How to Turn a Photo from Day to Night Using a Few Photo Editing Tricks

Photographer Serge Ramelli recently put together a fun tutorial that shows you how to do something that might seem, at first, impossible: he takes a daylight photo and, using only local adjustments, he turns it into a nighttime or “blue hour” shot complete with lamplight. The tutorial takes about 17 minutes in all, and he […]

Adobe Supercharged Select Subject in the Latest Photoshop Update

Unmesh Dinda over at PiXImperfect recently took the latest update of Photoshop for a spin, and he was blown away by the improvement to ‘Select Subject.’ This AI-powered selection tool was always okay as a baseline, but now it’s gotten so good that Dinda isn’t sure he’ll be using the Pen tool at all anymore. […]

A Beginners Guide To Photographing Comet Neowise

The comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) has arrived in the night sky here in the northern hemisphere, delighting skywatchers and photographers alike. With planning, patience, and clear skies, you can capture an unforgettable image of this celestial event.

The Best Way to Sharpen Your Photos in Lightroom vs Photoshop

The good folks over at PHLEARN have put together a really useful comparison and tutorial that shows you all of the different ways you can sharpen your photos in Adobe Lightroom vs Photoshop. For many photographers, deciding where and how to sharpen your photos can be a real Sophie’s Choice. If you never pull your […]

Photography Cheat Sheet: A Super Easy Guide to Rembrandt Lighting

Chances are that if you're really into portraiture, that you've studied work that includes Rembrandt lighting. This method is popular partially because it's such a flattering lighting option. It's known for the signature triangle that you see on the face because of the angle.

Diffraction Explained: Why Your Lens is Worse at f/22 than f/8

It’s common knowledge that most lenses are at their best (i. e. sharpest) between f/5. 6 and f/8, depending on the lens. But why is that? Why does stopping down further actually make the image softer? This is what YouTuber ZY Productions explains in the video above.

Sports Photography Tips to Help You Nail Your Action Shots

My name is Andy Chua, and I’m a professional photographer based in Singapore. In this article, I’ll share tips for nailing your action shots in sports photography. Team Russia competed in Team Free event of Artistic swimming during Fina World Championship (Gwangju) 2019.

Adobe Launches New Video Series of 60-Second Lightroom Tutorials

If you’re looking to hone your Lightroom CC and Lightroom Mobile skills, Adobe has launched a new series of bite-sized video tutorials that you might be interested in. The series is called “In a Lightroom Minute,” and it’s made up of 60-second (give or take) tutorials that cover a wide variety of topics. Those of […]

Concert Photographer Shoots Striking Bokeh Panoramas

In Summer of 2019, while working with Elbow in Manchester, concert photographer Peter Neill had an idea. He decided to try and stitch an epic panorama… with a twist. Instead of using a wide-angle, he would use an 85mm f/1.

Sock Puppet Teaches You How to Use Your Cameras Manual Settings

If you’ve been looking for a fresh, entertaining take on the standard beginner’s guide to getting out of Auto Mode, look no further. The YouTube channel TheCrafsMan SteadyCraftin has released the strangest (and yet still very informative) tutorial we’ve seen in this genre.

A Beginners Guide to Focus for Landscape Photography

Landscape photographer and educator Mads Peter Iversen has put together a helpful focus ‘primer’ for the aspiring landscape photographers out there. In the video, he goes over auto and manual focus technique, his personal workflow, and a few basic tips and tricks that work well for him. Note that Iversen doesn’t go into the details […]

Video Tutorial: Youre Adding Too Much Clarity. Try This for Sharper Photos

When you're editing a photo, you'll most likely boost the clarity or the sharpness of the image to make it more appealing. But there's another trick that you're probably not using. Did you know that when you edit the black levels of a photo, that the rest of the scene pops out more? It's a simple psychology trick that can make someone think that the image they're looking at is much sharper than it really is.

