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Ron Leach  |  Mar 06, 2018  |  0 comments

There’s a lot of interest in boudoir photography these days, and a recent tutorial on the subject was our most popular story over the past several months. Therefore, we decided to feature the video below, with a very basic technique for shooting boudoir photos, using simple gear and available light.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 01, 2018  |  0 comments

One way to increase the quality of photos taken in a home studio is to use some form of supplemental light to brighten the scene, increase depth of field, and avoid noise and other artifacts that tend to occur when shooting in low light with wide apertures and high ISO settings.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 28, 2018  |  0 comments

The eye-opening video below is the latest in a series of tutorials by a British pro, demonstrating how to recognize good light and use it to create dynamic imagery. In this episode, photographer Sean Tucker explains how to use reflected light when shooting on the street.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 27, 2018  |  0 comments

Most photographers would love to upgrade their camera every time an innovative new model with enhanced capabilities is introduced. But let’s face it: The “latest and greatest” gear seems to come around every year or two, and many of us can’t afford to break the bank whenever that happens.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 26, 2018  |  0 comments

There are two important facts about flash photography that everyone should understand: The first is that a simple external flash mounted atop a camera (or used remotely for even better results), can make a huge difference in photographs when shooting indoors or out. Number two is that the use of an accessory flash is much easier than most photographers think.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 22, 2018  |  0 comments

If you shy away from shooting people pictures because you think low light portraiture requires a boatload of expensive lighting gear, think again. The video below corrects that common misconception, by demonstrating how to achieve stunning results using simple and affordable off-camera flash.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 21, 2018  |  0 comments

If you’re stuck in a rut and need a few fresh ideas, this quick tutorial is for you. In just four minutes you’ll see how to make a big splash with your images by shooting creative photographs of water.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 16, 2018  |  0 comments

Just about all cameras used for serious photography, and even many point-and-shoot models, enable users to choose how light in a scene is measured. The video below will help you understand the options available, and when one works better than the others.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 15, 2018  |  0 comments

Unless you’re a professional portrait photographer with a well-equipped studio, the best way to make pleasing people pictures is to keep things simple and either shoot outdoors under good light, or use a basic indoor setup at home. In this tutorial, you’ll see how to do the latter with a technique that delivers dramatic results.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 31, 2018  |  0 comments

We regularly share tutorials from Canadian photographer Irene Rudnyk, who has a unique ability to make pro-quality portraits at home without a lot of complicated and expensive lighting equipment. In the video below she’s at it again, demonstrating how to capture captivating people pictures using nothing more than table lamps and window light.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jan 31, 2018  |  0 comments

Photographer Gary Daniels captured this epic image during this year’s July 4th celebrations in Addison, Texas. The plane is a World War II-era B-25H Mitchell bomber from the Cavanaugh Flight Museum, which was taxiing on the runway just as fireworks were going off behind it. 

Ron Leach  |  Jan 30, 2018  |  0 comments

Professional photographer Peter McKinnon admits it: He’s always been intimidated by shooting after dark, explaining that “The rules are completely different at night, and it’s a whole different ballgame.” Thus, until recently, McKinnon’s photography always ground to a halt after the sun dropped below the horizon.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 19, 2018  |  0 comments

If you want to make photographs with impact, it’s important that they tell a story, and “speak” to the viewer. No matter how beautiful an image appears, if it doesn’t provoke an emotional response, you haven’t quite finished the job.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 18, 2018  |  0 comments

Whether your passion is nature photography, portraiture, macro, or shooting sports, it’s likely you’ve devoted considerable processing time to color correcting your images. If you want to keep image editing to a minimum, watch this tutorial and learn how to achieve perfect white balance in the camera.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 11, 2018  |  0 comments

One of the most powerful yet frequently overlooked menu options in even the most basic digital camera enables photographers to select a white balance setting that matches the color temperature of the scene being photographed.

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