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Focal Length and the Photo Taking Process

February 21, 2013 / by

The Focal Length is often neglected, changed to frame a shot out of convenience. This is a nasty habit that we need to break. We’ll tell you why and motivate you to be a stronger photographer.

Old from New

Your First New SLR Camera…Now What?

January 10, 2013 / by

So you acquired your first SLR. Now what? Here’s a quick guide to getting you started…it’s not as scary as you think.

Toy Train Under The Christmas Tree

Happy Holidays (We’ll See You In The New Year)

December 20, 2012 / by

As Shutter Photo Prepares to take a break for the holidays, we wanted to load you up with stuff to read, do and learn. Here’s some great resources, articles and inspiration to get you through the week.

"Rail Tunnel" by D. Travis North

Look Silly (And Create Great Photos)

October 18, 2012 / by

Photographers are a crazy bunch. Laying on the pavement, climbing trees – standing on crates just to get the right angle. We can collect some pretty interesting comments and gather a lot of strange looks. It’s inevitable. But we need to overcome. In this article, I share about my own silly experiences and how I overcame my own fears.

"Vertical Screen" (commissioned) by D. Travis North

Brothers Priority: Two Powerful Camera Modes

April 13, 2012 / by

I’d like to introduce you to my semi-automated friends, the Priority Brothers. Sure, they’re very focused and finicky about their areas of expertise – almost obsessive compulsive about it. But you will never find a better, more useful team in the world of photography. Read on to learn a little about each brother and how best to use them in your photographic works.

Bridge Travels

5 More Things I Wish I Had Learned When I First Learned Photography

April 05, 2012 / by

Back in January, I listed five things that I wish I had learned when I first learned photography. I wish I could say that there were only five things. There’s many more, and so I would like to revisit the topic. The truth is that while I had two formal classes early in my photographer’s life, I spent most the last eighteen years teaching myself. It started with experimentation, then led into books and now the internet. There’s so many resources out there, it’s easy to go off on some tangential direction and miss the big picture. The big picture, of course, isn’t really in the books, nor is it on the websites; not even this one, as much as we strive to paint that picture. It all comes from experience. Of course when I describe these things I wish I knew, it’s not as simple as me telling you what I wish I knew. One has to live it. But in me sharing my perspective, I’m hoping to at least show you what you need to experience. This iteration is more focused on such experiences, and so I hope it helps you acquire your own experiences. Prepare To Be […]

Evening With Wet Cain

Brushing Up On Your Skills

March 23, 2012 / by

A change of seasons is a good enough reason to brush up on your skills. It’s a great time to analyze your work and find some inspiration for yourself. Maybe you need to be reminded of what and why you do what you do. Well, we’ve written a lot of articles, so we know about those things. Read On to take advantage of our wisdom.

"In Focus" by D. Travis North

Why Aren’t My Photos Tack Sharp?

September 15, 2011 / by

So-called focusing problems plague our workflow. Too many photos are rejected as a result, decreasing efficiency which only adds to the frustration. We cover a number of potential causes for the problem and offer solutions. Hint: It’s not always a focus issue. For our thoughts, read on.


An Argument For Chimping Photos

August 11, 2011 / by

“Chimping” is the art of checking one’s camera back after a shot, be it to verify the shot or to simply admire ones own talents as a photographer. The practice is shunned by many experienced photographers. But should it be? Are we really all just grumpy old salts? Let’s revisit this, shall we? Read on…

"Urban Tunnel" by D. Travis North

Know Your Gear: Digital Sensor Limitations

June 02, 2011 / by

As a follow-up to last week’s article, “Lens Limitations”, we wanted to discuss another aspect of the camera: The digital sensor. Once again, our goal is to share with you the limitations that your sensor might have. In doing so, we hope that you will be able to use your camera more efficiently and more effectively.