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 […]

This Matchbox Pinhole Camera Is So Fun

Pinhole photography is perhaps the most basic and yet creative genre to explore without blowing up a budget, yet being super enjoyable at the same time. We found this tutorial video by Brightside on how to construct a working pinhole camera using a matchbox as the camera body.

Photoshop Tutorial: Using Luminosity Masks vs Blend If

Photoshop’s tools frequently overlap, and a great example of this is Luminosity Masks vs Blend If. Both can be used to do the same thing, but they work in slightly different ways. This useful tutorial breaks down the differences so you know when and how to use each tool. This Photoshop tutorial comes to us […]

How to Add Warmth Back to Skin with Photoshop

A lot of the time when we’re shooting with flash photography in a big white studio, our portrait images can appear a little stark or cold. This quick fix in Photoshop takes less than two minutes to do but can add a lot of warmth and life back to our models skin. Step One It […]

How to Speed Up Your Lightroom Editing By Using Anchor Photos

One of the ongoing pain points of being a photographer is the time we spend editing. Dont get me wrong, I love turning a flat image into something breathtaking, but it does take a while to get through a batch of 1000+ photos from a wedding or concert. Combine that with the volume of events […]

If Photoshop Had Magic Powers

Need a laugh this election day? Check out this fun little fake Photoshop tutorial by YouTuber punpun. It gives you a peek of what we assume will be possible in Photoshop CC 2050forget photo editing, we’re talking pixel perfect reality editing.

How to Create Foreground Bokeh with Water Drops on Glass

This foreground bokeh look is actually a setup I played around with a few times many years ago. I thought it would be a good, fun setup to share, as you can get some interesting results whilst playing around the much-loved bokeh.

Quick Tip: How to Handle Difficult to Remove Spots in Lightroom

Longtime Adobe Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde shares a very useful little tip in this 60 second episode of Lightroom Coffee Break. If you’ve ever run across a difficult-to-clone spot in Lightroom, Warde shows you how to use a setting that will definitely help.

Two Ways to Dodge and Burn More Effectively in Photoshop

While Photoshop does have the “Dodge” and “Burn” tools, using them destructively on your original image is definitely not the best way to edit your photos. Check out this tutorial to discover two dodge and burn techniques that are more effective, cleaner, and smarter.

How to Build a Bear-Proof DSLR Camera Trap Housing

Looking to make your own DSLR camera trap housing? Youve come to the right place. Camera trapping is an increasingly popular technique, and its rather addictive too. The ability to leave your DSLR camera out for days or weeks at a time, watching and waiting 24 hours a day, has revolutionized the wildlife photography field. […]

How and Why to Use Back Button Focus

Here’s an 8-minute video lesson by photographer Mike Hagen of Nikonians on how and why to start using back button focus on your camera. “As a photographer, you want to have the most control over your shot as possible,” writes CreativeLive, the producer of the video.

Lightroom Basics: How to Edit a Milky Way Photo

This short Lightroom tutorial will show you how to turn a simple RAW photo of the Milky Way into the kind of bright, vibrant Milky Way shot you’re probably used to seeing onlinecomplete with out-of-this-world colors.

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 […]

3 Common Beginner Photography Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Photography beginners listen up, because we’re about to drop some knowledge. This quick video by Mango Street Lab covers three of the most common mistakes photography beginners make, and then turns around and shows you what to do instead.

How to Combine Flash and Ambient Light for Better Outdoor Portraits

Moving from using only natural light to flash photography is a big step for an outdoor photographer, but before you ditch ambient light entirely, give this video a look. As photographer Francisco Hernandez explains, you’ll often get more pleasing results by pulling some ambient light back in. Now, it’s important to note that terms like […]

Are You Actually Focusing Your Lens Out to Infinity?

Crazy tip: do you know that your lens can actually focus out past infinity? Lots of photographers don't know this and instead believe that when you focus your lens out past the furthest area, you're at infinity.

How to Make a DIY Beauty Dish for Less Than $7

Beauty dishes are great pieces of equipment to have in your lighting arsenal, but they come at a price. You can spend hundreds of dollars on a dish, yet using a cheap shoot-through umbrella can easily produce the same effect, as this 10-minute tutorial by Joe Edelman shows. A beauty dish is very handy in portrait […]

How to Color Grade Photos Using Only Solid Colors and Blend If

Eye Stocker published this simple 5-minute Photoshop video tutorial that shows how you can color grade any photo using only solid color adjustment layers and the Blend If feature. The main idea is that after adding a solid color adjustment layer over your photo and selecting the Soft Light blending mode, you can fiddle with […]

How to Turn the Sky Into Pyramids by Rotating Your Camera

My latest photo series, Pyramids In The Sky, was inspired when my wife and I visited the Mayan Ruins of Chacchoben while on a cruise in 2015. I have always been intrigued by ancient civilizations and how they were able to build these massive structures, seeing the pyramids in person was an inspiring experience. The […]

Broncolors Free How To Section is a Lighting Tutorial Gold Mine

It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner, intermediate, or even a professional, you’ll want to give Broncolor’s free “How To” page a look. There, you’ll find nearly 100 pro lighting examplesbeautiful photos, each accompanied by a gear list, description, and lighting diagram.

Lighting Tips: How to Shoot Killer Product Photography at Home

We’re not entirely sure why, but product photography tutorials are coming hard and fast lately. So in case this DIY lightbox wasn’t good enough, and 360 product photography isn’t your thing, here’s a great tutorial that will show you how to capture killer reflective product shots on a sea of black. The video tutorial was […]

How to Build a Soft Focus DSLR Lens for Only $15

Want to shoot soft focus photos without shelling out money for a specialty lens (like a Lensbaby)? You can build your own soft focus lens to play around with for about $15. College professor and DIY enthusiast Randy Snook made an 8-minute video tutorial for this lens, which he calls “The Pipe Dream”: All you’ll […]