Posts Tagged ‘learn’

A Simple Video Tutorial on Creating a Hyperlapse with Your DSLR

If you’ve been itching to try your hand at shooting a hyperlapse video, the short and sweet video tutorial above may be a nice place to start your journey. It was made by Cal Thomson, the same guy who created the popular time-lapse tutorial that we featured earlier this month.
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Gary Fong Launches Online Virtual Cameras to Help Owners Learn Interactively

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You may know Gary Fong due to his eponymous line of products for photographers, but pay a visit to his website and you’ll find that he has been very active in the world of instruction as well.

Today, Fong launched a new online product that’s designed to help camera owners become familiar with their gear in ways that owner’s manuals fall short in. It’s a new series of virtual cameras for interactive learning.
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A Short and Sweet Video Tutorial on How to Capture a Night Sky Time-Lapse with Your DSLR

UK-based videographer Cal Thomson recently got into astrophotography and creating time-lapses of the starry night sky. After receiving good responses from viewers, Thomson decided to create the short and to-the-point video tutorial above on how you can create a night sky timelapse using your DSLR.

Thomson shot his images with a Canon 6D and Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 lens in RAW so that the images could be pushed further in post with Lightroom 5. “I think the effects are quite astounding for a first try,” he says.

(via Cal Thomson via ISO 1200)

The Photoshop Playbook: 50 Short Video Tutorials on Fundamental Skills in Photoshop

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Back in 2013, Adobe began posting a series of short video tutorials on YouTube called the “Photoshop Playbook.” The series has since grown to contain fifty how-to videos showing how some of the most popular and fundamental edits are done in the photo editing program.
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How to Avoid Star Trails by Following the ‘500 Rule’

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Due to the rotation of the Earth, it appears as though the stars are moving through the sky in long exposures. Star trails can be a desired effect when done for much longer exposures, but in other cases we want points of light to represent how we see the stars with our eyes. To achieve points of light you can use a simple rule that’s often called the “500 Rule”.
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Focus Breathing: When Focusing Your Lens Changes Your Composition

Here’s a term that most of you have probably experienced before, but some of you may never have heard before. It’s called “focus breathing” (or simply “breathing“), and it refers to the shift in angle of view that often occurs when you focus a lens. If you’ve ever carefully composed a shot, refocused, and then discovered that your composition changed, you’ve been a victim of focus breathing.

In the video above, photographer Matt Granger offers an explanation of the term and a demonstration of its effects using the “holy trinity” of Nikon zoom lenses. “Even the crème de la crème do have focus breathing issues,” he says.

(H/T Imaging Resource)

The Photographer’s Introduction to Color, from Color Space to Monitor Calibration

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If you’re a photographer today, you’re probably sharing your photos everywhere from Facebook to Flickr. Your photos are being seen on every device possible: iPhones, Samsung Galaxys, crappy Dell office monitors, and Mac Retina Displays. Each online service, each device, even each web browser handles color differently. If you’re putting your photos up online, you really need to think about how you output files for the web. If you accidentally save to the wrong color space, you can really change people’s perception of your photos.
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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]

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…

MTF Charts: The English Translation

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This post contains absolutely no mathematics. Explaining MTF without math is sort of like doing a high-wire act without a net. It’s dangerous, but for any number of reasons is more likely to keep the audience interested.
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