Category: Techniques

Studying Man Ray – A Lesson in Solarization

I’ve been studying a lot of photographers lately, and one of my favorites from the very early years of modern photography is Man Ray. Trained as a painter,…

Kubrick’s use of the color Red

Using color to provoke an emotional reaction in the viewer is a powerful way to create a connection with your audience. Study how Stanley Kubrick used the color…

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Understanding Composition for CG (And Photography)

Composition is one of the hardest things to master in photography. Part of what makes it so difficult is that it’s hard to move objects around until they…

Using Gobos to create “New Spaces” in your studio

This technique covered over at DIYphotography is one I’ve been exploring a lot lately. It’s actually how I set up this shot, from about a year ago: It’s fun,…

Shutter-Drag the Landscape

Looking for a more abstract way to capture your surroundings? Check out this post by ePhotozine! Basically the idea is to set up a shot with a long-ish…

Lighting Changes Everything

This is a great post on Gizmodo by Sebastian Petrovski about how the quality, direction and amount of light on a subject can dramatically change their appearance. I’ve…

You Think Your Camera is Cool?

You think your camera is cool? Your camera will never be Made-Out-of_LEGOS cool. Meet Cary Norton. He built a 4×5 medium format camera out of LEGOs. And it…

Matches

I did an experiment today to see how well light painting with matches would work. It has some potential, and I came up with a few ideas that…

Lighting Drones

  This article is about how some researchers at MIT think that drones might make the perfect lighting assistant for photographers. The idea is that once you’ve set…

Tim Lewis Photography Commercial Eugene Oregon

A Study in Controlled Lighting

This is a practice image. For this picture I wanted to start out and make a portrait on a light background that had the subject’s face emerging from…

Creating Textures with Photoshop Brushes

This video by Aaron Blaise is a really great showcase of how to use photographic references to create realistic textures in digital paintings. This tutorial definitely leans more…

Tim Lewis Photography light Portrait Eugene Oregon

Found Light Test

A few days ago my neighbors parked their car in front of their house, and as the sun set their rear reflector caught the light perfectly and bounced…

Great Macro shots and advice by Anick Morel

Anick Morel is a photographer who works with smashed lightbulbs, cream and soap bubbles. Hit this link for some great advice on capturing the last gasp of a…

How to Make Stronger Photographs Through the Process of Visual Design

I really liked this article by Barry J. Brady on how to make stronger photos using visual design. I always think that photographers that come from a strong…

Slanted Lens Video on a Reflector Double-Bounce Technique

In this video the Slanted Lens guys demonstrate how to bring sunlight into even the darkest set, using a double bounce technique with two reflectors. It’s a very…

Vibrant Shot Video on Blend Modes

I really liked this video from Vibrant Shot about blend modes, what exactly they do, why they’re grouped how they are, and different things you can accomplish with…

Tim Lewis Photography Eugene oregon Custom White Balance

New Color Technique

I was doing a lighting test the other day, and came across this setup, which I really liked. It’s basically a custom White Balance that shifts things to…

Joe McNally Video mixing ambient and flash

In this video Joe McNally sketches out how he solved the problem of exposing for a subject and a city at the same time, which is no easy…

Joel Grimes Tutorial

Joel Grimes Video on Rembrandt Lighting

Joel Grimes is one of my favorite photographers. Here he is demonstrating how to create the classic “Rembrandt” style of light (examples here) on your subject. This is…

Lindsay Adler Beauty Dish Tutorial

How to use a Beauty Dish by Lindsay Adler

Good Tutorial on how to use a Beauty Dish for different effects in the studio. Lindsay Adler demonstrates how to achieve several different looks with just one light,…

Joe McNally – The Language of Light snippet

Joe McNally is one of the best working portrait photographers around. In this snippet from his DVD “the Language of Light“, Joe demonstrates how small changes to a…

Like Barn Doors on a Speedlight

Sometimes you want to add a bit of light to a small, well defined area of your image. Maybe you want to splash some warm light on a…

Joe McNally walks us through shooting Bicyclists with Water

 

COOPH Photography Hacks Video

Photographer Leo Rosas demonstrates seven different simple and fun photography “hacks” that you can do quickly and easily on the cheap. There’s some fun stuff in here, and the…

Adding atmospheric depth to images

I just watched this great tutorial over at digital tutors on creating atmospheric depth in images. The tutorial is centered around digital paintings, but the same information and…

Von Wong Brenizer method at 400mm

Leave it to Benjamin Von Wong to shoot a Brenizer method portrait at 400mm with 18 thousand dollars worth of equipment. The brenizer method emphasizes your out of…

Using Gradient Map to adjust Color and Tone in Photoshop

Adusting Color and Tone in an image can be an important step in realizing the vision you have for your image. Gradient Maps can be a quick and…

Video Tutorial – Using Gradient Maps to add Color and Tone to an Image

I put together this brief video tutorial demonstrating how to use gradient maps to tone your image and introduce color effects in Photoshop CC. Difficulty level: Super Easy…

PHLearn Video – Amazing Trick to Recover Shadow Detail in Photoshop

Aaron Nace from PHLearn put together a really great video tutorial on recovering detail in shadows and adding a gradient layer. Check his video out: Amazing Trick to Recover…

Dean Collins Lighting Tutorials from the ’80s

Dean Collins was a lighting guru in the 1980s. He shot on film (since digital didn’t exist yet) and although the post processing styles are different from today,…

Joe McNally new modifiers and Tutorials

Joe McNally has a new line of lighting modifiers by Lastolite, and to promote them he created a set of videos about how to use them. Well worth…

Retouching – Creating a more Dynamic Image

My retouching style is very dodge and burn based. I will usually run a frequency separation to get the detail and texure on a different layer than my…

PHLearn video – “How to be a better Photographer”

I really enjoyed this video by Aaron from PHLearn. It reminded me a lot of this book I’ve been slowly reading, “Start with Why” by Simon Sinek. In…

Thinking Inside the Box — Small Product Photography the Easy Way

This is video from a speech I gave the other day talking about a quick and easy way to shoot small products for sale on Ebay or Craigslist….

Mark Wallace webinar on High and Low Key Lighting Techniques

Mark Wallace and Profoto put together this really solid webinar on High Key and Low Key lighting techniques. It’s got some good information on how to approach creating…

Will having a better hammer make me a better carpenter?

That’s what they tell you, right? The camera manufacturers? And I guess it depends. If your camera is doing all the work, then yeah – maybe a newer…

The Best One Dollar Photography Tool You Can Buy

I shot this video to demonstrate one of my most often used lighting modifiers, the humble piece of white posterboard. I use these all the time, whether it’s…

Phlearn tutorial on sparkler action

I really enjoyed this tutorial. Not only did Aaron set up really interesting lighting with a great color twist, but then he took it up to the next…

Controlling the Viewer’s Eye – Contrast Edition

There are a few different ways to control where in your image the viewer looks first. There’s Color, Brightness, Shape, and Contrast. I’d like to talk for a…

Impressive Technique for matching Color and Tone in Photoshop

I was very impressed with the ease of this technique, and I can definitely see it being used to reverse-engineer my favorite images by other photographers. Or…. even…

1940s Glamour Photography

I really enjoyed this 1940s glamour hollywood photography tutorial…. I usually use grids on speedlights to achieve something like this, but his rogue flashbenders seemed to give some…