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The Best Lightroom Tool For Improving Composition in Photos – Photography Article

How many times have you returned from what you felt was a productive photography trip only to find that some of the compositions of your favorite images weren’t exactly what you expected? This happens to me rather frequently, but fortunately for us, we have access to one of the best Lightroom tools for improving composition in our photos: the Crop tool!In this 15 minute video, we discuss not only the crop tool but perhaps the greatest aspect related to the…

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How to Shoot Infrared Photography with a Smartphone – Photography Article

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 from 590 to 800-900nm and usually, this kind of colored infrared shots are obtained with 590nm on a modded camera because it lets some visible…

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Speed up Lightroom for timelapse editing – Time Lapse Photography Article

In this article I will explain how you can speed up Lightroom for timelapse editing.With the latest versions of Adobe Lightroom a very frustrating and time consuming bug has crept into the software.The ‘copy/paste settings’ or ‘synchronise settings’ action now takes minutes instead of seconds.This article explores a different workflow to increase your efficiency when editing timelapse sequences.I realise that this technically isn’t speeding up Lightroom however I worded it that way for SEO purposes so that more people would…

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

Here’s a creative technique to add to your bag of tricks. In this 9.5-minute video, we’ll 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.Full disclosure: We want to thank Profoto for sponsoring this video and making it possible to create these incredible pieces of free education for photographers worldwide. Before we jump into this tutorial, I want to mention the source…

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Gimbal hyperlapse vs handheld hyperlapse – Time Lapse Photography Article

What are the pros and cons of shooting a hyperlapse on a gimbal vs shooting a hyperlapse the manual (handheld) way? This article explains the differences between two different hyperlapse shooting methods.If you don’t like to read you can check out the video I made about the subject right here. Handheld hyperlapseI shoot 99% of all my hyperlapse sequences the handheld way. (other people often use tripods or monopods)This means I frame up my shot, take a photo, take a…

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500px Blog » 12 business tips for commercial photographers – Photography Article

You might have the creative part down, but in order to launch and maintain a successful career as a commercial photographer, it’s just as important to focus on the business side of your workflow. It might not be as fun or glamorous as the actual shooting, but it’s what will keep you going in the long-term. A common misconception about photographers is that they spend most of their time behind a camera. But depending on their field, many devote a…

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500px Blog » 12 tips to help you start and grow your photography business – Photography Article

You might have the creative part down, but in order to launch and maintain a successful career as a professional photographer, it’s just as important to focus on the business side of your workflow. It might not be as fun or glamorous as the actual shooting, but it’s what will keep you going in the long-term. A common misconception about photographers is that they spend most of their time behind a camera. But depending on their field, many devote a…

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Global and Local Luminance Masking in Lightroom – Photography Article

I have often wanted to carry out global adjustments in Lightroom which target specific luminosity values in an image. Lately, I have discovered a way of achieving this. It is not as precise as, for instance, luminosity masking or blend-if masking in Photoshop, but yet it has the power to give an image that extra punch many of us are looking for in our editing.This is the straight-out-of-camera version of the image we will be working with, shot in July…

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500px Blog » How To Get Started in Water Drop Photography – Photography Article

Getting Started To begin with in water drop photography you don’t need a lot of equipment. Before you spend hundreds of dollars on something you think you would like to do, and a certain machine is the magic solution to get perfect water drops, try it out to see if this is for you. I have seen many people spend a lot of money on electronics and only see a few pictures from their efforts before they decide this isn’t…

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500px Blog » [Horse Photography] Capturing Equine Elegance: How to Photograph Horses – Photography Article

Wiebke Haas was born in 1991 in Germany. After school she spend 3 years of learning to became an official certificated photographer before she took the risk of self-employment. During an internship for renowned animal photographer Tim Flach in London she was able to gather an enormous amount of photographic insight and knowledge. Furthermore, it was here that she learnt to love clean structures and well laid out compositions. You can find more of her beautiful photography on 500px, her…

