Watch a Photoshop Pro Teach His Mom to Edit Photos – Photography Article

Photoshop expert and photo editing teacher Aaron Nace just took on his most inexperienced pupil yet: his mom. In a special episode of Phlearn, Aaron sat down with his mom to teach her how to edit some of his childhood photos in Photoshop. The result is both entertaining and, if you’re a rote beginner like Mrs. Nace, a great intro to photo editing. When we say “rote beginner,” we’re not exaggerating. Despite her son’s reputation as a Photoshop expert, Mrs.…

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How to Master Exposing for Dramatic Black and White Photos – Photography Article

The black and white aesthetic can sometimes be a contentious issue among photographers. The decision to shoot monochromatic images is, for some, an afterthought in a way that other choices like filters, focal lengths, and exposure settings would not be. This means that some of the nuance to a well-balanced black and white exposure can be overlooked, and I think this is a shame because it wouldn’t take much for photographers to take a little more control and consideration and produce…

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How to Sharpen Photos Without Creating Halos – Photography Article

In this short tutorial, Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect lays out his “Sharpening Separation” technique: a more advanced sharpening technique that allows you to sharpen your images as much as you like without creating those dreaded halos. As most of you already know, digital sharpening works by adding contrast to the edges of an image—darkening one side of the edge and lightening the other. It works well, giving the appearance of a sharper photograph, but a consequence is the creation of…

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How To Bracket For Perfectly Exposed Landscape Photos – Photography Article

Perhaps one of the more difficult aspects of landscape photography is determining how to properly expose your scene under less-than-ideal lighting conditions. These types of situations are a common occurrence with outdoor photography as it’s often a struggle trying to properly expose an image consisting of a bright sky and a dark foreground in a single image. This is where exposure bracketing comes in handy. In this 13-minute video, I discuss how, why, and when you should bracket your shots…

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How I Shot a Time-Lapse of the Total Solar Eclipse in Argentina – Photography Article

One of the best things time-lapse photography has given me is my interest in astronomy. When I started shooting the night sky, I needed to learn basic astronomy in order to understand what I was photographing. Thanks to that, I was able to capture a time-lapse of the total solar eclipse this past July 2nd in Córdoba, Argentina. The Planning I’ve shot a time-lapse of a total lunar eclipse in the past, but when I got into planning for a…

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How to Avoid Losing Your Photography Gear: Here are 10 Tips – Photography Article

When a child gets a new toy, their parents often tell them not to take it to school where it’s showcased to their peers and then never seen again. As a photographer, your newest toys often have to come to work with you in order for you to keep flourishing at what you do. However, losing your precious gear can be a terrifying and miserable experience, especially if it happens to be part of your livelihood. As a person that…

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10 Helpful Tips for Posing Hands in Portraits – Photography Article

In his most recent video, portrait photographer Miguel Quiles decided to tackle what we’ll call the “Ricky Bobby” problem: what do you do with your [model’s] hands? After years of trial and error, Quiles has come up with 10 “hacks” or tips that have helped him conquer this issue. Jokes aside, posing hands is one of those challenges most novice portrait photographers don’t think of until they slam right into it. They might not even notice it’s an issue until…

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How to Do Back Button Focusing on Your Canon DSLR or Mirrorless – Photography Article

Back button focusing involves decoupling a camera’s autofocus from the shutter button and moving it to a button under the right thumb on the back. Here’s a helpful 4.5-minute video by Canon Australia showing how you can get started with this next-level focusing technique on your Canon DSLR or mirrorless camera. Canon Collective Ambassador Kass Brumley starts out by explaining what back button focus is and what its advantages are (e.g. being able to easily lock focus when needed through…

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A Guide to Overcoming Fear in Street Photography (And in Life) – Photography Article

First things first. For me, street photography is more than just taking candid photos. Street photography can also be asking strangers permission to photograph them or photographing empty streets. Whatever it is, the common nominator is that you go on the street and take photos of the “street life.” That’s how I see it. If you want to take a photograph of a building, it’s very predictable. You can sit there with your camera all day long and compose the…

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The Complete A – Z Guide to Becoming an Event Photographer – Photography Article

Are you thinking about becoming an event photographer? This article will begin by giving you some insight into what the job entails and the beginning steps for getting started. By its end, you should have a fundamental roadmap for getting started. Editor’s note: Mik Milman is a professional event photographer based in Los Angeles. This article was also published on Milman’s website. What is Event Photography? Event photography can be a wide category of professional photography. We often think of…

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How to Balance Strobe Light with Ambient Light – Photography Article

My name is Jay P. Morgan from The Slanted Lens, and in this 6.5-minute video and article, I’ll illustrate the balance of strobes with ambient light. Whether it’s inside or outside, you’re going to have to learn the formula to balance strobes with ambient light. It’s not that hard, so let’s go back to 1930 and learn the formula! For this shoot, we are using a Ford 1929 Model A with our two talents, Devyn Howard and Michael Nelson. We’re…

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How to Critique Street Photography – Photography Article

One of the best parts of being an active member of the online photography community is the range of criticism I have access to when I share my work. Being open to constructive criticism is an essential part of growth as an artist — not only can it highlight shortcomings, but it can also emphasize areas in which you may be strong without realizing it. When I presented my work for the first time in a gallery I found it…

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How to Shoot Epic Drone Photos – Photography Article

Aerial photography is a different game than photographing from the ground. It’s much more difficult and slower to make a composition and you have to think of all kinds of rules and limitations to get your shot. However, drones opened up many new angles and possibilities when it comes to photography. I love new technology and I love drones. I mainly use the small drones (Mavic 1 Pro, Mavic 2 Pro) because they’re easy to bring with me in my…

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How to Shoot Speaker Paint Splash Photos – Photography Article

Photographer Steve Kazemir made this 4-minute video showing how he shoots beautiful photos of paint splashes frozen in time using an old speaker in his garage. A photo of Kazemir’s garage setup. Kazemir stretched a black trash bag over the speaker to protect it and plays sound from a tablet through it at max volume. Dripping “dollar store” acrylic paint onto the trash bag, Kazemir uses a sound trigger to trip his camera and two off-camera flashes when audio causes…

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Tips from a Pro Music Photographer – Photography Article

I am writing this concert photography guide in response to several ‘How to’ guides I have seen online that don’t quite hit the mark on how to take great live concert photographs. Most of the articles focus too much on the obvious, like concerts are dark and avoid things in your way (like mic stands and such). Personally, I think it is a bit patronizing to suggest that you are letting the photographer in on the ‘professional secrets’ if it…

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Shooting Water Droplet Refractions for Magical Macro Photos – Photography Article

Like tiny crystal balls, water droplets can add a magical element to macro photographs. There are a number of moving parts to consider, but the basic concept is simple: a spherical droplet can act like a lens, refracting light from whatever is behind it. Getting good droplets can be problematic, as most surfaces will cause water to spread out rather than to bead up nicely. Using just plain water (no glycerine or other additives), one of the easiest foreground objects…

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A Guide to Long Exposure Photography – Photography Article

In the past few years, long exposure photography has become increasingly popular. Images in which the water seems to turn ethereal, the clouds turn into long, wispy streaks, or the lights from cars turn into long lines have an otherworldly quality that can be incredibly appealing. Since I’ve had a few people ask me how I go about shooting my long exposure images, I decided to write a guide. What Gear Do You Need? You obviously need a camera with…

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