How to Use the Divide Blend Mode to Instantly Remove Any Color Cast

Unmesh Dinda of PIXimperfect has put together a brilliant educational video on the oft-confusing Divide blend mode in Photoshop. In this tutorial he’ll show you how to use it to remove any color cast, before diving into the fascinating mathematics behind this useful tool.

Building an Afghan 810 Box Camera for $100

My name is Antoine Loncle, and I’m an independent photographer. I shared my homemade 8×10 box camera on several photography groups and it received a lot of interest. I figured I’d do a little write up for anyone that wanted to know more about the camera as well as see some images of the building […]

Shooting Environmental Portraits in Detroit

The City of Detroit has launched a redevelopment plan for the Gratiot/7-Mile community. Ive been hired by the city and the consulting firm Giffels-Webster as the still-images creative director and photographer.

Creating Homemade Photography Backdrops on the Cheap

Anyone who has had any exposure to still life photography or studio work will know just how expensive backdrops can be. I have a couple from Kate Backdrops company, one of which I use very often, but I’ve been hankering after a few more.

The Secret to Developing Your Street Photography

Shooting Street Photography without a project in mind is like shopping for food when youre hungry. You might get a few nice treats, but ultimately you get back and find there is nothing to sustain you.

There and Back Again: Passing Photos Between Lightroom and Photoshop

Lightroom and Photoshop are designed to work hand-in-hand, so you can easily pass photos between the two programs while you’re working with them. Photography instructor Phil Steele of Steele Training made this beginner’s 17-minute tutorial on doing “round trips” (and even “nested round trips”) with photos between Lightroom and Photoshop. After selecting a photo in […]

5 Ways You Can Use a Softbox to Shoot Stunning Portraits

Portrait photographer Miguel Quiles is back with the third part of his series on various lighting modifiers. Part one covered the beauty dish, part two covered the umbrella, and part three is all about the different ways you can use a softbox to capture distinctive portraits.

Shooting a Conceptual Photo Series About the Life of an Artist

This is a photo series about the life of an artist and struggles that might come along with it. I got a project grant from NFFF (Nordic Society of Photography) for this project in early 2019. I gathered ideas during 2019 and now I have been working with this set for a while. The series […]

Shooting a Photo of Politicians Empty Campaign Promises

‘Politricks‘: “the word “politics” altered to convey the empty-campaign promises often experienced after politicians get elected. ” About a year ago I had this thought of making a picture from this word.

Match Cuts Part 2: How to Create Compelling Transitions

Filmmaker Daniel DeArco is back with the promised Part 2 of his tutorial on creating cool and compelling “match cuts” to up your transition game. In Part 1, he showed you how he captured the three shots that he would be using to create the match cut; in Part 2, he takes us the rest […]

How to Double the Resolution of Your Smartphone Photos

“Super-resolution” and “pixel-shift” photography isn’t just possible if you have a fancy camera that can move the sensor 1 pixel between shots. As Usman Dawood of Sonder Creative demonstrates in this video, you can even do it with your run-of-the-mill smartphone, shooting hand-held.

Watch a Horribly Damaged 1903 Photo Get Expertly Fixed and Colorized

Photo restoration wizard James Berridge made this fascinating 15. 5-minute video showing how he used Photoshop to restore and colorize a horribly damaged photo captured 116 years ago in 1903. “[…] I usually don’t work with photos which require this level of restoration,” Berridge writes.

How to Shoot Handheld Focus Stacks for Macro Photography

Handheld focus stacking is a brilliant solution for many scenarios. It saves you all the troubles of using a focusing rail in the field and provides a maximum of flexibility. Whenever you need more depth of field than you can get with trading off image quality, this is the way to work around it. Have […]

Beginners Guide to Focus Stacking for Macro Photography

One of the greatest challenges in macro photography is the depth of field, or DOF for short. Not only does the zone of sharpness drastically fall off as we get closer to our subjects, other factors such as the lack of light and diffraction softening make it tricky to use narrow apertures on top of […]

How to Shoot a Day-vs-Night Photo in a Single Exposure

Here’s a creative technique to add to your bag of tricks. In this 9. 5-minute video, well show you from start to finish how we took an ordinary scene and turned it into to go from day to night in one single exposure, in-camera.

Losing My Photography Mojo and Finding It Again

On the way out of the Terai Plain in Nepal, I stopped in the town of Janakpur. The town has a beautiful temple and I was all geared up to shoot some nice stuff. But as I wandered around, I could not see any images despite a religious ceremony that was taking place at the […]

How I Shot a Concept Photo of an Organ Market

A surgeon at a meat market. It’s an absolutely simple yet ridiculous idea, so it had to be done for real! China has been harvesting organs from detainees, so maybe this absurd project of mine isn’t so far from the truth! I am very lucky to have so many great friends with massive storage units […]

Are You Sharpening Your Photos Enough?

