55+ Great Photography Tutorials

March 12, 2013 · 2 comments

by Lars

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By following detailed photography tutorials you can learn new techniques and be inspired by experienced photographers.

Photography is a great passion for many people and the possibilities for creating stunning shots are endless with the right equipment and skills. Some photographers are exceptional at capturing time and situations forever. While a bit of luck and good timing is required, many technical elements need to be just right. In many cases it requires patience, planning and a good sense for details to capture the best photo. In addition, many photographers today use after processing in tools like Photoshop. I personally think that learning some image enhancement techniques is useful as well.

Since we have been presenting various showcases of photography styles over time, I thought it would be a great idea to share some useful tips, tricks and tutorials. The availability of free material online for learning various techniques of photography is impressive but it takes time to filter out the useful stuff. I made an attempt by collecting more than 55 great photography tutorials.

Action Photography Tips – MORE INFO

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This mini tutorial provide useful tips and techniques on how you can get started taking action photos.

Nightclub Photography – MORE INFO

Nightclub-Photography

This Nightclub Photography useful guide on how taking photos in clubs and bars where the light is dim but you need to capture images using a fairly fast shutter speed.

Color Blending Collection I – MORE INFO

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Romantic purple blue effect.

Creating a Focus Stacked, Vertical Panorama with a 400mm Lens – Tuts + Premium – MORE INFO

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This image is the result of a focus stacking technique. It could not be done in a single shot.

How To Use Lines In Photography Compositions – MORE INFO

How-To-Use-Lines-In-Photography-Compositions

As powerful as lines are in helping to create a mood in an image, they become even more powerful when they are also used to direct the viewer’s attention.

Aquarium Photography Explained – MORE INFO

Aquarium-Photography-Explained

Although fish may not seem at first glance as the most interesting or photography subjects they can provide some wonderful examples of wildlife (kind of) images.

Quick Tip: Bending Light Your Own Way – MORE INFO

Quick-Tip-Bending-Light-Your-Own-Way

For small subjects like flowers, small lights are great: easy to take with you and adaptable.

5 Second Eye Enhancement – MORE INFO

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Here’s a super-simple technique for enhancing the most important bits of any portrait: the eyes. It’s a quick and painless way to make the eyes really stand out and take on a slightly sultry and burning look.

How To Photograph Comets – MORE INFO

How-To-Photograph-Comets

With all of the recent buzz surrounding the Preside meteor shower I thought I would do a bit of research on the best practices for taking photographs of such events.

Photoshop Quick Tip: Overprocessing Photography – MORE INFO

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In this tutorial I will show how to get a similar effect to this HDR/XDR/Dave Hill look in a few quick steps.

Photoshop Quick Tips: Light Leaks Photography Video – MORE INFO

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Creating light leaks in Photoshop is really simple. In this video you’ll see how to create vintage style light leaks in just a few steps.

Photographing Wild Birds In Civilized Places – MORE INFO

Photographing-Wild-Birds-In-Civilized-Places

This Eagle-Owl portrait was shot with a 400mm lens when the bird looked in my direction.

Abstract Photo Manipulation In Photoshop CS 6 – MORE INFO

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This tutorial will show you how to achieve similar effect using Photoshop with Masks and Layer Effects. It’s an intermediate tutorial but I am sure you will have so much fun doing as we did.

Create Abstract Photos Using Smoke – MORE INFO

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I saw a bunch of shots recently where a photographer had filled a red pepper with firecrackers.  Before and during the explosion, he had taken his shots, with great results!

How To Capture Stunning Fine Art Landscape Photographs – MORE INFO

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The man in this photo is working to extract salt from the Salinas Grande’s, a large salt pan in north-west Argentina. The photo shows the relationship between the man and the otherworldly landscape that he works in.

Water Photography The Easy Way – MORE INFO

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The random nature of water makes for a different photo each time and it is not as hard to set up a small ‘set’ to capture ‘the Chaos Theory’ in action!

How To Take Tremendous Photos In The Tropics – MORE INFO

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Creating distinctive images of tropical places is about having a fresh perspective, putting your own spin on common techniques, and doing the opposite of what’s expected.

How To Capture Really Sharp Photos – MORE INFO

How-To-Capture-Really-Sharp-Photos

This article covers seven things that a photographer can do to create really sharp images.

Quick Tip: The Easy Way To Shoot Fireworks – MORE INFO

Quick-Tip-The-Easy-Way-To-Shoot-Fireworks

Choose a good vantage point that lets you integrate the fireworks in the surroundings for some of your pictures.

Hand Colouring A Black And White Photo In Photoshop – MORE INFO

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In this tutorial, I’m looking at how to add color by making selections and using adjustment layers.

Using Quilling Paper For Colourful Abstract Macro Shots – MORE INFO

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Quilling, also known as paper filigree, is the art of rolling narrow strips of paper and then shaping them to make the most exquisite designs.

Street Photography Explained – MORE INFO

Street-Photography-Explained

Street photography is one of those techniques that sounds simple, ‘just go out and take some photos of people wondering about’.

How To Create An Atmospheric Car Portrait – MORE INFO

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If you want to create some atmosphere which really creates a ‘mood’ and add that bit more to the photo then there are some things to consider and a few tricks you can use.

Using Light To Shape Landscape Photography – MORE INFO

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Light is the fundamental element of photography, so it’s essential that we understand how it works and how best to utilize it to get perfect results.

Quick Tip: How To Smooth Skin Without Losing Texture In Photoshop – MORE INFO

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This technique help you to smooth skin fairly quickly while preserving the texture of the pores.

Dual View – MORE INFO

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In this tutorial, we’ll look at how to give ourselves two different views of the same image by opening it in two separate document windows.

