Articles tagged "how-to"

Video: Pro lighting at hardware store prices

Want to create pro quality lighting for your videos, but don't have thousands of dollars to spend on expensive video lights? In this video, our friends over at ShareGrid demonstrate how to professionally light a model with some work lights, a bit of poster board and even a shower curtain.

How to photograph fireworks
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For folks in the U.S., July 4th represents an opportunity to capture the night sky all dressed up for summer's biggest party. Whether you're photographing fireworks for the first time or looking for some new techniques to try, we have a few pointers that might help.

Video: How to take your photos to the next level with sub-framing

YouTuber George Tomlin explains the concept of sub-framing and details how you can use it to take not only make the composition more interesting, but also provide context for the scene you're shooting.

Video: How to safely and legally fly with camera batteries

This useful video guide by The Slanted Lens will get you up to date on the latest TSA rules on flying with lithium ion batteries. If you're getting ready to travel with a bunch of photography gear, this is one to watch.

Tutorial: How to light paint product photo backgrounds on the cheap

This product photo was captured using two speedlights to light the bottle, a smartphone to light paint the background, and some Photoshop to pull it all together. Watch the video to see how product photographer Dustin Dolby did it.

How to create the disintegration effect from 'Infinity War' in Photoshop

SPOILER ALERT: There's a 'disintegration effect' used at some point in the new Avengers: Infinity War movie. We won't tell you when or why, but Colin Smith of photoshopCAFE will tell you how to recreate this effect on a portrait in Photoshop.

Tutorial: The best way to sharpen portraits in Photoshop

In this video, Phlearn's Aaron Nace walks you through his preferred method for sharpening portraits in Photoshop. The best thing about this technique is just how flexible it is: create as many layers of sharpening as you need to get the look that you want.

Adobe is now making 'Lightroom Coffee Break' videos for Lightroom CC

Adobe's 60-second video series of tips and tricks for Lightroom has started making content specifically geared towards users of Adobe's new cloud-centric Lightroom CC.

Video: Adobe shows you how to make your own Profiles in Camera Raw

Adobe has put together a video tutorial that shows you how to create custom Creative Profiles in Adobe Camera Raw that can be used in ACR, Lightroom CC, and Lightroom Classic CC.

Demo: How to edit professional beauty images with GIMP on Linux

Open source photo editor GIMP is a popular (and free) Photoshop alternative, but can it really be used on a professional edit? In this video, photographer Shane Milton shows you that it most certainly can.

Video: How to find the best natural light for portraits

As part of his ongoing ‘Good Light’ YouTube series, London-based photographer Sean Tucker has created a simple tutorial on how to find good natural light for portraits.

Video: 10 Lightroom features you may not know about

You think you know everything there is to know about Lightroom? Think again. Photographer and YouTuber Jamie Windsor thinks he can still teach you a thing or two.

RGG EDU is giving away a $300, 8+ hour beer photography course for free

The complete course is broken down into 25 chapters and includes 8+ hours of photography and retouching tutorials—covering everything from the most basic/classic shots, up to some more creative photography that'll really help you stand out.

Tutorial: Master the Photoshop Pen Tool in under 8 minutes

In this tutorial, Phlearn's Aaron Nace covers "the absolute need-to-know fundamentals" of the Pen Tool in Photoshop, so that you can follow along and start mastering this important photo editing tool right away.

Eight tips for photographing your first hot air balloon festival

Photographer Elliot Nahm loves shooting hot air balloon festivals, and he wants to spread some of that joy. Here are his top tips for newbies who want to capture great photos of these colorful events.

How to capture a classic perfume product shot with a single speedlight

In this video, product photographer Dustin Dolby shows you how to capture a 'classic' perfume product shot using just a single speedlight, some reflective materials, and a bit of lighting know-how.

Learn about Photoshop blending modes in just 8 minutes

Confused about what all those layer blending modes do in Photoshop? Well, you don’t need to be any more. Jesus Ramirez has made an excellent short video tutorial that explains each mode in simple and easily-understood terms.

