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Tips for Photographing Your First Hot Air Balloon Festival


Ah, you’ve just received your first camera over the holiday season and you’re itching to use it. Or, perhaps you’re just looking for something new to photograph for this year. Well, might I suggest the following: You should photograph a hot air balloon festival! Why hot air balloons? I personally ...

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How to Capture Heat on Camera Without Expensive Optics


Standard schlieren imaging techniques use a large mirror to be able to visualize heat or pressure differences in air. The problem with these techniques is that they require large precision telescope mirrors that are very expensive. My lab is fortunate to have a 13-inch diameter telescope mirror; but what happens ...

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Wedding Photography Lighting Tips, From Preparation to Reception


My name is Jimmy Chan, and I’m the wedding photographer of Pixelicious in Montreal, Canada. I decided to challenge myself and write a comprehensive, in-depth guide to wedding photography in any lighting situation. As the title suggests, it will cover from preparation to reception and beyond, dissecting the characteristics of ...

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8 DIY Photo Filters You Can Make at Home


If you’re looking to add a creative touch to your photos, you can consider making a DIY lens filter for custom effects. Here’s a 3-minute video from COOPH that suggests 8 photo filters that you can make at home to spice up your photos in seconds. Here’s a quick overview of ...

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How to Shoot Macro Snowflake Photos at Home


This is my account of how I’ve fallen in love with snowflake photography… I’ve spent the better part of my life photographing nature’s smallest details. My early years of shooting botanicals eventually evolved into my current obsession with macro insect and spider photography. I’ve spent that same time running from ...

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How To Photograph Seascapes


Photographing the sea and the waves can be both challenging and fun. People often ask me what “the right settings” are to shoot moving water so I decided to write a little guide on it. There are many options depending on what look you’re going for. By using some examples ...

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How to Split Tone Photos in Lightroom: A 5-Minute Tutorial


Here’s a 5-minute tutorial from Evan Ranft that shows you why and how you can easily split tone your photos for better colors using Adobe Lightroom. Split toning allows you to create a custom look in your image without manipulating any color channels in the first place. There’s no need to move ...

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How to Photograph Perfume Bottles with a Single Speedlight


High-end product photography can be done with fewer resources than many might think if you add creativity and careful execution. Here’s a 7-minute video from Dustin Dolby of workphlo that shows you how you can take professional perfume bottle photos in a studio with a single speedlight. Using a flash on 1/16th ...

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How to Create a Droste Effect Photo in a Photo in a Photo


The Droste effect is when a photo recursively appears within itself — the photo within the photo within the photo, “tunneling” forever. Here’s a 12-minute video by photographer and retoucher Antti Karppinen that shows you can create a Droste effect photo for yourself. First, a straightforward way you can do this ...

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