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Ron Leach  |  Apr 14, 2020  |  0 comments

Candid street photography is all about timing, and recognizing the precise moment your subject is perfectly positioned in the frame. It’s this ability to press the shutter in a split of a second that results in a great image.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 22, 2021  |  0 comments

Conventional wisdom is that autofocus is the best mode to use for photographing birds, especially when your subjects are in flight. But every so often manual focus is a better choice, as you’ll see in the tutorial below.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 02, 2021  |  0 comments

If you’ve been around the block more than once you’re no doubt familiar with many of the “rules” of composition. Budding outdoor photographers are told to use the Rule of Thirds, always include the foreground to create a sense of depth, and never position a subject in the middle of the frame or bisect a shot with the horizon.

Jay Abend  |  May 01, 1999  |  0 comments

One of the most important tips that I give aspiring photographers who own modern 35mm cameras is to learn to use their cameras totally manually. That's right, turn off the autoexposure and the autofocus, set the motor drive to single frame, and use...

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 13, 2017  |  2 comments

People often ask me, “What sort of lens should I buy as my second lens?” and my answer is always the same: “What sort of pictures would you like to take?”  I’m getting that question a lot right now because a zillion people got new cameras over the holidays. There are so many options I’ve decided to deliver the answer in two installments. But first, let’s take a close look at that kit lens that came with your camera.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 20, 2017  |  0 comments

Welcome back! Last week we covered lenses that are well suited for five of the most popular camera activities, including kids’ sports, travel and online auctions. If you missed that piece, you’ll find it here. This week—as promised—five more lenses for five more activities. These are sometimes thought of as being in the realm of more advanced hobbyists, but that ain’t necessarily so. Read on…

Ron Leach  |  Mar 12, 2021  |  0 comments

One question we’re frequently asked is, “Should I buy a zoom lens or a prime?” And like many age-old questions, the answer is “It depends.” To give you thoughtful response we’d want to know your budget, the type of photography you do, whether or not you frequently shoot in low-light conditions, and how much gear you’re willing to lug around in the field.

Seth Shostak  |  Sep 07, 2017  |  0 comments

Before you bought your last camera, did you weigh the pros and cons of the sensor’s aspect ratio? My guess is no—not in the face of more solemn considerations such as style, trim, and a boastful shoulder strap.

Michael Chiusano  |  Jul 06, 2017  |  0 comments

Today’s digital cameras have become so adept at almost any shooting situation that, paradoxically, they can inhibit creativity by always delivering a technically perfect result. With little effort, a photographer can produce a sharp, clear, well-exposed image, color balanced and, well, a bit too perfect.

Jordan Matter  |  May 03, 2016  |  0 comments

A good friend once told me, “When you’re doing something, you’re not doing something else.” This Yogi Berra-ism is actually great advice. When considering a photo project, think about its commercial potential. You can spend a year photographing the slime left by snails at night, but does anyone want to see that? More importantly in this increasingly web-focused world, will they share it in their social media feeds?

Shutterbug Staff  |  Apr 16, 2019  |  0 comments

For someone who has put out videos showing how to get sharp photos every time, it's interesting that photographer Pierre T. Lambert is now saying that "sharp photos are overrated." But he has a point to make and he does so in the below tutorial.

Dan Havlik  |  Jul 23, 2018  |  0 comments

Don’t believe it when tell people tell you it’s wrong to shoot portraits with a wide-angle lens. If you know what you’re doing, your results can be eye-catching and super modern-looking.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Aug 17, 2018  |  0 comments

Here’s an interesting video from photographer Pierre T. Lambert. It starts out with what looks like a spectacular photo shoot of a waterfall in the Philippines but then abruptly stops when Lambert explains how everything went wrong.

Dan Havlik  |  Mar 11, 2019  |  0 comments

Ever heard of subframing in photography? If you’re like many photographers, perhaps not. But you’ll likely recognize it when you see it and understand how it’s a great photo composition effect that can change your images for the better.

Ron Leach  |  Sep 22, 2021  |  0 comments

Most of you are familiar with the farcical notion that, “You’re not a real photographer unless you always use your camera’s Manual mode.” Well, the video below takes the opposite and equally controversial view.

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