Posts Tagged ‘tutorial’

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)

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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How I Replaced the Shutter in My Canon 5D Mark II By Myself and Saved $400

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The shutter on my old Canon 5D Mark II died while on a trip to Fiji earlier this year. It happened quickly; I was shooting a panorama when horizontal black bars started appearing in some of the shots. After about 10 more photos in between turning the camera off and on again, it was dead. The shutter was stuck closed and powering the camera on yielded a helpless sounding soft ‘clunk’ and an “Error 20″ message.

I was quoted around $500 to get this fixed at a repair shop. But.. an OEM replacement shutter is only $90 on eBay. So, after about 6 months of putting it off I finally built up enough #YOLO fever to have a crack at fixing it myself, saving $400 and learning a few things along the way.
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4 Techniques that Will Help You Master Dodging and Burning Your Photos

If you have 30-minutes to spare for a tutorial, check out this one by photographer and retoucher Michael Woloszynowicz on the techniques of dodging and burning. It’s an in-depth video in which he discusses 4 different approaches that photographers can take and which ones to use in which situations — things like layer blend modes, curves adjustments, frequency separation, and layer blend-if.

You can find actions for creating the bases of some of the techniques here.

(via Vibrant Shot via Reddit)

Tip: Use the Magical ‘Match Total Exposures’ Feature in Lightroom for a Quick Fix

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If you’re just starting out in Lightroom (or haven’t explored its features much), perhaps you haven’t heard of the powerful “Match Total Exposures” feature. This is a feature that lets you quickly adjust the exposure of multiple photos to match a target photo of your choice.
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Get Ready for the Holidays with this Tutorial on How to Photograph Christmas Lights

In honor of the holiday season, Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens decided it would be a wonderful idea to show the world how to photograph Christmas lights. Breaking down the task into an easy-to-follow process, this four-minute video will get you ready to go Christmas light hunting as December wears on. Read more…

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…

How to Capture a Beautiful Watch Product Shot Using Only an iPad for Lighting

Product photography — even when done with cheap gear like this awesome tutorial using an iPhone, an IKEA lamp and some flashlights — usually involves multiple light sources. But there is a way around that, as Laya Gerlock over on DIY Photography demonstrates in this awesome tutorial titled “How to Shoot a Perfect Watch with Nothing but an iPad.” Read more…

Impressive Product Photograph Captured with a Smartphone, a Lamp, and a Few Flashlights

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Inspired by Alex Koloskov’s popular iPhone vs. Hasselblad whisky glass video, photographer Tilo Gockel decided to give cheap gear professional product photography a try of his own — and he knocked it out of the park.

Using just an old iPhone 4s, an IKEA lamp, two LED flashlights, and a few Translumfoil cards (you can use parchment), he captured the photograph you see above. Read more…