How to Make a Stronger Suction Mount Than GoPro for Half the Price

Here’s a quick DIY video from Kyle Martin on how to create an extremely powerful suction mount for your GoPro instead of buying GoPro’s $40 suction mount. The video is 6 minutes and will show you how to create the mount for around $20 in materials.
GoPro’s official $40 suction mount.
You’ll need just a few things. Firstly, a suction cup of your choosing. These suction cups have a massive amount of holding force and are typically used for moving glass or tiles. You’ll then need a 1/4 x 20 bolt (the standard tripod thread size), a drill, and a
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4 Ways to Add Color to Shadows Using Gels for Portraits

Instead of editing your images in post to inject color into your shadows, you can use gels to do it in-camera. Here’s a 6-minute video from photographer Jay P. Morgan at The Slanted Lens demonstrating 4 different methods.

1. Foam Core Mount

The first method uses a white piece of foam core as a fill card with the gel taped on to it. This will act as a colored fill light, and bounces the color of the gel into the shadows.

2. Mirror Mount

By using a mirror in place of the foam core you can create a harder colored
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How to Clean Your Camera Sensor

When was the last time you cleaned your sensor? Even with weather-sealed equipment, dust particles can eventually make their way inside your camera. Peter McKinnon runs through how to clean the sensor and lenses in this 13-minute video. The tools McKinnon uses are: McKinnon notes that you should only clean your sensor if you really have to, as you want to expose it as infrequently as possible. If you’ve started noticing dust spots in your images
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How to Get Into an Elite Photography MFA Program

Over the past two years, I’ve looked for guides and made lots of phone calls to faculty, alumni, and current students to find ways to increase the likelihood of being accepted into a top tier MFA program. Be it Yale, Hartford, RISD, Columbia, Bard — all of these programs have slightly different expectations, but there are consistencies between them as far as your application process goes. After two years of prepping, I’ve been accepted into a program, and I’ve kept careful notes so I could make a guide to help other people looking to apply for an MFA.
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Shooting a Dramatic Portrait Using a Beauty Dish

This 12-minute tutorial from photographer Joel Grimes demonstrates two methods for creating dramatic portraits using a minimal amount of gear. Both techniques use a beauty dish; the first with a single light source and the second with the addition of 2 edge lights. Grimes shoots these portraits at 24mm, which accentuates his subject’s upper-body bulk and creates more drama. For his first setup, Grimes uses the beauty dish to concentrate the light on his model and part of the black background behind him, allowing it to taper off to black. Once Grimes has nailed the exposure with his settings at
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How to Create Light Painting Trails in Video with Adobe Premiere

Light painting photography is increasingly popular these days. Applying the concepts to video, however, isn’t as straightforward. This 2-minute tutorial by light painter Eric Paré shows one way to do it in Adobe Premiere. With your camera at the ready, have your model stand in a fixed pose. With someone hidden behind them, you can paint shapes with a light tube. Taking that video clip into Adobe Premiere, you can use the “Echo” effect to continuously overlay frames against each other, bringing the light trail into existence in a moving picture.
It only takes a moment, and by applying key frames
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How to Colorize a B&W Photo Using Only Lightroom

Photo colorization is usually done in programs like Photoshop, but did you know that you can achieve good results in Lightroom as well? In this 21-minute video by tutvid, learn how to colorize a black and white photo using only Lightroom. If Photoshop is so versatile and powerful, why on Earth would you bother using Lightroom to colorize? The video is more to show the capabilities of Lightroom and what it can do with some of the more hidden features. By harnessing the power of adjustment brushes and non-destructive editing, you can bring color back to a monochromatic image.
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How to Colorize a B&W Photo Using Only Lightroom

Photo colorization is usually done in programs like Photoshop, but did you know that you can achieve good results in Lightroom as well? In this 21-minute video by tutvid, learn how to colorize a black and white photo using only Lightroom. If Photoshop is so versatile and powerful, why on Earth would you bother using Lightroom to colorize? The video is more to show the capabilities of Lightroom and what it can do with some of the more hidden features. By harnessing the power of adjustment brushes and non-destructive editing, you can bring color back to a monochromatic image.
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How to Colorize a B&W Photo Using Only Lightroom

