Posts Tagged ‘howto’

A Brief Intro to Shooting with a Rangefinder Camera

If you’ve never picked up a rangefinder camera before and have always wondered how it differs from single-lens reflex cameras, here’s a short video that may be of interest to you. In it, photographer Craig Semetko discusses the basics of rangefinder photography — in this case he’s using a Leica M — and its advantages compared to SLRs.

(H/T Leica Rumors)

How to Make a Coffee Cup Spy Camera That Snaps a Shot When You Take a Swig

Here’s an interesting weekend photography project of moderate technical difficulty: the video above is a tutorial on how you can make a DIY coffee cup spy camera. The camera sees out of the cup’s base and has a shutter that’s triggered whenever you lift the cup and pretend to drink from it.
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How I Shot a Time-Lapse of a Large Thunderstorm Rolling Through Sydney

Shooting time-lapse is fun. Watching a big storm devour a city is fun. Doing both at the same time is ‘super’ fun.

Sydney has been getting hit with unusually big storms for this time of year over the past week. This past Sunday my girlfriend and I went out to shoot one of them. As it happened it was one of the bigger ones! In this post I will explain a few things about the capturing and editing, as well as thought processes behind certain editing decisions.
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How to Shoot 8×10 Large Format Film: A Detailed Step-by-Step Walkthrough

Using an 8×10 camera requires patience, attention to detail and a whole lot of steps in between. But don’t worry if you’ve never done it before: here to walk you, step-by-step, through the entire rewarding workflow is Tim Layton of Black and White Fine Art.

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Get Ready for the Holidays with this Tutorial on How to Photograph Christmas Lights

In honor of the holiday season, Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens decided it would be a wonderful idea to show the world how to photograph Christmas lights. Breaking down the task into an easy-to-follow process, this four-minute video will get you ready to go Christmas light hunting as December wears on. Read more…

Neat Trick: How to Customize Your Lightroom 5 ‘Splash Screen’ Image in Less Than a Minute

Here’s a really neat little customization trick that Adobe are allowing you to do if you’re using Lightroom 5 or newer. You know that splash screen that pops up when you first open up LR, the one with all the developers’ names on it? You can now replace that image with one of your own in just a couple of quick steps!

The tutorial was created by Craig McCormick of Destructive Pixels for our good friends at F Stop Lounge, and the process couldn’t be any simpler. Read more…

How to Photograph Jupiter from Your Own Backyard On the Cheap

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I recently captured this picture of Jupiter, the 5th planet from the Sun. It was well received and many liked it. Lots of people wanted to know how to take a picture like this and what it would cost, and surprisingly I did this on a relatively low budget for astrophotography.

Here’s a rundown of how it was done, including a list of all the gear I used. Read more…

6 Types of Photos Every Photographer Should Know How to Make

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While the popularity of some creative photography techniques rises and falls, there are some photo tricks that continue to stand the test of time. Here, we’ve hand-picked 6 classic pictures that you should know how to make – and explain how to do just that. Read more…

Video: How to Capture Astrophotography Images Without a Star Tracker

In astrophotography, a star tracker is a piece of gear that compensates for the Earth’s rotation so you can take sharp long exposure photographs of the night sky.

Unfortunately, not everyone can get their hands on one of these, and so we’ve dug up this awesome tutorial by astrophotographer Forrest Tanaka on how to capture impressive astrophotography images without a star tracker.

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How to Capture a Beautiful Watch Product Shot Using Only an iPad for Lighting

Product photography — even when done with cheap gear like this awesome tutorial using an iPhone, an IKEA lamp and some flashlights — usually involves multiple light sources. But there is a way around that, as Laya Gerlock over on DIY Photography demonstrates in this awesome tutorial titled “How to Shoot a Perfect Watch with Nothing but an iPad.” Read more…