Ill own up to this and say that Im guilty of being stuck in my ways. But age is no excuse for not being as adaptive as I should be to the changing times. But let me explain. Ive been shooting for many years now and nearly 20 years ago, when I started out, there […]

Shooting an Action Photo of a Toy Fighter Plane

Have you ever found yourself looking at your children’s toys and thought to yourself, “Man that would look great in an image?” Well I have, I do, and I love creating images this way, trying to create a realistic/surreal image which tells a story from using nothing more than a piece of plastic. A portrait […]

Turning a Car Parking Monitor Into a $25 DIY External DSLR Screen

I was often disappointed by my Canon 5D Mark II not having a flipping or better yet a detachable monitor. Instances of this happened when I placed the camera on a fully extended tripod and had the camera pointed downwards to make a photograph of something on the floor. Getting ones eye above the view […]

What it Was Like to be a Photographer in 1865

Back in 1865, if you wanted to be a photographer, you needed to be patient, determined, and a bit crazy (not all that different from today, though for different reasons). As an artist and photographer, exploring new methods and mediums is an important part of the journey. So a few weeks ago I took a […]

5 Steps to Shooting a Photo of a $2.75 Million Sports Car

How do you go about shooting one of the rarest sports cars in the world? Here’s a 17-minute tutorial in which automotive photographer Mike D’Ambrosio shares the 5 steps of his “night flare” style while shooting a $2.

Shooting New Portraits of My Family, From Idea to Framing

In our hallway, we have some family portraits of our kids, but the portraits were taken some years ago — time for some new ones! But we would also like to hang the portraits of their partners. The previous portraits were color portraits, and this time I would like to do some black and whites. […]

How to Photograph the Back of the Hollywood Sign

It seems that every visitor to Hollywood wants to photograph the mountain with the Hollywood sign on it but rarely do people want to make the effort for a Hollywood sign hike to go photograph the back of it.

This Photo Took 3 Months of Planning and 5 Hours of Arranging Flowers

I Bloom For You is a new photo in my series I Found The Silence. The idea was created in June 2018, and it was followed by 3 months of planning. The main inspiration was to escape beyond the limits of everyday existence, somewhere where a man can be himself. Escape to a place where […]

Focus Stacking Made Simple: Get Pin-Sharp Photos in 90 Seconds

The popularity and widespread use of focus stacking in landscape photography have dramatically increased over the last few years. The concept typically reserved for macro photography has quickly won over countless outdoor photographers worldwide.

How I Shot a Light-Painting Levitation Portal Photo

My Name is Swen Cubilette, and I’m a 34-year-old photographer living in the Central Pennsylvania area. Ive been shooting photos for about 5 years. In this article, I’ll share how I shot this levitation portal photo.

How to Develop C-41 Film in Your Bathroom

Here’s a 16.5-minute video by OWL BOT in which photographer Omar Kenji demonstrates how you can develop C-41 color film in your own bathroom instead of passing it to a photo lab. We see Kenji’s entire process, from using a sous vide cooker to precisely control temperature and pouring the chemicals to hanging the developed […]

How to Shoot a NASA Rocket Launch with a Remote Camera

When NASA launched its Insight rocket in the pre-dawn hours of May 5th, 2018, photographer Norman Chan of Tested was on hand with a remote camera setup to shoot his first launch. The 15-minute video above is his record of everything that goes into capturing a NASA rocket launch. Several hours before the launch, Chan […]

What One Photographer Learned from Failing a Photo Shoot

Late last year, photographer Irene Rudnyk reached out to a model and makeup artist for a photo concept she had in mind that featured a woman illuminated by a lantern at blue hour. Rudnyk shares in the 7-minute video above how, after putting in considerable time and effort into putting the shoot together, she failed […]

Experimenting with a Neon Light for a Studio Portrait

In this post, I’ll share the story and results of a recent experiment I did with lighting a model with a neon light. I was hanging out with a friend in a local coffee shop when he showed me an awesome album artwork he saw online. It was for the album A Moment Apart by […]

Shooting a Character Portrait with Joe McNally and Daniel Norton

Here’s a 17-minute video fromAdoramathat takes you behind-the-scenes on a “character” portrait shoot with photographers Joe McNally and Daniel Norton. The goal is light the subject in a way that emphasizes what the photographer sees in the person.

