M Balmer

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Cheat Sheet: Masters of Photography

We’ve all heard name-droppers at photo exhibitions, galleries, and other places.<p>I’m going to give you a cheat-sheet of all the masters of photography …

Quick Tip: How to Remove Reflections in Eyeglasses with Photoshop

When capturing a portrait, eyeglasses can be a really reflective pain. Fortunately, photographer and educator Scott Kelby put together a quick …

3 Ways To Remove Backgrounds In Photoshop

Being able to remove a background in Photoshop is an important skill for all photographers to learn. Even if you don’t regularly create composites or …

Tutorials

Understanding Reciprocity in Photography

Reciprocity is the law of the relationship between shutter and aperture. It stipulates that one stop increase in aperture is equivalent to the …

A Fascinating Look at the Tintype Photography Process

Tintype photography predates mainstream film. It was mostly used in the late 1800s. However, Michael Shindler is still doing it. And I must say he is …

Crafty Pop-Up Book Opens Up Into a Functional Pinhole Camera

Artist Kelli Anderson designed a book that teaches readers about the art of photography–with an actual pop-up camera. Using the 1800s-era pinhole technique as inspiration, Anderson crafted her book in such a way that light could only enter through a small opening, exposing the embedded photo …

365 Photo a Day Challenge: Start the Year Right

I like to think of myself as an avid photographer, but there are times when the creativity wanes and the inspiration dries up. The trigger finger …

Photography

Converting a Toy Camera into a Wet Plate Camera

In this video, “Lights, Toy Camera, Action”, photographer Ian Ruhter defies traditional ideas of antique photography and brings wet plate photography …

Photography

6 Tips for Beautiful Candid Photography

Candid photography focuses on what the subject is naturally doing and not on what the subject must be doing. It is a photo similar to that of a …

Photography

ND Filters: Beyond the Basics

Natural light photography enthusiasts know that good photography is more about the light than the gear. However, there’s no denying that a few pieces …

Contact: Direct Reflections of Landscape - Interview with Klea McKenna | LensCulture

<i>For the past few years, California Bay Area artist Klea McKenna has focused her attention on photograms—an image created directly on a light-sensitive surface, without the aid of a camera. By responding deeply and personally to particular locations, McKenna produces large, immersive works that,</i> …

20 Of The Most Beautiful Abandoned Places In The World

Sure, there's something spooky about them. But also something undeniably striking.<p>Sure, there's something spooky about them. But also something undeniably striking.

Abandoned Buildings

Photographer Gets Rejected, Publishes Her Rejection Letters In New Book

When I was growing up, my father told me after every small tragedy—be it a scraped knee or a lost toy— to “turn a negative into a positive.” …

7 Things You Need to Think About Before Pressing the Shutter

Have you ever spent a day shooting a wedding or walking through a city doing street photography or hiking trails in search of the perfect landscape? …

Here’s What Edgar Allan Poe Wrote About the Birth of Photography in 1840

Did you know that when the daguerreotype was announced back in 1839, one of the people who wrote about the new groundbreaking technology was the …

Literature

Kill Your Master in Photography

Busan, 2013Dear friend,I wanted to write you a letter on the concept of “killing the masters of photography”. It is kind of a Buddhist philosophy, as …

6 Ways to Earn Some Extra Income as a Photographer

Besides the usual well paid gigs, which can be months apart, every photographer usually needs some extra income. Nothing major, but enough to keep …

The Photoshop Playbook: 50 Short Video Tutorials on Fundamental Skills in Photoshop

Back in 2013, Adobe began posting a series of short video tutorials on YouTube called the “Photoshop Playbook.” The series has since grown to contain …

Tutorials

15 Tips for Image Management Success in Lightroom 5 - by Tim Grey

Lightroom can be a tremendously powerful tool for managing large volumes of images effectively and efficiently. Actually, that’s one of the things …

Tutorials

How to Make the Best of Low Light Using Slow Shutter Speed: 6 Stunning Effects

Photographing in low light is often accomplished using a long shutter speed. To be able to use faster shutter speeds, you need lenses with wider …

6 Types of Photos Every Photographer Should Know How to Make

While the popularity of some creative photography techniques rises and falls, there are some photo tricks that continue to stand the test of time. …

7 Ways to Handle High Contrast Scenes

Perhaps the greatest challenge you will face in outdoor photography is the high contrast created by the sun and the bright sky versus a darker …

How to Get Sharper Eyes in Your Portraits

A good portrait draws the viewer in to the subject, creating a connection between the two. It should provoke thought and intrigue, making you wonder …

Levitation Photography in 3 Easy Steps

A magician practices the art of illusion. Many times a photographer may practice the same thing. Who knew the art of levitation was only a few …

How to do Great Black and White Conversions Using Photoshop

Some photos that you take you’ll want to convert to black and white. Photoshop has some tools that you can use to convert your photos to black and …

Dodging and Burning to Create More Effective Black and White Images

With the huge assortment of software and plugins you have at your disposal these days, the photo processing technique of burning and dodging is …

How to make a chipboard album

Have you ever wondered how people make professional-looking photo albums? I'm super excited to share one of my favorite methods: a chipboard album! …

The Five Tips to Creating Amazing Landscape Photos

In an instant, one can feel as though they are in another world. As a landscape photographer you have the power to transport someone in the blink of …

Glyn Dewis Shows You How to Save an Almost Unusable Image

In this valuable tutorial Glyn Dewis takes a quick snapshot and shows you how to pull detail from highlights and shadows to make it a beautiful …

Tutorials