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500px Blog » The Basics Of Luminosity Masks In Digital Blending – Photography Article

Jimmy McIntyre is travel photographer. He is currently undertaking a two-year project in Asia—writing two photography guidebooks for China and South Korea. He has taught digital blending workshops in four continents, and he also offers online courses. You can download his free Easy Panel for Photoshop program, which will create Luminosity Masks for you at the click of a button. But if you’d like to take your Luminosity Mask mastery to a new level, check out his comprehensive Luminosity Masks Tutorial below.…

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500px Blog » Tutorial: Create Glow in the Dark Mason Jars for Your Next DIY Photo Experiment – Photography Article

When we saw this photo for the first time on 500px, it was an instant favorite that we immediately added to Editors’ Choice. Since then, photographer Luca Gerda László has been inundated with requests to share the secret behind her glow in the dark mason jars. Lucky for you, the big secret is about to unravel… The image above is one of my “most famous” photos and I got lots of requests on how I made these glowing jars. I…

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500px Blog » [Cat Photography] 21 Tips For Taking Incredible Cat Photos – Photography Article

Zoran Milutinovic is a professional pet photographer based in Serbia. As a lover of cats himself, he specializes in photographing cats in their natural environment, capturing all their quirks, habits, and facial expressions. His photos have been published in magazines, virtual galleries, greeting cards, calendars, mobile apps, wallpapers, posters, and book covers. Curious about capturing great images of cats? In this tutorial, he shares some of his expert tips on photographing fascinating felines! How To Photograph Cats by Zoran MilutinovicIf…

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500px Blog » The Ultimate Guide for Macro Photography Beginners – Photography Article

Robert K Baggs is a Headshot, Portrait, and Commercial photographer from London & Hertfordshire. He’s been published in broadsheets, magazines, and websites globally including the likes of The BBC, National Geographic, and The Telegraph. In addition to this, Robert’s work has been displayed in galleries from New York to Paris. You can find out more of his work on 500px, his website, Facebook, and Instagram. 1. Introduction Like all modern love stories, I found macro photography on the internet. I…

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500px Blog » [HDR Photos] Learn HDR Photography Tutorials – Photography Article

Trey Ratcliff is an HDR guru, old-school gentleman explorer. In this tutorial, Trey will teach you how to shoot the best HDR images possible, what software to choose, how to use it, and pick up a few neat tricks along the way. Scroll down, and learn how to shoot HDR like a pro! Learn HDR Photography by Trey Ratcliff Introduction to HDR PhotographyHDR is an acronym for High Dynamic Range. If you use some special HDR software, you can see…

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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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500px Blog » [Night Photography] 12 Expert Tips For Photographing Cityscapes At Night – Photography Article

Jimmy Mcintyre is a travel photographer and educator. His photos have been published in local and national magazines, including the BBC. His online courses on digital blending and post-processing can be found in his official website. In this tutorial, Jimmy shares his expert night photography tips on photographing cityscapes at night and during golden hour. How To Create StunningGolden Hour and Night Cityscapes by Jimmy McIntyre It was the fifth time that we climbed this hill at 4 a.m.—the four…

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500px Blog » 8 post-processing tips for creating beautiful landscape photos – Photography Article

Jimmy Mcintyre is a travel photographer and educator. His photos have been published in local and national magazines, including the BBC. His online courses on digital blending and post-processing can be found in his official website. You can also check out his exclusive tutorials on 500px ISO here. In this tutorial, Jimmy shares his expert tips and videos on post-processing landscape photos. Read on and get inspired! There is nothing quite like the power of a stunning seascape or landscape…

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500px Blog » 15 tips for beautiful candid portraits that stand out – Photography Article

12 women, all wearing hats, hair blowing in the wind. 12 explorers venturing into the depths of an ice cave. 12 hands, each holding a maple leaf. These are just three of the collages you’ll find on Insta Repeat, an Instagram account run by an anonymous filmmaker. The premise is simple: the @insta_repeat feed includes screenshots of photos pulled from a huge variety of accounts. Once they’re organized in a grid, they serve to highlight the, sometimes, crushing homogeneity of…

