About Us

Sleuth

  • an investigator
  • to follow a trail

Shutter Sleuth was born of a desire to learn and improve photography skills by better understanding the tools and technology used for modern photographic imaging. Photography has become more accessible to the general population through the growth of cell phones and other personal devices. The techonology and tools are constantly evolving, and the options avaialabe for the pro, the hobbyist, and the casual photographer can all produce incredible results – when paired with a bit of knowledge.

Shutter Sleuth explores both the basics and more advanced technical aspects of taking photos, editing, and comparing gear and techniques. Our goal is to help everyone become a better photographer, regardless of their skill level or goals. It is an exciting time to be a photographer because the tools have never been more accessible or more versatile!

Our Methods

In the studio, we take a methodical approach to studying settings and techniques, and comparing gear. We will click through many combinations of manual settings on one subject, and we’ll post the complete breadth of images in away that lets you explore the affect of each setting without taking the time yourself. (Of course, we encourage you to try it out on your own – there’s no faster way to learn!)

We are big fans of hands-on application. We take what we learn in the studio into the field and see how the lab results translate into common shooting scenarios. We’ll take the same tools into the field that we use in the studio, and we’ll compare the results using real-world subjects to demonstrate the concepts thoroughly.

We often develop test materials in the form of targets and test patterns. As we grow our library of patterns, we will release them for download or for purchase as high-quality, hassle-free prints.

Our History

Shutter Sleuth is the brainchild of a guy who’s first camera was a plastic shell from a thrift store with no film or glass, but an infinite roll of imagination and inspiration. My photo journey winds from a 110 point-and-shoot to a manual film camera in the 80’s ( that I knew nothing about but loved anyway ), and into the digital era with a DSLR and mirrorless cameras, with a side trip into cell phone camera apps along the way.

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