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100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals

Photography as both a profession and a hobby is an incredibly expansive topic that covers a remarkably vast range of subjects from science and art. No matter where you lie on the professional spectrum, there is simply always more to learn. We spent countless hours scouring the web for the best content we could find and share with you, and today we’ll help you expand your knowledge with 100 photography related tutorials!

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Basic Theory and Technical Info

10 Top Photography Composition Rules

“There are many composition guidelines which can be applied in almost any situation, to enhance the impact of a scene. Below are ten of the most popular and most widely respected composition rules.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
RAW vs. JPEG – the real story

“Graphic illustrations [and explanations] of the difference between RAW and JPEG (also called JPG). Understanding this will help with an understanding of why correct exposure and white balance in the camera are important.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Understanding White Balance

A basic discussion of white balance and how to respond to different lighting situations.

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
White Balance

“Use a simple device to get perfect color in all of your shots”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Four Facts About High ISOs

“What you need to know to get the most from today’s amazing high-ISO settings”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Focal Length Facts

“A beginner’s guide to focal lengths and how they affect photographs”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Wedding Photography; Two “Camps” Of Style And Vision

“Today, when describing their photographic style, wedding photographers typically label themselves as either photojournalists or traditionalists. ”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Film Vs. Digital

“A look at some of the differences between shooting in Ansel Adams’ era versus today”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Missing Pages: Aperture and Shutter Priority

“Shutter Priority is an auto exposure system in which the camera achieves correct exposure by selecting the aperture after the user has selected the shutter speed.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Photography Basics

“Ever wonder what it is that actually makes a camera work? This tutorial will cover the inner workings of a camera, and introduce you into photography basics and the expansive world of taking better photographs.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Lighting

7 Tips for Great Photos in the Dark

“Follow these seven helpful tips to improve your night photographs.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
How to Create Sunshine Effect in Studio with Artificial Sunlight

“In this tutorial video we’ll give you tips on how to cheat Mother Nature and show you How to Create Your Own Sunshine in the Studio. ”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Professional Lighting in Model Photography

“This case study shows how lighting was manipulated to create the perfect environment for a fashion photoshoot.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Portable Lighting for the Studio and on Location

“In this lesson, we decided to keep things very simple and just illustrate some uses of this one simple shoe mount flash lighting kit, the XS OctoDome nxt Basic Kit with Grids, for both indoor and outdoor portraits.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
A Photography Lighting Tutorial

A brief discussion on understanding the quality and directionality of light as it pertains to photography.

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Lighting Tutorial: Fashion Lighting Made Easy

A basic fashion lighting setup with diagrams and examples.

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Photography Tutorial: Get the Right Light

“When shooting portraits, good lighting is all-important. To make sure you have it, you can buy expensive lighting rigs and multiple flash units. Or you can spend a few bucks and carry just the right mix of sun and clouds in your pack.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
10 DIY Lighting Hacks for Digital Photographers

“Most of us can’t afford a full lighting rig – however what if there was a way to experiment with the type of lighting gear that pro photographers use without spending too much money? What if you could make it yourself?”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Low Key Portrait Lighting Tutorial

“You’re perfectly outfitted to do a beautiful, classic low-key lighting setup. Your camera’s dedicated flash unit could even be set up off-camera to achieve this result.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Portrait Lighting Tutorial: Character Study

“Every man has a unique personality and a story all his own. A portrait should honor the man and the life that’s made him who he is.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Take Low Light Photos Like a Professional

“Low light photography can be a lot of fun. And you don’t need to trade your soul for an expensive camera to do it. You just need to have one that has some manual setting options. I’m focusing on digital here, but I think most of what I’m going to talk about will apply to film cameras too.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Understanding Digital Camera Histograms: Tones and Contrast

“Understanding image histograms is probably the single most important concept to become familiar with when working with pictures from a digital camera. A histogram can tell you whether or not your image has been properly exposed, whether the lighting is harsh or flat, and what adjustments will work best. It will not only improve your skills on the computer, but as a photographer as well.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
High key and Low key lighting tutorial

“The highs and lows of lighting – Karl Taylor’s back to explain what high key and low key lighting is.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
How I Shoot: Lowkey Portrait

A great in-depth tutorial with plenty of explanation and a bonus video tut at the end.

