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Mastering Photography

By Anna_Prg

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Very useful resources for photography enthusiasts

1 Start Here

There is a wealth on the internet on the web about street photography. Consider this page as an on-going effort to bring you guys the best resources about street photography. Free E-books on Street PhotographyBelow are some free e-books on street photography that I've written that are "open source" - meaning free to download, share, and remix. Enjoy: "Street Photography

Added by Anna_Prg: “The Photographer's Ephemeris (TPE) helps you plan outdoor photography shoots in natural light, particularly landscape and urban scenes. It’s a map-centric sun and moon calculator: see how the light will fall on the land, day or night, for any location on earth. Created for photographers by a photographer in 2009, TPE is a software tool available for desktop and mobile devices to help you plan outdoor photography shoots to ensure the best possible natural light. TPE for Desktop is a free download.

2 The Photographer's Ephemeris - Web App

The Photographer's Ephemeris (TPE) helps you plan outdoor photography shoots in natural light, particularly landscape and urban scenes. It's a map-centric sun and moon calculator: see how the light will fall on the land, day or night, for any location on earth.

Added by Anna_Prg: “Magical Academy of Artistic Mastery

3 The Arcanum

The Arcanum delivers a personalized learning experience that values people over place, and coaching over content. Using the time-tested Master & Apprentice learning method within an online social community, you can quickly close the gap between aspiration and ability. Tell me more! Apply Today for an ApprenticeshipApply now to join The Arcanum and be part of an exciting new learning

4 7 daily exercises that will make you a better photographer

7 daily exercises that will make you a better photographer The saying 'practice makes perfect' is as valid for photography as any other activity, so in their latest guest blog post the photo management experts at Photoventure put together a collection of exercises that will help you become a better photographer.1. Spot meterModern metering systems have great general-purpose modes, often

5 5 digital camera features no photographer should be without

5 digital camera features no photographer should be without If you only ever get to grips with five digital camera features, make sure it's these...Every camera has a plethora of different features and functions, but it can be bewildering to know which ones to use and when, so we've come-up with the five essential digital camera features you need to

6 23 Free Photography E-Books

You've seen them appear in some of our earlier posts on freebies. But today we decided to put all the eBooks together (and many more!) in a single, mega post for you. These will keep you busy for a really long time. Go ahead, download them! Print them if you want to, or save them on your smartphone to read

9 Exposure Blending: The Complete Guide From Camera to Process FREE EBOOK

Exposure blending is a revolutionary digital darkroom technique that will assist you in overcoming the limitations of your camera and capture a scene with the full tonal range you witnessed in the field. This is a common challenge for any area of photography, but landscape photographers find this especially difficult since we typically can not manipulate or alter the ambient

Added by Anna_Prg: “Shooting stage performances is quite a challenge for a photographer. Different dancers quickly move across the stage under low or changing light performing poses and dance figures in a fraction of a second. The example photos were taken at four performances of a flamenco group called Duende Flamenco in 2005. One of the shows had bright daylight, a second one had a mixture of evening light and stage lights, a third had medium bright stage lights and the last event took place under very poor and colored light. So the photos cover many possible light conditions. Four of the photos were even taken at ISO 3200 and were strongly color corrected.

12 Photographing Dance Shows

______________________________ Shooting stage performances is quite a challenge for a photographer. Different dancers quickly move across the stage under low or changing light performing poses and dance figures in a fraction of a second. Such conditions place a strong demand on a photographer's skills and equipment. Dance shows have so much action going on around the stage that it is

13 How To Get out of Auto and Into Manual

Jared Polin When many people start in photography they start off shooting in full auto because they are afraid to venture into manual. In this video you will see how easy it is to go from auto into manual. There is honestly nothing to be afraid of. You can use auto as a way to lead you into manual. The

14 Master manual mode: how to use your exposure level indicator

Master manual mode: how to use your exposure level indicator Manual mode gives you greater control over your camera, and your exposure level indicator is key for getting perfect exposure. Here's how to use it.To display the exposure level indicator, your camera must be in one of the 'creative' exposure modes (typically, P, Tv, Av or M). If you look

16 Autofocus to Prevent Blurry Photos

Autofocus uses focus algorithms interpret the shooting scene and evaluate different aspects to determine which point should be in focus and thus can be handy. Previously we wrote about Auto Focus in Digital Photography and how to Avoid Blurry Photos in Digital Photography. In this article we will specially discuss about Autofocus as a tool to prevent blurry photographs. Autofocus

17 How to use focus lock on your digital camera

How to use focus lock on your digital camera Your digital camera has more controls for focusing an image than you probably imagine, and perhaps one of the most underused of these functions is your digital camera's focus lock feature. If you know how to use focus lock on your digital camera then you already know that it's a wonderful

20 6 ways professional photographers use their cameras

6 ways professional photographers use their cameras Professional photographers use their cameras every day, so they get to know it really well and understand the best way to set it up and use it. In their latest guest blog post the photo management and Canon Project1709 experts at Photoventure spoke to pros in many different fields to find their six

21 100 Nikon DSLR tips you need to know right now

100 Nikon DSLR tips you need to know right now Tired of only knowing what half of the buttons and menu options on your Nikon DSLR actually do? Our friends at NPhoto have compiled an exhaustive list of 100 need-to-know Nikon DSLR tips. We're fairly certain that by the time you read this list you will know your Nikon camera

23 77 photography techniques, tips and tricks for taking pictures of anything

Learn new photography techniques - and master old ones - with this essential photographer's resource. This list of 77 photography techniques to try covers some of the most popular types of photography. Whether you want to improve your portrait photography or learn how to take better landscapes, discover the secret to sharp close-up photos or start out in street photography, ...

