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Ron Leach  |  Dec 15, 2017  |  0 comments

Photographers inexperienced at portraiture often shy away from the task, with the mistaken notion that it requires specialized skill and sophisticated equipment to capture beautiful images. In the video below, a top pro refutes that myth by demonstrating how to make striking portraits outdoors under available light with a minimum of gear.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 15, 2017  |  0 comments

High-performance zoom lenses with fast maximum apertures are powerful tools for everyday shooting, and in this battle of the mid-range zooms, you’ll see a comparison between two of the best: The Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, and Sigma’s 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 15, 2017  |  0 comments

Adobe recently updated Lightroom CC and the Adobe Camera Raw plug-in for Photoshop, and one of the upgrades is a new algorithm for the “Auto” button that now employs the company’s Sensei Artificial Intelligence technology. If you’re using a version of Lightroom or Photoshop that supports this feature, you really should give it a try.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 14, 2017  |  0 comments

If there’s one bit of advice we’ve all heard a million times, it’s “Be sure and use a tripod.” Yet, despite the fact that sharp images are the goal of just about everyone, it’s sort of amazing how many times photographers “forget” to bring along a tripod.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 14, 2017  |  0 comments

Refined composition skills are important to all forms of photography, but when it comes to shooting landscapes, they are absolutely essential. In this tutorial, an acclaimed Danish landscape photographer reveals his five top tips for better composition.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 14, 2017  |  0 comments

One of the hurdles of becoming a good street photographer is gaining enough confidence to photograph people you don’t know. In this interesting video, you’ll pick up some tips by watching three photographers offering free portraits to total strangers.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 13, 2017  |  0 comments

Achieving a correct exposure is the first step toward capturing a great image, and on Monday we explained how to do that by bracketing your shots. In today’s tutorial, you’ll learn another way to get things right, by using your camera’s histogram.

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  |  Dec 12, 2017  |  0 comments

Outdoor photographers often spend time in Photoshop pumping up the intensity of pale blue skies in their images. But in the video below you’ll how to get the job done in camera with a few simple settings.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 12, 2017  |  0 comments

The autofocus system in a modern DSLR camera is truly a wonder of technology. And there’s a lot going on under the hood that you may not totally understand. But fear not, because the quick video below explains everything you need to know to achieve optimum results.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 11, 2017  |  0 comments

One way to make sure you nail a perfectly exposed image under difficult lighting conditions is to bracket shots by making what you think is a “correct” exposure, followed by a few more that are incrementally lighter and darker. As you’ll see in the four-minute video below, there’s a bit more to precise bracketing than you may think.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 11, 2017  |  0 comments

The task of sharpening images is sort of a hit-or-miss proposition: Done properly, this enhancement can help rehabilitate slightly soft photographs. But if you’re not careful, you can ruin the image you’re working on.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 11, 2017  |  0 comments

Of all the contests we’ve featured over the years, the annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards (CWPA) is among the most popular with Shutterbug readers. So we thought we’d help you kick off the week with a chuckle, by sharing these finalists in the 2017 competition. 

Ron Leach  |  Dec 08, 2017  |  0 comments

This time of year many photographers are thinking about upgrading their gear. When choosing a new camera, it usually comes down to your budget and the type of photography you do most.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 08, 2017  |  0 comments

You’ve probably heard the term “lens diffraction” to describe how image sharpness suffers as you use smaller and smaller aperture settings. While depth of field increases as you stop down a lens, the amount of fine detail a lens can resolve decreases at smaller f/stops.

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