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A quick tip to increase your discoverability on Instagram

If you’re a photographer, Instagram is one of the most popular ways to put your work out there. But it’s not that easy to get discovered and noticed among hundreds of millions of users. Certainly, there are some ways to grow your audience organically, and we’ve covered some of them before. But in this video, […] The post A quick tip to increase your discoverability on Instagram appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Instagram, Social Networking, Tutorials, Social Media, Social Network, Walid Azami, Grow Instagram Following


Use Color Burn and Color Dodge to quickly add color and contrast to your photos

If you want to add both contrast and a punch of color to your photos Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect shows you a technique you might want to try out. In this video, he teaches you how to use Color Burn and Color Dodge blending modes together to quickly boost contrast and color at the same […] The post Use Color Burn and Color Dodge to quickly add color and contrast to your photos appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Color, Tutorials, Photoshop Tutorials, Photoshop Tutorial, Blending Modes, Color Dodge, PiXimperfect, Unmesh Dinda, Photoshop Tips


7 tips to take your architectural photography to the next level

Architectural photography is something that many of us try at some point in our photographic lives. I certainly have, on a number of occasions, although the results have never really been that good. No doubt I’ll give it another go the next time I find myself in some beautiful town or city. But this time, […] The post 7 tips to take your architectural photography to the next level appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Tutorials, Architecture, Cooph, Architectural, Architecture Photography, Cooperative of Photography


Everything you need to know about depth of field in under 4 minutes

Depth of field can be a somewhat confusing topic to get to grips with if you’re new to photography. That is to say, it’s easy to see what depth of field is, but it can be tricky to understand what elements can cause it to change, whether intentionally or by accident. In this video, photographer […] The post Everything you need to know about depth of field in under 4 minutes appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Tutorials, Depth of Field, Principles, Photography Basics, Kellan Reck


Yes, you can update your Godox firmware on the mac, and here’s how to do it

As good as Godox equipment can be, it has one fatal flaw which puts many photographers off using their equipment. There’s no easy, native way to update the firmware on a Mac. And firmware updates do come fairly regularly for their various models of flashes and triggers. It’s a question I see pop up regularly […] The post Yes, you can update your Godox firmware on the mac, and here’s how to do it appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Apple, Photography, Mac, Tutorials, Macbook Pro, Firmware, Firmware Update, Godox


Simple tips for getting the most out of wide-angle portraits

Wide-angle lenses are not the most common choice for shooting portraits, but they can give some interesting results. If shooting wide is your creative choice for portraiture, there are some things to watch out for. In this video from Adorama, photographer David Bergman will give you some quick tips on what to keep in mind […] The post Simple tips for getting the most out of wide-angle portraits appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Portrait, Photography, Tutorials, Adorama, Wide Angle, David Bergman, Adorama TV, Ultra Wide Angle


How to create a white background in a small space with just one light

Shooting in small spaces can be challenging. In this helpful video, Jeff Rojas will show you how to create a white background and even lighting for your portraits with a single strobe. The setup isn’t only simple, but it can come in handy if your shooting space is limited. For his setup, Jeff uses a […] The post How to create a white background in a small space with just one light appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Tutorials, Studio Photography, Jeff, Jeff Rojas, One Light, One Light Studio Portrait, Studio Portrait


The Black and White portrait – The Lighting Series #10

Taking a 180 degrees turn from our color-bursting portrait, here is a very soft black and white portrait and how to build a great setup for it. Gear 1x 90cm Octabox (left open) on a 500Ws monoblock 1x 90cm parabolic umbrella on a 500Ws monoblock Setup In this setup, a parabolic umbrella forms the base. The light […] The post The Black and White portrait – The Lighting Series #10 appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Tutorials, Strobist, Studio Lighting, Portrait Photography, Cyclorama, Portrait Lighting, Octabox, The Lighting Series, Parabolic Umbrella


Stylized portrait, right out of camera – The Lighting Series #9

Some portraits, you just want to be beautiful, not after retouching, but when you’re taking them, right out of the camera. That’s how this one goes. Gear 150cm Octabox on a 1000Ws Monoblock Normal reflector on a 500Ws Monoblock Setup It’s actually not that hard. You don’t always need 27 softboxes, reflectors, and gels. Sometimes, […] The post Stylized portrait, right out of camera – The Lighting Series #9 appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Tutorials, Strobist, Studio Lighting, Portrait Photography, Portrait Lighting, Octabox, The Lighting Series


How to quickly replace eyes in Photoshop if your focus is slightly missed

Slightly missing the focus on the eyes when shooting portraits – this has happened to me more times than I’d like to admit. But what if you photograph a client and they choose one of these slightly out-of-focus photos? In this quick tutorial from KelbyOne, Kristina Sherk will show you how to fix it in […] The post How to quickly replace eyes in Photoshop if your focus is slightly missed appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Eyes, Photography, Tutorials, Photoshop Tutorial, Quick Tip, KelbyOne, Kristina Sherk, Photoshop Tips, KelbyOne Kristina Sherk


