Nature Photography How To

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Nov 05, 2018  |  0 comments

Here’s a harrowing wildlife video with a (spoiler alert) happy ending that went viral today. If you haven’t seen it yet, it shows a mother bear and her cub trying to reach the top of a snowy slope. It also offers an important lesson about drone operators not flying their drones too close to wildlife scenes.

Ron Leach  |  May 26, 2017  |  0 comments

Researchers at the University of Tokyo used high-speed cameras to study the intricate manner in which ladybugs fold and unfold their wings as you can see in the amazing video below from the National Geographic YouTube channel.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Oct 12, 2018  |  0 comments

Fall foliage season is upon us, which means it’s time to take out your camera, head to the woods, and capture some beautiful images of fiery dying leaves in full bloom. Yes, everyone has shot images of autumn leaves before, but have you been able to capture anything truly eye-catching and unique?

Ron Leach  |  Jan 05, 2018  |  0 comments

We typically keep our videos and tutorials to half an hour or less, but we’re making an exception today, with a fascinating 50-minute documentary on landscape photography that includes beautiful imagery and great ideas for improving your work. 

Ron Leach  |  Apr 04, 2017  |  0 comments

The Spanish island of Tenerife is a popular vacation destination for Europeans. It’s also beloved by photographers everywhere for its low levels of light pollution that make it an ideal spot for astrophotography.

Dan Havlik  |  Jun 25, 2018  |  0 comments

The amazing video below by photographer Mark Smith is almost like a National Geographic tour of an entire ecosystem. In this case, it’s the Hood Canal, which is sandwiched between Seattle and the Olympic National Forest in Washington state and “attracts a wide variety of impressive animals,” as Smith puts it. And he will photograph many of them, including, most impressively, soaring and fighting eagles who will battle each other for fresh fish.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 05, 2018  |  0 comments

When most photographers anticipate perfect weather for shooting outdoors, they’re hoping for a balmy windless day, soft golden light, and a few billowing clouds in the sky. But not intrepid landscape pro Thomas Heaton, who has a totally different take on what constitutes fun and optimum photo opportunities in the great outdoors.

Jim Zuckerman  |  Jul 21, 2014  |  2 comments

Photography gives us the ability to freeze moments in time that are impossible for the human eye to see. The collision of a drop of water with a pool of water is an event that is intriguing to see, and without the aid of a camera and flash it would be impossible to study, appreciate and admire.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 14, 2018  |  0 comments

Landscape shooters tend to be among the most stalwart of photographers, often carrying heavy tripods, and backpacks bulging with cameras, lenses, and other gear, on long treks into the backcountry. In the video below, a British pro reveals what he considers to be “the best accessories for landscape photography.”

Ron Leach  |  May 05, 2017  |  0 comments

Some of you may remember Tom Anderson (AKA MySpace Tom), the Founder of MySpace who sold his social network to Rupert Murdock back in 2005 for a cool $580 million. Ever since, Anderson’s motto is “stop working and start playing” and he’s done that by pursuing a passion for photography.

Tom Shu  |  Aug 03, 2020  |  0 comments

The Rule of Thirds is a very helpful compositional guideline that is a great reference point for beginner photographers or seasoned professionals. As with any photography rule, they really are meant to be broken, so take this as more of a general guideline than a defined rule.

Dan Havlik  |  Jul 01, 2020  |  0 comments

We've all felt this way as photographers. You start off knowing very little about photography but then with some instruction, some practice, and some simple trial and error, you start to see improvement. You may even see dramatic improvement with your photos. 

Ron Leach  |  Mar 02, 2017  |  0 comments

Gerrit Vyn is a Portland-based wildlife photographer with a deep commitment to conservation, and he pursues his passion by making intimate photographs of the animals that share our fragile planet. While Vyn has photographed a myriad of species, his images of birds are particularly compelling.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 22, 2017  |  0 comments

If you’ve ever tried photographing birds in flight, you know this is one of the most difficult challenges in nature photography. But in the quick video below, you’ll learn everything you need to know for capturing fantastic photos of our flying featured friends.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 05, 2018  |  0 comments

If you’ve ever tried your hand at photographing birds, you know that our feathered friends can be elusive and very difficult to capture. In this tutorial you’ll learn 10 simple tips and tricks for shooting great photos of birds at the beach.

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