Self Portrait Photography Guide – MORE INFO

Self-Portrait-Photography-Guide

When placing the camera make sure that the image about to be captured includes all of the elements that you wish to include in the photograph.

Understanding The Limits Of Autofocus On Digital Cameras – MORE INFO

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It’s good to practice focus in a situation where it’s not important before you get hired to shoot a concert or musical event.

Photoshop Quick Tips #7 – Edgy Style Photo Treatment – MORE INFO

Photoshop Quick Tips #7 - Edgy Style Photo Treatment

Cameron will show us a really cool photo treatment that will give an edgy, surreal look and feel to a regular photo.

How To Create HDR Photos – HDR/Photomatix Tutorial – MORE INFO

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In this tutorial we’ll go through the steps necessary to take your very own HDR photo and process it like a pro.

Setting The Mood For Your Clients In Photography – MORE INFO

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Do the work that you love doing. At the end of the day clients and potential clients will see and feel the passion behind your project, and this will assure you more work.

Quick Tip: Use Photoshop To Turn Day Into Dusk – MORE INFO

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This tutorial we will demonstrate a quick technique to make your photos look as if they were taken at night.

Photographing Buildings – A Guide – MORE INFO

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Take a look at the building from a far, if the outline of the building is an interesting shape then a silhouette shot may compliment the overall effect.

Retouching A Studio Portrait – MORE INFO

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This Photoshop tutorial will show you techniques used to make the photo have a stronger impact.

Capturing The Smoke – Amazing Smoke Photography Tutorial – MORE INFO

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In this tutorial you learn how you can make awesome creations from the very ordinary looking smoke that you encounter in your day to day life.

How To Photograph Wakeboarders & Waterskiing – MORE INFO

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I had the great fortune of being invited to take photos of a friend wakeboarding.  I did a bit of research beforehand and also learned a few tricks and tips on the day.

Multiply Yourself – MORE INFO

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The key point to make the photo really real is: you are the only one who changed, and the surrounding environment was kept exactly the same between the two shoots.

Retouch A Girl With Lighting Focus – MORE INFO

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This tutorial will show you how to use lighting effect to emphasize her face, skin and hair. Before that, some nice tips for retouching will be mentioned.

HDR Explained – MORE INFO

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Also keep an eye on the sky, a deep blue sky with the odd cloud gives a dramatic effect to any photo, combine this with a good foreground subject and your on to a winner.

Bmx Action Photography And Sports Portraits – MORE INFO

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For the controlled light portrait session, Craig mostly uses a strobe with a soft box for side light, and another as a contour light.

Add Dynamic Lighting To A Flat Photograph – MORE INFO

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In this tutorial, I will show you how to spice up a fairly dull and flat photograph. It’s very easy and fast! Go from flat photo to a uniquely lit style.

Motorsport Photography Explained – MORE INFO

Motorspot-Photography-Explained

Motorsport is naturally exciting due to the high speed and potential incidents that may occur, as such it can offer some wonderful photography opportunities.

Going The Extra Mile For A Great Photo – MORE INFO

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London Big Ben; Bridge Street.

Quick Tip: Simple Portrait Photography Tricks – MORE INFO

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Portrait photography is one of the most interesting types of photography. What makes it even more rewarding is the fact that you are making someone else beautiful through your camera.

Wedding Photography Explained – MORE INFO

Wedding-Photography-Explained

I wont go into the technical side of things, this guide is about planning and structuring the day.

Capturing Portraits, In Flight And Hands On Photos Of Birds – MORE INFO

Capturing-Portraits,-In-Flight-And-Hands-On-Photos-Of-Birds

Like any wildlife, they can be difficult to photograph, so here are a few tips on how to make your shoot a successful one.

Food Photography Masterclass – MORE INFO

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This new book is packed full of tips, techniques, and advice to help you get started or refine your skills at producing photos that bring out the best of any given dish.

Changing Hair Color In Pictures – MORE INFO

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This tutorial will show how to put hair color  in pictures.

How To Create Stunning Skateboarding Photography – MORE INFO

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Skating is creating and style earns respect. If you’re looking for a new and creative outlet to explore, then you should give skateboarding photography a go.

Rut Mackel Captures Painful Portraits Of Faces Smacking Into A Glass Door – MORE INFO

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London based photographer Rut Mackel has captured a series of portraits of his subjects smacking their face into a glass door.

Photography Quick Tips: Desaturated Film Style Photos – MORE INFO

Photography-Quick-Tips-Desaturated-Film-Style-Photos

This tutorial contain some short and simple steps to achieving the effects of your choice.

Local Contrast – MORE INFO

Local-Contrast

This effect increases visible detail and edge contrast without increasing the overall image contrast.

Super Easy Vintage Look To Photos In Pixelmator – MORE INFO

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In this tutorial I will show you how to add a super cool vintage look to your photos in Pixelmator 2.0. The tutorial is very simple, it has 10 steps only and I’m sure you will have a lot of fun playing around with your photos.

13 Steps For Shooting The Perfect Water Droplet – MORE INFO

13-Steps-For-Shooting-The-Perfect-Water-Droplet

This tutorial will walk you through 13 steps for learning to shoot unique water images with impact!

How To Create A Radical Photo Sequence – MORE INFO

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On this tutorial I will be showing how to make a radical sequence just like the ones I posted last week. It’s very simple and easy and after you read this you can go out and make your own sequence and become inspiration for those who never done it.

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Barry March 12, 2013 at 10:17 am

Hi Lars,
Great article and thanks for including a number of FPR tutorials in your list, I really appreciate it! :)

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annesofie March 12, 2013 at 11:10 am

You’re welcome :)

Kind regards,
Sofie

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