How you light your subject is one of the key decisions you’ll need to make when shooting portraits. The Koldunov Brothers published this 9-minute tutorial showing the impact the height of a light source makes and some typical mistakes photographers make in placing and angling lights. The video examines the problem areas on a face […]
Have you ever tried shooting portraits using only natural light indoors? It’s always worth a try because it could be a pretty fun and educational exercise, considering doing so would force you to work with whatever light you got to produce the best possible images you could.
A lot of things need to come together for me to snap the shutter. The light needs to be right and the composition needs to be perfect. A lot of times this can mean a lot of waiting, moving closer to the subject, or a lens change before I feel like taking the photo.
There are certain natural phenomena that most photographers would love to capture. Aurora, eclipses, meteors, rainbows, eruptions, lightning and tornados all present challenges to the photographer, not least of which is (with the exception of eclipses) having a camera pointed the right way when they happen.
Here’s a 9-minute introduction to the three-point lighting setup! If you haven’t seen our video about portrait lighting, we go over five portrait lighting positions and what type of emotion you can get from those positions.
With film discontinuations here and there over the years, shooting with slide films has become either rare opportunities that you save for special shoots, or quirky experiments using expired film stocks.
Photographer Eric Floberg made this 5-minute video tutorial on the subject of composing portraits. “Rules are rules for a reason, but they are meant to be broken, so let’s follow the rules and also break them a little,” Floberg writes.
The Difficulty of Shooting in Direct Sun A lot of the times when you’re shooting in direct sun, it’s very harsh on your subject’s face. Many people try not to put themselves in this situation because of it.
Lightroom’s Auto Mask feature lets you intelligently target edit towards specific portions of photos. While the standard tool is useful, there are more advanced ways of using the tool that can take your editing to the next level.
Whether you're doing portrait photography or YouTube videos, good lighting is one of the first and most important element you should set up in a studio. The most straightforward way to this is to get a softbox for diffused light.
Earlier this month, Adobe released an update that massively revamped its Camera Profiles, renaming the feature Profiles. In addition to 6 new Adobe Raw profiles, there are also creative profiles. And instead of downloading and/or buying third-party creative profiles, you can make your own.
If you’re not sure how to photograph a landscape, one primary factor you should consider is the current position of the sun in the sky. Here’s a fantastic 3. 5-minute video by CreativeLive in which National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting shares tips on harnessing different kinds of sunlight.
Want to get started with lighting your portraits with an off-camera flash but don’t want to break the bank in the process? Photographer Francisco Hernandez made this 10-minute video that shows what you can do with a basic cheap lighting setup.
If you’ve ever wondered why the images we see on beer advertisements always look super polished, that’s because every element on display was painstakingly planned. Commercial beer photography requires a skillset far exceeding just the mastery of photography fundamentals.
This is my account of how I’ve fallen in love with snowflake photography… I’ve spent the better part of my life photographing nature’s smallest details. My early years of shooting botanicals eventually evolved into my current obsession with macro insect and spider photography.
In my opinion, there’s an extra layer of believability — a tangibility, if you will — to using practical effects as opposed to relying heavily on post-production. Post work is limited by the breadth (or lack thereof) of imagination, which is why I try to get as much as I can in-camera. The first time […]
Instagram is rolling out a new Activity Status feature that you may or may not be comfortable with, depending on how much privacy you like to have on social networks. It allows people you follow or have previously chatted with to see how long ago you were last on Instagram. The Verge reports that the […]
Looking to make your own DIY overhead camera rig? Well, look no further – here is a 9-minute tutorial from photographer and YouTube star Peter McKinnon that shows you how to do just that. The first 2-minutes of the video are shot using an overhead rig, showing McKinnon performing some pretty cool magic (yeah, he does that […]
Photoshops High Pass filter can be an effective photo sharpening tool, but its effect can be too drastic for certain areas of your photo. Here’s a 9-minute tutorial from photoshopCAFE that looks at how to more effectively use Photoshop’s “High Pass” filter for sharpening.
Want to learn how to predict and photograph a moonrise or moonset? Here’s a helpful 5-minute video on just that by photographer Matthew Saville of Nature TTL. Every month there is a full moon, and this is the perfect time to capture the moon on camera.
RGB Curves can be an intimidating photo editing tool that’s difficult to wrap your mind around, but they’re powerful and worth learning. Photographer Conner Turmon made this helpful 8. 5-minute video that explains how tone curves work and how you can use them to create professional-looking photos.
Adobe’s new Lightroom CC software is designed to sync your photo catalogs across multiple devices, but did you know that Lightroom Classic can be synced as well? This 7-minute tutorial by photography journalist Dan Watson will show you how it’s done.
Shooting a day-to-night time-lapse doesn’t have to be hard. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create one of these “holy grail” timelapses the easy way. What You’ll Need to Shoot A camera (any camera — even a phone — will do) A tripod or mount A trigger/intervalometer (can be a hardware remote or […]
Here’s an in-depth 28-minute tutorial from the Photoshop Training Channel that will show you how to enhance and create amazing eyes in portrait photos using Photoshop. Each technique forms a different step to a thorough eye enhancement, but all adjustments should be made on separate layers so that your edits are not destructive. 1. Remove the […]
Adobe just announced its new cloud-based Lightroom CC app. If you’re looking into get started with this software, Photoshop Training Channel just released a comprehensive tutorial geared toward beginners.
