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Back to Basics: Quick and Easy Tutorial on Using Curves in Camera Raw & Photoshop

Over the years, Adobe has made image editing programs like Photoshop and Camera Raw much more intuitive and easy to use so that it’s not quite so intimidating for beginners to dive in, but one of the adjustments that still scares many first timers is Curves. Read more…

BBC Opens Up Internal Visual Journalism Training Resources to the Public

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Last week, the BBC College of Journalism opened up their training website to the public. Full of educational resources created by and for the internal BBC team, these professional videos and guides run through a number of circumstances and suggestions for approaching visual journalism. Read more…

7 Simple DIY Photography Tips and Tricks Using Only Household Items

The team over at COOPH today shared an insightful video that describes 7 DIY photography tips that use nothing more than items you have lying around the house. From can koozies to tights, a number of unusual household products make a cameo and help you add a unique, homemade element to your photo game. 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…

Clever Trick: Document the Exact Lighting Setup of a Photo Using a Christmas Bulb

When capturing a photograph, something many of us meticulously try to account for is the lighting — more specifically, how much light is coming from what sources.

Using ratios, a bit of rough math and a pen & paper, you could write it down. But sometimes numbers don’t directly translate into results. Here with an ingenious way to properly capture the lighting in a scene is Felix Kunze and Sue Bryce. Read more…

external A Beginner’s Guide To RAW File Format —Photoxels

For those of you just starting out in photography and have seen plentiful references to RAW floating around the photo stratosphere but remain bewildered, here is a quick rundown of the basics of shooting RAW.

 
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Back to Basics: How Best to Hold a Camera When Shooting in Low-Light

One of the advantages a beginner in any field has over an intermediate or professional who is trying to improve their craft, is that the beginner has nothing to unlearn. So while the idea of holding your camera correctly for better low-light shots might seem painfully basic, this is one of those fundamentals you’d rather learn right the first time. Read more…

Useful Two-Part Beginner Tutorial Will Help You Understand the Basics of Composition

Post-processing and lighting and camera tutorials are all good and well, but none of them are going to do anything for you if you don’t have a good handle on composition. To that end, this basic two-part composition tutorial by Mike Browne will give you a solid foundation from which to start. Read more…

Back to Basics: Sharpening Best Practices for Photoshop and Camera RAW

One of the parameters first time photographers frequently go nuts with in post (to their detriment) is sharpening. So whether you’re editing in Camera RAW or Photoshop (or even Lightroom, for that matter), the basic tips and tricks in this Photoshop Playbook tutorial will help make sure your photos don’t end up as one big artifact. Read more…

Olympus’ New Anywhere Classroom Video Series is Another Great Resource to Watch

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There’s no shortage of great photography resources out there for photographers of all levels who want to continue honing their skills, and joining their ranks today is a new video series from Olympus that is part marketing campaign and part learning opportunity. Read more…