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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 08, 2017  |  0 comments

Here’s a moral dilemma for you: Let’s say you finally scraped together $3,200 to pre-order your dream camera, the Sony A7R III. And when you eagerly ripped open the package after an agonizing 40-day wait, lo and behold, there were TWO Sony 43.4MP mirrorless wonders inside? 

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 07, 2017  |  0 comments

For years I’ve evaluated camera bags, photo backpacks and other camera carry solutions using a multi-point matrix that considers characteristics like comfort, durability, accessibility and protection. Once in a while a bag comes along with features that blow apart my sophisticated chart. Introducing Shimoda, a line of photo backpacks that demand a whole new classification. 

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  |  0 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.

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