Quickstart Ninja Beginners Photography Tutorial

INTRODUCTION I GOT A CAMERA, WHAT NOW? Welcome, photo ninja, to this beginners photography tutorial. I know, you might have just got a camera and everything is written in alien language by evil ninjas. I understand the pain, and on top of that, there are too many “secret photography bibles” out there. Way too much boring technical stuff to read. Which is why I wrote this guide, where I have compressed everything you need to know to get started fast. Less boring stuff, more fun. That is what I think photography needs to be. But a small awareness that…

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Photographers Giving Out RAW Files – Yes or No

INTRODUCTION THE RAW QUESTION This has been an age old question since RAW files were invented – Should photographers give RAW files to their clients or friends? I believe a small group of people have absolutely no issues in doing so, but why are some people making such a big fuss over this? For those who are new to digital photography, RAW files are the pure, unedited versions of your photos. It is something like the film negatives of the days past. If anyone has a hold of the RAW files, he/she…

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The Tall Picture : How To Shoot Vertorama

INTRODUCTION WHAT THE HECK IS VERTORAMA? Welcome to a guide on how to shoot vertorama. You have probably heard of panorama, a long and ultra wide photo. With today’s technology, it is as simple as panning your smartphone with the “panoramic sweep” feature. Or you can go the old school way of taking many photos, and “stitching” them together in Photoshop. But what happens when you rotate around and take photos vertically? You get vertorama, the cousin of panorama. Strangely enough, vertorama is not commonly used by many photographers. Still, it is very useful for…

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Chicken Soup for Amateur Photographers

INTRODUCTION THE PHOTOGRAPHY LIFE This one is for you budding photographers. You who picked up a camera, want to learn more, and move forward with photography as a part of your life. When I first picked up a 3.2 megapixels compact digital camera, I was a happy man. Finally had something that I can take decent pictures with, I thought. But little did I know, there is a whole new world within photography. Seriously, I never thought much about photography when I first got that camera. It is only when I started…

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Cosplay Photoshoot Tips – The Complete Beginner’s Guide

INTRODUCTION COSPLAY PHOTOGRAPHY NOT RECOGNIZED IN THIS WORLD!? Hello people, let me do some good ranting before we start. If you just want cosplay photography tips, feel free to skip this section of my randomness. I know that there are already 999999 photoshoot tutorials out there… but surprisingly, only a few of them address cosplay photography. I mean, cosplay has been around since like, the 1980s? Maybe the photography world doesn’t recognize cosplay photography as a “school” of it’s own yet. To you who chose this less recognized path – well done! This is…

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How to Do Silhouette Photography

INTRODUCTION SILHOUETTE, THE ANCIENT ART Welcome photo ninja, to this not-so-secret guide on how to do silhouette photography. Silhouettes have been around way before photography, and arguably, first found on cave paintings. But I am pretty sure that our caveman ancestors did not call it “silhouette” back then. It is not until 1759 that silhouette was named after the French finance minister Étienne de Silhouette… in a bad way to depict cheaply made portrait outlines. Sorry France, but history is history. Read more of the story on Wikipedia if you want. Today, silhouette is a well known…

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Solving The Mystery of Exposure Triangle

INTRODUCTION WHAT THE HECK IS AN EXPOSURE TRIANGLE? Welcome photo ninja, to this guide on solving the mystery of exposure triangle in photography. I understand, almost everyone can’t wait to snap away with their new cameras… but just cannot get things right. A lot of the photos just turn out too bright or too dark. That was how I was as a beginner too, and I figured out that I needed to learn the basics. I looked at many tutorials online, and the exposure triangle was the first thing to pop out. It sounds…

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Top Tips on How to Edit Landscape Photos

INTRODUCTION UNLIMITED CREATIVITY! Welcome to my guide on how to edit landscape photos. I know, editing can be a difficult topic to get started with. As far as I know, there are no limits to creativity. There are endless ways to go about editing, and not a single “correct way” to get started. To top it up, there are a ton of editing bibles out there, and everyone has a different approach to editing. So this is what I will do instead – I will share my own editing process, and pack this guide full…

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Photography Lighting Basics and Tips

INTRODUCTION ALL ABOUT LIGHT Welcome to my guide on photography lighting basics. Lighting has always been the photographer’s best friend, and biggest bugbear. Use it right, you get an award winning photo. Get it wrong, hide that photo, and never let people set eyes on it. This guide will walk you through everything about light that is related to photography. It will explain things like shadows and highlights, the difference between blacks and whites, and also the laws of light. We will address all of these mysteries, and hopefully you will…

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Overcoming the photographer’s block

THE CREATIVE PAIN From time to time, authors hit the wall and suffer the writer’s block. Artists suffer the same block, not knowing what to draw next. So do photographers suffer from a photographer’s block? Well, as far as it goes, the answer is yes for me. I have at least hit the wall for a couple of times. I have watched a ton of YouTube tutorials, and still not know how to bring my photography to “the next level”. Tried a bunch of different things, and everything just seem to go wrong. There…

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