How to Take Better Photos of Your Kids

If you are a parent with a passion for taking good photos of your kids, this guide will walk you through it and help to improve your skills. Posed vs. Candid Shots The first thing you might be asking is; What do you mean by candid’ and how is that going to help me take […]

Catchlights: The Small Detail that Can Make or Break Your Portraits

Photographer Joe Edelman has put together a helpful beginner’s guide that explains one of the most important (and easy to overlook) details in portrait photography: catchlights. These specular highlights can make or break your photo, and in this video, Edelman covers all of the basic “dos” and “donts” of catchlights in portraiture. “Dont overlook the […]

How to Change Someones Eye Color in Adobe Lightroom

When it comes to major retouching like changing eye color, most of us choose to use Photoshop or a similar pixel editor rather than a RAW editor like Lightroom. But as Anthony Morganti shows in the tutorial above, you don’t actually have to leave Lightroom to make this kind of edit. In this quick tutorial, […]

How to Make and Photograph Frozen Soap Bubbles

Nature and macro photographer Don Komarechka made this 4-minute video tutorial in which he shares how you can make and photograph frozen soap bubbles (if you live somewhere cold enough). First, you can mix up your own soap bubble solution using water, dish soap, and white corn syrup. The white corn syrup, what Komarechka calls […]

7 Tips for Taking the Perfect Beach Silhouette Photo

Silhouette images can really pack a punch — they can be very striking and have the wow factor. But how do you take them? Follow the tips below to take your own perfect beach silhouette images! A silhouette is an image of a person (animal or object) represented as a solid, usually black shape. All […]

How to Shoot Creative Macro Photos of Skeleton Leaves

Today we are going to use skeleton leaves and glycerin for a creative macro project. Skeleton leaves are fascinating and intricate structures that make great subjects for macro photography and creative projects.

5 Shots You Need to Get When You Are the On-Set Photographer

The first time I was hired to photograph on set at a music video was decades ago. The client was a record label and they didnt give me any detailed instructions. I was just starting out and it didnt even occur to me to ask just what I was supposed to take pictures of. I […]

How to Shoot the Milky Way: A Crash Course in Less Than 5 Minutes

Photographers Ian Norman and Diana Southern of Lonely Speck made this helpful video that will teach you the things you need to know to shoot the Milky Way in less than 5 minutes. The topics blazed through in the tutorial include gear, planning, camera settings, and focusing. While the video won’t instantly make you an […]

Whats That Spray Can in Lightroom For?

If you’ve ever noticed a little spray can icon while using Lightroom but have no idea what it’s for, this 8. 5-minute video by photographer Anthony Morganti was made for you. The spray can is the Painter tool.

Photoshop 101: How to Create a Stop Motion Animation

The latest episode of Adobe’s YouTube series “3 2 1 Photoshop” is for anybody who wants to get into stop motion photography, but has no idea how to actually create a simple animation from a series of still photos.

How to Get Great-Looking Skin Tones in Lightroom

Ryan Breitkreutz over at Signature Edits has created a useful tutorial that dives into one of the most critical aspects of portrait photography: skin tones. In this 30-minute video, he shares some his personal tips and techniques for capturing natural-looking skin tones, first in-camera, and then in Lightroom. Critically, Ryan begins the tutorial by emphasizing […]

Street Photography 101: Shooting from the Hip

In this article, I’m going to share my basics of shooting from the hip, a fun way to get candid, up-close street photos. Well cover camera settings, what to look for, and other techniques along the way.

Capture One Pro Basics: How to Adjust Exposure, Contrast and Saturation

When it comes to Lightroom alternatives, nobody has taken more users away from Adobe than Capture One Pro. But if you’ve never used Capture One and you need a crash course on the basics, Ted Forbes of The Art of Photography has put together a helpful video that you might find handy. This short beginner’s […]

5 Common Portrait Photography Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Portrait photographer Miguel Quiles is back with another useful video for aspiring portrait photographers. This time, he’s put together a video outlining the five most common portrait photography mistakes that he’s seen over the years, and how he suggests that beginners avoid or fix them.

Back to Basics: A Beginners Guide to Capturing Moody Portraits

Rachel and Daniel of Mango Streetone of the most popular photography channels on YouTubehave put together a great, straight-to-the-point guide to capturing that “moody” style of portrait that’s become a popular counter-point to the “dreamy” overexposed look that often dominates lifestyle imagery.

Macro Photography Trick: Create Rainbow Flares with a CD

The glorious colors of summer are fading away, and the windy weather makes outdoor macro photography difficult. In other words, its the perfect time to take photography inside and stage creative photos with things around the house.

