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Ron Leach  |  Jun 27, 2023  |  0 comments

If you've made the switch to mirrorless cameras as have many photographers, you've no doubt noticed that battery life isn't nearly as good as what we enjoyed with our DSLRs. In the quick explainer below, you'll learn several things you can do to make batteries last as long as possible before reaching for a spare.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 22, 2023  |  0 comments

Conventional wisdom has it that we should always shoot at the lowest ISO setting permitted by the situation at hand. But as you can see from the quote in the lead photo above, some pros beg to disagree. In the interesting tutorial below, you'll learn three reasons why increasing ISO settings can actually help you capture better images.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 22, 2023  |  0 comments

Yesterday we featured a primer on exposure bracketing, explaining how to get the light right by shooting three images of the same scene, and merging them during the editing process. Today you'll learn how nail exposure in the camera by using the oft-ignored histogram that you can set to appear on the rear LCD.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 21, 2023  |  0 comments

One of the easiest ways to get the best results from a camera is to configure it properly for your type of photography. In the video below you'll learn what one pro says are the "seven camera settings you should always change."

Ron Leach  |  Jun 15, 2023  |  0 comments

Pentax has been making diligent efforts to keep DSLRs alive, but there's no doubt that the rest of the photo industry has shifted to mirrorless cameras—likely for good. So, with this dramatic shift in technology, why are we posting the comparison below?

Ron Leach  |  Jun 14, 2023  |  0 comments

Some photographers prefer using a camera's Live View mode to frame images on the rear LCD, instead of doing so through the viewfinder. It's fine if that's your reference, unless you experience the problem described in the video below. We'll give you a hint: It has to do with your vision.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 12, 2023  |  0 comments

Image noise can really ruin an otherwise nice photo with ugly artifacts that appear as random speckles of grain and unsightly variations in the brightness and colors of your shot. It's a rather common occurrence, shrouded in a common misconception, that's demystified in the tutorial below.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 07, 2023  |  0 comments

Like all equipment with moving parts, every camera has a finite life cycle, and one disastrous failing is when a shutter craps out. That's why it's important to know how to check the number of images captured with your camera, or another one you want to buy used.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 06, 2023  |  0 comments

If you've been following Shutterbug you know how we feel about the so-called Rules of Photography; namely, sometimes they're meant to be broken. Likewise, there are several digital photography myths that need to be ignored.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 03, 2023  |  0 comments

There are a multitude of reasons why what you observe in the field may appear vastly different than the image you capture unless you make adjustments while shooting or do so later during the editing process. The quick video below from the Hoffman Photography YouTube channel explores an "enlightening" oft-ignored fact.

Ron Leach  |  May 23, 2023  |  0 comments

The quick tutorial below from the Adorama TV YouTube channel is all about the basics of using ISO when selecting your camera settings, and when choosing the sensitivity setting should be the first thing you do. Then, depending upon light levels and the scene at hand, you can modify shutter speed and f/stop if need be.

Ron Leach  |  May 22, 2023  |  0 comments

Some photographers think all that’s involved is a decision to frame a scene in either a vertical or horizontal orientation. But as you’ll see in the tutorial below, there’s much more that factors into the equation. One is creative cropping, and another is whether to modify the native aspect ratio of the camera you use—which varies from one model to another.

Ron Leach  |  May 16, 2023  |  0 comments

We’ve said this before and we’ll probably repeat it in the future: The notion that “you’re not a real photographer unless you shoot in Manual mode” is simply absurd. And there’s vast array of stunning imagery captured by acclaimed professional photographers that easily prove the point.

Ron Leach  |  May 15, 2023  |  0 comments

Today’s quick tutorial is a throwback to the days before electronic cameras, without autofocus, built-in meters, and other modern conveniences. The Sunny 16 method for determining proper exposure was one of the easiest “rules” back then, and it can bail you out of a jam today when using a full-featured camera.

Ron Leach  |  May 12, 2023  |  0 comments

One camera feature that landscape photographers have relied upon for years to achieve sharp photos is image stabilization. But does it always work the way you expect? Read on.