18 useful Lightroom shortcuts for beginners

Adventure and lifestyle photographer Lucy Martin put together a useful little video that goes over her 18 favorite Lightroom shortcuts—a great guide for beginners.

Nine straight-forward tips from an award-winning travel photographer

In this quick video, award-winning travel photographer Bob Holmes shares nine of his most basic and straightforward tips for finding great images, even when you're in a rut.

10 simple DIY gifts for the photography lovers in your life

Scrambling for some last-minute gifts for the photography lover in your life? This COOPH video will show you how to make 10 simple and creative DIY gifts that won't take up too much time or money.

Shooting Kīlauea Volcano, Part 2: Grounded

In part two of his series on shooting lava flows in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, landscape photographer Erez Marom tackles the challenges inherent in shooting lava from the ground.

Video: Using the RGB tone curves in Photoshop, a crash course

Photographer Conner Turmon has put together a useful video tutorial that will get you up to speed on using the RGB tone curves to post-process your photos in either Lightroom or Photoshop.

10 macro photography tips for beginners

This helpful article by photographer Micael Widell will help you avoid some of the common mistakes beginners make when they try out macro photography for the first time.

Photo Experiment: Shooting macro photos of boiling water

It might sound like a strange idea, but taking macro photos of boiling water can actually result in some really cool photographs. A good photo experiment for a rainy day.

Video: Four common composition mistakes and what to do instead

Correct these four common composition mistakes and your photos will be more balanced, tell a better story, and lead your viewer's eye where you want it to go.

Tutorial: How to shoot a martini splash photo using only speedlights

In this video, photographer Dustin Dolby offers you a simple, affordable way to capture that classic splash photography look using only cheap speedlights.

How to buy used gear (and not get burned)

Buying used is a good way to save some dough, and with the right precautions you can protect yourself from falling victim to a scam.

How to shoot classic beauty product photography on a budget

You don't need a fancy studio or tons of gear to capture the kind of classic product photography you see in magazines. In this video, Dustin Dolby shows you how to do it with just a couple of speedlights and some know-how.

Tutorial: How to photograph glassware on a white background

Glassware is one of the most challenging subjects to photograph, especially against a white background. This tutorial shows you how to do it with hardly any gear.

Video: a quick introduction to panning photography

This how-to video explains everything you need to know to execute the perfect pan.

Video: simple camera tricks in under 90 seconds

No guessing games here, this short video is straight to the point: 6 quick camera tricks in a minute and a half.

Video: How to shoot white products on a white background

Selling products online? Pro photographer David Patino shares a useful approach to this common challenge.

Back to basics: A simple three-point lighting setup for headshots

This video tutorial makes it easy to step outside of your available-light comfort zone.

More videos added to product overviews and getting started guides

We've just added several new informational videos to our range of product overviews and getting started guides, including guides to how to get started with the Fujifilm X-T20 and Nikon D3400. Read more

Fresh out of the box: getting started with your first interchangeable lens camera

We're not all experts. In this article, we offer a quick primer for the first-time interchangeable lens camera buyer, covering the very basics. Read more

How to find (and keep) models
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Having trouble finding models for your formal portrait and glamour projects? This guide will help get you started.
How to Use Composition to Improve Your Images
Composition is the most important component of great photography. Understanding how to compose an image will improve your ability to take good pictures.
"Golden Hour" Photography
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The golden hour, when the sun is just over the horizon, is an excellent time for taking photographs.
Shoot Close Up For Impact!
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Shooting close up for impact (SCUFI) is a great technique for separating a subject from its surroundings to create compositions with greater stopping power. This is not a macro technique, but actually getting closer to your subject.
The Rule of Thirds: A Simple Way to Improve Your Images
The rule of thirds is an easy way for beginning photographers to improve the composition of their photographs. This article explains how to break away from a center-oriented composition and create a more dynamic image.