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Ron Leach  |  Jun 22, 2017  |  0 comments

Seascapes, mountain lakes, and other water scenes offer nature and travel photographers a wealth of opportunities for compelling images. In fact, the vast majority of the global population lives near water in one form or another—along seashores, rivers, waterfalls and lakes.

George Schaub  |  Jun 22, 2017  |  0 comments

In this day and age of cross-type AF sensors and AF tracking in high-speed shooting modes, a rangefinder-focusing camera might well seem an anomaly, if not a downright anachronism. Indeed, manual focusing has in large part become vestigial among photographers and their ability to focus without AF has atrophied.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 22, 2017  |  0 comments

Dirty camera sensors are a common source of degraded image quality, resulting in tedious post-processing work to clean up the photograph. This problem is the bane of those who shoot outdoors in dusty conditions, and is particularly acute when using small aperture settings that tend to exaggerate imperfections.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 22, 2017  |  0 comments

One way to avoid unnecessary processing time is to set the optimum white balance for your scene before shooting a photograph. That typically involves selecting one of the camera’s pre-set modes, or taking time to create a custom white balance setting yourself.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 21, 2017  |  0 comments

Dogs are not only our most faithful companions, they make beautiful photography subjects as you can see in these winning entries from The Kennel Club of Britain’s 2016 Dog Photographer of the Year competition.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 21, 2017  |  0 comments

What should you do when you’re alone in the woods and photograph something creepy that totally freaks you out? Like the guy in the video below, you hang onto your camera and make a mad dash for the car.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 21, 2017  |  0 comments

We’re not quite sure what the folks at the Waterjet YouTube channel have against Canon gear, but in this somewhat sacrilegious video they use a 60,000 psi hydraulic tool to slice open a perfectly good Canon 17-85mm f/4-5.6 zoom lens. Just because.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jun 21, 2017  |  0 comments

Welcome to our newest photography video series: the Shutterbug Showcase. In these videos, we’ll be doing hands-on demonstrations of some of the hottest photo gear on the market right now. For our first Shutterbug Showcase clip, we’re looking at the Epson FastFoto FF-640, which is the world’s fastest photo scanner.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 20, 2017  |  0 comments

A tutorial we shared yesterday suggested that one way to increase your creativity is to ignore focal length rules and “think differently” when choosing a lens for various types of photography. In the video below, photographer/educator Mark Wallace demonstrates why there’s more than one perfect lens for portraiture.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 20, 2017  |  0 comments

Many photographers are unfamiliar with Photoshop’s powerful Sponge Tool, and that’s a shame because it’s a great way to punch up colors in an image while retaining a natural look. In the three-minute tutorial below you’ll learn how to make the Sponge Tool your friend.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 19, 2017  |  0 comments

A homemade paper lens hood may not be an ideal replacement for the plastic hood that came with your lens, but it will definitely improve image quality in a pinch if you lost a hood and you’re waiting for the replacement to arrive in the mail.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 16, 2017  |  0 comments

Photoshop’s powerful Radial Gradient Tool can be used for a variety of applications. In the straightforward tutorial below, image-editing expert Blake Rudis explains why this oft-ignored tool is one of his favorites, and how you can use it to easily enhance both landscape and portrait photographs.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 16, 2017  |  0 comments

Benjamin Jaworskyj is a self-taught adventure photographer who you might say is just a bit “zany.” Not only does he shoot awesome images, but he uses a great sense of humor to offer some helpful tips and tricks.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jun 16, 2017  |  0 comments

To say that the Panasonic Lumix GH5 is versatile is an understatement. The long-awaited follow-up to the GH4, which was beloved by photographers and videographers alike, the GH5 takes the roots of its predecessor and expands on them.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 16, 2017  |  0 comments

How often do you use your camera’s histogram while out shooting? If the answer is “never,” you’re ignoring a powerful tool that can help you get perfectly exposed photographs every time.

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