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Ron Leach  |  May 02, 2022  |  0 comments

A lot more goes into making compelling travel and nature photos than finding a stunning location and nailing focus and exposure. In the video below you’ll see what one expert calls “the most important element” for grabbing a viewer’s attention.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Apr 29, 2022  |  1 comments

Freezing rain is falling, your tomcat is suing you for royalties from the YouTube videos he starred in, and every bird in the city boycotts your feeder because of your snoopy telephoto lens. Cheer up! We all have those days when we feel like f/16 in an f/1.4 world. But there’s always something to take pictures of—and it often can be found as close as our own kitchen.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 29, 2022  |  0 comments

As the saying goes: “Composition makes or breaks a photo.” This is particularly true when shooting complicated outdoor scenes. The tutorial below will help take your images from “meh” to WOW with a few simple framing techniques for maximum impact.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 28, 2022  |  0 comments

Let’s face it: Image noise is your enemy, and these grainy artifacts can destroy an otherwise great shot. Noise occurs when using certain camera settings, especially when shooting in low light with high ISO settings.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 28, 2022  |  0 comments

Some photographers fall into a rut by shooting the same type of images over and over again. For some that means landscape photos, for others it’s portraits, macro, wildlife, or whatever specialty they enjoy. The problem with this approach is it’s easy to get a bit stale.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 27, 2022  |  1 comments

Shooting at night with slow shutter speeds is a great way to capture eye-popping photos. Light trails from passing cars are really dramatic, and scenes that look boring during the day are transformed into sparkling tableaus as soon as the lights come on.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 27, 2022  |  0 comments

Are you suffering from “resolution envy,” but can’t afford a super hi-res camera? Or perhaps you’re put off by the immense storage requirements or have an older computer that bogs down when editing huge files.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 26, 2022  |  0 comments

We’re going to let you in on a big secret in today’s Photoshop tutorial; namely the “secret to eye-catching foregrounds” when editing travel, nature, and landscape images. 

Ron Leach  |  Apr 26, 2022  |  0 comments

Are you new to landscape photography and disappointed with your results? If so, the tutorial below will set you straight. Even experienced shooters will pick up a few helpful tips for improving their images.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 25, 2022  |  0 comments

Now that temperatures are rising, it’s time to head to the shore for a day of portrait photography before beaches get crowded later in the season. In the video below you’ll learn several quick tips for making captivating images with a unique look.

Deborah Sandidge  |  Apr 22, 2022  |  0 comments

There are three zoom lenses I consider absolutely essential to provide the versatility that travel photography demands: the 14-24mm, 24-70mm, and 70-200mm. It's no exaggeration to say I don’t leave home without them, and if travel is in your plans for the upcoming season, those lenses can play a big part in how well you tell the story of your journey.

Henry Anderson  |  Apr 21, 2022  |  0 comments

Not all the "truisms" you hear about photography are actually true. In fact, many of these axioms are really just myths that you should either ignore or take with a grain of salt.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 21, 2022  |  0 comments

Every so often it’s fun to do something different so your images stand out from the crowd. In the quick Photoshop tutorial below you’ll learn an easy method for creating a convincing watercolor effect in Photoshop.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 21, 2022  |  0 comments

It’s can be challenging to achieve perfectly exposed photos when shooting outdoors under difficult lighting conditions with a broad range of tones from highlights to shadows. While it’s often possible to rehabilitate poorly exposed images during the editing process, wouldn’t you rather get it right in the camera?

Ron Leach  |  Apr 20, 2022  |  0 comments

We don’t often post tutorials on mobile photography because most Shutterbug readers prefer to shoot with a “real” camera instead of their phone. But let’s face it: today’s advanced mobile devices are capable of capturing great images, and the quick video below offers some very sound advice.

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