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Histograms

“You might already know all about histograms, if you don’t it’s well worth getting your head around them because, well, they are pretty awesome. Unfortunately they are often overlooked, dismissed or misunderstood but they are very helpful especially when it comes to strobist photography.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Photographing Young Children with Low-Key Lighting – Tutorial

“Here is no doubt that photographing young children can be a challenge, and never more so than when using a low-key lighting setup. So why bother? Because the drama and richness inherent in this type of lighting is SO worth it and because it’s unexpected for high energy children’s photography.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Macro Tuts

The Complete Guide For Photographing Live Insects At Home

“For starters, I’ll walk you through the gear I am shooting with and some basic technical tips, then I’ll wrap this up by sharing some ideas on working with the insects and most importantly “containment” during the shoot.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
How To Shoot Macro Photos

“Macro product photography can be extremely challenging, but also very rewarding. Commercial opportunities for high quality product close ups are strong and growing, both in print and online.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Macro Photography

“How to take close-up pictures of small things.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Bug Pictures (Insect Macro Photography)

“An article on the techniques involved.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Underwater macro photography – taking great photos

“You must be able to evaluate the potential of a subject. Some subjects you will want to pass over because there is no chance of a good moment or presentation. This is something that comes with experience.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Introduction to Macro Photography – Part 1

“Shooting all styles of photography is a privilege for me but it seems to be that more true with macro photography. In this 3-part tutorial, I hope to pass along not just my technical knowledge but also my passion for macro photography.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
DIY Tips and Tricks

DIY – High Speed Photography at Home

“You can use this technique to take picture of exploding things like tomatoes, water balloons, watermelons, or even your Canon camera as you smash it against a wall for not understanding the menus.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Reversing Lenses for Macro Photography

“If you have a telephoto lens and an old 50mm lying around you might want to give this a shot. It’s not too difficult of a procedure and probably won’t take 2 minutes to read through this. All you’ll need is a reverse ring (coupler), a step up ring, and a small piece of cardboard or folded paper.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
DIY Light Reflector

“You don’t need tons of cash to own effective lighting tools — often you can make them yourself.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Studio In A Small Space; Big Studio Effect Without The Cost

“Some photographers just prefer having complete control over the lighting. Instead of the hassle and cost of renting a studio, why not create one using a room you already have? The real secret, if there is any, of making portraits in limited spaces is having the right equipment with gear that doesn’t have to be expensive.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
How To: DIY $10 Macro Photo Studio

Using a cardboard box and poster board to create a makeshift studio.

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
How to Make An Inexpensive Light Tent – DIY

“If you’re like me, you don’t want to spend money if you can do it yourself and yield the same results. One day I was at my local photography store I saw one of these “Pop-Up” light tents. It consisted of a collapsible white fabric box with a hole in the front and 3 lights – used for photographing small objects in photographic studios.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
DIY Photography Flash Diffuser

“A diffuser is designed to soften the effects of the flash by spreading out and dampening down the amount of light emitted, reducing the creation dark shadows while still allowing a subject to be properly lit.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Homemade Light Box for Product Photography

“The following article describes the process for making your own lightbox for small object photography. From start to finish this project should take no longer than 30 minutes.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
How To Make A DIY String Tripod

“Camera shake is a universal problem for photographers, yet many find the traditional tripod to be too cumbersome for everyday use. Enter the string tripod, an easy to make, easy to use little knickknack that might just solve your camera shake problems.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
How to Make a DIY Ring Flash

“Make your own for a very very cheap price, about 20 euros. The only thing is that you need to already have a cobra flash.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Create Your Own Bokeh for Beautiful Photo Effect

“What’s a bokeh you say? It’s that oh-so-wonderful fuzziness in the background of photographs with a shallow depth of field and accompanying starry highlights. You can create you own bokeh effects with a little craftiness.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
DIY: Make Your Own Light Reflector For $5

