Shutterbug’s Expert Photo Techniques

Shutterbug’s Expert Photo Techniques

Shutterbug's Expert Photo Tech

Photo magazine for all photographers with pictures, product reviews, & tips. Shutterbug is the leading photo and imaging magazine for advanced amateur and professional photographers, and all who relate to their photography as a meaningful part of their lives. Inside every monthly issue you'll get lighting pointers, pro studio tips, test reports, equipment reviews... and much more! Written by photographers, for photographers, Shutterbug is dedicated to helping photographers enhance their creative potential.

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2 min.
editor’s notes

THERE ARE A LOT of so-called experts on the Internet these days offering you a variety of “tips & tricks” on everything from how to properly caulk a bathtub to how to buy the right laptop computer. While some of this “expert” advice can be helpful, much of it is the same basic stuff that has been rehashed over and over again on the web for many years. (If you want an example, Google “How to Photograph Fireworks” and you’ll see virtually the same tips story repeated on the first three pages of your search results.) For our special Expert Photo Techniques issue, we like to think we offer something distinctly different from all that Internet noise. For starters, our photo experts are real experts and include everyone from working professional…

6 min.
better lighting for nature close-ups

WHEN CAPTURING INTIMATE nature portraits, it always helps to add breathing room between the camera and your subject. This buffer zone makes skittish subjects less prone to take flight and avoids casting shadows with the lens. To add bright color and detail in almost any lighting situation and reduce any motion blur, I always turn to electronic flash. I might use a macro ring flash when shooting with a 90 or 100mm macro lens. The ring flash is mounted around the lens (as the name implies) and can bathe the subject in an even wash of light. But the ring light has its limitations. The low power output on most units restricts its use to very close subjects, and the shape of the flash itself often restricts the field of view.…

6 min.
hand, eye & camera

WOOLY MAMMOTHS ROAMING under star-filled desert skies, skeleton bands jamming in the back alleys of Austin and angels hovering in ballet poses over city lights. These are not exactly common camera fare— even in the fanciful world of night photography—but they are exactly the kinds of beings that populate the very fun and inventive world of light painting artist Darren Pearson (www. dariustwin.com). Using a combination of long shutter speeds, an assortment of small flashlights and supremely good drawing skills, Pearson breathes light and life into a world of his own very fertile imagination. An illustrator, designer and co-owner of a clothing company (Danger Brand) by day, Pearson wanders the night— flashlights in hand—drawing his bright fantasies on a canvas of blackness. Unlike a lot of light painters whose light is…

7 min.
matt stock’s florida nights

LIKE MOST NIGHT shooters and light painters, photographer Matt Stock has little fear when it comes to pushing the boundaries of his art and technique. He’s willing to put in whatever effort it takes to make his shots happen—no matter how ambitious or daunting the challenge. And he’s prone to being cautious in the environments he’s working in because, like most night shooters, he’s run into his share of unusual nocturnal dangers—take sharks, for example. And sharp-edged ship wrecks, snakes and the occasional alligator. Based in Miami, Stock says unusual dangers of all sizes come with the territory—the territory usually being south Florida. “As a Florida native, I’m very comfortable hiking in the Everglades and in the mangrove swamps,” he says. “But lets be honest, mangrove swamps are not the most…

7 min.
choosing a photo backpack

AS PHOTOGRAPHERS, we have a unique way of looking at backpacks. Ordinarily the backpack harness and a proper fit would be the first things a backpacker would look at for a wilderness trek lasting days or weeks. We—even when on an overnight outing—are usually on foot for only a few hours at a stretch, stopping often to shoot. Not all of us are headed into the backcountry and may simply be hiking a day trail. Either way, we’re concerned as much with our photo gear as with our own comfort—getting the gear safely to our destination and getting around without hindrance or hassles and always being at the ready so we can start shooting the moment inspiration strikes. TYPES & FEATURES For starters, pick a backpack to match what you plan to…

8 min.
what’s in my bag

YOU PACK YOUR CAMERA, favorite lenses and all of the stuff that makes for a good photo outing. Once you get on the road you remember that stuck filter you could never remove, the way you struggled through the dark to get that pre-dawn shot, the rarely used filter that would have made a difference in the one great shot of the day or the lens that you really wish you packed…you get the drift. On offer here are some of the items years of outdoor shooting have taught me to bring along, to the point where I now keep many of them permanently in my “go” bag. While I’m not suggesting you always carry all of the items I’ve listed, consider this a friendly reminder of some of the…