Posts Tagged ‘howto’

Everybody Gets an eBook: 46 Photography eBooks You Can Have for Free

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To paraphrase the great Oprah Winfrey, “You get a photography eBook, YOU get a photography eBook, EVERYBODY gets photography eBooks!” Except in this case it isn’t Oprah you have to thank, but the folks over at Light Stalking who have put together two great lists of 23 free eBooks each.

You can find the first 23 by clicking here and the second 23 here. Among the free resources compiled by LS are National Geographic‘s “Ultimate Field Guide to Photography,” Strobist‘s “Lighting 101,” Adorama‘s “Guide to Lighting” and many many more. Head over to Light Stalking by following the links below to see them all.

23 Free Photography eBooks and 23 More eBooks for Photographers That Are Completely Free [Light Stalking via Lifehacker]

A Gorgeous Wooden DIY Pinhole Camera that Carpenters and Photographers Alike Can be Proud Of

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We’ve shown off a number of impressive DIY pinhole cameras before, but this one, designed by Scott Yu-Jan, might just take the cake. Made almost entirely out of wood, his creation is about as robust and beautifully wrought as pinhole cameras get. Read more…

DIY: How to Fix the Cracked Glass That Protects Your DSLR’s LCD Screen

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It’s never a good day when you crack the glass screen that’s protecting the LCD screen on your DSLR. Even if you’re careful with your gear and travel with a bag between locations, accidents happen.

That’s what happen to Instructables user coolscience.com, but instead of sending his camera in for repair, he decided to take the DIY approach and fix it himself. Fortunately for you, the steps he came up with ended up being both simple and cheap!

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Video Tutorial: How to Create Clean, Flawless Photoshop Actions

Photoshop actions can be a critical resource in any photographer’s workflow. Turning otherwise monotonous tasks into an autonomous utility, actions are created by manually performing a series of steps and recording them as an ATN file. This ATN file can then be ‘played’ in the future, when you’re looking to repeat those actions on future images, without the hassle of repeating the now-recorded workflow.

But where do you even get started with creating an action? And how can you effectively plan them out as to not cause any errors when trying to use them in the future? Well, Phlearn has us covered in their latest video, which breaks down the steps to creating and using an effective, flawless action.

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This Horrifying Fake Camera Cleaning Tutorial Will Probably Give You Nightmares

The video above is not for the faint of heart. Heck, even the not-so-faint of heart will probably have trouble with it. A FAKE (not sure how much more we could emphasize this) tutorial, it shows you ‘how to clean your 5D Mark II and lens’ … and by clean we mean destroy. Read more…

Helpful Tutorial Shows You the Best Ways to Reduce Noise in Photoshop

Noise reduction, much like sharpening, is one of those post-processing tools that is often overused or used improperly, yielding terrible results. But as Bryan O’Neill Hughes shows you in the video above, tackling noise in Photoshop can be both easy and effective just as long as you know what you’re doing. Read more…

How I Photograph the Milky Way in the Light-Polluted Skies of Singapore

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When it comes to photographing the elusive Milky Way in one of the most light-polluted major cities like Singapore, timing is critical. Most of the faint details will be washed out by the extreme light pollution and if we were to shoot the Milky Way under unfavorable atmospheric conditions, our attempt would be futile.

Unfortunately, most of the tutorials online only work in locations that are at least 2 stops darker than most of the dark locations in Singapore and so, we need to do more in post-processing to unveil the elusive Milky Way and more complex workflow is required if we’re shooting at much brighter locations. Read more…

These Focus Stacking Walkthroughs Will Help You Take Your Macro Photography to the Next Level

When it comes to macro photography, knowing how to properly focus stack your images can make a massive difference. To that end, the walkthrough above and Photoshop tutorial below offer a fantastic explanation of what focus stacking is, why and when you should be using it, and how to do it using software most of us already have installed and ready to go. Read more…

5 Essential Tips for Your First Commercial Shoot

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Once you’ve been shooting for a while (and becoming good at it) someone will inevitably ask you if you are interested in shooting something for a fee, either for a commercial or editorial job (but for the sake of discussion I am labeling any paid shoot as a commercial shoot).

Your first paid assignment will certainly be very exciting, but there are a few things you should know before saying yes. Read more…

The Best Free Online Photography Courses and Tutorials

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Given my interest in lifelong learning and skill-development, I often ask people which new skills they’re looking to learn. The most common response? “I want to be a better photographer”.

And for good reason! Few things evoke the instant emotional response a great photo does. It’s what made Instagram worth a billion dollars to Facebook.

For those of you who, like me, are looking to kick their photography skills up a notch, I’m curating a list of the best free online courses and resources I’ve found. So whether you’re a budding photojournalist looking toward a career behind the lens, or just a hobbyist looking to take better shots on your next trip, I’m hoping you’ll find something useful here! Read more…