Photo How To

Sort By: Post Date | Title | Publish Date
Filed under
Jason Schneider Posted: Apr 26, 2017 0 comments

In commenting on an obscenity case back in 1964 Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously quipped, “Hardcore pornography is hard to define, but I know it when I see it.” The same can be said of bokeh, a Japanese term for the perceived quality of the out-of-focus areas in a photograph. 

Filed under
Ron Leach Posted: Apr 20, 2017 0 comments

Street photography is increasingly popular these days, in part because of all the small, high-powered cameras available for serious shooters. In the tutorial below you’ll learn why taking a “photo wait” instead of a “photo walk” may be the best way to get the perfect shot.

Jack Neubart Posted: Apr 18, 2017 0 comments

Ira Block can best be described as a cultural documentary photographer. He uses his camera to document cultures around the world, recording how lives are impacted by changing norms, practices, and traditions. The changes are most often gradual, which is why he returns to a location time after time after time. He captures the shifting sands, one grain at a time, helping us see these changes and appreciate them through his eyes—and through social media.

Ron Leach Posted: Apr 17, 2017 0 comments

Canon has two innovative lenses that incorporate built-in LED “Macro Lites” on either side of the front element, the EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM for M-Series mirrorless cameras, and the EF-S 35mm Macro IS STM for Canon DSLRs. In the video below, you’ll see what you can accomplish by using these lenses instead of a conventional on-camera flash.

Filed under
Ron Leach Posted: Apr 12, 2017 1 comments

If you were befuddled by a description of the “Exposure Triangle” in your first photography class, you’re not alone. This relatively simple concept can be a bit difficult to explain; unless, that is, the instructor has some red Kool-Aid and a few glasses handy.

Filed under
Ron Leach Posted: Apr 11, 2017 0 comments

Award-winning photographer Joe McNally has been on assignment in over 70 countries across the globe, shooting for publications like National Geographic, LIFE, and Sports Illustrated, as well as a large stable of commercial clients. McNally credits part of his success to a mastery of telling stories with his images, and in the video below he reveals three secrets on how you can do the same.

Barry Tanenbaum Posted: Apr 07, 2017 0 comments

Longer story short: With a high-flying imagination and no shortage of necessary technical skills, Ali Jardine turned a creative hobby into a creative business by networking the new-fashioned way—with Instagram, Snapchat, Flickr, Facebook, and probably some other social sites she didn’t have time to list or mention.

Filed under
Ron Leach Posted: Apr 06, 2017 0 comments

One of our most popular humor stories of 2016 was a feature on last year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, designed to bring attention to the importance of threatened species. And now, in a similar vein, we decided to share this year's early entries in the 2017 Comedy Pet Photography Awards (CPPA).

Ron Leach Posted: Apr 05, 2017 0 comments

Swiss photographer and digital artist John Wilhelm has a unique, whimsical style all his own, and in the visual Q&A below he uses his photographs to explain the essence of his stunning work.

Dan Havlik Posted: Apr 03, 2017 0 comments

Shutterbug has teamed up with New York Times-best selling author/photographer Jordan Matter for a new series of How To videos called Tips that Matter. In this his first Shutterbug How To video, Matter shares five great tips on how to shoot stunning portraits at night with very little gear.

Ron Leach Posted: Mar 31, 2017 0 comments

Kaylee Greer is an award-winning professional pet photographer known for her whimsical portraits of dogs being dogs. Her pet portraits delight dog fanciers everywhere, and also display a great mastery of her craft.

Filed under
Ron Leach Posted: Mar 27, 2017 0 comments

Last year we featured a mind-blowing 53,000-megapixel image that Bentley Motors created for an ad campaign. At first glance the shot looked like just another distant scenic photo of San Franscisco's Golden Gate Bridge—until you used the interactive controls to zoom in so tight you could literally see the stitching on the car’s headrest as it drove across the bridge.

Filed under
Ron Leach Posted: Mar 23, 2017 0 comments

Most photographers understand the interaction between aperture settings (f/stops) and shutter speeds for arriving at proper exposures. But in the basic tutorial below you’ll learn why aperture settings also play an important role in composition, setting up your shot, and much more.

Ron Leach Posted: Mar 20, 2017 0 comments

A while back we shared a viral video in which six photographers shot the same model with widely varying results, partly because they were given false information about the person being photographed. The video below was inspired by that challenge and resulted in quite a creative experience.

Filed under
Seth Shostak Posted: Mar 17, 2017 0 comments

The first time I came across a reference to bokeh in a lens review I found it a bit pretentious. Bokeh may sound like a Japanese dessert, but it’s actually the out-of-focus behavior of your lens. The term is said to come from the Japanese word “boke,” which translates as “blur” or, in some cases, “senility.” Confused? It’s understandable.