How to Shoot a NASA Rocket Launch with a Remote Camera

When NASA launched its Insight rocket in the pre-dawn hours of May 5th, 2018, photographer Norman Chan of Tested was on hand with a remote camera setup to shoot his first launch. The 15-minute video above is his record of everything that goes into capturing a NASA rocket launch. Several hours before the launch, Chan […]

What One Photographer Learned from Failing a Photo Shoot

Late last year, photographer Irene Rudnyk reached out to a model and makeup artist for a photo concept she had in mind that featured a woman illuminated by a lantern at blue hour. Rudnyk shares in the 7-minute video above how, after putting in considerable time and effort into putting the shoot together, she failed […]

Experimenting with a Neon Light for a Studio Portrait

In this post, I’ll share the story and results of a recent experiment I did with lighting a model with a neon light. I was hanging out with a friend in a local coffee shop when he showed me an awesome album artwork he saw online. It was for the album A Moment Apart by […]

Shooting a Character Portrait with Joe McNally and Daniel Norton

Here’s a 17-minute video fromAdoramathat takes you behind-the-scenes on a “character” portrait shoot with photographers Joe McNally and Daniel Norton. The goal is light the subject in a way that emphasizes what the photographer sees in the person.

The Creative Process of Photography: A Case Study

I often hear: I really like your photos. You must own an amazing and super duper expensive camera! My reply to these people is: If you own Tiger Woods’ golf club, would you be able to play at his level? In Woods case, it all comes down to years of practice and a healthy dose […]

How to Create a Droste Effect Photo in a Photo in a Photo

The Droste effect is when a photo recursively appears within itself — the photo within the photo within the photo, “tunneling” forever. Here’s a 12-minute video by photographer and retoucher Antti Karppinenthat shows you can create a Droste effect photo for yourself.

3D Printing Your Photo as a Lithophane

Want an interesting idea for turning your digital photo into something tangible that you can hold? Look into the lithophane, the centuries-old technique of carving an image into a piece of translucent material to create a 3D image.

How This Portrait Was Shot and Edited, From Planning to Final Photo

Photographer Francisco Hernandez has launched a new video series titled “Behind the Shot” that will document the entire process of how a photo of created, from concept to finished image. In this 12-minute video, Hernandez shares how he shot a portrait of a model named Barbie.

Creating a Surreal Photo of a Man on a Ladder Crossing Water and Sky

Erik Johanssonis a Swedish photographer who creates surreal scenes with his camera and Photoshop. His latest work is titled All Above the Sky. It shows a man climbing a ladder and poking his head above the sky, only to find himself looking up out of the waters nearby. Above is a 1-minute behind-the-scenes video that […]

Make Difficult Selections Using Alpha Channels in Photoshop

In this 12-minute tutorial by PiXimperfect, learn how to use alpha channels in Photoshop to make “insanely difficult” selections. An example situation for which you may need to employ this technique could be selecting pieces of the sky from behind a tree on the horizon.

How I Shot Cliff Divers with a Total Solar Eclipse

This is a post about photography plus trigonometry. I remember half joking with my math teachers in high school, asking why do we need to learn this? Im never going to use it in life. Fast forward to 4 months ago when Red Bull Media House calls and wants to shoot a cliff diver eclipse […]

Composite Photo Breakdown: Mother Earth Always Wins

This composition started as a practice (practice and playing) like most of my composites. I think that’s the key of growing and good execution on art: do not think about doing things right but instead focus on having fun with creating.

Transforming a Boring Photo Into a Dramatic One With Photoshop

The mere mention of image manipulation may make some photographers cringe, but theres no denying that some skill with Photoshop can enable you to completely transform an image. In this 20 minute tutorial, Serge Ramelli walks through the process of manipulating a boring image and turning it in to a dramatic one by transforming the […]

How to Colorize and Bring Life Back to Old Family Photos in Photoshop

Watching old family photographs fading awayin treasuredphoto albums is a sad reality. However, bringing the digital age to these old film photographs can deliverthem back to life. Colorizing old black and white photos can immediately transform an aged, washed-out capture into an image full of realism.

