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.

"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 […]

My current Watermark - less obtrusive than the old one

The Great Photo Watermark Debate

June 07, 2012 / by

Watermarks are debated almost as much as camera brands in the photography world. Accepting that there will always be differing opinions, I share my own philosophies on the topic and then discuss the evolution of my logo to address some critical concerns.

"Iron Horse Stables" by D. Travis North

5 Things I Wish I Learned When I First Learned Photography

January 26, 2012 / by

With 18 years of experience, I realize now that there were a lot of things I wish I had learned early on. Mostly misconceptions, I am sharing these points with you so that can get a leg up. Read on to see five of the things I wished I learned way back then.

"Christmas Train" by D. Travis North

Building a Photograph: Toy Train Under The Christmas Tree

December 15, 2011 / by

A model railroad under a Christmas tree – a planned out photograph that took a lot of thought and effort. Follow along as I discuss the entire process from start to finish while constructing and building this photograph. Read on for some behind-the-scenes shots and explanations of the entire process.

Photo Mechanic

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.

"Bones of Infrastructure" by D. Travis North

Workflow For a Release Schedule

July 28, 2011 / by

Workflow isn’t just about processing your work. It’s also about planning when your photos should be seen by the likes of your fans. Read on to learn why, and to learn some tips on how to handle and adapt your workflow.


Dealing With A Case of the Blues (Your Camera Is Sensitive)

August 19, 2010 / by

Your camera is not perfect. With a sinister grin, it is trying to mess up all of your photos, or at least capture all your photos with a bluish or greenish cast. But you know better, you know not to trust it. So what do you do? Psst…I have a few secrets to share with you.


Completing Your EXIF Data

March 17, 2010 / by

The Exchangable Image File Format (or EXIF for short) is perhaps one of the largest benefits of digital photography.  The EXIF metadata is actually kept within the header of your image files – assuming you’re using a compatible format such as JPEG or TIFF – and it contains all sorts of information such as the shutter speed, whether your flash was fired and so on.  Such information is incredibly important to the growth of any photographer – regardless of their skill level.  Up until EXIF came along, we had to resort to such archaic tools as pencils and papers.  Okay, we still do that, but we spend a lot less time as the technical details are already recorded, and we can save those precious lines on the page for things such as sun position, the shot setup or a list of Monty Python Characters that inspired the shot. Generally speaking, you don’t want to alter the data that’s already contained within your image file.  However, there are some essential pieces of information you’ll want to add to it to make it more complete.  Such information is beneficial to you if you’re using a photo organizing program, but photos that you […]


Tips For Reaching Your Photography Goals In The New Year

January 07, 2010 / by

Many of you have made New Years Resolutions to achieve certain goals this year. You’ll also have to remind yourself to keep yourself on track throughout the year. Here’s a list of tips that will help you to achieve your goals in photography, no matter what they are.