Tutorial: How to Shoot Great Portraits with a 135mm Lens

The 135mm lens is a favorite of so many portrait photographers for great reasons. They compress your subject quite a bit, make everyone look fantastic, can be used for headshots and wider portraits, and blur the background into oblivion.

A Beginners Guide to Black and White Photography

Video journalist Logan Baker over at Shutterstock put together a handy primer for anybody who is looking to get into black-and-white photography for the first time. The tutorial amounts to an easy-to-follow beginner’s guide that we highly recommend you check out if you’re just getting started in this genre. Baker starts the video by admitting […]

How to Use ND Filters to Dodge and Burn Landscape Photos In-Camera

Photographer Karl Taylor recently put together a quick tutorial video that shows you how to use ND filters to “burn” a long-exposure in-camera while you’re taking the shot. It’s a neat trick, and a good solution for those times when a graduated filter won’t work.

How to Create a Focus Stack in Photoshop

Did you know that Photoshop has a built-in focus stacking function? This article explains about how it works and how to make the most of it. The reason why Photoshop is a great tool for stacking images is the incredible amount of flexibility that it provides. Not only does it gives you full control over […]

Tutorial: How to Properly Dodge and Burn Your Landscape Photos

Talented landscape photographer Michael Shainblum has put together a helpful tutorial that shows you two ways to dodge and burn your landscape photos depending on how selective you want to be. First, he shows you how to use the proper blend modesSoft Light is recommended, Overlay for a punchier lookto paint over the highlights and […]

How to Quickly and Easily Animate a Still Photo in Photoshop

There are all sorts of tools out there for making cinemagraphs and “plotagraphs” by animating certain parts of your still photos, but you don’t need any of them. This short tutorial shows you how to create these animations using Adobe Photoshop.

How to Shoot People-Free Photos of Crowded Places

It’s more and more difficult these days to photograph places without crowds or cars. One of the strategies that can help achieve that is to wake up early and be there at sunrise, but in very popular places, there will be other photographers with the same idea as you. So, how can we take a […]

Pro Tip: How to Shoot Cinematic Portraits with Hard Light

When it comes to portraits, soft and diffused light is often the go-to setting to create the most flattering results. However, hard light can also open up your portrait photography to a lot of creative techniques, such as cinematic effects.

Photoshop Tip: How to Sharpen Photos Without Creating Halos

In this short tutorial, Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect lays out his “Sharpening Separation” technique: a more advanced sharpening technique that allows you to sharpen your images as much as you like without creating those dreaded halos.

Heres a Free 2.5-Hour Tutorial on How to Shoot Portraits with Speedlights

If you’ve been wanting to get better at shooting portraits with speedlights but aren’t sure where to start, check out this free 2.5-hour tutorial by UK photographer Damien Lovegrove. Shot back in 2009, the tutorial shows Lovegrove demonstrating 23 different setups using one or more flashes, from simple one-flash portraits to setups that use 3 […]

4 Top Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Kids Indoors

Were forever taking photos of our children. We want to remember those first experiences, milestones, and adventures. But how many of those photos come out the way you intended, and how many make it onto your walls and into photo books? I have 4 top tips anyone can use to help improve your photography and […]

Create This Dual-Lighting Effect Using Just 2 Layers in Photoshop

Want to create an epic ‘dual lighting’ effect for your studio portraits, but don’t have any gels or LEDs to work with? No problem. In this short tutorial, Photoshop master Unmesh Dinda of PIXimperfect will show you how to create this effect in post using just 2 layers! As Dinda shows in the video, the […]

Heres a Free and Easy-to-Follow DSLR Beginners Guide PDF

Just starting out with doing photography with a DSLR (or mirrorless) camera? Here’s a free PDF you can download that will take you through some of the basics of understanding and using the camera so you can hit the ground running.

How to Shoot a Rim Light Product Photo with One Light

Here’s a 12-minute tutorial by AdoramaTV in which photographer Gavin Hoey shows how you can capture a perfect rim light shot without using multiple stripboxes and flashes — all you need is just one light.

How to Shoot an Epic Action Scene at Home Using Action Figures

Isaac Alvarez and the UNPLUG Production crew are back with another low-budget, high-quality photography tutorial. This time, they’re showing you how easy it is to capture some epic “action scenes” from the comfort of self-isolation by using some action figures, sugar, and creative lighting.

