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Ron Leach  |  Nov 21, 2017  |  0 comments

It’s amazing how an urban landscape that appears uninspiring during the day can transform into a magical scene when photographed at night. In the tutorial below, you learn how to give nighttime cityscape images even greater impact by adding a simple and interesting effect in Lightroom.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 20, 2017  |  0 comments

Those of you who are regulars to this page know we frequently post tutorials and other content from our favorite photo-related YouTube channels, one of which features shooting tips from acclaimed landscape photographer Thomas Heaton. In the video below, Heaton switches things up, and reveals the YouTube channels he watches regularly. And coming from him, that’s a pretty good recommendation.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 20, 2017  |  0 comments

One of the best ways to become a better photographer is by listening to a top pro explaining the secrets to his success. In the video below, German adventurer and landscape photographer Benjamin Jaworskyj reveals what he says are three key aspects to improving your skills and gaining recognition for your work. 

Ron Leach  |  Nov 20, 2017  |  0 comments

Image-editing expert Nathaniel Dodson periodically releases a tutorial revealing his favorite Photoshop and Lightroom tips, tricks, and hacks, and those you see below are designed to clean up your workflow, streamline your editing, and help you create better images than ever before.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Nov 20, 2017  |  0 comments

Shutterbug reader Kathleen Finnerty confesses that she “loves the drama of incoming summer storm clouds, especially over bodies of water,” so we can imagine her excitement when she spotted this scene on the horizon. 

Dan Havlik  |  Nov 17, 2017  |  0 comments

Photographer Manny Ortiz and his pretty model wife Diana are our one of our favorite couples on YouTube for helpful photography tips videos. This week they take a slightly different approach in discussing a potentially touchy subject: what do you do when your partner is uncomfortable with you photographing someone of the opposite sex?

Ron Leach  |  Nov 17, 2017  |  1 comments

Tim Newton is a professional wildlife and landscape photographer, and a life-long Alaskan. Like many of his ilk, he usually has to do some serious trekking to capture the grandeur and beauty of his home state.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 17, 2017  |  0 comments

If you’re like most Shutterbug readers, with a full arsenal of lenses, you know that every lens performs differently in terms of color rendition, sharpness, depth-of-field, bokeh, and contrast. In the video below, you’ll see how one pro determines the “sweet spot” of every lens he owns.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 17, 2017  |  0 comments

Shooting evocative portraits in the field requires special skills, especially when photographing indigenous peoples in faraway locations. In this interesting tutorial, you’ll learn why one pro says the key to travel portraiture is “knowing where your subject’s eyes should be looking.”

Shutterbug Staff  |  Nov 17, 2017  |  0 comments

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That was the motto of fine art landscape photographer Michael Ryan while trying to capture this scene at Salt Point State Park in Sonoma County, California. 

Ron Leach  |  Nov 16, 2017  |  0 comments

The autofocus systems in today’s advanced digital cameras are truly wonders of modern engineering, with greater speed and precision than ever before. In fact, some photographers aren’t completely aware of everything the AF system in their DSLR can do.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 16, 2017  |  0 comments

Do you fully understand the difference between the Saturation and Vibrance tools that are common to most image-editing programs? Many photographers use both when processing images, and while they are quite similar, there are also important differences.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 16, 2017  |  0 comments

We often post creative photo hacks with fun ways to capture eye-catching images using cheap, easy-to-find items. The five tricks you see in this quick tutorial are different from others we’ve posted, and while you may have to spend a few bucks on supplies, the effects are really cool.

The Editors  |  Nov 16, 2017  |  0 comments

Despite all the advancements in imaging—including the advent of color and the now dominance of digital—there’s something about classic black-and-white photography that will never go out of style. That’s not to say that just because a photo has been shot or converted to monochrome it’s guaranteed to be a great photo. The choice to go black and white must have some meaningful relationship to the subject matter or scene to be effective. For this assignment, we asked readers to submit their best black-and-white photos that use the dramatic impact of monochrome in a powerful way. Our six favorite images here certainly show just that.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 15, 2017  |  0 comments

Astrophotography is a unique specialty that often results in truly spectacular images. And if you want to capture dazzling star trail photos, often considered the holy grail of nighttime photography, check out the video below.

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