How to Shoot Fireworks with Film: An Analog Photography Tutorial

With pyrotechnics, the stars of the show are quite literally, shooting stars, stars being the fireworks industrys term for those bits of flying sparkly fire. As in any performance, stars need a stage, and in a photograph, the stage is everything else in the frame: the dark sky, buildings, or monuments, even your fellow audience members watching the show.

How to Run Nik Collection Standalone Without Photoshop or Lightroom

DxO recently announced that it has acquired the Nik Collection suite of popular photo tools after Google abandoned development in May. The Collection is still available as a free download and can be run as standalone programs independent of Photoshop and Lightroom.

A Rubber Band Can Take the Stress Off Your Cameras Tether Cable

If you often shoot with your camera tethered, there are commercial solutions out there for taking the stress off your camera and cable and protecting the cord from getting yanked out. But if you’d rather not spend your hard-earned money on such a product, an ordinary rubber band can do the same thing. “Instead of […]

How to Customize Your Lens Caps with Spray Paint and a Label Maker

The Film Look made this 2-minute video showing how they created customized lens caps to help better identify and keep track of them. After buying some cheap generic lens caps from eBay at the correct lens diameters, they disassembled them, masked the portions that contact one another (or else the paint will ruin the sliding […]

Quick Tip: How to Use Gels to Change the Look and Feel of Your Portraits

Popping a gel in front of your rim light is a quick, easy way to change the feel of your portraits. As JP Morgan of The Slanted Lens shows you in this quick tutorial, there are a few things to consider when using gels to augment the look and feel of a portraitfrom your background, […]

How to Revive a Dead Rechargeable Battery in 30 Seconds

Have a rechargeable battery that won’t recharge properly? Before throwing it out, there’s something you should try. Here’s a 2-minute video by Lensvidthat will teach you one technique for reviving “dead” rechargeable AA and AAA batteries.

An Easy Way to Compose Landscape Photos at Night

When youre out taking nighttime landscape photos, one of the most difficult tasks is composing your photos exactly how you want. The reason? Its simply too dark to see anything. Looking through the viewfinder on a DSLR, it can be tough to make out any of the scenes important features. Live view might be even […]

How to Use a Bathroom as a Softbox For Beautifully Lit Portraits

Need to take portraits and dont have access to a lighting kit? No worries this 4-minute video from Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens will show you how you can turn a bathroom or any room for that matter into a softbox to create beautiful soft light. As Morgan explains, a […]

Quick Tip: How to Open a Lazy Eye in Photoshop

They say the devil (or is it God?) is in the details, and this quick Photoshop tip from portrait photographer Bill Larkin is all about making sure you nail those details. Specifically: he shows you how to quickly and easily ‘open’ a Lazy Eye in Photoshop.

Shoot Creative Double Exposures by Cutting Out Half a Lens Cap

If you have a film or digital camera that can shoot double exposures, there’s a free do-it-yourself accessory you can use to get creative with the technique: it’s the half lens cap. Photographer Vincent Moschetti of One Year with Film Only writes that he experimented with this technique using his $1 Smena 8M, a 1970s […]

Did You Know That a Reflector Can Do This?

Here’s a handy trick that may be useful for beginning photographers: did you know that you can bend your reflector to change the quality of the light on your subject? Held in the concave position, the light becomes more concentrated this option results in a very sculptured look, giving the image an editorial feel. […]

How to Use a Phone Screen for Magical Portraits

Wedding photographers are always looking to take creative, novel portraits and a quick, simple trick is often sitting right in their pocket. By using a phone screen as a reflective surface, it is possible to cover up unsightly elements, add intrigue, and make an image that much more interesting. Heres how it works: 1. Start […]

This Secret Code Shows if Your Nikon Gear is Refurbished

If you’re ever buying a Nikon camera or lens and the seller tells you they purchased it brand new, there’s a very easy way to see at a glance whether it was actually factory refurbished. Simply glance at the serial number and look for a “secret code.

This is a 60-Second Handheld Photo of the Milky Way

Photographer Jonathan Usher of Wellington, New Zealand, recently created this photo of the Milky Way rising from the horizon near his city. But get this: he wasn’t using a tripod or any other stabilization — not even a rock.

Tip: Deodorant Spray Can Tone Down Reflections in Product Photos

Here’s a helpful 4-minute video in which photographer Phillip McCordall shares a few tips and tricks for dealing with reflections in still life photography. Perhaps you’re stuck lighting your subject and can’t get rid of big white reflections.

How to Use a Tube Light as an Invisible Softbox

Want to try out product photography but can’t afford a softbox? They can be expensive pieces of kit, but invisible ones cost a lot less. In this 6-minute video by Leo Rosas, learn how to use a cheap tube light as a makeshift softbox.

How to Stop Lens Creep for Free Using a Rubber Band

“Lens creep” is that really annoying thing in which your lens slips and zooms itself out of position. It happens on all sorts of zoom lenses that have an externally moving part rather than an internal one.

How to Memorize the F-Stop Scale With Simple Math

Off the top of your head, do you know how much more light f/2. 8 lets in compared to f/5. 6? Do you know the f-stop number that comes after 11? This 1. 5-minute video reveals the simple pattern used by the scale.

Photog Cleverly Photoshops Kids Into a Family Photo from Early 1900s

Talented photographer and retoucher Karen Alsop recently decided to have some Photoshop fun with her friends and family. When her mom unearthed an old family photo from the 1900s, she added her kids into the shot and pretended it was an authentic photo of long lost relatives… and it worked! The photograph shows Alsop’s great […]

I Used IKEA as a Free Set for Shooting Product Photos

I recently did a product photo shoot for a kids product I invented and am launching. Instead of staging and styling the photos myself, I decided to use an IKEA store. Im not a professional photographer, Im an inventor, so someone who knows how to use a camera properly will inevitably be able to get […]