“If you’re one of those people who has been wanting to get a reflector set but doesn’t want to shed the cash, you should know that there are do-it-yourself options.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Tutorial: DIY > $10 beauty dish

“Here is a super cheap way to make a decent looking, cheap and very effective beauty dish for your speedlight. The whole project should take perhaps 20-30 minutes and shouldn’t cost more than $10.00.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
K’nex Lightbox Tutorial

“After months of photographing my work with so-so results, I decided it was time to invest in a lightbox. And what better way to do it than to Do It Yourself? In search of the perfect supplies, I raided my parents basement and came across my favorite childhood toy: a box of K’nex!”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Post-Processing Lightens The Load

“Raw Conversion As A Studio Tool ”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Helpful Techniques

How to Create the Misty Water Effect in Photography

“Have you looked at a landscape photographer’s photo and wondered how they got the water coming down from a waterfall to look so misty? Or how did they get the ocean in a seascape photograph to look so smooth?”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Photographing Complex Architecture

“Photographer Philipp Klinger gives his advice on capturing elaborate structures.

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Tilt-Shift Photography Photoshop Tutorial

This photography shows you how to give a city shot a neat miniaturization effect.

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
5 Black and White Photography Tips

“Continuing the Black and White Photography theme we’ve been on lately in the latest forum assignment (where the photos featured in this post were submitted) I thought I’d share five pretty random Black and White Photography Tips.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Correcting and Preventing Chromatic Aberration

“When examining their photos closely, almost every photographer has come across a situation in which a colored halo (usually purple, green or red) is apparent around certain elements of a scene. This sort of optic anomaly, more commonly known as color fringing, is known as chromatic aberration. In this article we’ll understand its causes and learn ways to easily avoid it both while shooting and in post-production.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
How To: Take Better Landscape Photos

“What looks ideal? Rather than tackle the problem head-on, I’ve come up with a few basic guidelines that can yield a profound improvement in your landscape photographs. In fact, it’s as simple as A, B, C: Angle, Balance, and Crop.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Intuitive B&W Conversions

“Try this simple step-by-step process for making beautiful monochrome images.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Isolated Sharpness

“Tips and techniques for using shallow depth of field to add impact to your macro shots.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Travel With Still+Video

“Tips for better technical and creative results shooting video with your DSLR”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
The heart of the matter

“How to capture the essence of your subjects”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
A Soft Touch For Wedding Photography; Soft-Focus & Blur Effects In The Digital Darkroom

“Despite lens makers’ ads to the contrary, photographers don’t always want or need tack-sharp photographs, especially for wedding or bridal portraits. The use of creative or selective blur when applied in the digital darkroom to an otherwise ordinary photograph can create a mood or look that fits an impression of the original image more than its reality.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
How-To: A Primer on Long Exposures

“In contrast to using fast shutter speeds to freeze action, using long exposures is a very creative means to convey motion in a photograph. A blurred image can be a very impressionistic rendition of movement, giving the viewer a sense of sensation. ”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
How To: Photograph During Bright Midday Sun

“Turn a lighting faux pas into an element that adds punch to your photo.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
How To Make Money As A Photographer

“To be successful, you have to be able to effectively sell yourself. It doesn’t matter if you want to do wedding photography, sports photography, product photography or simply work for the local newspaper – you have to market and sell yourself and your talent.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Shoot The Moon

“When the sun sets and the rest of the photographers pack up for the night, you can get some of the most stunning and unique images.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
How To: Photograph A Shattering Image

“A sound trigger and flash snap the moment of impact.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Beyond HDR

“How to expand your photo’s tonal range when HDR techniques aren’t ideal”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals
Vintage Emulation; Recreating That “Old Photo” Look In The Digital Ag

“We have all had the experience of looking at old photographs that transport us back to a different age, whether it is 20 years ago, or 120. It can be very tempting to try to recreate a vintage look, whether for a particular emotional effect or simply because we can. But what are the actual differences, and how can we recreate them?”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals

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