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Dan Havlik  |  Apr 13, 2018  |  1 comments

Professional travel photographer Mitchell Kanashkevich gets asked one photography question more than anything else: what is the best lens for travel and documentary photography? The answer’s not so simple as he explains in the below video.

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.

Henry Posner  |  May 21, 2015  |  1 comments

It’s been my experience that there are a handful of special objects in the world that have developed cachet or “mojo” and are emotionally appealing to people in various fields. Some of these unique items engage our interest because they’re otherwise unassuming objects which have become associated with unusual people or events. I think of the track shoes Roger Bannister wore on May 6, 1954 when he ran the world’s first sub-4 minute mile. I think of “Brownie” and “Blackie,” two of Eric Clapton’s Fender Stratocasters. The console Sam Phillips used in Sun Studios to record Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Roy Orbison must drip with “mojo,” as does Pete Seeger’s banjo, no doubt.

Seth Shostak  |  Oct 10, 2016  |  0 comments

For decades, soft light has been the bee’s knees for portrait photography. It’s flattering, pleasant to look at, and undistracting.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Apr 01, 2019  |  0 comments

If you want to brush up on a key basic about photography, the below video on aperture by Mark Holtze is a great place to start. (Or a great place to return to if you simply need a quick refresher about aperture and, let's be honest, who doesn't?)

Seth Shostak  |  Jan 31, 2017  |  0 comments

White balance sounds like one of those concerns that vaporized with the advent of digital photography. In the days when film was king, you had to think about the color quality of light at the drugstore photo counter, long before you made any pics. You could either plan on shooting in the Sun, using a so-called “daylight” emulsion, or snapping your photos indoors, with a “T” or “tungsten” film stock.

Deborah Sandidge  |  Mar 07, 2017  |  0 comments

Somewhere along the line in a pro photographer’s career, or amid an enthusiast’s pursuit of picture making, you achieve a balance between geared up and weighed down when it comes to lens choices. You want versatility, but you also want to be mobile, even comfortable.

Dan Havlik  |  Nov 17, 2017  |  0 comments

Photographer Manny Ortiz and his pretty model wife Diana are our one of our favorite couples on YouTube for helpful photography tips videos. This week they take a slightly different approach in discussing a potentially touchy subject: what do you do when your partner is uncomfortable with you photographing someone of the opposite sex?

Ron Leach  |  Oct 20, 2017  |  0 comments

We’re always eager to receive the annual hot gear list from LensRentals, a top source for photographers looking to rent cameras, lenses, lighting gear and videography equipment. This year’s data arrived a bit earlier than usual, but we’re assured that what you see below is a definitive list of the most popular cameras and lenses handled by LenRentals in 2017.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 08, 2016  |  0 comments

LensRentals is a premier online source for photographers in the U.S. who want to rent photography, videography and lighting gear, including a wide array of accessories. They’ve shared their annual list of the most popular equipment they handle, so you can see how your arsenal stacks up. 

Dan Havlik  |  Mar 07, 2019  |  0 comments

If you’ve ever wondered what the Caped Crusader looked like when he’s not out fighting crime, Swiss photographer Sebastian Magnani shows you in his whimsically fun new photo series titled Daily Batman. In the series, Magnani sets Batman up in a variety of scenarios in Zurich, Switzerland that look far from his dark superhero life in Gotham City.

Shutterbug Staff  |  May 23, 2018  |  0 comments

Now here’s a crazy story. Photographers Tony and Chelsea Northup learned not that long ago that one of their most popular images had been stolen and used on a product in Australia that they knew nothing about.

Dan Havlik  |  Sep 30, 2014  |  1 comments
What does the future hold? It’s a question that’s been pondered by philosophers, scientists, and dreamers through the ages. But accurately predicting the future is no easy task and, in fact, it’s been a fool’s errand for many. Take, for instance, the photo industry. It may be hard to believe, but just a little over a decade ago, there were still some major manufacturers banking on film to lead them through the years of digital disruption.
Dan Havlik  |  Sep 26, 2019  |  0 comments

It's another one of those age-old questions for photographers: what's better for photographing wildlife, zoom lenses or prime lenses? In the below video, photographers Tony and Chelsea Northrup put both zooms and primes to the test while weighing the pros and cons of each.

Dan Havlik  |  Apr 30, 2018  |  0 comments

If you’re going to be a serious landscape photographer, you need a serious tripod but what’s mystifying is how little thought people put into picking one out. That’s exactly why professional photographer Tom Mackie of Landscape Photography iQ made the below video gear guide.

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