Cool photography tutorials to help you improve your image processing technique

Photography is nowadays a great way to relax your mind and to discover more then you can see behind an ordinary scene for many of simple people. Sometime shooting pictures day by day you get into this hobby and you become more advanced by using all kind of techniques that were discovered by practice or from difference professional courses. Many excellent photographers started this journey into the photographic art from an amateur stage and realized that their entire life will be build around this passion.

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There are a lot of photography types and styles so when you want to make a profession out of it you need to decide what kind of photographer do you want to be: a fashion photographer, a nature photographer, a wedding photographer or any other kind from the multiple choices. But, no matter what you like best there are some tutorials that will help you get your shootings to another level that can make the difference in this field. We picked for you a collection of such tutorials that are very helpful if you want to get your passion to another stage of development.

Shooting & Editing a High Speed Fruity Water Splash

This tutorial will make for a fun weekend project that has the potential to spark your imagination, teach you some interesting lighting techniques and even give you some great shots for your portfolio. It?s a great way to spend a few hours, experimenting and honing your photography skills.

The Ultimate Guide to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 is a standalone photo management application geared specifically towards photographers. Lightroom offers a large number of tools designed to help you at every step of the way during the digital darkroom process. This in-depth tutorial will help you familiarise yourself with the Lightroom interface as well as develop an efficient digital darkroom workflow.


The Comprehensive Guide to Vintage Film and Cameras

So you?ve dug through your parents? basement, pulled out their vinyl album of Michael Jackson?s Thriller and bought yourself an old record player. And for the last three weddings you?ve attended, you found the perfect outfit at that great vintage clothing shop downtown. Old is the new ?new.?

An Introduction to Mastering Slow Shutter Speeds

For many photographers, darkness is their worst enemy. After getting a basic understanding of how cameras work, the next things photographers must understand is how to operate in low light. Most new cameras have advanced dedicated flashes (sometime built into them), which can make dark situations easier to shoot in. But almost all modern cameras also have slow shutter speed settings that extend to eight seconds or beyond.

6 Elements of Design for Striking Photographs

What makes a striking photo? Often, it?s merely ordinary things composed in an ordinary manner. That?s because they always tend to have a single theme or idea, and because clutter is kept to a minimum. They are simple, true, and sincere. Today we?re looking at the elements of design (line, shape, form, texture, color etc) that can turn a simple subject into a striking photo.

9 Tips for a Perfect Portrait Background

Flatter your portrait subject with the perfect background, even if you don?t have professional backdrops or lighting. A little exposure and composition know-how can get you a long way toward a beautiful portrait background.

Adobe Camera RAW for Beginners: Histogram & White Balance

Adobe Camera RAW (not to be confused with RAW picture format your camera takes) is a powerful tool for editing and tweaking your photography. The software gives you artistic control over your files while still maintaining the original photo. I like to call it non-destructive editing.

Mastering the Art of Black and White Photography

In the early days of photography, photographers had no choice but to shoot in black and white, as it was the only available medium. Then, in 1936, the invention of kodachrome gave colour photography to the world. But black and white photography didn?t die off, instead it flourished. Modern black and white photography at it?s best is art, and many photographers regard it as the purest form of photography.

Achieving Better Focus and Sharpness in Your Images

?This tutorial will give you a better understanding of focus and sharpness, and hopefully help you take photographs that you?re very happy with!

Create a Vibrant Lighting Effect With Cross Polarization

Light has the ability to create many different types of dramatic effect, though there is none as vivid as cross polarization. It awakens the imagination with its vibrance of colors. Though this technique was popular 20+ years ago, it seems to have been lost in the digital shuffle. This tutorial will walk you through the process and equipment to experiment with cross polarization.

An Introduction to Using Strobes in Your Photography

Do you ever see a picture and wonder how the photographer obtained perfect lighting on a subject? You might be asking “What kind of flash does he use?” or “What are the settings on his camera to get such lighting?” In this tutorial, I will be explaining the secrets to turning your pictures into perfection.

Using Hyperfocal Distance to Ensure Maximum Depth of Field in Landscape Photography

The hyperfocal distance is the point at which you should focus your lens to allow you to get maximum DOF. Once you?ve focused on this point, everything from half the hyperfocal distance to infinity will be sharp. This means that if you?re focused at a hyperfocal distance of 10 metres then, five metres to infinity will be sharp.If you simply focus on the subject itself, then only one-third of the area in front of that subject and two-thirds of the area behind it will be sharp.

Taking Amazing Studio Portraits On a Tight Budget

So there I was in my socks, standing on a milk crate with a beautiful half-naked woman lying motionless on a painter?s tarp in the middle of by bedroom floor. If someone had walked in at that moment, I would have had some serious explaining to do! I am not a serial killer, I am a professional photographer who uses the cheapest materials I can get my hands on to produce studio quality portraits. And I?m here to reveal how I get away with it.

