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!
Good photographers are always looking for ways to make their images stand out from the rest, and one way to do that is by trying something different. In the tutorial below you’ll learn an easy way to do exactly that with a basic introduction to multiple exposure photography.
As one of our favorite pros insists, “Lightroom’s histogram is one of the most important things to understand in photography.” If you’re new to this powerful tool, the beginners guide below from our friends at The Phlog Photography will get you up to speed in barely eight minutes.
One of the most inventive portrait photographers on YouTube, Irene Rudnyk often shares engaging behind-the-scenes videos on how she captures her eye-catching images on a budget. The below video is no exception.
Are your images lacking in depth and interest? If so, today’s tutorial reveals what a British pro says is “the most powerful composition tool in photography.” By following his simple advice, you’ll immediately take your imagery to the next level.
We’ve all been there: You shoot what looks like an outstanding photo, only to open it on the computer and discover a distracting element or two that sort of spoils the shot. We’re firm believers of “fixing it, rather than trashing it,” and that’s exactly what you’ll learn how to do today.
It’s November, and that means retail stores and malls are shifting into end-of-year holiday decoration mode. Soon the red-suited elf will be shaking his bell outside the train station. Is it rushing the season? You be the judge. One thing we know for sure: it’s not too early to pick up a few new ways to give your holiday photos that extra sparkle.
Travel and landscape photographers typically reach for a wide-angle lens when confronted with a compelling landscape. But choosing a telephoto provides an opportunity to create images that stand out from the rest—especially in iconic locations that have been photographed time and time again.
Yes, being a photographer for a bikini catalog shoot is a real job. (Hey, somebody's got to do it, right?) So, if you ever find yourself working this "difficult" paid photography gig, you're going to need to know how to pose your bikini model to get optimal shots.
If you use Photoshop to process images, you know there’s a lot going on under the hood, and some powerful features and shortcuts can be very difficult to find. In the tutorial below you’ll discover what one pro says are “hidden efficiency gems in Photoshop that feel like cheating.”
Last month Adobe updated all their apps, and shortly thereafter we provided an overview of the most exciting features in Lightroom’s new version 12. In the tutorial below we’ll cover a variety of Lightroom basics for those just getting started with this powerful editing tool.
One of the most common questions pro photographer Mark Denney gets from students at his landscape photography workshops is regarding focus stacking. If you've been curious about focus stacking but don't know where to begin, check out Denney's tutorial video below on "Focus Stacking Made Easy."
Following closely on the introductions of the X-H2S and X-H2 mirrorless APS-C cameras, Fujifilm has announced the X-T5. Dubbed the “5th Generation System,” the X-T5 features a 40-megapixel X-Trans CMOS 5 HR imaging sensor and the new X-Processor 5 ASIC. Priced at $1699 (body only) the new model replaces the X-T4 in Fujifilm’s lineup at the same price point.
If you’re just getting started in landscape photography, or you typically shoot something else, it’s important to learn the basics for capturing impressive images the next time you venture into the great outdoors—whether that’s on vacation, while hiking, or visiting a local park or nature center.
Do you want to be more creative and capture images that stand out from the crowd? One way to do that is by gaining a full understanding of the relationship between aperture and shutter speed as pertains to whatever you’re shooting.
Many experienced outdoor photographers never leave home without a polarizing filter, whether they’re shooting landscape, nature, or travel photos. In fact, some experienced shooters claim this affordable tool is number one on their list of affordable photo accessories.
You’ll be forgiven for not recognizing the eXplorer brand of affordable, high-quality camera supports, because it’s only been around for several months. But if you’re in the market for a premium model designed for shooting in the field, these full-featured carbon fiber tripods deserve a close look.
We evaluated the Synology DiskStation 1522+ NAS for several weeks and discovered that it does a whole lot more than just store image and video files. It provides secure backups, multi-media server functionality, password-protected file sharing and multi-platform accessibility all rolled into one compact box—and that’s only the beginning.
One way to give landscape images a dreamy, unique look is to employ slow shutter speeds to create a sense of motion that’s not visible to the naked eye. By using this technique clouds take on a soft cotton-like appearance, as does flowing water in lakes, streams, waterfalls, and the sea.
Hopefully you’ve become proficient in Lightroom by following the tutorials we post regularly. But proficiency with various tools only gets you so far if you’re not making adjustments in the correct order.
One of the things we like about pro photographer Lindsay Adler's tutorials is that she shows you how to combine the old with the new to create timeless looks. In the below video, Adler breaks down a burlesque-style photo shoot and explains how you can duplicate this unique look for everything from portraits to boudoir photos.
New camera lovers, today was your lucky day. Two major new mirrorless models made their debuts this morning. First, OM Digital Solutions, the company formerly known as Olympus, launched the 20MP OM-5. Then, just a few hours later, Sony introduced the 61MP Sony A7R V.
Whenever we post a tutorial from photographer Jordi Koalitic Shutterbug readers know they’re in for a fun time. We refer to Koalitic as a “trickster” because he’s full of goofy ideas for making unique attention-grabbing images.
You’d like to sell some camera equipment to raise a little cash for the year-end holidays, but you want to avoid the dangers of selling to an anonymous stranger on an auction website? We hear you. The answer is as simple as MPB.
MPB is the online platform to buy, sell or trade used photo and video gear. With a client base of more than 250,000 customers worldwide, a 5-star rating on Trustpilot and turnover of more than 300,000 pieces of used camera kit per year, MPB makes selling or trading your gear safe, simple and fast.
If you’re a travel, nature, or landscape photographer, today’s tutorial is a must-see. In barely 20 minutes you’ll learn 50 Photoshop tips, tricks, and shortcuts that will make editing easier and deliver optimum results.
Not really, of course. But you can turn your scary Halloween decorations into thriller movie masterpieces using the Neural filters in Photoshop and a little imagination. Besides, we all know there’s no such thing as a Zombie. Right?
Tamron just announced an 8X lens for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras that starts at 50mm and zooms to 400mm, widening the range of creative applications compared to telephoto zooms that begin at the 100mm focal length. In addition to beginning at 50mm (the established “normal” or “standard” focal length for full-frame cameras) the new ultra-telephoto zoom focuses as close as 9.8 inches, rendering a magnification ratio of 1:2 (one-half life size).
We’ve talked a lot in the past about the difficulty of properly exposing landscape photos, because of ever-changing light and the wide range of brightness that often occurs within the frame. It’s often just as challenging, for different reasons, to attain proper focus—an equally critical consideration.
OK, listen up: Todays topic is “bokeh balls” and we don’t want any off-color comments! So what exactly are bokeh balls, and how to they affect your images? Simply put, they are spherical out-of-focus highlights that add interest and impact to all sorts of photos.