How to see heat and shockwaves using a regular camera and Photoshop

Making cameras see things that our eyes cannot is something that’s always really fascinated me about photography. Whether it’s super extreme macro, infrared & ultraviolet or, as is the case here, heat and shockwaves. In this video, Kelly Hoffer at Theory of Curiosity talks us through Background-Oriented Schlieren (BOS). It’s a technique that lets you see […] The post How to see heat and shockwaves using a regular camera and Photoshop appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Science, Tutorials, Physics, Kelly Hoffer, Theory of Curiosity


5 ways to use an umbrella for stunning portraits

The umbrella is one of the most underrated modifiers in photography, I think. It’s one of the first that many of us usually encounter once we start working with speedlights or strobes, and Bowens even used to include umbrellas in their strobe kits. But we often feel that we “outgrow” them, in favour of softboxes […] The post 5 ways to use an umbrella for stunning portraits appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Tutorials, Umbrella, Studio Photography, Portrait Photography, Bowens, Flash Photography, Portrait Lighting, Miguel Quiles


Multiple lights, Multiple colors setup – The Lighting Series 8

There is one genre of photography that is black and white. There is another genre that is exactly the opposite and it is full of color. Today’s breakdown belongs to the second genre. Gear 3x Striplights with orange gel on a three 500Ws monoblocks 1x 150cm octabox with cyan gel on a 1000Ws monoblock 1x normal […] The post Multiple lights, Multiple colors setup – The Lighting Series 8 appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Tutorials, Strobist, Studio Lighting, Color Harmonies, Coloured Gels, The Lighting Series


Here are seven best ways to create smooth, buttery bokeh in your photos

If you want your images to have rich bokeh, you’ll need to create a shallow depth of field. In this video from B&H, David Flores shows you seven ways to achieve that smooth, creamy bokeh. 1. Create distance Create some distance between the subject and the background. The greater the distance, the greater the differentiation […] The post Here are seven best ways to create smooth, buttery bokeh in your photos appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Tutorials, Bokeh, Lenses, B&h, David Flores


Check out this free flash photography course for headshots and portraits

With the prolific use of flash in photography these days, and the amount of information that is out there, you’d think it would be quite a simple task by now for somebody to figure out a path for their lighting needs. But because there’s so much information out there, newer users can actually find flash […] The post appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Tutorials, Studio Photography, Portrait Photography, Ed Verosky, Flash Photography


Demystifying the histogram to get great exposures every time

We often hear that people meter with their histograms. And although that method comes with some caveats, it can be a fantastic way to meter your shot and fine tune your exposure. In this video, Becki & Chris (well, mostly Chris), walk us through what the histogram is, how to read it and how to […] The post Demystifying the histogram to get great exposures every time appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Tutorials, Tutorial, Histogram, Chris, Chris Nicholas, Becki Chris


How to photograph glass like a pro

Photographing glass can seem tricky and difficult to do right. But in this video from Adorama, photographer David Bergman shows you that it’s easier than you might think. In only two minutes, you’ll see the lighting setups and a few tricks that will help you create different looks of your images and end up with […] The post How to photograph glass like a pro appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Tutorials, Glass, Lighting Tips, Lighting Tutorial, Adorama, Lighting setup, David Bergman, Adorama TV


How to create a festive wintery portrait in the studio with a little compositing

Christmas has gone. We’re almost to the new year. In a few hours, we’ll be there. But it’s never too late for a festive wintery themed photo shoot. Winter’s still going to be here for a while yet. In this video, photographer and educator Gavin Hoey walks us through his process to create this festive […] The post How to create a festive wintery portrait in the studio with a little compositing appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Portrait, Photography, Winter, Christmas, Tutorials, Festive, Studio Photography, Compositing, Fine Art Photography, Gavin Hoey


Use Saturation Mask to quickly enhance colors and keep them natural

When increasing saturation in Photoshop, it happens that we get a little carried away and end up overdoing it. In this video, Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect proposes an interesting method for increasing saturation, yet keeping the image natural-looking. It takes only a few seconds, and it does make a great result. Start by opening the […] The post Use Saturation Mask to quickly enhance colors and keep them natural appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Tutorials, Photoshop Tutorial, Quick Tip, PiXimperfect, Unmesh Dinda, Saturation


Face projections – The Lighting Series 07

Sometimes an experimental idea turns out to be a stunning success. This was something like that. Gear 1x Light Blaster by Spiffy on LED continuous light emitters 1x translucent umbella on 100Ws monoblock 1x black, light-absorbing background Setup The idea for this picture was to draw a kind of height map on the model’s face with shadow […] The post Face projections – The Lighting Series 07 appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Tutorials, Light Blaster, Strobist, Studio Lighting, Projection, Gobo, The Lighting Series


