Posts Tagged ‘trick’

How to Turn an iPad and iPhone Into a Negative Film Viewing Station

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A few years ago, we wrote about how phones can be used as negative film strip viewers by simply inverting the screens. Swedish photographer Adam af Ekenstam took the idea a step further by using an iPad and iPhone together as a simple yet powerful negative viewing station.
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This Dog Was Taught to Smile for the Camera

Children’s book author Josh Gottsegen says he taught his 3-year-old labrador Olive to smile for the camera on command. Olive has been learning tricks since she was a puppy, and this is an “ultimate dog trick,” he says.

(via Laughing Squid)

Tip: Sanitary Napkins Can Dry and Dehumidify Your Lenses in Wet Environments

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I often shoot time-lapse photos in harsh outdoor environments, and over the years I have discovered a number of odd items that are useful for my work. One of them is sanitary napkins (AKA sanitary pads).
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Use This Lightroom ‘Secret Slider’ Trick for Extreme Shadow Recovery

Retoucher Matt Kloskowski offers this quick and easy Lightroom tip for your mental library: if you ever find yourself with a drastically underexposed photograph, you can use a “secret shadow slider” in Lightroom to try and recover an extreme amount of detail.
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Tip: Place Some Gaffer Tape Behind Your Model’s Ears to Remove Unsightly Glow

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Want to remove the glow in your model’s ears when photographing them in front of a bright background? Instead of dealing with the problem in Photoshop, you can fix it during the shoot itself with just a bit of gaffer tape.
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Tip: You Can Use Your Wallet as a Simple Tripod for Your Smartphone

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There are now a number of smartphone tripods out there that are designed to fit inside your wallet when not in use. Before you buy one, though, here’s a random little tip: if your wallet is thick and sturdy enough, you don’t even need a separate accessory — your wallet itself can do just fine.
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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…

Couple Uses Cute Group Photo Trick to Tell Their Friends They’re Having a Baby

If you need a reason to crack a smile today, or you and your significant other just found out you’re having a baby and you’d like to announce it in a fun and creative way, San Francisco couple Kat and Kris can help.

Instead of just delivering the news directly, the couple pretended they were taking a group photo of their friends and shot video instead. When the time came for the standard “say cheese” moment at the end of the countdown, they instead told everyone to say “Kat’s pregnant” and waited for the lightbulb to go off. Read more…

Photo Trick: Use Hydrochloric Acid and Ammonia to Create Opaque Steam for Hot Drink Photos

When it comes to food photography, particularly beverages, one of the most difficult things to capture is steam. Not only do the drinks not stay warm for very long, but the steam is often nearly transparent and hard to catch on camera.

Thankfully, photographer Phillip McCordall has a clever trick that’ll solve this problem for you — that is, if you don’t mind working with hydrochloric acid and ammonia.

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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…