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Deborah Sandidge  |  Feb 14, 2018  |  0 comments

Regular readers know that I emphasize in these columns the idea of visualizing opportunities that will set your images apart from the rest. There is another aspect to that idea, and that’s setting your images apart from each other. In other words, adding variety to your photography by adding, and even combining, techniques.

Ron Leach  |  May 12, 2020  |  0 comments

Selective focus is a popular technique when you want to separate a prominent foreground subject from the background. Other times, especially with landscape photography, the goal is to shoot the scene so everything appears sharp—from the foreground to the background.

Ron Leach  |  Sep 07, 2018  |  0 comments

Bird photographer extraordinaire Tim Boyer is one of our favorite sources of quick, helpful tutorials on capturing great photos of our feathered friends. In the six-minute video below, he provides five simple tips for photographing shorebirds.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 07, 2019  |  0 comments

Last year we featured some great shooting tips from bird photographer extraordinaire Tim Boyer. And today Boyer is at it again, with “seven more rules of bird photography” that will really up your game.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 26, 2018  |  0 comments

One common mistake when photographing action is using a shutter speed that’s too fast to convey motion. When shooting motorcycle races, for example, a high shutter speed results in tack-sharp wheel spokes, yielding static images without a sense of motion. As you’ll see in the five-minute video below, the same is true when photographing birds in flight.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 13, 2018  |  0 comments

Most of us improve our photography skills by studying both the do’s and the don’ts of our craft. In this quick tutorial, you’ll see how to make more creative outdoor portraits by avoiding five common mistakes, 

Ron Leach  |  Sep 29, 2020  |  0 comments

We’ve all been there: You pack your gear, jump in the car, and head out for a day of landscape photography, only to discover that the location you chose isn’t everything it was cracked up to be. The next time that happens you’ll be prepared to save the day, simply by watching the quick video below.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 21, 2020  |  0 comments

One of the challenges of landscape photography is creating images that stand out from the rest. But in this eye-opening tutorial you’ll learn how to do just that—with three simple tips for capturing abstract landscape and nature images.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 07, 2020  |  0 comments

Whether you live in a big city or in a small town, shooting on the street is an accessible way to capture some striking scenes—both during the day and at night. In this helpful tutorial, a successful pro reveals his favorite camera settings to give street photos the WOW factor.

Bray Falls  |  Feb 22, 2019  |  0 comments

It is sometimes said that astrophotography is one of the most challenging types of photography out there. There are numerous technical problems to overcome, substantial initial investments, and a considerable chance of getting burnt out if you get too frustrated.

Lynne Eodice  |  Nov 01, 2004  |  0 comments

A lot of photo enthusiasts say, "The sun's out--time to take pictures," and put their camera away come nightfall. But if this is your philosophy, you're missing half the fun of photography. You can take some exciting night shots of colorful neon signs, the streaked taillights of traffic in motion, or shadowy figures silhouetted by street lights.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jul 03, 2019  |  0 comments

Landscape photographer Mark Denney recently returned from a photography trip to Yosemite and came back with five great shooting ideas he says will improve your landscape photos this summer.

The Editors  |  Dec 01, 2004  |  0 comments

It's winter, and with the season come wonderful opportunities to produce some great snow and ice photos. On the following pages are a few tips to help you do just that.

The basic idea is to have the brightest areas of snow or ice appear white, but with a trace of detail. Very small areas can be blank white, but large areas should have some texture and detail.

Lynne Eodice  |  Oct 01, 2002  |  0 comments

 

 

 

When photographing interesting cities, you'll find it very convenient to travel light—a point-and-shoot camera will free you to concentrate on compositions and allow you to respond more quickly to great photo opportunities. If your camera has a built-in zoom lens, use it at its widest setting for...

Lorin R. Robinson  |  Oct 25, 2013  |  First Published: Sep 01, 2013  |  0 comments

He stands in about 3 feet of roiling surf, wetsuit jersey glistening from repeated dunkings. The sky above Oahu’s North Shore is deep blue. Undertow currents grasp his legs—eroding sand beneath his swim fins—as water rushes seaward to build the next huge wave. He holds his bulky waterproof camera housing tightly, faces west toward the setting sun and checks the long tether attached to his wrist. He turns his head to watch the wave rise ever higher—a towering blue-green monster that’s starting to curl, white spume blowing off its top. He braces himself as best he can against the forces raging around him, points the camera toward the golden Hawaiian sunset, and waits as tons of water begins to curl over him, forming a tube. At what he hopes is the right instant, he fires off several shots and prepares to be pounded and rag-dolled by the massive wave.

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