Ninja Photography Academy : Free Photography Tutorials

 

 

FREE PHOTOGRAPHY TUTORIALS FOR ALL

Welcome photo ninja! You have found my collection of not-so-secret free photography tutorials.

I started photography in the early 2000s, and I have learnt a great deal of stuff all over the Internet.

So now, it’s time for me to give back.

From years of my own experience in photography, I have written a whole stash of not-so-forbidden ninja scrolls.

Yes, these are completely free and you can learn those awesome ninja skills passed down from the masters.

But shh…. don’t tell the evil ninjas about it.

 

 

AN HONEST DISCLOSURE

Quick, hide your wallets!

There are affiliate links and advertisements on this guide!

Whenever you buy things from the evil links that I recommend, I will make a commission.

Nah. These are just things to keep the blog going, and allows me to give more good stuff to you guys.

So thank you if you decide to pick up my recommendations!

 

HOW THE NINJA PHOTOGRAPHY ACADEMY IS ORGANIZED

I have categorized the tutorials into different skill levels, starting from the complete zero to expert ninja.

Feel free to start from the whatever level that you feel comfortable with.

At the end of this guide, I have put in a recommendation section for camera gear and some other stuff.


Section A
Zero

Section B
Beginner

Section C
Intermediate

Section D
Expert

Section E
Landscape

Section F
Cosplay

Section G
Reference

Section H
Others

 

SECTION A : ZERO

Have not gotten your own camera yet?

Still planning how to dominate the world?

Let this scrolls help you along with your grand plans.

A1) HOW TO CHOOSE A CAMERA

There are so many cameras out there these days, in all shapes and sizes.

Which is the right one for you?

Let this guide help you along in choosing one.

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A2) HOW TO CHOOSE A CAMERA LENS

Got a camera body?

The next pain – which lens to use?

This guide will help you with choosing a good lens.

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SECTION B : BEGINNER

New to photography?

Need some help with the basics and some tips?

This is the place to get started.

B1) THE QUICK START PHOTOGRAPHER NINJA’S GUIDE

Too much technical stuff to go through?

Check out this one. All the basics that you need to get started, in one ninja scroll.

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B2) COMPOSITION

This scroll will show you the secrets on how to make things look pretty in photos.

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B3) EXPOSURE TRIANGLE

The basic technical stuff.

Yep, it’s boring but necessary. Master this, and you will be on your way to unlocking the master scrolls.

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SECTION C : INTERMEDIATE

Comfortable with the basics already?

Want a little more fun?

These are the scrolls that are a little more challenging for the middle class ninjas.

C1) LIGHT TRAILS

Ah, the silky smooth streaks, how is it done?

This ninja scroll will reveal the secret to capturing light in an awesome way.

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C2) SILHOUETTE PHOTOGRAPHY

The age old form of art. Now in photography.

One of the timeless classics that you need to learn, and it’s pretty easy to pick up too.

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C3) PANORAMA

How to take a very wide photo. Not with a smartphone, of course.

This scroll will walk you through the old school method of how to stitch several photos together.

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C4) VERTORAMA

How to take a very tall photo.

Yes, this scroll will walk you through the cousin of Panorama, the Vertorama.

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C5) FIREWORKS

The pretty blings, how do we capture them?

This guide will walk you through several ways to do so, and it features a small section of the grand fireworks in my hometown – Singapore.

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C6) HDR

High Dynamic Range.

We heard many people saying “it’s good”, but just what does it do?

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SECTION D : EXPERT

The expert ninja level – We make things fly, we bend time and space, we make the impossible into reality.

Sort of.

These are the difficult stuff for an already skilled ninja to play with.

D1) LEVITATION PHOTOGRAPHY

This scroll will teach you the secrets to make people fly… Or at least make them look like so.

Covering 5 different ways in which you can try out, this scroll will definitely leave the evil ninjas in confusion on “how did you do that”?

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D2) ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY FIREWORKS

Astrophotography? Nope, it’s Astrophotography Fireworks.

An experimental work of mine to combine 2 of the most awesome things on Earth.

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D3) INFRARED PHOTOGRAPHY

Welcome to the world of the unseen.

How do we shoot something that we cannot see? This guide will teach you to open your mind’s eye.

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SECTION E : LANDSCAPE

Landscape photography, one of the oldest subjects and my personal favorite.

A good ninja stays connected with nature and the surrounding.

These are the scrolls to help you stay in tune.

E1) LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS AND TECHNIQUES

Some tidbits for landscape photography.

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E2) HOW TO EDIT LANDSCAPE PHOTOS

Already have good photos?

Then make it epic with some Photoshop magic.

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SECTION F : COSPLAY

Cosplay, the master ninja’s favorite topic.

Yeah, go ahead and call me a weeb ninja.

But this is an interesting subject to dive into.

F1) COSPLAY PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

Cosplay photography is not watch anime, and go shoot.

There’s a lot more to it, and here are some tips.

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F2) COSPLAY PHOTOGRAPHY MISTAKES TO AVOID

I have been tricked many times by evil ninjas.

These are the common mistakes to not make again.

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F3) HOW TO EDIT COSPLAY PHOTOS

One does not stop after taking photos.

Photoshop makes everything better, and here is how I do it.

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SECTION G : REFERENCES

The world of photography is full of unknown terms and abbreviations.

Don’t be a confused ninja.

These are the references to decode those cryptic messages.

G1) COMMON PHOTOGRAPHY TERMS

The dreaded evil ninjas, they come up with difficult terms to confuse us.

Fear not, this is a long list of common photography terms to save the day.

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G2) LENS ABBREVIATIONS

ED, SWM, what are those strange markings on the lenses?

These guides will decode them for you.

[Nikon] [Canon] [Sony] [Tamron] [Tokina] [Sigma] [Pentax] [Samyang]

 

SECTION H : RECOMMENDATIONS & OTHER STUFF

Some of the “good stuff” that you might need.

Again, affiliate links below, but no obligations to buy anything.

But it does help to keep this blog running. 🙂

H1) LENS FILTERS

Lens filters, they add spices to our photography.

This is a list of the recommended filters that you should consider – Yep, also featuring the cheap plastic fantastic that will not burn a hole in your pocket.

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H2) PHOTOSHOP AND LIGHTROOM

Photoshop and Lightroom.

What is the difference between them?

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Don’t have a copy of the awesome Photoshop or Lightroom yet?

Click on the below to check out an offer.

H3) HOW TO REMOVE A STUCK LENS FILTER

Yep, every ninja will definitely face the stuck filter curse some day.

Have no fear, there are many ways and tools that can undo the curse.

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