Has street photography got you curious about shooting your city's best candid moments but don't know where to begin? Josh Katz comes to your rescue with a handful of tips and tricks that you can try with your camera or even smartphone camera today.
Here’s a 10-minute video tutorial in which photographer Kyle Cong shows why a strip softbox is a very handy thing to have if you’re shooting portraits on location. If you’re on location, you might find that you don’t have much space.
Here’s a quick Photoshop trick in a 6-minute video by PiXimperfect that’s great for making composites. It allows you to save different layers, alongside any adjustment layers, into separate files.
If you've always wanted to learn how to develop your own color negative films at home but feel it's too complicated, There are actually plenty of resources out there that will tell you it's actually pretty easy.
Doing night photography or shooting in low light is pretty easy when you're using digital gear, but it's certainly more challenging to do when you choose to work with film. Going blind and shooting unprepared with a film camera has been the source of frustration for many who are just getting into it. The good news is, you don't have to.
Digital cameras usually have infrared filters on the sensor that work to block out almost all of the infrared information reaching it. To shoot infrared photos, photographers often have their camera converted to capture infrared light by removing this filter, but in turn the camera loses its ability to capture “normal” images. If you’d like […]
Gordon Laing's In-Camera book is a natural evolution of the famous website CameraLabs. com. If you've been doing photography for many years the way that I have, you probably remember watching his videos and reading his ultra-long reviews in your photographic journey.
Adobe has launched a new Photoshop tutorial series for beginners on its YouTube channel, titled “3, 2, 1… Photoshop!” The series is hosted by Adobe evangelist Julieanne Kost, and so far there are 7 videos in the series looking at different parts of the fundamental skills of Photoshop. While the tips are probably not going […]
Instead of editing your images in post to inject color into your shadows, you can use gels to do it in-camera. Here’s a 6-minute video from photographer Jay P. Morgan at The Slanted Lens demonstrating 4 different methods.
I’m as interested in an “easy life” as much as the next person, so if somebody else has already done the hard work of making a product for me, and I can purchase it for a reasonable price, I’m all over it.
Educator Colin Smith of photoshopCAFE has 7 great tips for Lightroom users that might just surprise you and make your post production life a little easier. He previously shared 7 Photoshop tricks hidden in plain sight, and these Lightroom tricks are just as helpful.
Once you understand how to read a histogram, it becomes an extremely useful display of the data that your camera is seeing. This 10-minute video from Steve Perry examines what histograms are, how to use them to check exposure, and some tips for avoiding exposure clipping. Checking for exposure on the LCD screen of your […]
There’s little in portrait photography less flattering than a double chin. This concise video tutorial from the Koldunov Brothers demonstrates 5 techniques for reducing double chins, to significantly improve the portrait.
Ever shot an image of a model and kicked yourself about the color of what you had them wearing? Perhaps the clothing choice doesn’t suit the final image once you’ve put it through some processing software.
Can’t get enough of yourself? Here’s a 10-minute video from Peter McKinnon in which he shows how to create clones of yourself in photos using Photoshop and in videos using Premiere Pro. While you’re probably not creating something as elaborate as Orphan Black or Fargo’s third season, learning how to clone yourself or other people […]
Here’s a 5-minute video by Tony & Chelsea Northrup that will teach you how to use Photoshop to stack multiple exposures of a moving silhouetted subject. The end result is a unique effect that conveys motion in an otherwise still image.
Cinemagraphs are one of the coolest marketing tools that a photographer has at their disposal these days. This blend of stills and video seems like something out of Harry Potter, but in reality it is nothing more than some cleverly edited video.
It's pretty darn clear that film photography is coming back into fashion despite what haters may say. This goes hand in hand with photographers of all types trying to find a way through all the Instagram algorithms.
Shooting portraits in natural light can sometimes honestly be tougher than using a flash; but that's all considering that you haven't done any sort of scouting beforehand. However, natural light portraiture can be pretty simple if you can find a way to figure out the artistic vision parts as the technical parts can all be pretty simple too once you just pay attention to and carefully think about what you want.
Improving your composition can bring balance and personality to your photography, simultaneously enabling you to produce more appealing images. And as quick tips go, this 90-second video from Mango Street Lab is absolutely packed full of key compositional advice.
Have you been stopped in your tracks by some of the amazing time lapse videos produced in recent years? We know we sure have and these amazing videos have led to many photographers looking to get into time lapse photography.
My name is Michael Zwahlen, and I’m a photographer based in Germany. I want to share how I earn money through EyeEm. In the first four months of 2017 alone, the royalties I received through them added up to $1,254.
Today, it’s becoming increasingly harder for your style as a photographer to become recognized. Of course, there are prolific photographers such as William Eggleston and Stephen Shore whose use of color is almost instantly recognizable.
This guide is intended for concert photography beginners. If you have a DSLR camera and are interested in how to control your camera settings to take great photos at concerts, this guide is for you.
Picture it: it’s Saint Patrick’s Day, you’ve run out of Black & White film developer, all the stores are closed down… the only thing you can find is beer. Nothing worse could happen, but don’t worry! We have the solution to develop your roll of film.