Posts Tagged ‘howto’

How to Photograph the Moon (Part 1)

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Ever since I’ve owned a camera I’ve wanted to take photos of the night sky. When I first got a DSLR camera 5 or so years ago I thought getting decent shots wasn’t very likely with the inexpensive gear I had and it was something best left to the pros. It was only after I became comfortable with the manual mode on my camera that I realized that shooting at night was completely doable. Read more…

How to Post-Process Almost Any Aspect of a Single Exposure Landscape Shot

Most tutorials tend to focus on one small aspect of the photographic process — be it tweaking a minor adjustment such as white balance or showing you how to properly sharpen an image — but this Lightroom 4 QuickStart tutorial goes way beyond this.

It, instead, opts for a more comprehensive approach, showing you how to properly edit almost any landscape image from beginning to end.

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DIY: How to Create a Simple Homemade Softbox for $20 or Less

Light modifiers don’t come cheap, especially softboxes. But, if you have enough DIY talent, some patience, and $20 bucks to spare, you’re only an hour or so away from having a custom-made softbox of your own.

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Video: How to Choose and Use Graduated ND Filters for Landscape Photography

Graduated ND (neutral density) filters have been a staple of landscape photography for a long time now, but if you’ve never taken the time to learn how these simple but useful tools work, this solid video guide will run you through the basics and then some.

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Video Tutorial Shows You How to Mount and Frame Your Own Photographs

While many of us leave it up to the labs to print and mount our photographs, there are those who would like to try their own hand at it. For those more adventurous folks, Tony Roslund has put together a video tutorial that walks you through the process of printing and framing your own photographs from start to finish. Read more…

ColorChecker: How to Get Perfect Skin Colors With Every Camera

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One of the best kept secrets within the fashion and beauty photography is the way to obtain absolutely perfect and flawless skin colors, brightness and texture. That’s an art, absolutely, and often a quite technical challenge.

In this article I will explain how to obtain perfect skin colors, with the help of a ColorChecker. But not just a simple ColorChecker workflow with the standard, bundled software. No, there’s a neat trick which saves a lot of time and a lot of custom color editing (and desaturating) of skin tones.

It’s a quick, transparent automatic workflow, once set up and created. Your camera needs to shoot in RAW. Read more…

How to Make a Dirt-Cheap DIY Ring Light from a Frisbee and Some LED Strips

Got $30, a frisbee and some free time this week? Need a ring light? If you answered yes to both of those questions, we’ve got a neat, quick and super simple DIY tutorial that’s perfect for you. Read more…

Video: The Dramatic Difference a Reflector Can Make, And How to Use One by Yourself

Reflectors are one of the most affordable pieces of gear a photographer can have in their bag. They’re not only small in size (and usually foldable), they’re also versatile and provide benefits when using both natural and artificial light.

This oldie-but-goodie walkthrough by Matt Granger highlights these simple and useful photography tools and details how just a single reflector can make a dramatic difference, even if you’re out shooting without an assistant.

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Extreme Weather and Your Camera: How to Get the Shot and Protect Your Gear

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If all outdoor photographers only shot on mild days, photography as an art would be shockingly boring. The best outdoor photography brings nature to life by capturing its extremes. Unfortunately, cameras and equipment are sensitive to those extremes.

To create stunning outdoor photography, you’ll need to be prepared for the worst that nature can throw at you and your equipment. Read more…

DIY: Noticeably Improve Your Macro Photography with a Cheap Plastic Cup

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Hand-held macro photography presents a lot of challenges, but three of the most prevalent are: subject movement, camera shake, and harsh shadows. Fortunately, you don’t have to carry around a bunch of gear to solve these issues. In fact, a cheap plastic cup will do the trick all by itself! Read more…