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Capturing Snow and Clouds (and Other White Things)

January 30, 2014 / by

White is a burden for your camera’s meter, which wants to present that as gray. The results are dingy looking snow and clouds. With a little know-how, we can compensate for that. In this article, we discuss the cause (your camera isn’t broken) and outline a few options that you have to efficiently correct for the white-to-gray shift in your photography.

What doors will be opened in the new year?

2014 New Year Primer

January 07, 2014 / by

Let’s get this year off to a good start. Let’s learn and improve our photography and lets think about inspiration and upgrades. We have some tips to help you do it right.

"A Place to Rest My Weary Head" - my camera would probably have over-exposed this photo if I didn't take measures to compensate for its biased meter.

How To Use Exposure Compensation (And Why I Don’t Use It)

October 24, 2013 / by

Exposure Compensation is a feature that most cameras have these days. We’ll teach you how to use it properly. Then we’ll reveal an alternative method.


Zoom Factors: Why Your Feet Cannot Be Replaced By A Zoom Lens

August 08, 2013 / by

Editors Note: This article was originally published on December 12, 2011. When it comes to the focal length of your lens, too often we think about how far or how close a lens will reach.  The relationship between focal length and the distance between our subject and the camera should not be thought of as corollary.  In truth, the focal length affects far more than how close you can “zoom in” on a subject.  The one detail that many photographers forget – the detail that affects the spatial aspects of our photos the most – is also perhaps the most forgotten:  Angle of view.  Angle of view affects what fits into the frame which, in turn, affects how we perceive space in a photograph.  It distorts perspectives and bends reality far more than you think.  As photographers, we must take that into perspective, and we need to adjust accordingly.  The only way to do that?  Use your feet. Compression Science If you are in the camp with those who believe that a photograph never lies, you should either change your view or give up the craft all together.  I believe that a photograph rarely tells a full truth, and angle […]

Yosemite - Tunnel View - Panoramic

Three Components of a Great Photograph

January 24, 2013 / by

Taking a step back from our camera and our photographs, we explore the three main components that every great photograph should have. You may find it interesting that perfect exposure isn’t the most important element.

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.

"Setting Of The Third Sun" by D. Travis North

Behind The Scenes: Setting of the Second Sun

December 14, 2012 / by

Several weeks ago, when I had been loaned the incredible Sigma APO Macro 180mm (OS) lens for our review, I got to play around with close-up and macro photography. One of my creations was the photo shown above, Setting of the Second Sun, which may just have been an excuse to play with my son’s LEGO Star Wars figures.  Close-up photography is, to me, almost zen-like.  While it is a an art that requires precision, discipline and a lot of patience, you have absolute control over every aspect of the shot.  The process behind a photograph like this is often misconstrued as something that is entirely thought up in the photographer’s mind and then with a quick setup, you have the shot.  It’s not like that at all, it’s a process.  Using this photograph as an example, I would like to take you through the process behind it’s creation.  In the end, I hope that you will have a better understanding of building a similar shot, and I hope that you garner some wisdom from my process. The Setup You have to start somewhere, so let’s start with a basic setup.  I used a piece of foam core as my ground […]

Red Eye

Red Eye Explained (And How To Prevent It)

July 05, 2012 / by

Red eye can quickly ruin an otherwise interesting candid or portrait. But what is it? And how can it be avoided? The answers to both within.

Arthur "Weegee" Fellig Self Portrait

Cameras vs. Lenses – Which Are More Valuable?

June 15, 2012 / by

Why is it that everyone spends so much time and effort evaluating a SLR/DSLR camera when the lens is far more important. Don’t believe me? Then why is it that the best lenses available easily cost more than most of the SLR cameras on the market. Let me ask the question a different way.  If a professional photographer had to give up either his lenses or his camera for a lesser model, which do you think he would choose?  He will choose to give up his camera.  Why?  Because any camera that will fit his lenses will still allow him to make beautiful shots.  But the kit lens will be limiting no matter what camera its mounted to. So again I jump on my box and state what I often have stated: When you are buying a camera, you are buying into a system. So when you are considering a camera, consider all of the lenses available for that camera as well.  The interface and feel of one camera means nothing if you dont’ like the lenses available.  And once you drop a few thousand dollars on lenses for your camera, you likely aren’t going to switch brands.  So do […]