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Ron Leach  |  Jan 03, 2018  |  0 comments

We typically advocate a “natural” approach when editing images in Photoshop. But every so often a more vibrant look is desired, and this tutorial provides five great techniques for creating colors that will knock your socks off.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 03, 2018  |  0 comments

If you’ve ever seen beautiful sunbeams piercing through the trees in a forest, you know much they can add to the impact of a photograph. The tutorial below shows you how to add natural-looking light rays to an image when the sun isn’t in the right position to capture the effect in-camera.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 03, 2018  |  0 comments

Our friends at the Cooperative of Photography (COOPH) are back with a new collection of fun photo hacks, designed to boost your creativity and help you achieve several zany effects. And, as always, these hacks require nothing more than a few household items you already own.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 02, 2018  |  0 comments

Zev Hoover is an 18-year-old photographer based in Massachusetts with more ingenuity than money. So when he became fascinated by the quality inherent to large format still photography, and wondered about the possibility of shooting stills and video with an 8X10 relic, he had only one option: Build it himself.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 02, 2018  |  0 comments

Good composition skills are important for all types of photography, and when it comes to shooting landscapes they can be difficult to master because of the often-complicated nature of outdoor scenes. In the tutorial below, you’ll learn six valuable tips that will help you compose landscape photos with more power and impact.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 02, 2018  |  0 comments

Creativity is an elusive gift: Sometimes it’s there, other times it’s not. And sooner or later, even the best photographers find themselves adrift in the doldrums and can’t think of anything interesting to shoot. To prepare for the next time the winds of creativity stop blowing, watch the video below from one of the world’s most prolific and notable photographers.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 29, 2017  |  0 comments

This may be the first time we’ve invoked the laws of physics in a phography tutorial. But fear not, because the "Inverse Square Law" is a simple concept, at least as it pertains to photography, and it can have a big impact on your images.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 29, 2017  |  0 comments

Have you ever noticed an ugly white edge around an object in a photograph? This so-called “fringing” can ruin the appearance of an otherwise nice shot, and in the video below you’ll learn two simple methods for eliminating these distractions in Photoshop.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 29, 2017  |  0 comments

While there is no single “perfect lens” for all forms of photography, a few lenses offer more versatility, image quality, portability, and bang for the buck than others. One such lens is the 50mm “Nifty Fifty” we featured in a recent Shutterbug video, and as you’ll see in the video below, another is the 135mm f/2 short telephoto.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 28, 2017  |  0 comments

Sunsets and many afternoon landscape scenes are usually resplendent in soft warm colors, and a typical approach to editing such images is to enhance those red and orange tones. This Lightroom tutorial takes a different approach, by emphasizing cool tones within a photograph to create a unique look that still appears natural.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 28, 2017  |  0 comments

When we post time-lapse videos, they typically involve thousands of landscape or nature images, like the spectacular project we shared last spring that used 8TB of photos to capture the beauty of blooming flowers over a period of three years. 

Ron Leach  |  Dec 28, 2017  |  0 comments

We’re all familiar with the notion that lenses in the 85-105mm range are the best choices for portrait photography, supposedly because of the “natural” way they render a subject’s facial features. But in the video below, you’ll see why one pro prefers to use a longer telephoto zoom for portraiture. 

The Editors  |  Dec 28, 2017  |  0 comments

Ok, we’re probably beginning to sound like a broken record but Shutterbug.com once again saw record traffic growth in 2017, smashing the previous year’s total web traffic by nearly 50%. For that, we thank all of you for visiting Shutterbug.com and reading our stories, watching our videos, and sharing your photos in our Galleries.

Dan Havlik  |  Dec 27, 2017  |  0 comments

There are a variety of new things under the Sony A7R III’s hood, including the ability to shoot 10 frames per second (fps) continuous bursts of images at full resolution, 4K video recording across the width of its full-frame sensor, longer battery life, and a host of other features.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 27, 2017  |  0 comments

A couple months ago we reported that DXO Labs had acquired the very popular Nik Collection of imaging-editing software from Google. That news was greeting enthusiastically by users of the popular Nik plugins for Photoshop and Lightroom, because Google had earlier said they no longer planned to support or update the seven-plugin package.

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