The Creative Process of Photography: A Case Study

I often hear: I really like your photos. You must own an amazing and super duper expensive camera! My reply to these people is: If you own Tiger Woods’ golf club, would you be able to play at his level? In Woods case, it all comes down to years of practice and a healthy dose […]

How to Create a Droste Effect Photo in a Photo in a Photo

The Droste effect is when a photo recursively appears within itself — the photo within the photo within the photo, “tunneling” forever. Here’s a 12-minute video by photographer and retoucher Antti Karppinenthat shows you can create a Droste effect photo for yourself.

3D Printing Your Photo as a Lithophane

Want an interesting idea for turning your digital photo into something tangible that you can hold? Look into the lithophane, the centuries-old technique of carving an image into a piece of translucent material to create a 3D image.

How This Portrait Was Shot and Edited, From Planning to Final Photo

Photographer Francisco Hernandez has launched a new video series titled “Behind the Shot” that will document the entire process of how a photo of created, from concept to finished image. In this 12-minute video, Hernandez shares how he shot a portrait of a model named Barbie.

Creating a Surreal Photo of a Man on a Ladder Crossing Water and Sky

Erik Johanssonis a Swedish photographer who creates surreal scenes with his camera and Photoshop. His latest work is titled All Above the Sky. It shows a man climbing a ladder and poking his head above the sky, only to find himself looking up out of the waters nearby. Above is a 1-minute behind-the-scenes video that […]

Make Difficult Selections Using Alpha Channels in Photoshop

In this 12-minute tutorial by PiXimperfect, learn how to use alpha channels in Photoshop to make “insanely difficult” selections. An example situation for which you may need to employ this technique could be selecting pieces of the sky from behind a tree on the horizon.

How I Shot Cliff Divers with a Total Solar Eclipse

This is a post about photography plus trigonometry. I remember half joking with my math teachers in high school, asking why do we need to learn this? Im never going to use it in life. Fast forward to 4 months ago when Red Bull Media House calls and wants to shoot a cliff diver eclipse […]

Composite Photo Breakdown: Mother Earth Always Wins

This composition started as a practice (practice and playing) like most of my composites. I think that’s the key of growing and good execution on art: do not think about doing things right but instead focus on having fun with creating.

Transforming a Boring Photo Into a Dramatic One With Photoshop

The mere mention of image manipulation may make some photographers cringe, but theres no denying that some skill with Photoshop can enable you to completely transform an image. In this 20 minute tutorial, Serge Ramelli walks through the process of manipulating a boring image and turning it in to a dramatic one by transforming the […]

How to Colorize and Bring Life Back to Old Family Photos in Photoshop

Watching old family photographs fading awayin treasuredphoto albums is a sad reality. However, bringing the digital age to these old film photographs can deliverthem back to life. Colorizing old black and white photos can immediately transform an aged, washed-out capture into an image full of realism.

How to Shoot Inception-Style Drone Photos

If you have been following anything drone-related lately, chances are you have seen one of the mind-bending images like the one above that are very reminiscent of the scene from Inception when the ground is bent up at 90-degree angles.

How to Edit Portraits in Affinity Photo

Portrait and headshot photographer Ivan Weiss recently created a helpful tutorial that walks you through his entire portrait editing process in the popular Adobe alternative Affinity Photo. If you’ve been wanting to give Affinity a shot, this is a phenomenal resource.

A Beginners Guide to Focus Stacking

Focus stacking is a fun and easy technique you can do right at home with nothing more than your camera, lens, and editing software. In fact, the Fujifilm X-T2, X-T3, and X-T4 series of camerasand many otherscontain a “focus bracketing” feature that lets you do this automatically.

Shooting a Portrait with Light, Shadow, and Highlight

Light, shadow, and highlight — this is always a great combination for creating portraits from a lighting point of view. This is the interesting part: changing the intensity of the highlight or the tone in the shadows while maintaining the exposure can produce a different feel to an image, from being dramatic to soft and […]

Stretching as a Photographer with My First Mass Headshot Photo Shoot

One of the great things about our jobs as photographers is that we get asked to do so many diverse things. To me, new and different assignments keep me fresh. Sometimes we get asked to do things that push our limits or are even beyond the bounds of anything we have done before. This is […]

What I Learned from Capturing My First Total Solar Eclipse

Last week I made the long trip from the UK to Chile in the hopes of capturing my first total solar eclipse. I had experienced a cloudy total solar eclipse from the UK in 1999 but back then I was just 9 years old and certainly no photographer. Now that Im apparently a professional landscape […]

6 Decisions to Making a Good Photo

Today we are going to be shooting a photo that I have been wanting to do for a while now, but just havent made the time. There are these beautiful wildflowers that grow up on a hill near my house that I envisioned for this kite shot. Here are 6 decisions that I need to […]

Rediscovering the Orotone

The modern orotone can be created in a number of ways, the most popular using a coating of liquid emulsion on a glass plate with a gelatine base. This method produces some excellent results with a minimum of effort.