24 Nikon metering patterns: what are matrix, centre-weighted and spot modes?

Nikon metering patterns: what are matrix, centre-weighted and spot modes? What are Nikon's matrix, centre-weighted and spot metering modes (and when should you use them)? In this quick tutorial written by our friends at the Nikon magazine N-Photo you'll find out everything you need to know about Nikon metering patterns.The light metering systems on modern digital SLRs are complex and

25 Metering Modes: the simplest guide yet

Best photography magazines: how to subscribe or buy single issues of our titles Subscribe to Digital Camera today!Digital Camera is Britain's best-selling photography magazine. Each issue is packed with inspirational images, expert techniques and essential tips for capturing great images. Available in print with a cover disc featuring video tutorials and as an interactive digital editions with the video lessons

Added by Anna_Prg: “Understanding image histograms is probably the single most important concept to become familiar with when working with pictures from a digital camera. A histogram can tell you whether or not your image has been properly exposed, whether the lighting is harsh or flat, and what adjustments will work best. It will not only improve your skills on the computer, but as a photographer as well.

26 Understanding Digital Camera Histograms: Tones and Contrast

Understanding image histograms is probably the single most important concept to become familiar with when working with pictures from a digital camera. A histogram can tell you whether or not your image has been properly exposed, whether the lighting is harsh or flat, and what adjustments will work best. It will not only improve your skills on the computer, but

Added by Anna_Prg: “This section is designed to help you develop a better understanding of how luminosity and color both vary within an image, and how this translates into the relevant histogram. Although RGB histograms are the most commonly used histogram, other types are more useful for specific purposes.

27 Understanding Digital Camera Histograms: Luminosity and Color

This section is designed to help you develop a better understanding of how luminosity and color both vary within an image, and how this translates into the relevant histogram. Although RGB histograms are the most commonly used histogram, other types are more useful for specific purposes.

Added by Anna_Prg: “What Makes a Photo? Knowing Your Shutter Speed Using Your Aperture ISO and Your Exposure Triangle

29 Beginner photography articles

In the previous article I explained how your camera creates photos - by exposing light onto your sensor - and that your shutter speed controls how long your image is exposed for. However, your shutter can do a lot more than just gauge the right exposure for you - it can drastically change the content of your image by capturing

32 6 Tricks for Shooting Steady Shots Without a Tripod

Once upon a time, every photographer needed a tripod. Early cameras were too bulky and heavy to hold by hand. Later, it was absolutely essential to have a tripod in order to get a steady shot. Indeed, tripods can help achieve sharp, crisp shots with your DSLR camera. However, tripods aren't without fault. They can be expensive. Tripods can also

34 Best HDR Before and After

Thanks for making our Interactive HDR Before and After so popular! To celebrate, here is the first ever "Best Of" post that showcases some of the most interesting and dramatic HDR before and after comparisons. If these are not some of your favorites, please let me know. Remember to check out the original posts by following the links below. You

36 HDR Tutorial

HDR Photography TutorialFirst, let me start by saying, Thank You for taking the time to look at my free HDR tutorials. I truly appreciate the support and if you find them informative and useful, please share them with everyone you think would benefit from the knowledge they contain. Whether you Facebook, Twitter, or Google+, or you like to follow, circle,

37 Dodge and Burn to Correct Exposure

When viewing your image in post process, you may notice that some areas are perfectly exposed while others fall outside their ideal exposure. Since we can not expose every part of a photo perfectly, we have the Photoshop Dodge and Burn tools at our disposal which help us selectively correct the exposure in the form of a brush tool. The

38 Understanding Camera Metering and Exposure

Knowing how your digital camera meters light is critical for achieving consistent and accurate exposures. Metering is the brains behind how your camera determines the shutter speed and aperture, based on lighting conditions and ISO speed. Metering options often include partial, evaluative zone or matrix, center-weighted and spot metering. Each of these have subject lighting conditions for which they excel

39 One-Shot vs. AI-Servo: When To Use Each

First off, this article would be called AF-S vs. AF-C if I were a Nikonian, they are the same thing so everyone gets to play! Don't you wish they all just called everything the same thing? This is my second article to coincide with the sale of my ebook over at Snapndeals, DPS's new sister site for awesome deals on

Added by Anna_Prg: “Knowing how to calibrate your monitor is critical for any photographer who wants accurate and predictable photographic prints. If your monitor is not correctly reproducing shades and colors, then all the time spent on image editing and post-processing could actually be counter-productive. This tutorial covers basic calibration for the casual photographer, in addition to using calibration and profiling devices for high-precision results.