How to Easily Remove Color Casts in Photoshop

In this post, I’ll share how I do quick and easy color cast removal using Photoshop. I will provide some examples to show you that it can work for a wide range of images. The color cast removal process I will explain may not be a universal solution but it seems to be very resilient. […]

Quick Tip: How to Use the Dark Mode Photo Editing Technique

Pye Jirsa over at SLR Lounge wants to flip your portrait editing workflow upside down. In his latest tutorial, Jirsa shows off a technique he calls “Dark Mode” that creates a moody, dramatic look in just a couple of very simple steps.

5 Primary Light Patterns and Their Purposes

In this 8.5-minute video, well explain the 5 primary key light patterns and the why or purpose behind each of them. It’s all about key or main light positions and namely, understanding the why or purpose behind each one of these 5 primary lighting patterns. Keep in mind that we can find each of these […]

Dodging and Burning in Lightroom to Transform Your Landscape Photos

Theres a common misconception among beginner photographers, especially those that are just getting started with post-processing and editing their landscape photos. This mistaken belief is that dodging and burning is a highly complex procedure that should only be attempted by seasoned professionals and Photoshop wizards — this belief could not be further from the truth! […]

The Best Lightroom Tool For Improving Composition in Photos

How many times have you returned from what you felt was a productive photography trip only to find that some of the compositions of your favorite images weren’t exactly what you expected? This happens to me rather frequently, but fortunately for us, we have access to one of the best Lightroom tools for improving composition […]

9 Single-Key Lightroom Shortcuts I Use Every Day

In all honesty, I only use single-key shortcuts as opposed to multi-key for the simple reason that I cant remember much beyond a single keystroke. I thought about printing every shortcut and hanging it on my office wall for reference, but that would defeat the purpose of using shortcuts in the first place as Id […]

How to Balance Strobe Light with Ambient Light

My name is Jay P. Morgan from The Slanted Lens, and in this 6.5-minute video and article, I’ll illustrate the balance of strobes with ambient light. Whether its inside or outside, youre going to have to learn the formula to balance strobes with ambient light. Its not that hard, so lets go back to 1930 […]

5 Professional Location Scouting Tips for Outdoor Photo Shoots

Throughout the year, we leave the comfort of our studios and venture out to shoot on location. And theres no better time for outdoor photo shoots than the long days of summer. Before any professional outdoor photo shoot, you will need to source the best location for the project.

How to Shoot and Stack a Photo of Comet NEOWISE

Earlier this week, I brought my Sony 70-200mm lens and drove only about 15 minutes away into Bortle Class 4 skies. Whats really exciting is that I was shooting towards Salt Lake City and the sunset, and still the image turned out remarkably well among all the light pollution and sunset in that direction! Lets […]

Easy Posing Prompts Thatll Help You Capture Natural Looking Portraits

Photographer and YouTuber Julia Trotti has put together a helpful tutorial that’ll help you capture more natural looking portraits. In this short BTS video, she shares some of the common posing ‘prompts’ she uses with her subjects to capture a variety of different looks in each session.

How to Make a Portable DIY Camera Battery Charging Board

The filmmakers over at Threefold have created a DIY battery charging board with a very useful twist: it’s portable. And in the video above, they break down exactly how you can build your own version to suit your on-the-go creative needs.

Dogs photography tips | How to photograph your dog

While your furry companion may be used to running free outside, teaching them to sit and stay for your indoor shoot could be just the practice you need to take your animal photography to the next level.

Beginners Guide to the Best Camera Settings for Landscape Photography

The two most commonly asked questions in photography are probably: “what gear do you use?” and “what settings do you use?” In this video, landscape photographer Mads Peter Iversen answers that second question by diving into his typical workflow and explaining when and why to use certain settings when shooting landscapes. Iversen starts off right […]

How to Make Photoshops Object Selection Tool More Precise

One of the most useful AI-powered tools in Photoshop is the relatively new Object Selection tool. But if you’re finding that the tool isn’t quite as precise as you would like, Unmesh Dinda from PIXimperfect has a few tips that will help you dial the feature in just right. If you’re selecting an object out […]

How to Do Top-Down Light Painting in a Room

I’m light-painting photographer Russell Klimas, and in this article I’ll share how I do top-down light painting in a room. I was originally inspired to do this technique because when I had done it with a drone I had a troll complain that the images werent clear enough. In response, I devised a way (with […]