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Ron Leach  |  Feb 16, 2017  |  0 comments

We frequently post great time-lapse videos, and readers often ask about the best way to embark on one of these projects themselves. In the helpful video tutorial below, award-winning photographer/videographer Peter McKinnon reveals everything you need to know to make a great time-lapse.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 19, 2018  |  0 comments

If you want to make photographs with impact, it’s important that they tell a story, and “speak” to the viewer. No matter how beautiful an image appears, if it doesn’t provoke an emotional response, you haven’t quite finished the job.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jan 03, 2019  |  0 comments

If you’ve been around cameras for a while, you’ve probably tried out the back-button focus feature. It’s definitely a cool tool that lets you focus with a button on the rear of your camera, before capturing the shot by hammering the shutter, but is it better than the classic method of half-pressing the shutter to lock in focus?

Ron Leach  |  Sep 07, 2016  |  0 comments

If the name Mark Levoy sounds familiar, it’s because Levoy is the guy behind the Frankencamera, and he helped launch Google Street View. He’s also a former Stanford University Professor and has just put his entire digital photography course online for free.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 04, 2017  |  0 comments

If the used camera lens you see online is packaged with a leash and a bone, odds are very good that it’s a dog. But in the absence of obvious evidence, how can you tell a bargain from a bagel? It’s impossible to physically examine the merchandise before purchase. And you can’t always trust what you see in the listing photos. However, you can conduct a thorough inspection upon receipt. Here are 10 things to check the minute the used lens is delivered. 

Ron Leach  |  Aug 04, 2021  |  0 comments

Many photographers shy away from the one accessory that can make a huge difference in their images, both indoors and out. What we’re discussing here is supplemental light in its most basic form; namely the affordable and easy to use electronic flash.

Bob Davis  |  Jun 18, 2021  |  0 comments

(Editor’s Note: Exploring Light is a monthly Shutterbug column featuring tips, tricks, and photo advice from professional photographers in Canon Explorers of Light education program. This month's column is by Bob Davis on how collaboration with other photographers can improve creativity).

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 05, 2017  |  0 comments

Remember Albert? Not Einstein—I mean the Albert that’s also known as “Snowtober.” If you lived on the East Coast in October 2011 you remember Albert as the freak Halloween snowstorm that left more than three million homes and businesses without power. Talk about Trick or Treat. One thing that we all should have learned from that painful experience is what all Boy Scouts know: Be Prepared. 

Ron Leach  |  May 22, 2017  |  0 comments

Most great photographers are also accomplished visual storytellers who understand how to draw viewers into their scene and direct their eyes to the key element in the image. In the video below you’ll learn 10 quick tips for doing exactly that, while making your photographs more impactful.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 27, 2022  |  0 comments

The great thing about architectural photography is that it offers spectacular opportunities wherever you live. Most folks reside near a big city, and even if you don’t you’ll find interesting buildings nearby.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 28, 2021  |  0 comments

Rebirth and renewal, new beginnings and love. What is it about spring that brings out our inner romantic, and what does it do to our photography? This is what we asked you to show us when we announced Shutterbug’s Spring “Time of the Season” photography contest back in May. And you delivered in spades!

Shutterbug Staff  |  Apr 09, 2021  |  0 comments

Winter can be a difficult season for photographers, especially at high latitudes. But if you persist through the challenges thrown at you by this cold and dark time of year, you can capture some fantastic images.

George Schaub  |  Jan 28, 2014  |  0 comments

This photo was made in Raw file format, then enhanced using a Raw processor. Doing so allowed me to get exactly the color, contrast, and richness I wanted. Shooting in Raw is what allowed me to get the most quality out of the image file later.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 30, 2018  |  0 comments

Here’s a quick photo primer from an accomplished pro, with three simple tips that will help you shoot better photographs. So stop what you’re doing, invest three minutes in watching this tutorial, and up your photo game now!

Ron Leach  |  Jul 07, 2021  |  0 comments

There’s so much to learn about landscape photography that the path toward success can be a long and arduous one. In fact, even accomplished pros say the quest for improvement is never ending.

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