When working in conditions like these, RAW really helps you maintain control and push the envelope.

6 Reasons Why RAW Tops JPEG

April 25, 2013 / by

RAW is a file format that most digital cameras support. It’s the preferred format of many photographers. We’ll explore why in this article.


NextGEN Gallery: The Next Chapter

June 19, 2012 / by

NextGEN Gallery – the leading gallery plugin for Wordpress – was recently acquired by Photocrati – a leading Wordpress template for Photographers. Read on to hear why this affects you and why we think this is great news.

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Track the Sun (And Moon) with Sundroid for Android

October 20, 2011 / by

Some of the best outdoor shots are accomplished during the ever-changing sunsets and sunrises. Figuring out when the sun rises or sets requires planning, but Sundroid – an app for Android Phones – can help you calculate the precise time.

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Photo Mechanic for Workflow Management (Review)

August 10, 2011 / by

So you’ve hit that point where your files have become too numerous to manage, and you really need a tool to help you out. Photo Mechanic just happens to be such a tool, and we got our hands on a copy to review. In true Shutter Photo fashion, we’ve played with it as much as we can, and we have a lot of features to introduce to you, and a lot of thoughts. Read on to hear what we have to say.


GIMP – Free Photoshop Replacement

September 25, 2009 / by

Who says you have to pay for the best software? Not the Open Source community, who has created one of the best photo editing tools which also happens to be a free download: GIMP. To learn more about GIMP, read on.


Camera RAW 101 (A Book By Jon Canfield)

September 01, 2009 / by

In his book, “Camera Raw 101: Better Photos with Photoshop, Elements and Lightroom”, Jon CAnfield teaches us everything we need to know about Adobe Camera RAW – the widely coveted conversion tool for RAW photographers. To see what you can expect from the book and to read what Shutter Photo thinks of the book, read on.


5 Secrets of the Photoshop Crop Tool (@DPS)

August 06, 2009 / by

Digital Photography School, always a great source of wisdom, is hosting an interesting article titled 5 Secrets of the Photoshop Crop Tool, written by Helen Bradley.  A lot of quick tips like changing perspective with crop, rotating the crop window, and so on…many of which I’ve never seen before.  Great tips, a worthwhile read for Photoshop users.


Google Chrome – Bad for Color Profiles

June 18, 2009 / by

Google Chrome may be the fastest browser around.  But for now, it’s also the only one that dumps a color profile you may have set up with color management tools like Spyder2. As a photographer, it’s annoying when you start Chrome and everything goes blue. This is going to be a deal killer for me for a while.  This bug is reported and filed as Issue 1673.  I’ll be following closely. Update: After many months avoiding Google Chrome for this very reason, I have recently started experimenting with it again.  As of this writing (June 11, 2010), it would appear as though things are fixed on my end.  However, the issue in the bug system still remains open.  So perhaps there are still a few people experiencing the problem.  We will continue to keep you updated.


Predict the Moon for Better Photos

May 15, 2009 / by

Andre Gunther just posted an excellent tutorial about predicting where the moon will be so that you can plan your shots.  The article comes at an opportune time as I have recently been experimenting with night photography.  I am sure that many of you would also benefit from his little tutorial. In brief, Andre shares his technique for predicting where the moon will be at a given time on a given day.  He uses some pretty basic software like Google Earth and an application referred to as Heavenly Opportunity.  The tutorial is fairly easy to follow along, and it’s a great resource for planning your shots.  Even if this isn’t interesting to you, you should at least visit the tutorial to see some great night photos. Visit the tutorial: Predict the Moon for Better Photos (Andre Gunther Photography) Friday’s are Found days.  Every Friday, we will try to introduce you to a website, an inspiring video, some photos or even some inspiring article that we have found on the web.  If you have any suggestions for sites that should be hilighted here, please send a message through our contact form. If you like this post and would like to be […]


Color Calibration: Now I See Clearly

April 27, 2009 / by

Last week, I posted that I was awaiting the arrival of my Spyder 2 Express color calibration system.  At the request of some of Shutter Photo’s readers, I am writing today as a follow-up to share my experiences.  So here’s the entire story. First and foremost, I want to state that I was not ignorant to color calibration technology.  There are a number of devices on the market, and many photographers preech about their favorite systems.  But I was working under the misconception that my monitor was fairly accurate, so a color calibration system was something that fell to the back burner.  But then I tried to order prints.  Specifically, I ordered prints of Temple of Lights, and was greatly disappointed at how it came out.  So it was time for me to face facts:  I needed a color management solution.  So I ordered the Spyder 2 Express.  Below is a side-by-side comparison of one of my photographs, one edited before and and one after calibration. [singlepic id=267 w=300 float=left][singlepic id=283 w=300 float=right] The image on the left is what I previously considered the final product.  The image on the right is how I had intended the photo to look. […]