The Tamron 20-40mm f/2.8 is extra-compact (3.4 inches long) and super-sharp. It focuses to 6.7 inches and covers the focal lengths street photographers, travelers, video content creators and landscape shooters want most. It’s a new kind of “everyday zoom” that exemplifies versatility and speed.
Boudoir photography is rapidly gaining popularity among men and women shooters, as well as with their eager subjects. That’s why we occasionally post tutorials on lighting, posing composition, camera settings and more
Earlier this week we posted a beginners guide to manual photography, demonstrating how to take control of exposure yourself, rather than letting your camera make the decisions. Today we’re taking a deeper dive into ISO settings, so you’ll understand how the choice you make affects the look and quality of your images.
We recently featured a tutorial demonstrating how to create jaw-dropping landscape photos with Lightroom’s oft-ignored Calibration tool. That lesson got a lot of attention, and we have an equally great one for you below.
Photoshop’s brush tools are often overlooked, and that’s too bad because the process of using them can simplify the editing process and deliver better results. In the beginners tutorial below you’ll learn the necessary basics for getting started today.
All photographers run out of fresh ideas on occasion and struggle to think of something interesting to shoot. When this happens to you, how about grabbing your gear and giving cityscape photography a try?
When most photographers think of macro photography the first things that comes to mind are the balmy days of spring, and the warmth of summer. During those times interesting subjects abound, from budding plants and blooming flowers to colorful insects and other creepy-crawlies just about everywhere you look.
If you’re tired of hearing the same composition tips over and over again, like the Rule of Thirds or Leading Lines, you’re going to learn some different for framing outdoor photographs in the quick tutorial below.
Uploading images to social media is fast and easy, but not really the best primary way to share them, especially during the hectic holiday season. Emailing your favorite shots to friends and family members is an option, but that method has some uncertainty, too. And how many recipients save them after they see them? An image that exists only as a digital file has a fragile lifespan.
In basic terms, Luminosity masks are selections based upon the brightness (or darkness) of various portions of a scene. As you’ll see in the quick tutorial below, they enable you to discretely select the bright, dark, or midtone pixels in an image and then make whatever adjustments you desire.
If you’re tired of hearing photo purists claim that, “you’re not a real photographer unless you shoot in Manual,” join the club. That’s simply a lot of bunk, as numerous pros of all genres regularly shoot very effectively in Aperture or Shutter Priority modes.
If you’re looking for the ideal gift for the photographer in your life, or if you’d like to reward yourself for persevering through a challenging 2022, here are five photographic items that any photographer is sure to appreciate.
The holiday season is in full swing, and with it come numerous one-a-year opportunities for dazzling photos. And regardless of where you live, now is the perfect time to take a drive and photograph the festive lights and decorations that brighten up your neighborhood.
As the great Ansel Adams once said, “Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationship.” And that holds true whether you’re working with film in the darkroom or editing digital images on the computer.
Photo composites are a lot of fun to make, and they enable you to create eye-catching images by combining two or more shots. The problem is that there are a few hurdles to understand if you want to achieve natural looking results.
Oscar Jordan will soon be on his way to an exciting trip to London where he’ll be mentored by some of the world’s foremost creatives. Oscar won the Believe in What You’re Building Photo Trip Giveaway-sponsored by Identity Digital, the people who promote the adoption of the .photography-TLD (Top Level Domain) name dedicated to photographers who believe in the brand they’re building.
A couple weeks ago we featured an editing tutorial, explaining an easy way to create five unique effects using the Curves tool in Photoshop and Lightroom. Today instructor Scott Davenport is back with a bonus two-minute tip, demonstrating how easy it is to fix blown-out highlights using Curves.
If you’ve been following our ongoing Lightroom tutorials you know Adobe has made great strides with their most recent updates, and the latest masking tools have created quite a buzz, —including several new portrait-related masks that work pretty well.
Selecting the appropriate shutter speed for a given scene is important for most types of photography if you want the best possible results. This decision is important with landscapes and wildlife shots—particularly when shooting hand-held, for scenes with motion, and while using long lenses.
Guess what? Even professional shooters screw up on occasion; so don’t feel too bad about making mistakes. The trick is to not make the same error twice, and one way to avoid that is to learn from the foibles of experienced pros.
Experienced landscape photographers prefer shooting at two primes times of day, early morning or late afternoon. That’s because Blue Hour, just before sunset, is a great opportunity to make images with calm, blue tones. Golden Hour, at the end of the day, enables you imbue scenes with striking warm colors as the sun is about to set.
What should you do when creativity is at low ebb, there’s no time to travel to a compelling destination, and you’re simply out of fresh ideas? One simple solution is to take a photo walk in the town where you live (or even around the block from your home).