Photographing NBA Star Dwyane Wade in China

Doing a photo shoot in China is different than anything I have experienced on any set anywhere else in the world. Heck, just getting from the hotel to the set is like playing a video game when it comes to driving on the roads… or sidewalks, for that matter. However, to go to a country […]

How to Photograph Flowers Splashing in Milk with an Infrared Laser

We came up for the idea to do this shoot when we saw someone on Instagram who was dropping flowers into milk and just manually trying to get the timing right. Although they were able to get nice photos of the splash some of the time, they would miss the splash just as often as […]

Triple Processing a Single RAW Photo

Occasionally when examining a RAW file I get a reasonably clear idea on how I would like the end result to be. In this instance, I had an inner picture of trees glowing from the sun, rather dark shadows, and a sky with nice color contrast. Note: This tutorial is meant for advanced users of […]

Shooting a Portrait with Four Gelled Lights

After recently sharing a portrait on social media, I was asked by a lot of people to write a breakdown on how I achieved the shot. Lights and Camera 1. I use a white wall as a background for most of my photos.

How to Use the Worlds Largest Polaroid Camera

Back in its heyday, Polaroid made seven 20×24-inch instant cameras, and only six of them are known to exist today. Marco Christian Krenn of Analog Things recently paid a visit to the camera found at Supersense in Vienna.

How to Magically Remove Glare from Glasses in Photoshop

Unmesh Dinda over at PIXimperfect has released another exceptional photo editing tutorial that you’ll want to bookmark if you shoot portraits. In this video, he shows you a detailed step-by-step method for removing glare from glasses in Photoshopsomething all of us have probably had to do at one point or another. As Unmesh explains at […]

How I Shoot Solargraphs with a Digital Camera

Solargraphies (pinhole images on photographic paper that capture months of the sun arching across the horizon) were a thing starting sometime in the 2000s. When this caught on broadly in the early 2010s, it got a lot of people excited for film again.

How I Set Up and Captured a 10-Month Timelapse of an Eternal Terrarium

Last year, I used a custom-built setup to shoot a timelapse of an eternal terrarium in my kitchen. Over the course of 10 months, a camera took two photos every hour of the day, while the plants inside the terrarium grew on their own without disturbance. Id like to show you what I did for […]

Shooting 250MP Portraits with a 42MP Sony a7R II

The latest Sony cameras have the ability to shoot “pixel shift” images that create an ultra-high-resolution version of your scene. But what if you don’t have a Sony a7R III or IV? Do what wedding photographer Ben of Bach Photography does in this video and steal a technique from landscape photographers. In the video above, […]

How to Shoot Infrared Photography with a Smartphone

I will start with a warning: Digital Infrared Photography is not easy, and this will get technical fast. Backstory It all started when I saw some awesome Instagram photos in infrared and I ordered an IR filter (an 88mm ice 760nm from B&H to be more precise) not knowing much about infrared. Filters usually range […]

How to Shoot Speaker Paint Splash Photos

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.

How to Shoot Milky Way Photos with a Crop-Sensor DSLR and Kit Lens

Can you shoot Milky Way photos using an entry-level crop-sensor DSLR and a basic kit lens? Yes, you can, but there are some tips, tricks, and techniques you can use to improve your results. Photographer Michael Ver Sprill (AKA Milky Way Mike) made this 16-minute video tutorial as a basic guide to doing this. Ver […]

How to Create the Perfect Automotive Rolling Shot

Lets face it cars are meant to be driven. And there is no better way to show off a car than with a rolling shot, or roller. Here, Ill go into detail about how to set up your camera and everything else needed to create the perfect roller using an image from a shoot […]

How to Fake a Realistic Shallow Depth of Field in Photoshop

By carefully applying blur to a portrait, you can make it look like it was shot with a shallow depth-of-field using a fast (and expensive) lens. Here’s a 12-minute tutorial by PiXimperfect that teaches the key to creating this faux blur in a realistic way.

This is Leicas Official Sensor Cleaning Process

Want to see how Leica does its official digital camera sensor cleanings? Here’s a 20-minute video that steps through the process. Leica Society member Hari Subramanyam shot the video after taking his Leica M (Typ 240) and Leica SL to Leica Camera AG for its sensor cleaning service.