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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

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

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

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

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.

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 07, 2017  |  0 comments

Many of the image-editing tutorials we post involve working with layer masks in Photoshop. This quick video reveals 10 helpful shortcuts that enable you to speed up your workflow by using layer masks more efficiently.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 07, 2017  |  1 comments

The holidays are upon us, and in this tutorial you’ll learn how to shoot festive candlelit portraits and add an “instant snow effect” in Photoshop. You may even want to use this technique to create personalized Christmas cards for family and friends.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 07, 2017  |  0 comments

The term “bokeh” is a common buzzword among photographers these days, used to describe the subjective quality of defocused areas in an scene—either behind or in front of the main subject. A popular misconception is that it’s all as simple as “a faster aperture or a longer lens gives you better bokeh.” But as you’ll see in the video below, there’s a bit more to pleasing bokeh than that.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 06, 2017  |  0 comments

Most of us have a long list of gifts to purchase for the holidays, but you’re a photographer, right? So why not grab a few of your favorite images and create something personal that your friends and family will enjoy? The quick video below provides 10 great ideas for photography gifts you can make at home.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 06, 2017  |  0 comments

Editing portrait photos can be a difficult task, even for the best of us. But in the in-depth video below, you’ll learn how to give subjects perfect skin, with subtle sculpting and softening in Photoshop.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 06, 2017  |  0 comments

Why do so many outdoor photographers get up early and stay out until dark? In many cases, it’s to capture the rosy tones of sunrise and the warm glow of sunset. And while it’s pretty difficult to improve on these spectacular sights, there’s a few things you can do in Photoshop or Lightroom to enhance the colors in these popular scenes.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 05, 2017  |  0 comments

Let’s say you want to try your hand at close-up photography, but you can’t afford an expensive macro lens. Or maybe you’re not short of cash, but you don’t plan on doing enough macro work to justify the investment. 

Ron Leach  |  Dec 05, 2017  |  0 comments

There are numerous methods for converting color images to black and white, and some are more effective than others. In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn a simple formula for making B&W conversions with a “classic” film look.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 05, 2017  |  0 comments

Our favorite weird lens expert Mathieu Stern is back, this time with three cheap vintage lenses that deliver amazing bokeh. And like all the bargain glass Stern discovers, these lenses can be adapted for use with modern digital cameras.

 

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