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Joe Farace  |  Feb 21, 2017  |  0 comments

Capturing “the decisive moment” is more than just clicking the shutter at the right time and it’s more than luck, too. It’s an artful combination of experience, talent, and preparation. Being prepared for the unexpected is just as important to photojournalists and documentary photographers as it is to a Scout and that includes selecting and using gear that can be deployed at that right time, even if preparing for a single shot or two takes several hours. Some of these tools may be obvious while others not so much.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 21, 2024  |  0 comments

The thoughtful use of depth-of-field (DOF) techniques is a key component of every image you capture. And this holds true for landscapes with maximum sharpness throughout the frame, portraits with soft backgrounds, and clean street scenes with a minimum of clutter. Do it right and you have a successful image but make a mistake and the photo will suffer.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 24, 2023  |  0 comments

Some photographers spend a lot of time fretting about aperture settings, and how they affect depth of field (DOF) in their photos. In today’s quick tutorial you’ll learn why it’s not necessary to worry about aperture as much as you think.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 07, 2022  |  0 comments

Iconic photojournalist Robert Capa once said, “If your images are not good enough, you’re not close enough.” That’s why many of us try to shoot as close as possible to our subjects and fill the frame.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 02, 2024  |  0 comments

It's very likely that one or more of the zoom lenses you own utilize a "variable aperture" design. It essential to understand what this means and how these types of lenses affect every image you capture. This tutorial from the Adorama TV YouTube channel explains everything you need to know.

Dan Havlik  |  Apr 16, 2018  |  0 comments

British pro Thomas Heaton’s latest video has a provocative title: “Throw Away Your Wide-Angle Lens.” Does he mean it? Not really, but Heaton, who is an acclaimed landscape and nature photographer, does have a point to make about lens choices when shooting outdoors.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 05, 2024  |  0 comments

Many photographers shoot with vintage lenses on their modern mirrorless cameras (using an affordable adapter) for a number of reasons. Old glass tends to be far less expensive than modern counterparts, and build quality is often superior to today's plastic wonders.

Ron Leach  |  May 10, 2024  |  0 comments

Sooner or later we all fall into a rut and run out of fresh ideas. This tutorial will definitely get your creative juices flowing again the next time this happens to you, with what one pro calls "a totally underrated landscape photography editing trick."

Ron Leach  |  Apr 11, 2023  |  0 comments

So you have a bit extra cash to spend on photo gear, and you’re about to go shopping. Before you do we want to remind you of something we’ve stressed in the past; namely, it often makes far more sense to upgrade your optics than it does to invest in a new camera.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 23, 2021  |  0 comments

Most photographers turn to wide-angle lenses when shooting landscape photos. But every so often, depending upon the situation, it makes more sense to pull out the big guns. And if you’re new to telephoto nature photography, it’s easy to make mistakes that can spoil an otherwise great shot.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 27, 2022  |  0 comments

Wide-Angle lenses are typically the go-to choice for experienced landscape photographers. They enable you to easily capture expansive vistas with room for cropping, and they help to tell a story about the location with your images.


Shutterbug Staff  |  Jul 05, 2019  |  0 comments

Canon has not one but two elite 85mm portrait lenses: Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II and Canon RF 85mm f1.2L lens. The main difference between these two portrait masters is that the EF lens is designed for Canon's DSLRs while the R lens is made for its new full frame mirrorless camera line.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 20, 2015  |  0 comments

Many, many years ago a coworker at Altman Camera in Chicago showed me that it was possible to screw a Vivitar +10 Macro Adapter into a partially disassembled set of Nikon K-series extension rings and thereby build a soft focus lens that practically exploded with delightfully horrendous aberrations. It was fixed-focus, you had to bob to-and-fro like a drunken sailor to use it, but it was sensationally unsharp and I’ve been hooked on this genre ever since.

Ron Leach  |  May 24, 2023  |  0 comments

Here is another helpful how-to designed to give landscape photos an uncommon look. Like others we’ve posted in the past, it will enable you to capture unique images and set you on the path toward creating a style all your own.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 29, 2018  |  0 comments

Nikon users love their prized Nikkor glass, which the company says is built “to the highest standards of craftsmanship to deliver images of unrivaled clarity and sharpness.” In this interesting video from the My Nikon Life YouTube channel, you’ll get a look at the optical and mechanical technology that goes into Nikkor lenses.