Laws of Light: Shooting in Direct Sun

The Difficulty of Shooting in Direct Sun A lot of the times when youre shooting in direct sun, its very harsh on your subjects face. Many people try not to put themselves in this situation because of it.

Three Cheap Options to Achieve Beautiful Diffused Light

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.

How to Make Your Own Profiles for Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom

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.

How to Shoot a Landscape at Any Time of Day: Different Qualities of Light

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.

Free RGG Tutorial: How to Photograph and Retouch Beer

If youve ever wondered why the images we see on beer advertisements always look super polished, thats because every element on display was painstakingly planned. Commercial beer photography requires a skillset far exceeding just the mastery of photography fundamentals.

How to Shoot Macro Snowflake Photos at Home

This is my account of how Ive fallen in love with snowflake photography Ive spent the better part of my life photographing natures smallest details. My early years of shooting botanicals eventually evolved into my current obsession with macro insect and spider photography.

How to Use a Projector as a Lighting Tool for Creative Portraits

In my opinion, theres 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 Now Tells People When You Were Last On: Heres How to Disable It

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 […]

How to Make Your Own Overhead DIY Camera Rig

Looking to make your own DIY overhead camera rig? Well, look no further – here is a 9-minute tutorial fromphotographer and YouTube star Peter McKinnonthat 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 […]

How to Selectively Sharpen Photos with Photoshops High Pass Filter

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 fromphotoshopCAFEthat looks at how to more effectively use Photoshop’s “High Pass” filter for sharpening.

How to Photograph a Moonrise and Moonset

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 ofNature TTL. Every month there is a full moon, and this is the perfect time to capture the moon on camera.

How to Easily Use RGB Curves to Tone Your Photos

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.

How to Sync Lightroom Classic Catalogs with Multiple Devices

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 Watsonwill show you how it’s done.

Shooting a Day-to-Night Timelapse the Cheap and Easy Way

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 […]

7 Ways to Enhance Eyes in Photoshop

Here’s an in-depth 28-minute tutorial from thePhotoshop 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 […]

Heres a Free Tutorial on Lightroom CC for Beginners

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.

Easy Street Photography Tips for 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.

How to Use a Strip Softbox for Portraits in Outdoor Locations

Here’s a 10-minute video tutorial in which photographerKyle Congshows 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.

Shooting Night Photography with Kodak Portra: Things to Consider

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.

How to Try Out Infrared Photography Without Modifying Your Camera

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 […]

Book Review: Gordon Laings In-Camera

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 Debuts New Photoshop Tutorial Series on YouTube for Beginners

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 […]

4 Ways to Add Color to Shadows Using Gels for Portraits

Instead of editing your images in post to inject color into your shadows, you can use gels to do it in-camera. Heres a 6-minute video from photographer Jay P. Morgan at The Slanted Lens demonstrating 4 different methods.

How to Make Camera Case Dividers for Less Than $13

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.

7 Hidden Lightroom Tricks You Might Want to Know

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.

A Beginners Intro to Using Histograms to Check and Nail Exposure

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 […]

How to Clone Yourself in Photoshop and Premiere Pro

Cant get enough of yourself? Heres 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 youre probably not creating something as elaborate as Orphan Black or Fargos third season, learning how to clone yourself or other people […]

How to Stack Silhouettes in Photoshop Using Blending Modes

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.

The Complete Guide To Cinemagraphs Tutorial

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.

5 Tips on How to Choose a Location for Natural Light Portraiture

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.

Quick Tip: Composition for Beginners

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.

Cheap Photo: Time Lapse Photography 101

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.

How to Color Your Photos Using the HSL Tool in Lightroom

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.

Camera Settings for Concert Photography Beginners

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.

How to Develop Film with Beer

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.

Tips Ive Learned from Photographing Lightning in South Florida

My name is Alex Brock, and I’m a photo enthusiast living in South Florida. I spent many nights last summer chasing storms through swamps and along the beach attempting to learn to shoot lightning, and I’d like to share some things I learned to help others who are starting out. I’m a simple hobbyist, so […]

How to Make a DIY Light Painting Brush for Cool Still Life Effects

A couple of weekends ago I was playing about with some ideas for a new portfolio shot involving a wall clock. Now, this clock happens to look a bit like a pocket watch, and a pocket watch normally has a chain (see where I’m going with this?). So I figured: “what if instead of a […]

How to Build a DIY Turntable for 360 Product Photography

If you do a lot of basic product photography, you might want to check out this video. In it, you’ll learn how to build and operate your own 360 product photography turntable, and it’ll only cost you about 15 or 20 bucks.