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5 things you want to keep in mind for BETTER timelapses! – Time Lapse Photography Article

Here are 5 lesser known timelapse tips to shoot better footage.I made this list a while back for my newsletter subscribers. You can join in on the fun and subscribe at the bottom of this page.I use all 5 of these timelapse tips on every single shoot I do, and they’re among the first few things I teach to any of my students.1. Use filtersIn cinematography you’ll hear people talk about the 180 degree rule.It’s a rule that tells you…

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The basics of timelapse photography – Time Lapse Photography Article

If you’re into taking photos or making videos and would like to know what the basics of timelapse photography are then you’ve come to the right place.This tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about shooting and editing a basic timelapse sequence.Timelapse photography is an art form which acts like a looking glass into another dimension. I know that’s a hefty line but it’s true, trust me.Timelapse is wildly popular on TV and I can’t name a single…

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9 Single-Key Lightroom Shortcuts I Use Every Day – Photography Article

In all honesty, I only use single-key shortcuts as opposed to multi-key for the simple reason that I can’t remember much beyond a single keystroke. I thought about printing every shortcut and hanging it on my office wall for reference, but that would defeat the purpose of using shortcuts in the first place as I’d have to spend additional time scanning the printout to locate what I’m looking for. In the 12-minute video above, I discuss the 9 single key…

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How to fake tilt shift timelapse videos – Time.Lapse Photography Article

Fake tilt shift tutorial If you’ve ever wondered how to fake tilt shift timelapse footage then this blog is for you. On the weekend I was invited to shoot the city of London’s 50th pride parade.  Over one and a half million people attended, with 30000 people walking in the actual parade. It was a spectacle of colour and love and we got by far the best view in town! Because of our unique point of view I decided to…

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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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4 Landscape Photography Tips to Last a Lifetime – Photography Article

Scottish landscape and wildlife photographer Wayne Robertson recently shared what he’s calling “4 Landscape Photography Tips to Last a Lifetime.” These aren’t “tricks” or “hacks” or “secrets,” because Robertson doesn’t believe there are any secrets when it comes to great landscape photography. Just tried and true advice that all landscape shooters could benefit from. For those of you who just want the bullet points, here are the four tips that Robertson shares over the course of his video: If you…

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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 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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iPhone Portrait Tips by Magnum Photographer Christopher Anderson – Photography Article

Want to get creative with shooting portraits using just your smartphone? Apple made this 3-minute video with advice and inspiration for shooting iPhone portraits from award-winning Magnum photographer Christopher Anderson. “Award-winning photographer and photojournalist Christopher Anderson is known for his magnetic portraiture,” Apple says. “He strives for emotive and timely elements in his compositions. In this feature, Anderson shows us how to advance beyond technical precision to disrupt the portrait.” The video itself is in vertical orientation — it was…

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How to shoot timelapse with the DJI Osmo Pocket – Time.Lapse Photography Article

The DJI Osmo Pocket is the latest high tech gadget from Chinese manufacturer DJI.It is a pocket sized camera and gimbal with a small touch screen.It can record DNG photos, videos, slow motion, timelapse, motion timelapse and hyperlapse footage. This article will go over how to shoot timelapse videos with the Osmo Pocket.Disclaimer: DJI sent me the Osmo Pocket in return for me writing this guide.  The DJI Osmo Pocket shooting a timelapse mounted on a mini gorillapod. Let’s have a…

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How to combine slow motion and timelapse – Time.Lapse Photography Article

Slow motion and timelapse blending tutorial Timelapse and slow motion photography are on opposite ends of the time spectrum. We live in real time, at so called 25 or 30 frames per second, depending on which country you live in. Timelapse photography speeds things up, slow motion… slows things down. Combining these two types of shots works really well and creates this impossible dimension where the perception of time is fluid. That’s a bit of a heavy line so to…

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