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Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 22, 2016  |  0 comments

Winter Storm Jonas is bearing down on our nation’s capitol and threatening to bury DC, Philly and maybe even New York City in snow this weekend. In fact, if you live anywhere east of Oklahoma, you’re probably charging batteries, restocking the liquor cabinet and laying in a good supply of unhealthy snacks that you can justify eating only during a weather emergency. But how do you plan to protect your camera when you venture out to capture the storm? Here are a few options. 

Josh Miller  |  May 27, 2016  |  0 comments

While nothing beats practice and time spent in the field waiting for perfect light, there are a few essential tools that should be found in every landscape photographer’s bag. These photo accessories might not be as exciting as that new camera we all dream of, but they will help you take your photography to the next level much quicker than upping your megapixel count.

The Editors  |  May 01, 2003  |  0 comments

Adding a filter or two to your camera bag is a quick and relatively inexpensive way to improve your photos

How can you tell if you need filters? Take this quick test: Do you take photographs? If the answer is yes, you very likely need some filters to get the best possible images. Here are some that can really improve many of your future photos.

 

The Editors  |  Aug 01, 2003  |  1 comments

Sun & Games Fun with the sun...and more

1. Sun Stars
Your wide-angle lens at its smallest aperture can turn the sun into a star in your photos—fitting, since the sun actually is a star. The effect occurs because the tiny aperture diffracts the incoming light rays a lot. This diffraction causes the star effect. You can include the sun as a compositional. Photo by...

Ron Leach  |  Jan 02, 2018  |  0 comments

Creativity is an elusive gift: Sometimes it’s there, other times it’s not. And sooner or later, even the best photographers find themselves adrift in the doldrums and can’t think of anything interesting to shoot. To prepare for the next time the winds of creativity stop blowing, watch the video below from one of the world’s most prolific and notable photographers.

Dan Havlik  |  Oct 08, 2018  |  0 comments

It almost goes without saying: one of the most critical things in landscape photography is image sharpness. In fact, go on any web gallery or Internet forum where landscape photographers share their images and you’ll see endless debates about whether an image is sharp enough.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Jun 25, 2015  |  0 comments

Capturing the fleeting moments of a wave's journey to dissipation, award-winning photographer Ray Collins feels much more at home in saltwater with his camera than on land. Photographing the relationship between water and light is what inspires him.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 13, 2017  |  0 comments

We’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: Nighttime is the right time for capturing unique images. In the four-minute video below, you’ll take a photo walk after dark with Polish-born photographer Marcin Lewandowski, and pick up some inspiration along the way.

Ron Leach  |  Sep 06, 2018  |  0 comments

Most photographers prefer to get a great shot in the camera, rather than spend a lot of time making post-processing adjustments. In this two-minute tutorial, you’ll learn how the simple polarizing filter can help you do just that.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Apr 20, 2018  |  0 comments

Perched on a cliff in Pescadero, California, about 50 miles south of San Francisco, sits the Pigeon Point Lighthouse, one of the tallest lighthouses in the US. For Shutterbug reader Erick Castellón, who has been looking to improve his astrophotography skills this year, the lighthouse also represented a tall challenge.

Lynne Eodice  |  Mar 01, 2004  |  0 comments

All Photos by Abe Ordover

 

Abe Ordover is a nature photographer who combines his camera work with Adobe Photoshop to create images that are uniquely his own; photographs that reveal to the viewer what Ordover felt when he shot the scene.
He's traveled worldwide to...

Ron Leach  |  Dec 12, 2016  |  0 comments

Marcus McAdam is a professional landscape photographer from one of the world’s most picturesque locations—Scotland’s Isle of Skye, which offers everything from mountainous terrain and intimate fishing villages to medieval castles. The helpful 6-minute video below is the third in a series by McAdam that will definitely make you a better landscape photographer.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 06, 2016  |  0 comments

Paul Zizka is an award-winning landscape/adventure photographer with a passion for places few dare to tread. He recently camped on the frigid icecap in Greenland to make spectacular images of the Northern Lights.

Barry Tanenbaum  |  Feb 02, 2016  |  0 comments

We were going over the photos for this story when photographer Lucas Gilman said something I didn’t entirely agree with. He was talking about making an image in which a bird came into the frame just as a surfer was making his move on a wave. “Cameras are so good now, anybody can take the exact same pictures I can,” he said, “so what I do is look for and take advantage of subtleties that others overlook. That way I separate myself from everyone else who can buy a new camera and make great pictures.”

Text and photography by Mike Stensvold  |  Apr 01, 2005  |  0 comments

The world looks different from the air, and aerial photography thus offers some unique photo opportunities.

If you're not a pilot, probably the best way to get aerial photos through a flight school at your local general-aviation airport. Training planes can fly fairly slowly, and the instructors will be familiar with the area's airspace, and experienced at...

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