Walkthroughs

 

‘Where to Start Chart’ is an Interactive Photography Skill Tree for Beginners

Where to Start Chart’ is an infographic designed to help beginner photographers work their way through the settings on their camera. Produced by Adorama TV, the PDF is reminiscent of the “skill trees” found in various role playing video games, but instead of having spells and skills, the tree offers photographic tutorials.
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Math and Photography: How to Capture a Pellet Piercing a Water Drop

Water droplets can make for some beautiful high-speed photography, but how do photographers manage to capture such precise moments? And what if you add even more elements to the equation, such as shooting a tiny pellet through the drop as it reaches its peak?

While repetition and luck are one option, a far better approach is to use a clever triggering system called the Camera Axe.

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Video: How to Choose and Use Graduated ND Filters for Landscape Photography

Graduated ND (neutral density) filters have been a staple of landscape photography for a long time now, but if you’ve never taken the time to learn how these simple but useful tools work, this solid video guide will run you through the basics and then some.

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A Photojournalist’s Point of View: Covering an Atomic Energy Agency Meeting at the UN

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Want to see what it’s like to cover a meeting between the world’s nations as a photographer? Vienna-based photojournalist Patrick Domingo was recently sent to the annual meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the United Nations Office at Vienna. In addition to shooting photos for official news purposes, Domingo decided to record some point-of-view footage showing what the experience is like.
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Video Tutorial Shows You How to Mount and Frame Your Own Photographs

While many of us leave it up to the labs to print and mount our photographs, there are those who would like to try their own hand at it. For those more adventurous folks, Tony Roslund has put together a video tutorial that walks you through the process of printing and framing your own photographs from start to finish. Read more…

ColorChecker: How to Get Perfect Skin Colors With Every Camera

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One of the best kept secrets within the fashion and beauty photography is the way to obtain absolutely perfect and flawless skin colors, brightness and texture. That’s an art, absolutely, and often a quite technical challenge.

In this article I will explain how to obtain perfect skin colors, with the help of a ColorChecker. But not just a simple ColorChecker workflow with the standard, bundled software. No, there’s a neat trick which saves a lot of time and a lot of custom color editing (and desaturating) of skin tones.

It’s a quick, transparent automatic workflow, once set up and created. Your camera needs to shoot in RAW. Read more…

Video: The Dramatic Difference a Reflector Can Make, And How to Use One by Yourself

Reflectors are one of the most affordable pieces of gear a photographer can have in their bag. They’re not only small in size (and usually foldable), they’re also versatile and provide benefits when using both natural and artificial light.

This oldie-but-goodie walkthrough by Matt Granger highlights these simple and useful photography tools and details how just a single reflector can make a dramatic difference, even if you’re out shooting without an assistant.

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Joachim Schmid is an Artist Who Finds and Publishes Other People’s Photos

Here’s a video that offers a look at the life and work of Joachim Schmid, a Berlin-based artist who is obsessed not with making photographs but with finding them.

For more than 30 years now he has been hunting for ordinary discarded photographs that catch his eye. Once discovered, these found images — many of which were destined for landfills — are compiled into collections that give them new purpose and meaning.
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How Many Studio Lights Do You Really Need?

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When it comes to the quantity of lights that one needs, opinions are often heavily polarized and a hotly contested debate often rages. There are those that are staunch supporters of one light while others claim that a handful of lights are needed before anything meaningful can be done. Ultimately neither group is right as there is no definable minimum or maximum number of lights that one should use.

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DIY: How to Turn Your Canon T2i Into a Full-Fledged Infrared Camera

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“Until the 20th century, ‘reality’ was everything humans could touch, smell, see and hear. Since the initial publication of the chartered electromagnetic spectrum… humans have learned that what they can touch, smell, see and hear is less than one millionth of reality.” Read more…