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.

How to Do Back Button Focusing on Your Canon DSLR or Mirrorless

Back button focusing involves decoupling a camera’s autofocus from the shutter button and moving it to a button under the right thumb on the back. Here’s a helpful 4.5-minute video by Canon Australia showing how you can get started with this next-level focusing technique on your Canon DSLR or mirrorless camera. Canon Collective Ambassador Kass […]

4 Landscape Photography Tips to Last a Lifetime

Scottish landscape and wildlife photographer Wayne Robertson recently shared what he’s calling “4 Landscape Photography Tips to Last a Lifetime. ” These aren’t “tricks” or “hacks” or “secrets,” because Robertson doesn’t believe there are any secrets when it comes to great landscape photography.

How to Shoot Pro Portraits on a Budget with Just One Flash

Shooting professional-quality portraits with artificial lighting doesn’t have to weigh heavily on your bank account. Here’s a 22-minute video in which photographer Sean Tucker shares how to shoot great portraits using a single speedlight and a cheap modifier.

Shooting Double-Exposure Photos with a Tilt-Shift Lens

Photographer Eric Floberg made this 10-minute video showing how he creates in-camera double-exposure photos using a tilt-shift lens, a technique he calls his “creative bread and butter.” “A lot of people do double exposures with a typical lens, but I like doing it with a tilt-shift lens because it kind of distorts reality,” Floberg says. […]

Shooting the Milky Way in Missouri

Living in St. Louis almost my entire life, I was lead to believe the lights of the bustling city were too bright to make seeing stars anywhere nearby impossible. As I grew older and started getting serious about photography, I realized that was correct… kinda.

A 1-Minute Intro to Using Photoshops Refine Edge Brush

If you need to make a complex selection in Photoshop that involves hair or fur on a background, the powerful Refine Edge Brush is ready to help. Here’s a 1-minute Photoshop Magic Minute video by Adobe that will show you how to get started with the tool. When your selection of a person’s hair or […]

7 Tricks for Making Basic Selections in Photoshop

Making selections is one of the most basic things that you do in Photoshop, but there are many handy features and tricks that can help you work with selections. Here’s a 2-minute video by Adobe with 7 helpful tricks, some of which you may not have known before. Here’s a rundown of the tips: 1. […]

How to Get Creative with the Double Exposure Effect

Double exposure is among our favorite creative photography techniques, and we're sure it's also high on the list of many experimental photographers out there. We've featureda lot of projects that make great use of this technique, whether it's done in camera or crafted in post-processing.

Portrait Posing Tutorial: Making the Nose More Flattering

One of the biggest things that photographers shooting portraits need to learn is how to pose. The idea that you can simply just capture things happening isn't creative and it doesn't necessarily do your subject any justice.

How to Light Glass in a Studio

What is the best way to light glass? Glass doesnt look good when you shine light directly at it. It soaks up the light it doesnt define it. It just gives you specular highlights little pinpoints that dont photograph well.

A Guide to Shooting the Milky Way

This guide will be a walkthrough on the basics of Milky Way photography. It is best for beginners, but even intermediate and expert photographers might find something new! Plus, I always find it never hurts to refresh yourself on the basics.

13 Photoshop Curves Tips in 2 Minutes

Even if you’ve worked with the Curves Tool in Photoshop for years, they may still be some useful tricks that you’ve never come across before. Here’s a helpful 2-minute video by Adobe that contains 13 different tips.

Up Your Portrait Game With These Basic Portrait Lighting Techniques

Adding artificial lighting into your portrait workflow can really make your images stand out from the crowd. There are so many photographers out there though who are scared to use speed lights, strobes, and monolights, but there really is no need to feel so overwhelmed.

This is Why Lighting Height and Angle Matter in Portraits

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 […]

Quick Tips on Shooting Natural Light Portraits Indoors

Have you ever tried shooting portraits using only natural light indoors? Its 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.

Shooting Landscapes: Exploiting the Benefits of Medium Format

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.

How to Photograph Bioluminescent Oceans

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.

Heres an Intro to Three-Point Lighting for Portraits

Here’s a 9-minute introduction to the three-point lighting setup! If you havent seen our video about portrait lighting, we go over five portrait lighting positions and what type of emotion you can get from those positions.