How to Shoot Inception-Style Drone Photos

If you have been following anything drone-related lately, chances are you have seen one of the mind-bending images like the one above that are very reminiscent of the scene from Inception when the ground is bent up at 90-degree angles.

A Massive 30-Part Guide to Retouching Photos in Photoshop

Want a crash course in retouching photos in Photoshop? Here’s a 4-part video series that clocks in at 4.5 hours in total, making it a very comprehensive guide. Theres something here for everyone even the most experienced photographers are sure to learn something from the series. Nathaniel Dodson from tutvid goes over a total […]

Collision Course: The Making of a Storm Photograph

July 2nd, 2015. The weather forecast is dreadful. Warm and sweaty and with a chance of tornadoes. European Storm Forecast Experiment (Estofex for short) issued a level 2 warning, which means that theres a 15% chance of severe weather.

Retouching Interiors in Lightroom and Photoshop: A Crash Course

Here’s a typical quick interior photography assignment for a Swiss brand called VIU Eyewear. They contacted me to create three images for their website/social networks. The only rule was to stay in the same style than their other images on their “Stores” page (something simple, white, and luminous with an emphasis on interior design). Here’s […]

I Flew to Europe to Create Beauty and the Beast Photos for My Daughter

It was late, dark and eerie as I drove through the Swiss alps in my tiny rental car. I could barely see the road and was stuck in between two semi trucks. I should have been fearing for my life, but all I could think about was how excited my 3-year-old daughter, Nellee, would be […]

How to Create a Double Exposure Using Photoshop

We love a good in-camera double exposure; done right, they can look as surreal as anything we can create in post. But if you don’t have the skills, expertise, or interest in doing it in-camera, this quick tutorial shows you exactly how to fake the ‘double exposure effect’ in Photoshop. The video is a bit […]

Using a Rolleiflex to Make Tintypes and Daguerreotypes

Those who have known me long enough are aware of my passion for Rolleiflex cameras. Back before I got deeper and deeper into alternative photography I used to shoot my TLRs all the time. Sadly, ever since I got bitten by the collodion bug of wet plate and then thoroughly chewed by the silver monster […]

Photoshop Timelapse: A Snowy Self-Portrait by Bella Kotak

England-based fine art and fashion photographer Bella Kotak made this 10-minute video that shows how she shot and retouched a recent self-portrait. Through Kotak’s narration over a time-lapse video, we get a rapid walkthrough in how Kotak shot the photos in frigid weather, composited hair from one shot into another, liquified various areas, added a […]

How I Planned and Shot a Photo of a Lake in the Swiss Alps

Sometimes, when you show an image to somebody, you hear, “Oh man! How lucky you were to catch that light there!.” And yes, there is always a bit of “luck,” but there are also a lot of small details that help you to be better prepared for a photo. People often ask me how I […]

Editing Photos on an iPhone, a Step-by-Step Walkthrough

Theres something special and so satisfying about shooting, editing, and publishing photos all on one device. The following is an example of taking a photo through the editing process. Snapseed – Healing To start, I always edit out unwanted distractions using the content aware healing feature on Snapseed. Removing even the small irregularities can make […]

How to Shoot and Edit Beer Can Photos

Here’s a 6-minute video fromAndrew Mikhaylovthat looks at how you can easily shoot beer can photos using 4 light sources for that signatory reflection on the can. First off, the most important thing is to make sure your beer can is completely straight from the point of view of your camera. If it’s not, this […]

How I Shot the Tesla Roadster in Space from 1 Million Miles Away

Whatever your spin is on the SpaceX launch of the Falcon Heavy and the stunt of Starman and the Tesla Roadster, for a few days (at least) it put on our radar topics such as space and space missions, rockets, interplanetary travel or technological advances. In my case, once photos and footage of the car […]

How to Take Great Portraits with Only One Studio Light

If you’re into shooting high-quality portraits with minimal studio equipment, here’s a 6-minute video from photographerManny Ortizthat explains how you can take great, dramatic portraits with just a single studio light.