Photoshop Quick Tips: Light Leaks in Photography (Video)

A trend that is becoming more and more popular in Photography recently is a vintage/film/retro style. You can see examples in Urban Outfitters, Nylon Mag, Anthropologie, etc. One of the major elements in this style is the light leak. Some of you may remember the post a few months back about Light Leaks in Photography.

Water|Whether it?s your focal subject or a supporting element, these quick tips will get your feet wet

Water can be a deep subject. But seriously, it?s photographically fascinating. It takes on so many different forms, you could build an entire portfolio around it. For that reason,?water is an ideal subject for improving your technical skills.

A Basic Photo Gear Recipe for Beginners and Pros

If you love zoom lenses, I am not against you in any way, but merely invite you to set aside those zoom habits for a while, cross a mental bridge into a new photographic territory, and set out on photo adventure with one lens and one focal length. ?


Photographic Time Shifting


I recently was watching a nature show on television and marveled at some of the nighttime images of jaguars. I thought, ?Man, I wish I had some nighttime shots of those big cats.?
Then I thought, ?What the heck.? With Photoshop, I easily can make a daytime shot look like a nighttime one. The opening image for this column is my transformed image.

Ten Tips For Photographing Kids

A friend of mine is a talented photographer with a knack for photographing children. Brian Fagnani says the rules for photographing babies and newborns don?t apply when photographing bigger kids, whether they?re toddlers or preteens. So with his input, here are 10 tips to help improve your photographs of big boys and girls. But be sure to work quickly, because they really do grow up fast.

How To Photograph Moving Vehicles

A step-by-step guide to capturing that perfect motion shot.

How to Get?“Tack Sharp”?Photo Images?

The term “tack sharp” is used in photography to represent the absolute best clarity of detail in an image.? Sharpness is affected by two elements: focus and contrast.? When you have an image with crisp focus and well attained contrast, and no visible blur when looking at it at pixel level, it is considered to be “tack sharp”.

Depth of field

Depth of field refers to the range of distance that appears acceptably sharp. It varies depending on camera type, aperture and focusing distance, although print size and viewing distance can also influence our perception of depth of field. This tutorial is designed to give a better intuitive and technical understanding for photography, and provides a?depth of field calculator?to show how it varies with your camera settings.

Vintage Emulation; Recreating That ?Old Photo? Look In The Digital Age

We have all had the experience of looking at old photographs that transport us back to a different age, whether it is 20 years ago, or 120. It can be very tempting to try to recreate a vintage look, whether for a particular emotional effect or simply because we can. But what are the actual differences, and how can we recreate them?

How to expand your photo?s tonal range when HDR techniques aren?t ideal

One thing I love about digital photography is the capability to create images that are closer to what we see in the world, rather than being restricted by the technological limitations of the camera sensor. High dynamic range photography, or HDR, has become popular because of its ability to get more detail out of the scene than the camera can capture.

How To: Photograph A Shattering Image

To try this yourself, get a box of ordinary lead pencils for practice. Breaking the points loudly and cleanly is easy?but all the sharpening gets old. Once you?ve got the hang of it, switch to pricier colored pencils, the more multi-hued the better. Shot with a Panasonic Lumix G1 with a 14-45mm zoom, plus macro lens.

How To: Photograph During Bright Midday Sun

For this stitched composite, Brown positioned his strobes to make the sun seem to be the main light, even though it?s clearly backlighting the scene.

Using Photoshop to create a classic hand-painted effect

If you?re an ancient Gen-X-er like me you probably remember when billionaire media mogul Ted Turner began colorizing classic black-and-white films from Hollywood?s golden era. Even if you agree with critics who claimed this colorization amounted to ?cultural vandalism,? there?s no doubt the technique is interesting and has its merits?especially for photographers.

How-To: A Primer on Long Exposures

In contrast to using fast shutter speeds to freeze action, using long exposures is a very creative means to convey motion in a photograph. A blurred image can be a very impressionistic rendition of movement, giving the viewer a sense of sensation. This how-to story will cover blurred motion, panning, zooming your lens during an exposure and capturing streaks of light from traffic at night. Experiment with these simple techniques, and have fun getting dramatic images!

A Soft Touch For Wedding Photography; Soft-Focus & Blur Effects In The Digital Darkroom

Despite lens makers? ads to the contrary, photographers don?t always want or need tack-sharp photographs, especially for wedding or bridal portraits. The use of creative or selective blur when applied in the digital darkroom to an otherwise ordinary photograph can create a mood or look that fits an impression of the original image more than its reality, but sometimes the distinction between blur and soft focus gets confused, so let?s take a look at the differences.

Tips and techniques for using shallow depth of field to add impact to your macro shots

Keeping your depth of field to a minimum is particularly useful in close-up photography where small plants and insects can be made to jump out from a cluttered background. Sheppard made a monochromatic image by letting the background become a yellowish swath of color. The backlit yellow flowers stand out.?