Back Button Focus – What it is and why you might want to use it

Yes, we’re bringing up back button focus. This is one of those things that regularly seems to split the camera owning public. One side swears by it, the other side can’t stand it or just doesn’t see the point. But, like many things in photography, it’s just another way of doing something. In this case, […] The post Back Button Focus – What it is and why you might want to use it appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Tutorials, Autofocus, Focusing, Pierre Lambert, Back Button Focus


How to push and pull film for technical or creative use

If you’re new to film, pushing and pulling it when developing is a bit like ramping the exposure slider up or down in Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom. Except, here you’re doing it with a purpose when you shoot. Sometimes it’s for technical reasons. At other times, it’s purely an artistic choice. In this video, […] The post How to push and pull film for technical or creative use appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Film, Tutorials, Analog, Analogue, Jay P Morgan, The Slanted Lens, Film Developing, Pushing Film, Pulling Film


Lighting a beauty shot – The Lighting Series #6

This looks simple, but it’s a bit more complex than you think. When you are creating images that are intended for high-end retouching, you need to pay particular attention to creating a defined but actually relatively flat illumination. Setup A beauty shoot can sometimes be very simple; on other occasions, it’s more like product photography. […] The post Lighting a beauty shot – The Lighting Series #6 appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Tutorials, Strobist, Studio Lighting, Beauty Dish, Beauty Photography, The Lighting Series, Beauty Light


How to shoot professional product shots on a budget at your own home

If you want to take professional-looking product shots, you don’t need fancy gear and a studio. As a matter of fact, you can do it for under $30 without leaving your own home. In this video, Jakob Owens of TheBuffNerds will show you how to do it, and you can apply this technique to product […] The post How to shoot professional product shots on a budget at your own home appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Budget, Tutorials, Product, Product Photography, Jakob Owens, Low Budget, TheBuffNerds


Here’s how to take color photos with a Gameboy camera

The Gameboy camera was launched 20 years ago, and we’ve seen some interesting projects with it. But what they all have in common is that they’re black and white. Matt Gray managed to take color photos with his Gameboy camera, and in this video, he’ll show you how he did it. Perhaps you’ve heard of […] The post Here’s how to take color photos with a Gameboy camera appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Black And White, Tutorials, Gameboy, RGB, Toy Camera, Matt Gray


A comprehensive visual guide to equivalent exposure

If you’re just starting out with photography, the relationship between ISO, aperture and shutter speed is one of the crucial things to learn. However, it can be difficult to grasp if the concept is new to you. In this great animated video from Apalapse you’ll easily learn the relationship between the three parameters and how […] The post A comprehensive visual guide to equivalent exposure appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Tutorials, ISO, Aperture, Exposure, Shutter, Shutter Speed, Exposures, Aperture Setting, Exposure Triangle, Camera Exposure


The shadow game – the Lighting Series #5

When you think about image design and lines of sight, it’s easy to overlook light and posing. But it doesn’t have to be hard… Today I will share some primary tips on using posing to create shadow games. Setup This set was super-fast to build. It required a normal reflector for the hard light from the […] The post The shadow game – the Lighting Series #5 appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Tutorials, Strobist, Studio Lighting, Shadows, The Lighting Series


How to remove red skin in Photoshop in under one minute

If you shoot outdoor portraits during Christmas season in Northern Hemisphere, your subjects’ skin may look red due to the cold. But there’s a quick and effective way to fix it in Photoshop. Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect will show you a quick tip for removing the red patches from skin, and it will take you […] The post How to remove red skin in Photoshop in under one minute appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Tutorials, Photoshop Tutorial, Northern Hemisphere, Skin Retouching, PiXimperfect, Unmesh Dinda, Photoshop Tips, Photoshop Education


How to create a perfectly white background – The Lighting Series #4

Sometimes, all you want are super-clean pictures against a white background. To achieve this, you can use a softbox for your background, and that’s exactly what we’ve done here. In this picture, the main source of light was a suspended and “boom-armed” octabox. (You can read more about these in Chapter 2 of the Light […] The post How to create a perfectly white background – The Lighting Series #4 appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Tutorials, Studio Lighting, White Background, Octabox, The Lighting Series


How we made a landscape photo with fog machine and won an award for it

I needed a landscape photo of a foggy forest on sunny day, where beams of sunlight were streaming through the trees and creating beautiful sun rays.  The only problem was that it was summer and there was no fog to be had. So I decided to rent a fog machine and see if we could […] The post How we made a landscape photo with fog machine and won an award for it appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Landscape, Photography, Trees, Tutorials, Fog, Forest, Fog Machine, Tim Shields



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