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Ron Leach  |  Feb 11, 2021  |  0 comments

Among the most popular stories we post are those in which professional photographers recount mistakes they’ve made in the past, so you don’t make them in the future. And that’s exactly what you’ll find below, as Curtis Padley discusses seven shooting errors he wished he had avoided as his skills evolved.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 08, 2021  |  0 comments

It’s unfortunate so many photographer overlook color theory. That’s because whether you’re a beginner or an experienced pro, even a rudimentary understanding of this concept can make a huge difference in your images. Moreover, a bit of knowledge about how colors work together will change how you go about the image-editing process.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 08, 2021  |  0 comments

One characteristic of great portrait photographers is the way they employ empathy to develop a strong rapport with their subjects, and the New York-based visual artist known as Shotti is a great example. He says, “My process relies heavily on communicating with my subjects on an emotional level, and through that connection I am able to get an insight into our shared experiences.”

Ron Leach  |  Feb 05, 2021  |  0 comments

We all tend to get a bit stale on occasion, shooting the same types of images over and over again, instead of stepping outside our comfort zone to try something new. And that tends to limit our vision and stunt our growth as photographers.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 04, 2021  |  0 comments

Cropping is a simple and effective way to fix poorly composed images, turn a horizontal shot into a vertical one, or get rid of distracting elements. And if you’re caught out in the field without a telephoto lens, cropping is an effective way to get in tight on a distant subject—especially if you’re using a hi-res camera.

Henry Anderson  |  Feb 02, 2021  |  0 comments

Which is better: cropping your photos, zooming in with your lens, or zooming with your feet? It's another one of those age-old questions from photographers and one that Matt Granger tackles in the below video.

Henry Anderson  |  Jan 26, 2021  |  0 comments

Product photography is a lot harder than it looks. Consequently, many photographers may think they know how to photograph products when they really don't. This results in some serious product photography mistakes.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 25, 2021  |  0 comments

We all make mistakes in our daily lives, and that includes shooting photographs. The best response is to not beat yourself up, but to learn from your errors so you don’t make the same mistake twice.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 15, 2021  |  0 comments

If you want to shoot better portraits without expensive lighting equipment, this quick tutorial is for you. In just five minutes you’ll see how to create a simple and effective natural light studio in your garage that delivers professional results. And you can use this setup for more than just portrait photography.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 08, 2021  |  0 comments

These projects are affordable or FREE and will keep you occupied for days – weeks, even. They require no special skills and comply with social distancing safety and common sense. Think of them as sort of blind dates. You may want to spend an afternoon with them, or maybe a few months, or perhaps even the rest of your life.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 05, 2021  |  0 comments

Why would anyone want to hang a manual focus vintage lens on a modern digital camera? Well, for starters, you can find used legacy lenses on eBay and elsewhere, and if you know what you’re looking for you’ll save big bucks in the process.

The Editors  |  Jan 05, 2021  |  0 comments

Welp, that was an interesting year! But let's move on, shall we, because as the old expression goes, "may you live in interesting times" is both a blessing and a curse. 2020, aka annus horribilis, was also an unusual year in the photography world, which is reflected in our annual rundown of Shutterbug's most popular stories of the year.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 30, 2020  |  0 comments

If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration for shooting unique photos over the upcoming holiday weekend, you’ve come to the right place. That’s because a popular pro reveals what he considers the 10 best photography ideas of 2020.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 25, 2020  |  1 comments

Did you just get a new camera? Or maybe you’re getting reacquainted with a camera that’s been on the shelf for awhile? Getting good pictures consistently – the ultimate goal of all photographers – is easier than you think. Here are 10 tips that I share with all photographers regardless of skill level.

Dean Zulich  |  Dec 23, 2020  |  1 comments

Regardless if you are dealing with limited time, adverse circumstances, or a lack of props, there is always a way to create compelling portraits on the run. In this tutorial, pro photographer Dean Zulich shares portrait photography tips from his shoots from different locations all over the world.

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