Posts Tagged ‘howto’

Spectacular Horsehead Nebula Photograph Almost Good Enough to Rival Hubble

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Photography is hardly a cheap hobby to pick up, but even within photography, some branches are more expensive than others. And ranking pretty close to the ‘most expensive’ side of that line is astrophotography… at least the kind that will yield incredible photos like the one you see here by photographer Mike Hankey. Read more…

Hyperlapse Tutorial: Creating Your Own Moving Timelapse, from Start to Finish

Hyperlapse photography is an increasingly popular technique in which standard timelapse imagery is brought to life with camera movement. Rather than move the camera with a slider or with a crane, hyperlapse shots move the camera across very long distances.

19-year-old photographer Morten Rustad wanted to pass on some of the things he has learned about creating hyperlapses, so he created the helpful 9-minute-long video tutorial above. It’s a great primer for anyone looking to get started with this type of photography.
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Tutorial: Setting up a Slow-Motion Photo Booth

A couple of weeks ago, Seattle-based production group Super Frog Saves Tokyo took the Internet by storm with their slow-motion photo booth footage from a recent wedding they shot. Now they’re back by popular demand to share some of the specifics about how they set up their slow-motion experience. Read more…

How to Clean Up Your Old Cameras

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Treasures are often buried under dirt. Well, that’s usually the case, anyway.

Treasures for photographers may mean finding a working copy of their dream camera at a flea market or on the second-hand camera market. However, more often than not, the camera may not be looking great.
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How to Spot a Fake Canon Flash… And How I Learned the Hard Way

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One of the two Canon Speedlite flashes above is fake. Can you tell which one?

About a month ago I walked into the Canon Quick Repair Centre in Shanghai. I had a minor problem with a Canon 580 EX II: the high-speed sync refused to work.
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How to Turn a Smartphone Panorama Into a ‘Tiny Planet’ Photo

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Ever since Google released the Photosphere feature for their Nexus devices, I have been obsessed with making tiny planets. The photosphere feature enables you to take 360 degree photos, essentially creating a “room” of photos. You also have the ability to turn your panorama into a “tiny planet”. Android does all the work for you, and while you may get some errors with the stitched image, they usually turn out pretty great.
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6 Tips for Effectively Shooting Behind The Scenes

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In my experience there seems to be a common misconception that shooting production photography and behind the scenes videos/documentaries are an easy task. While it’s true that these sometimes don’t require the normal spit and polish, photographers are used to, especially in terms of video work, I can assure you they’re no walk in the park.

As is the case any time you’re working around high level talent, or even low level talent for that matter, there’s still plenty that could go wrong. A lesson I quickly found out as I started shooting behind the scenes videos a few years ago.
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Painting a Large College Dormitory with Light for a Nighttime Photograph

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I had the opportunity to photograph the newest dormitory on the Florida International University campus a couple of nights ago and I thought I would share a little insight on the process of lighting such a large structure.
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How to Make Polaroid Emulsion Lifts

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Earlier this year I tried Polaroid emulsion lifts for the first time. An emulsion lift (or emulsion transfer) is when the emulsion layer is removed from a sheet of instant film and then transferred to a different surface.

I’ve always thought they would be hard to do and was surprised at how easy and fun it was, so I thought I’d put together a little step by step guide to making instant film lifts!
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4 Things to Consider When Making Time-Lapse Photographs

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It seems the perfect storm of affordable cameras, constant updates in technology, and adventurous artists has hit us and brought with it a large wave of time lapses. I’m not sure when time lapses really became as popular as they are right now but they show no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
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