and maybe have a few more technical technique and how-to articles. In all it is a decent reading magazine but if your looking for a lot of how-to stuff then this might not be the magazine for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars About the best there is in Photo magazines November 24, 2012
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
Unless you want to spend some heavy dough on photography magazines, this is the best of the crop for us with ordinary wallets. While there are always improvements possible for publications, this one is the most in-depth of American rags. The articles are detailed enough to give you virtually all of the information you need from the author, while not being so technically detailed you can use it to fall asleep at night. I've read this magazine for years, along with about three others, but really look forward to getting this one in the mail.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the magazine September 4, 2008
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I just received my first issue of Shutterbug. Despite the many pages of advertising (some of which is actually informative), I find that the magazine is full of helpful tips, supplemented by products that are relevant to the advice. I look forward to the other issues and if the quality of the magazine endures, so will my subscription to it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mostly reviews and ads, but otherwise a fair read February 13, 2009
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I have been subscribing to Shutterbug for a year and received my last issue recently. I will not be renewing it for a few reasons. I guess the main reason for my non-renewal is that this magazine is heavy into product reviews. My goal in reading a photography magazine is to get helpful tips with the equipment I already have. I am not interested in page after page after page of the latest/greatest equipment that I won't be buying for awhile if at all.

The second reason for not renewing my subscription is there are WAY too many ads in this magazine. I got tired of flipping past two pages, five pages, ten pages of advertising to find the next article. Much of this magazine reads like a yellow pages for camera shops.

Finally, I found that most of the articles simply did not apply to my enthusiasm for photography. For me, the articles were too tech-focussed. As mentioned earlier, I really was looking for articles on helpful tips and such.

I just started a subscription to PC Photo so we'll see how that goes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My husband loves this magazine
My husband loves this magazine and it's much more reasonably priced when you subscribe to it. The only thing I do not like is that when you subscribe, they usually send 2 months... Read more
Published 4 months ago by G. Little
2.0 out of 5 stars Sneaky with getting rid of back issues for new subscriptions !
Not a magazine for beginners like other reviews stated. There is a TON of advertising in this magazine. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rhonda
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough and informative
Each issue is thorough and informative on a variety of topics, like lighting, etc. I like it. And as an old darkroom guy, I find every issue adds to my digital and technical... Read more
Published 10 months ago by SFB
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
This is a good magazine but tends to have far too many ads and too few good articles. That said, I still like getting it in the mail and enjoy reading it.
Published 14 months ago by Jerry R. Hagan
1.0 out of 5 stars STILL HAVE NOT RECEIVED MY FIRST ISSUE AND ITS THE END OF JANUARY
I have yet to receive any issue or information on this magazine, will soon be contacting them directly, i think i have gave them enough leeway.
Published 17 months ago by mrkpg08
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much clutter
It has value and the articles are well written but all the advertisements distract from the content. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Graz
5.0 out of 5 stars textbooks
This was purchased for a class my daughter was taking at AI. This seems to be the place to get inexpensive textbooks online.
Published on February 14, 2012 by Angela F. Williams
1.0 out of 5 stars hack job!
What a terrible magazine! There are at least 1 2:1 ad:content ratio for one. If you really want to read ads there are programs you can download to your computer that will pay you... Read more
Published on December 28, 2011 by traser
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what we hoped
When I ordered this magazine, I wanted somethng that would help improve and give good tips for photography but it is primarily ads. Read more
Published on May 25, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MAGAZINE
A great magazine! One of the very best. Lots of articles of interest to most photographers. Quatity camera tests and good reviews on equiptment. Read more
Published on May 21, 2011 by Robert D. Williams
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