5 Portrait Composition Ideas (Not Rules)

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.

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.

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 […]

How to Land a Photography Assistant Job

I firmly believe that assisting a photographer whose work you admire is one of the greatest learning opportunities available to us and can provide invaluable experience. I remember the first time I was on set with a real fashion photographer.

3 Camera Settings To Master For Landscape Photography

When you purchase a new camera, how much time do you spend reading the manual? I find most camera manuals rather difficult to follow along with, and I for one very rarely use them. Whats interesting is that camera manuals only describe the technical how to side of things, like how to turn on your […]

The Best Smoke Bomb for Photos (and Tips for Using It)

Over the past couple of years, smoke bombs have become a popular photography accessory that adds a colorful new twist to portraits. They are being used for street portraiture, gender reveals, engagement shoots, and so much more.

How to Build a $30 DIY Rain Machine (and How to Shoot with It)

Ive written about this project in the past, as I originally made the rain machine and shot with it in 2012, but weve now done it in video form! Hopefully it shows a little more detail about the construction and how I shot with it. I made this just for fun really, it rains enough […]

sRGB vs Adobe RGB vs ProPhoto RGB: Color Spaces Explained

Have you ever exported a photo, uploaded it to the Web, and then noticed that the colors looked off on your monitor? The reason is likely the color space of your photo. Here’s a helpful 15-minute video by PHLEARN that provides a crash course on color spaces and how to use them. “A basic understanding […]

Building an Off-Camera Flash Portrait: A Step-by-Step Look

When it comes to online educational content, there arent many photographers out there willing to share their mistakes when trying to create a photo. I think its fair to say that there are easily far more who only share their best work online and for good reason; as educators, you want to create an image […]

How to Find the Sweet Spot of Your Lens for Sharper Photos

When it comes to purchasing a new lens there are two questions that immediately come to mind for me, how much is it and how sharp is it? Now, I know theres more to the lens buying process than overall sharpness, but as a landscape photographer, sharpness is king! As I was recently conducting my […]

How to Shoot the ISS Flying Across the Face of the Moon

Ive always been fascinated by the night sky, and one of my favorite things to look out for is the International Space Station when it passes overhead. It still boggles my mind that there are people up there, 200 miles into space.

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.

12 tips to help you start and grow your photography business

In order to launch and maintain a successful career as a professional photographer, its important to prioritize the business side of your workflow. The post 12 tips to help you start and grow your photography business appeared first on 500px Blog.

12 business tips for commercial photographers

In order to launch and maintain a successful career as a commercial photographer, its important to prioritize the business side of your workflow. The post 12 business tips for commercial photographers appeared first on 500px Blog.

Global and Local Luminance Masking in Lightroom

I have often wanted to carry out global adjustments in Lightroom which target specific luminosity values in an image. Lately, I have discovered a way of achieving this. It is not as precise as, for instance, luminosity masking or blend-if masking in Photoshop, but yet it has the power to give an image that extra […]

[Horse Photography] Capturing Equine Elegance: How to Photograph Horses

Capturing the beauty of an animal as graceful and elegant as a horse is not as easy as you might think. In this tutorial, Wiebke Haas explains exactly how she captures equine elegance. The post [Horse Photography] Capturing Equine Elegance: How to Photograph Horses appeared first on 500px Blog.

The Basics Of Luminosity Masks In Digital Blending

Jimmy McIntyre is travel photographer. He is currently undertaking a two-year project in Asiawriting two photography guidebooks for China and South Korea. He has taught digital blending workshops in four continents, and he also offers online courses.

The Ultimate Guide for Macro Photography Beginners

One of the (if not THE) most comprehensive, complete beginner's guide to macro photography you'll ever read. The post The Ultimate Guide for Macro Photography Beginners appeared first on 500px Blog.

15 tips for beautiful candid portraits that stand out

At a time when it feels everyone wants to look the same, theres another movement brewing. A rising generation of photographers is calling for diversity and authenticity. When it comes to candid portraits, individuality is everything.

Night Photography: How to Photograph The Night Sky

Lets go on a trip together and take stunning night sky photos. Hi, I’m Dave Morrow, and I will be your guide in this journey. I’m a fellow 500px-er, adventure junkie, and I love teaching photography.