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.

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 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.

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 Lightrooms Range Mask Tool Can Instantly Improve Your Photo Editing

Lightroom has a powerful tool called Range Mask that can transform the way you post-process your photos, but photographers are often unaware that the tool even exists. Landscape photographer Thomas Heaton decided to make this 12-minute video to show how the tool can be invaluable for improving your photos. Range Masking was introduced in October […]

Basics of the Histogram: From Foe to Friend

A long, long time ago, that is, in days of film photography, it was a rather difficult task to learn how to produce properly exposed pictures. There was no instant feedback and the only way to see how good of a job you did exposing the scene was to wait until the picture was developed. […]

How to Clean Your Camera Lens with Candle Soot

Camera lens cleaning pens use fine carbon particles to help cleanly remove smudges from your glass. Do you know what else has carbon particles? Soot. Here’s a short 2.5-minute video in which photographer Mathieu Stern shows how you can use ordinary candle soot to get the same cleaning power as popular lens pens. If you […]

Shooting Portraits with Colored Shadows

Finding new ways to create isn’t always easy, so you have to keep your eyes open for inspiration. One day while making my way down the rabbit hole of YouTube, I stumbled across a video. These guys had created 3 colored shadows off this pencil while keeping a perfectly white background. What in the world […]

How to Overpower the Sun to Shoot Stunning Outdoor Portraits

Taking portraits in bright sunlight has been a bit of a no-no for a long time, but the truth is that you can actually get stunning results if you use a fill flash. The results look awesome and give a high-end feel to any outdoor portrait, and the best thing is that it’s really not […]

Where to Focus in Landscape Photos and How to Shoot Sharper Shots

Ever wonder where you should be focusing when shooting a landscape? Here’s a 9-minute video by Nature TTLfeaturing renowned photographer and Nikon Ambassador Ross Hoddinott. In it, Hoddinott discusses both focusing and advice for shooting sharper photos.

How and Why to Use High-Speed Sync

How do you use high-speed sync? When would you use it? How do you set it up? These questions will all be answered by the end of this 5.5-minute video and the article below. What is It? High-speed sync is the ability to sync your strobes to a camera when the shutter speed is set […]

Use Your Flip-Flop as a Grad ND Filter

Can you use a flip-flop — or any solid item, for that matter — as a graduated neutral density (AKA grad ND) filter? Sure. But, it doesnt work in all situations. Does this Photography Hack Work? Sure it works.

How to Turn Any DSLR into a Mirrorless Camera

Can’t wait for Nikon and Canon to launch their new mirrorless cameras and want to fork over money for the ones already on the market? Photographer Eric Rossi made this 4-minute video that shows how you can convert your existing DSLR camera into a mirrorless camera. “I show you how to DIY and hack it […]