Try this simple step-by-step process for making beautiful monochrome images

Black-and-white photography seems to be more popular than ever in this digital era. And in my opinion, it has never been easier to make a professional-caliber black-and-white conversion, especially with the new, easy-to-use tools. I happen to use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, and in this article, I?ll show you my step-by-step process with it.

Correcting and Preventing Chromatic Aberration

Chromatic aberration is an optical phenomenon in which the camera lens is unable to focus the different wavelengths of light on the same plane (in this case the image sensor) in order to produce a correct image, resulting in a halo or fringe around objects.

Tilt-Shift Photography Photoshop Tutorial

When choosing a photograph for the tilt-shift effect, bear in mind that you want to give the impression of a miniature model. Miniature models are usually viewed from above so try and choose a photo with an elevated viewpoint. Buildings, roads, traffic and railways are excellent choices but make sure there is a reasonable wide angle of view.

How To: Photographing Complex Architecture

How to capture such complexly designed, highly linear subjects? The 25-year-old computer-science student suggests taking a very exacting camera position, for starters. For a symmetrical shot like his image of the?station?s ceiling, if the camera position is off just a tad, the lines go askew and ruin the photo.

Create Your Own Bokeh for Beautiful Photo Effects

What’s a bokeh you say? It’s that oh-so-wonderful fuzziness in the background of photographs with a shallow depth of field and accompanying starry highlights. You can create you own bokeh effects with a little craftiness.

Homemade Light Box for Product Photography


The object of product photography is to show details of an object clearly. Lighting an object well brings out details and provides pleasing highlights. One method for uniformly lighting small objects is to surround the object in a light box. The following article describes the process for making your own lightbox for small object photography. From start to finish this project should take no longer than 30 minutes.

How To: DIY Light Reflector

You don?t need tons of cash to own effective lighting tools ? often you can make them yourself.

Reversing Lenses for Macro Photography

I, a true village idiot, have been asked to give a tutorial on reversing lenses for extreme macro shots. If you have a telephoto lens and an old 50mm lying around you might want to give this a shot. It’s not too difficult of a procedure and probably won’t take 2 minutes to read through this. All you’ll need is a reverse ring (coupler), a step up ring, and a small piece of cardboard or folded paper. For less than 20 American dollars you can do it. 20 bucks isn’t bad for a super duper wacky crazy macro setup is it? A zoom lens isn’t mandatory but it will make focusing on your intended area much easier than combining two primes. You can also decide the magnification of your subject by using one. More on this below.

DIY – High Speed Photography at Home

How to take photos like the one you are seeing here. It’s a glass of Champaign, being shot with a BB gun.You can use this technique to take picture of exploding things like tomatoes, watter balloons, watermelons?etc.

7 Tips for Great Photos in the Dark

Some of the best night photos are taken during dusk; when the sky isn’t completely black. Taking pictures during dusk will show more colors and details in the distance and will let you use a faster shutter speed.

How to Create Sunshine Effect in Studio with Artificial Sunlight

In this tutorial video we?ll give you tips on how to cheat Mother Nature and show you How to Create Your Own Sunshine in the Studio. ?Sunshine always evokes warmest emotions when we look at the image.??Sunny day associates with pleasant emotions caused by increase of vitamin D3 that is produced in the skin when?7-dehydrocholesterol?reacts with UVB.??However our mind can trigger positive emotions just by anticipating the drug (vitamin D). If an image with sunshine can make us happier, how about photographing sunshine indoors on a rainy day?

Professional Lighting in Model Photography

This article in a close look at a project I recently worked on. Together with Stylist Natalie Svikle, we teamed up to create an fashion story that will be based on the way french woman dress. We called it L?Affaire Parissienne.

Get the Right Light

When shooting portraits, good lighting is all-important. To make sure you have it, you can buy expensive lighting rigs and multiple flash units. Or you can spend a few bucks and carry just the right mix of sun and clouds in your pack.

DIY Lighting Hacks for Digital Photographers

Lighting can be the difference between a good shot and a great one.Walk into most professional photographer?s studios and you?ll be confronted with truckloads of lighting equipment. To the average hobby photographer it?s enough to make your mind boggle ? and for your stomach to turn as you think about the cost of it all.

Portrait Lighting Tutorial: Character Study

Though colleagues often kid me about my portraits of ?old men with hats and beards,? I?ve found photographing men to be interesting and rewarding. Images of beautiful women dominate magazines and exhibitions. When you do see a male subject, it?s most likely a child, high school senior or groom. Yet every man has a unique personality and a story all his own. A portrait should honor the man and the life that?s made him who he is.

High key and Low key lighting tutorial

How I Shoot: Lowkey Portrait

Long time coming right? Yeah, but it?s here now so shush your mouth! I want to start fairly simple, something that anyone getting into the strobist side of photography could achieve with some pretty basic kit. Lowkey sprung to mind straight away ? It?s easy to do with a single light & you can use just about any lens, especially since we don?t need to take advantage of a wide (low) aperture for a shallow depth of field.

One Response to “Cool photography tutorials to help you improve your image processing technique”

  1. bycostello says:

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