Over the past decade and a bit (the years are flashing by!) I have managed to find some great hacks. In this 3.5-minute video, I go through my 5 favorite hacks as a commercial photographer. #1. Tennis Ball Feet First, you can cover the bare ends of stands and boom arms with tennis balls. Many […]
Photographer Jordi Koalitic has made his name by coming up with simple, creative ways to capture really interesting photos. And now that we’re all under lockdown, he’s using this skill to share 20 fresh photography ideas for the shutterbug who’s stuck at home.
Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake over at DPReview TV have put together a helpful (and timely) primer that shows you how to take better indoor portraits using only natural light, and without needing to buy any additional photography gear.
Film photographer and YouTuber Willem Verbeek has released a helpful video for beginners that covers his 8 favorite film photography hacks and tips. Some are useful, some are obvious, and some are just good sense.
Barcelona-based photographer, filmmaker, and skiier Philipp Klein Herrero was going to go on a ski trip with his family before lockdown hit and they all got stuck inside. But Herrero decided to go skiing anyway… on his living room floor, that is.
Photography is all about perspective - the person behind the camera can use their imagination to tell different stories about a subject from a variety of angles. Perspective gives depth to an image and can make a two-dimensional photograph feel like a three-dimensional scene.
Having a photography studio is fun, but it is even more fun when you start applying simple and cheap solutions plus common sense to make your shooting experience (and your clients’ experience) smoother.
Everyone has been taught from birth how to get a kid to smile. You just tell them to say “cheese” and they respond with a nice big natural smile, right? Well, anyone that’s actually tried this can testify to how well it works (if you didn’t catch my sarcasm… it doesn’t). You end up with […]
I don’t have an expensive camera. I use a Nikon D3000, which is one of the oldest entry-level DSLRs and I have only an 18-55mm kit lens. Because of this, I have to be creative to make good shots. I always try to make different photos than the others, but it’s really hard. There are […]
In this video and article, I’ll share 10 helpful Lightroom tips that can improve your photo editing. #1. Auto tone in Lightroom The auto tone section Lightroom gives you is a really good start to your editing process in Lightroom.
Everyone’s list of Lightroom tricks and shortcuts is a bit different and when I started to compile mine I wasn’t 100% sure what they were exactly. It’s funny how you don’t even realize you’re using these handy timesavers as they become second nature when you apply them within your editing workflow. In this 6-minute video, […]
Lightroom is an interesting piece of software, on one hand, if all you want to do is apply a preset or make some basic adjustments to your image it can be an incredibly simple and straightforward experience.
Jedi mind tricks are not just for Jedi. They’re for photographers too. Us portrait photographers face a difficult mission. We must form instant connections with our subjects. Have you ever photographed someone with whom you just can’t click? I have, and it sucks.
If you’re looking to add a creative touch to your photos, you can consider making a DIY lens filter for custom effects. Here’s a 3-minute video from COOPH that suggests 8 photo filters that you can make at home to spice up your photos in seconds.
Did you know that hidden within Photoshop CC are a number of “easter eggs” that customize the photo editing app in wacky ways? Three that you can activate in the latest version of Photoshop CC are “Layer Monkey,” the “Banana Toolbar,” and “Coffee & Toast.
I don't have an expensive camera. I use a Nikon D3000, which is one of the oldest entry-level DSLRs and I have only an 18-55mm kit lens. Because of this, I have to be creative to make good shots.
Want to spice up your photography and try some unorthodox methods for getting unusual photos? This 1-minute video may be the inspiration you need. Photographer Dan Watson runs through 5 neat accessories that will let you “hack” your way to creative photos.
Back in May, artist Kevin Parry released a viral illusion video of himself walking into a mirror in a forest and emerging out the other side. If you liked that one, check out Parry’s new video above featuring a compilation of many similar illusions. See if you can figure out how each one was done […]
Here’s a quick video from tutvids covering five different tricks that will be completely new to most Photoshop users. Did you know there is a Banana Tool? You’ll soon find out what it does (or doesn’t do).
Camera body caps, duck clamps, cable ties, gaff tape, and more—if you’re not using these seven ‘stupid’ little items on set, you’re missing out. Photographer and filmmaker Peter McKinnon has learned a lot after nearly a decade of professional shooting, but some of the most useful “tricks” he’s learned have nothing to do with technique. […]
The foods you buy in the store and at restaurants are never as tasty as they look in advertising photos, but what many people might not know is that you probably wouldn’t enjoy eating the foods seen in those pictures.
Ready to get creative this weekend? Good, because our friends at COOPH are back with 9 creative photography tricks you can try out at home when you have a spare minute. From making your own glitter “snow,” to magnifying glass macro and beyond, there are some really fun tips in here. Some of these will […]
If you’re a Nikon shooter, listen up. Wildlife photographer and knowledgeable Nikon shooter Steve Perry has some really useful tips and tricks that will make your life much easier. Perry has spent a lifetime shooting Nikon, and this video covers the 7 favorite camera customizations and tricks he’s discovered over the years. It’s worth noting […]
When I was growing up, I spent several summers living with my father on the Isle of Skye in northern Scotland. As a teenager, I didn’t have an appreciation for the landscape, but as I grew up, I started noticing just how beautiful it really was. That is why I began photographing nature, and it’s […]
Want to win at social media in 2017? The folks over at On Blast Blog did some research on tips, tricks, and best practices, and they’ve created a helpful cheat sheet infographic with all kinds of helpful nuggets of wisdom.
There’s a Gmail add-on feature that photographers and others always seem to benefit from once they find out about it. I’ve been using it since it has been available and it has been amazing.
DIY photography tricks… need we say more? Whether you’re stuck in a creative rut or just want to break out of your photography comfort zone a bit, this video is the perfect way to start the week.