Sunrises and sunsets are among the most popular scenes for avid landscape photographers. Early morning images usually have ephemeral soft blue tones, while sunsets typically display striking yellows, oranges and reds.
Many inexperienced photographers make a simple mistake than can compromise the quality of their photos, and that’s thinking of a camera’s metering-mode options as a set-it-and-forget-it feature. If you’re guilty of this common error, the video below is for you.
Share your holiday photos and videos with family and friends. Zonerama is a free online platform that provides users unlimited space and encourages them to upload photos and videos where they’re securely stored and shared. You do not have to be a user of Zoner Photo Studio X photo/video editing software. There is no charge and it’s simple and easy to use.
Landscape photography is one of the most popular genres among Shutterbug readers, and the tutorials we post typically involve shooting and editing techniques for achieving great results. But today we’re taking s step back, with an important preliminary task you should perform before pulling a camera out of your bag.
Let’s fact it: Landscape photography can be really expensive. Not only do you need a good camera and an arsenal of great glass, but a solid tripod, filters, and a closet full of hiking gear and apparel for all seasons.
Put two outdoor photographers in the same place at the same time—one a pro and the other an amateur—and it’s likely their photos will differ dramatically, especially in terms of creativity. The reasons a pro usually wins include better composition, high-end gear, and a greater understanding of exposure techniques.
Sharpening and noise reduction are two very important tasks, and there are a number of options available other than Lightroom—including two very popular apps from Topaz Labs. In today’s tutorial you’ll see how Lightroom compares to Topaz Photo AI and Topaz Denoise AI when in comes to fixing soft images and banishing noise.
Photographers use their images in a variety of ways. Sometimes the goal is a huge print to display on a wall, while other times you want post photos on social media platforms—some of which have unique sizing requirements.
Boudoir photography is a popular genre with several common denominators. You start with a voluptuous, scantily clad model, pose her in an enticing manner on a bed or a couch, and compose the shot in a suggestive manner.
Sooner or later you’re going to dig through old boxes of family photos and do your best to restore those tattered, faded, color-shifted memories. You may deny it, but trust us—it’s definitely going to happen.
It’s not impossible to capture compelling landscape photos on flat, foggy days, but more often these conditions result in boring, uninspiring images. If that’s what you get on your next outing in the field, we encourage you not to trash the photos with the intent on returning on a better day.
We regularly urge you to try something different, capture images outside your comfort zone, and create photos that stand out from the rest. Today’s beginners guide to panorama photography is a great way to do exactly that.
If your outdoor photographs often have blown-out highlights, crushed shadows, or a combination of both, our guess is that you’re not using exposure bracketing to perfect exposure when shooting in difficult lighting conditions. The tutorial below quickly explains how it’s done.
What if we told you there are six easy Lightroom tricks that can turn good images into great ones? If that sounds too good to be true, watch the nine-minute tutorial below from our friends at The Phlog Photography YouTube channel.
This story first appeared in 2008 and was replayed in 2015. Another seven years have passed, so it’s time to resurrect it from the archives. It’s about a special moment between a man and his Pentax K20D.
Landscape photography is challenging enough, with ever-changing light, weather concerns, and complex scenes, that the last thing you want to do is to spoil your effort by making unnecessary mistakes. In the tutorial below you’ll learn how to confront errors that limit your chance of success.
Cropping photos is easy, right? You start with either a horizontal or vertical photo and trim it a bit to get tighter or remove distracting elements. Of if you want to be really wild (and have enough resolution) maybe you crop in a way that transforms a portrait orientation into a landscape perspective.
Curves is a very powerful and sometimes misunderstood ingredient for processing photos, and it’s not limited to Photoshop and Lightroom. In fact, just about any image-editing application you use likely includes a Curves tool.
If you’re in the market for an ultra-wide lens you’ve probably noticed they’re available in two basic configurations; fisheye and rectilinear. So what’s he difference, and which type best suits your needs?
Boudoir photography is like other forms of portraiture in many ways. Composition and accurate exposure are important, and precise focus is a must. But flattering poses are particularly critical when shooting boudoir because the ultimate goal is a sensuous result.
It’s been almost one year since the holiday season was upon us. Since then, all the factories and shops with amazing photography products have been working like mad to create the latest and greatest gear for your photography needs. Now is the time, to add to your list the best things to put a smile on your loved one’s face during the upcoming holidays. Luckily, you don’t have to put in the legwork. We took the time to put together a holiday guide with the best products you can find this year (we don’t skimp on details). Take a look and get those fingers warmed up for some gift wrapping. Happy holidays!