How to Make Your Subjects Pop with Complimentary Backgrounds

There are two important lessons in this simple, short, inspirational tips video by photographer Moose Winans. The first is how to use complimentary backgrounds to create separation and make your subject “pop”; the second is that you should go out and shoot, even when conditions are crappy and you don’t think you’ll get anything. On […]

4 Steps to Improve Your Photos (and How to Use Tone Curves)

One of the beautiful things about photography is that you can always learn new things and adapt as new technology comes out. For example, the first camera I ever shot on was a 35mm film point and shoot, and now I shoot on a full frame DSLR.

How To Edit Color Film Negatives in Photoshop

Scanning colour negative is without a doubt the most irritating part of my workflow. Since I started to shoot film, it has been the source of great frustration, especially in terms of color rendition.

How to Read a Licensing Contract as a Photographer

So youve spent years honing your photography skills, perfecting the art of puppy fashion photography. Youve set up a website to share your marvelous work with the world, and one day youre contacted by a corporation who wants to use one of your photos in its ad for doggie perfume. Youre thrilled; youve worked and […]

How to Shoot Polaroid i-Type Film in a Old Polaroid 600

Here’s a tutorial on how you can shoot Polaroid i-Type instant film in an old Polaroid 600 instant camera. I think the pictures speak for themselves I hope you like it, and that this tutorial saves you some money.

How To Photograph Seascapes

Photographing the sea and the waves can be both challenging and fun. People often ask me what “the right settings” are to shoot moving water so I decided to write a little guide on it. There are many options depending on what look youre going for. By using some examples of my own, Ill explain […]

Using Focus Stacking on Landscapes for Extreme Depth of Field

Focus stacking is a technique typically used in macro shots to achieve a large depth of field. Its a relatively simple concept: take many images focused at slightly different distances and combine the sharp portions to a single image in post.

How to Make Your Own Leather Camera Strap for Under $10

Bored of the standard camera strap that came with your camera? In this 37-minute video by Nick Exposed, learn how to upcycle old leather belts into stylish camera straps. You can get a leather belt from a thrift shop, eBay, or old forgotten drawer.

How to Give Portraits a Dreamy Glow in Photoshop

Hollywood photos and still frames often look fairly dreamy with a bit of a glow to the subject in the image. In this tutorial by the guys at Photoshop Cafe, you can learn a number of ways to do this to your own portraits.

How to Create a Double Exposure Portrait Using Photoshop

The artistic effect created by compositing images in a double exposure is certainly nothing new, but the masking techniques learned in constructing this kind of image in Photoshop are valuable in all sorts of post-production.

14 Hidden Lightroom Shortcuts That Use the Alt/Option Key

Did you know that there are lots of hidden Lightroom shortcuts? Some of the apps most useful shortcuts are tucked away in places you might never look. As a result you may be unaware of them until someone points them out to you.

3 Levels of Sharpening You Should Be Applying in Photoshop

My name is Jake Hicks, and I’m an editorial and fashion photographer based in the UK. In this article, I’ll share a look at some of the sharpening techniques I use in Photoshop to give my images a little visual-pop before I publish them.

5 Simple Tips for Shooting Better Interior Photography

Whether you’re interested in lifestyle photography, real estate imagery, or something in between, knowing how to capture great photos of interiors is a skill all beginners should master. Here are 5 quick tips that’ll help up your interior photography game.

A Comprehensive Color Theory Guide for Photographers

We talk about composition a lot, but have you ever really dived into the subject of color theory and thought about how it applies to your photography? If you haven’t, you should… and arguably the best place to start is this incredibly comprehensive demo by landscape photographer Dave Morrow. This educational tutorial is not for […]

An 8-Minute Crash Course on Blending Modes in Photoshop

Want to get a good grasp of Photoshop’s Blend modes? Here’s an 8-minute crash course on the subject by thePhotoshop Training Channel. They may be one of the least understood features, but blending modes can be extremely useful when creating composites and retouching.

Heres the Best Way to Match Tones in Composite Photos

One of the most common difficulties with compositing photos is having the color tones of the different parts of the image match. This can be tricky to achieve, but this 10-minute tutorial by Photoshop expertAntti Karppinenshows a powerful way you can do it using a Selective Color adjustment mask. By putting a neutral gray layer […]

How to Color Correct with One Click in Photoshop

Is there an unwanted color cast spoiling your photo? Correcting this is really simple when you use the curves tool, as demonstrated byPiXimperfectin this 7-minute tutorial. To do this, you’re going to be telling Photoshop exactly what part of your photoshould be gray.