December 2012 Insight

by Jacqueline Tobin

Matt Andrews

December 04, 2012

I love this time of year, when every town and city looks like they are lit from within as holiday lights are strung up and glowing. The buzz in the air is electric as people rush around to finish shopping and attend holiday parties. What better time for a Year-End Review issue, something both fun and informative, but not too time-consuming. We turned to you, our loyal readership, for input on various 2012 wrap-ups and were delighted that so many of you were willing to help out! Responses include your Top 10s in Wedding Details to Shoot, Top Photo Accessories and Gifts, Top Wedding Photo Blogs, and much, much moreyou all had really great answers! And for visual inspiration, check out the photos from the “Most-Sought-After Wedding Photographers of 2012,” as chosen by top magazine and blog editors. Our own staff had great fun choosing the best images from the pages of Rangefinder 2012, while “Photo Finish” columnist David Carol chimed in with his own favorite photo things. To get you in the holiday spirit, we present “Hip Holiday Cards”, a selection of mailers by some very cool wedding and portrait photographers. And if you’re looking for that perfect photo gift, may we suggest you read our annual “Book Roundup” by Andre K. Crump. Also check out Ken Sklute’s stunning personal project on the Amish, Adam Jahiel’s gorgeous cowboy images and our “Take Your Best Shot Gallery of Winners.” It’s a visual feast! This issue is also bittersweet as we bid adieu to the amazing Bill Hurter, who has retired his editorial reins and will most likely spend time writing more photo books, relaxing at home and catching up with old pals, many of whom graciously shared their “Bill” stories with us. It’s a must-read. 

On the Cover

Photographer: Matt Andrews
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: 10.5mm
Exposure: 1/4000 sec at f/2.8
Subject: Doves
Location: A farm in Eastern Ireland
Comments: “This was photographed on a farm in Co. Meath, Ireland, near the World Heritage Site Brú na Bóinne. The doves were skittish but I got a dozen or so versions of this shot. I loved the way they filled the frame and the way the sun lit up their feathers.”


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