Welcome to my Photography Tutorials page. On this page, I’ve gathered together all of my photography tutorials, hints and tips to help you take better photos.
We all need help sometimes, it is said it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill! And if you think that the average person works 40 hours per week, that’s a lot of hours to master anything! I think that’s one of the reasons I like photography so much, the fact that you are always learning.
Things like depth of field, the postprocessing and exposure nestle with specifics like Astrophotography and sunsets. This is because the basic skills are, undoubtedly, linked with all specific subjects. Hopefully, these photography tutorials will help you learn at a quicker rate. Some of the photography tutorials are quite basic, aimed at the beginner. Some are for the more advanced specialist photographer and focus on a specific skill.
Do you need help with;
Landscape Photography Tutorials
Stars & Night Time
Depth of Field
Know your Camera
Light and Time of Day
Camera Phone Tutorials
Post Proccessing and Storage
Photo Preperation and Planning
Planning your Photos
The Gear I Use
If you are a beginner I would recommend reading first my Top 10 Photography Tips. This gives a brief overview of things like depth of field, shutter speed, composition and exposure among other things. There are links in each of the subject headings to learn more about that particular subject.
Also, if you’re wondering what gear I use I have put a link into What’s in my travel camera bag. This is full of the gear I use and the reasons why I use it. It is the right gear for me but everybody’s different. However, it may help you in choosing the right gear for yourself. Below are some links to my main gear from Amazon.
Also, the point often overlooked is about planning your photos. The more planning and preparation the going to your photos before you arrive on site more time you have to devote to taking the actual photos. In the plan your photos guide I mention several tools that can help you find more about your location.
In the Landscape Section, there are photography tutorials on a few specific subjects like sunsets and seascapes as well as How to Take Landscape Photographs (21 Landscape Photography Tips) which covers more general landscape photography.
The Photographic Techniques section starts with the photography tutorial top 10 photography techniques which give a general overview of things like Depth of Field, Shutter Speed, Exposure and Composition. All these link to articles where the subject is gone over in more detail.
The postprocessing and storage section of my photography tutorials shouldn’t be overlooked either, especially the backup your photos. You have spent countless hours taking all those great photos, you don’t want to lose them, do you? In the Backup Photography Tutorial, I mention some great free ways to back up your photos and keep them safe. And, if you have something like Amazon prime it comes with unlimited photo storage. It’s worth making sure your photos are backed up, you can never take the same photograph again. Even things like Facebook offer a way of keeping your photo safe just in case your computer hard drive fails.
A word about postprocessing. Personally, I use Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom on a subscription basis. A lot of software now is moving to a subscription service I offer as an example Microsoft office 365. The advantages of a subscription-based service our updates are always included whereas if you buy a disc copy of something updates may not be included.
Some people disagree with postprocessing, they think a photo should not be retouched or boosted and what happened when you press the shutter should be the final image you see. That’s all well and good. However, rather than carry loads of filters around with me when I’m out taking photos I prefer to put them in at the postprocessing stage. While you can’t truly replicate the effect of a polarising filter in postprocessing you can get about three-quarters of the way there.
The thing with travel photography is that you will be carrying your equipment a lot, so you need to make it as light as possible! Indeed, you’ll thank me if you do. My Tripod is only 1.3kg in weight. While you wouldn’t use it as a studio tripod it is ideal for travel and landscape photography. If you need to add extra stability to the tripod it has a hook on it to hang your bag on, thus giving it more weight and the extra stability you are looking for.
Also, I tend to add a lot of graduated filters especially neutral density graduated filters in Lightroom to save me having to carry them around as mentioned before. The sky is often several stops lighter than the ground.
If you’re not a purist and wants to take your photos to the next level I would, of course, strongly recommend something like Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. It can be bought on Amazon.
I add to the photography tutorials all the time so check back often to see the new tutorials and subjects that may interest you.
Disclaimer: In short, some of the links on this site are affiliate links. These means that if you click on the link and buy the item, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. The money helps go towards the upkeep of the site – so it’s a win-win for both of us! Any videos used on this site if not my own, are, of course, used within Youtube’s sharing guidelines.