Tutorials

 

Make a DIY Extension Tube to Turn Your Regular Lens Into a Macro Lens

Looking for a simple weekend project that lets you experiment with photography? Makify created this 4-minute step-by-step tutorial on how you can create a DIY extension tube using some plastic piping to capture macro photos using your regular lens.
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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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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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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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How to Make a DIY Camera Slider for $75 In Less than 3 Hours

How do you build a quality DIY camera slider on the cheap? Who better to ask than the founder of a slider company? In the video above, Rhino Camera Gear founder Kyle Hart shows how you can build a cheaper alternative to their pricier sliders using parts from the hardware store.

His DIY slider is easy to build, costs $75 in parts, and requires less than 3 hours to create. You can also download a thorough PDF guide here.

How I Created This Viral Puddle Reflection Picture in Photoshop

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My name is Michael Pistono, and I’m a 28-year-old photo enthusiast living in Honolulu, Hawaii. I was recently playing around with a reflection photo when I had the idea of creating another one out of a puddle — one that featured both tall buildings and an airplane.

The photo I ended up creating in Photoshop (shown above) went viral online. Here’s a look at how it was made.
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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)

A Brief Intro to Shooting with a Rangefinder Camera

If you’ve never picked up a rangefinder camera before and have always wondered how it differs from single-lens reflex cameras, here’s a short video that may be of interest to you. In it, photographer Craig Semetko discusses the basics of rangefinder photography — in this case he’s using a Leica M — and its advantages compared to SLRs.

(H/T Leica Rumors)