40 Monitor Calibration for Photography

Knowing how to calibrate your monitor is critical for any photographer who wants accurate and predictable photographic prints. If your monitor is not correctly reproducing shades and colors, then all the time spent on image editing and post-processing could actually be counter-productive.

Added by Anna_Prg: “Strobist is the world's most popular resource for photographers who want how to learn to use their flashes like a pro.

42 Learn How to Light.

Strobist is the world's most popular resource for photographers who want how to learn to use their flashes like a pro. Lighting newb? We gotcha covered. Scroll down just past the most recent features to get Strobist's free, extensive knowledge bank below. New in Lighting 101, a "quick-start" exercise for people who just got their first bit of lighting gear.

43 Exposure

What controls exposure?ISO ratings determine the image sensor's sensitivity to light, each value of the rating represents a "stop" of light, and each incremental ISO number (up or down) represents a doubling or halving of the sensor's sensitivity to light. The Aperture controls the lens' diaphragm, which controls the amount of light traveling through the lens to the film plane.

Added by Anna_Prg: “Autofocus modes, the difference between drive modes and auto focus modes, adjusting the diopter and gives a few tips for using manual focus.

52 Focus Basics Photo Tutorial

Added by Anna_Prg: “The difference between RAW and JPEG. There's no right or wrong answer to the question "should I shoot RAW or JPEG?". Instead the advantages of each format will be explained.

56 Understanding RAW Files Photo Tutorial

Added by Anna_Prg: “Learn the do's and don'ts of portrait photography. Also learn how to break the rules. When can you chop off the top of someone's head or limbs? What are the real no-nos of portrait photography

58 Composing Portraits

Watch this video to learn the do's and don'ts of portrait photography. Also learn how to break the rules. When can you chop off the top of someone's head or limbs? What are the real no-nos of portrait photography. Mark gives you the rules of thumb ... Public Domain Pictures.net created by Bobek Ltd. Copyright 2007 - 2015 by Bobek

Added by Anna_Prg: “In it's simplest terms a high key image is a bright image full of light and mostly white tones whilst a low key image is a dark with minimal lighting and rich in black tones.

59 High Key & Low Key Lighting

This week Mark Wallace talks about high key and low key lighting. In it's simplest terms a high key image is a bright image full of light and mostly white tones whilst a low key image is a dark with minimal lighting and rich in black tones and lots of ... Public Domain Pictures.net created by Bobek Ltd. Copyright 2007

61 13 Things Your Camera Wishes You Knew

Every time I go to my nephews' soccer games and see all the parents with their cameras on "green mode", or attend a sporting event and see spectators using their flash from a quarter mile away, it makes me grit my teeth. It's all I can do to stop from walking up to them and fixing their camera for them.

68 Hacking Photography - one Picture at a time

When a visual comparison is in order we are likely to end up seeing the same boring side-by-side set of photos showing the old and the new, but it doesn't have to be so boring. When Blake Morrow 's Friend Beth decided to undergo gastric bypass surgery, he created a series of portraits with the "before" and "after" Beths digitally

69 Shadow Recovery of Backlight Problem

Have you ever get this kind of problem? Is this problem really annoying you? if your answer is yes and you want to know how to fix this problem, please read my simple tutorial. Actually there are two main ways in order to get rid of backlight problem.

70 How to Reduce Digital Noise in a Photograph

With the release of Photoshop CS5 there have been substantial improvements to the noise reduction tools found inside of Camera Raw. Now, it's possible to reduce noise while maintaining clarity and sharpness throughout the image. In this tutorial we are going to be taking a jpeg image into Camera Raw and fixing both the color and luminance noise that can

71 Tips on Digital Photo Restoration

Digital photo restoration can work miracles by turning a faded old family portrait into an image of seemingly modern quality. Alternatively, this process can work in reverse to give a photograph a timeless feel. Performing either of these transformations yourself is not as difficult as it may seem - you just need to know which restoration tools to use. example

72 Professional Photograph Restoration Workflow

What You'll Be CreatingIn this tutorial, we'll take an in-depth look at restoring an old torn photograph. Restoring old family photos is something that you can do for your relatives and bring tears to their eyes, and yes this is a service you can offer to clients as well. Let's take a look at a professional workflow for restoring old

74 thephotographer4you®

It has been a minute since I've visit my own blog. I will be back by months end. I promise. Thank you for reading. Continue reading Declutter 2014 Still in Progress.......... What it do boo on this fine Saturday? You Only Live Once mi dear. Hello eeeeerybody checking into thephotographer4you® R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman. A brother went home. Did any

75 20 Things I Wish I Knew About Photography - Posing

These tips are not intended to be any sort of official rules. These are things I've learned as I grew into a photographer. I can only speak to my own knowledge, experience, and style. Not all of them will fit everyone's style and some of them might work or not work depending on what type of photography you are focusing

76 7 Posing Techniques for Non-Models

Not everyone works with models. A lot of photographers have the job of shooting with everyday people and we need to make them look like models. So how do you do that when the subjects have no experience posing or controlling their face for the camera? Here are seven tips to make your portrait subjects feel like models. 1. Pose

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