Doing a Low-Budget Photo Shoot with DIY Props for Less Than $75

I love DIY props and big scenes in photography that are well designed. Not many of us photographers have the place or money to create our own stages so I wanted to challenge myself to make one in our living room with a very low budget. I had this idea of a photo with an […]

How to Shoot a Day to Night Timelapse of the Milky Way Galaxy

This 10-minute tutorial by nature photography site Nature TTL teaches how to create a day to night time-lapse from sunset to a starry night sky. While it can be a tricky technique to pull off, the effects can be totally mesmerizing if done correctly.

Slow Life Down by Doing Some Long Exposure Photography

Long exposure photography can take time, planning, and patience in waiting for the right conditions to develop. In this 13-minute video blog,Thomas Heaton shares the good, the bad, and the ugly of long exposure photography.

How to Make a Timelapse Video: A Beginners Guide

A video is made up from 25 single photos per second, that, when placed back-to-back, trick our mind into seeing motion. But what would happen if we only took one photo every minute, and then played them back at 25 frames per second? The result is a magnificent hyper-realistic compression of time. We call this […]

A Simple Guide to the Desaturated Urban Look in Lightroom

The ‘desaturated urban look’ is incredibly popular these days, especially among rooftoppers and other city photographers who want to give their images a moody, gritty feel. Check out this video to find out how you can create this same look in Lightroom.

This Photographer Builds Each of His Sets by Hand

Fine art photographer Nicky Hamilton just completed an impressive photo series titled “The Lonely Man. ” Each photo in the project took him an average of 3 months to sketch, build, light, and shoot.

Shooting Ironman Portraits with Large Format Polaroid Film

For his project “The Spirit of Iron Man,” photographer Dan Votjech visited the world’s hardest triathlon, the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, and shot portraits of the competitors using a large format Polaroid camera.

I Photographed My Wife as the Viking Shieldmaiden Lagertha

I recently completed a 6-month project in which I photographed my wife as a Viking shieldmaiden. Here’s a look at how the project was done. It all started as a joke. When watching Vikings (History channels hit show on HBO Nordic) together with my wife, I pointed out several times that she seemed to share […]

How I Photographed the Double Diamond Fuji

As a spiritual symbol of Japan, Mt. Fuji is one of only three sacred mountains of the country and its tallest at 3,776 meters. Its designation as a UNESCO world heritage site further exemplifies its importance to not only the people of Japan but to the world as well. When my wife and I went […]

How to Use Long Exposures to Up Your Photography Game

If you’ve been itching to try your hand at daytime long exposure photography but aren’t sure how to jump in, here’s a great simple and straightforward 12-minute tutorial on the subject by photographer Adam Karnacz of First Man Photography.

I Traveled from LA to Lebanon to Shoot Family Portraits

My name is Fayrouz Ftouni, and I’m a Lebanese photographer based in Los Angeles, California. For my project Yasmina, I traveled to Lebanon to shoot a series of “family portraits.” Yasmina is a photography project that transports us back to the 1960s in Beirut when women were restricted by societal and religious expectations. Though Yasmina […]

How to Refine Content-Aware Fill with a Layer Mask

Here’s a 4-minute video by thePhotoshop Training Channel on how to use Photoshop’s Content-Aware Fill tool with an advanced technique for those times in which it doesn’t work quite as well as you had hoped.

24 Hours in the Forest for Only 1 Photo: A Lesson in Patience

With well over 100,000 subscribers on YouTube, landscape photographer Thomas Heaton is popular for his behind-the-scenes window into life in the outdoors. On the recent shoot seen in the 11-minute video above, with incredible patience and dedication, Heaton spends 24 hours in the forest to capture just 1 image. This video shows a number of setbacks due […]

How to Clean Your Tripod and Give it a New Lease on Life

Dirt and grime are two of the biggest enemies of the tripod in its natural habitat, grinding the threads and turning even the best of tripods into a malfunctioning mess. That’s why photographer Troy Nikolic has put together a video showing you how to get a dirty tripod back to ship shape. I must say, […]