Photo colorization is usually done in programs like Photoshop, but did you know that you can achieve good results in Lightroom as well? In this 21-minute video by tutvid, learn how to colorize a black and white photo using only Lightroom. If Photoshop is so versatile and powerful, why on Earth would you bother using Lightroom to colorize? The video is more to show the capabilities of Lightroom and what it can do with some of the more hidden features. By harnessing the power of adjustment brushes and non-destructive editing, you can bring color back to a monochromatic image.
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How to Colorize a B&W Photo Using Only Lightroom

Photo colorization is usually done in programs like Photoshop, but did you know that you can achieve good results in Lightroom as well? In this 21-minute video by tutvid, learn how to colorize a black and white photo using only Lightroom. If Photoshop is so versatile and powerful, why on Earth would you bother using Lightroom to colorize? The video is more to show the capabilities of Lightroom and what it can do with some of the more hidden features. By harnessing the power of adjustment brushes and non-destructive editing, you can bring color back to a monochromatic image.
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Here’s a Free Photoshop Course in 33 Videos

Want to learn Photoshop from the very beginning? Here’s a beginner’s guide by TastyTuts will let you jump-start your post production skills. It’s a series of 33 videos that will help you know everything you need to handle the popular editing software “like a pro”. The course is structured around how to create a book cover design graphic, but all of the skills are relevant to photographers, as there are so many different ways you may find yourself using the software to further your images. Once you’ve downloaded the course materials in the project folder and grabbed the PDF worksheet,
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Tip: Deodorant Spray Can Tone Down Reflections in Product Photos

Here’s a helpful 4-minute video in which photographer Phillip McCordall shares a few tips and tricks for dealing with reflections in still life photography. Perhaps you’re stuck lighting your subject and can’t get rid of big white reflections. Well, simply spraying a cheap deodorant onto the surface will dull down the reflection.
Before and after comparison of spraying deodorant onto a reflective surface.
The more expensive varieties won’t have the same effect as they tend to be transparent, or “invisible,” and don’t leave the necessary residue needed for this trick. Or maybe you want to light all sides of the bottle
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How to Move a Person’s Limbs Around Using Photoshop’s Puppet Warp Tool

Voodoo is real. At least it is with Photoshop’s “Puppet Warp” feature. In this 8-minute tutorial by Photoshop Training Channel, learn how to manipulate your subject and move their limbs in any number of unimaginable ways. The Puppet Warp feature sits in the Photoshop “Edit” menu. If you have a photo of a person, isolated from the background, you can create pins on their limbs where the joints would be. With the pins in place, you can click a drag a person’s limbs around, distorting the image in a “natural” movement.
It’s totally freaky, but it can be useful for tweaking an
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How to Make Camera Case Dividers for Less Than $13

I’m as interested in an “easy life” as much as the next person, so if somebody else has already done the hard work of making a product for me, and I can purchase it for a reasonable price, I’m all over it. After all why make life hard for yourself if you don’t have too. Unfortunately there are times when you literally can’t purchase what you need and the only option is to get all arts-and-crafts on the problem! I recently decided to upgrade my flash-head carrying bags from the old, long, soft and cumbersome kit bags to the sleek,
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How to Use a Tube Light as an Invisible Softbox

Want to try out product photography but can’t afford a softbox? They can be expensive pieces of kit, but invisible ones cost a lot less. In this 6-minute video by Leo Rosas, learn how to use a cheap tube light as a makeshift softbox. Sounds strange? Just shoot a long exposure and move the tube light along, light painting your subject, in the same plane the surface of a softbox would be.
The result? Well, see for yourself: Even trickier-to-photograph wine bottles work too, and you get the same white reflection that you would from a soft box: “This video
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How to Fake a Drone Shot with a Phone and a Really, Really Long Selfie Stick

No-fly zones are increasing, regulations are tightening, and the situations where you can actually fly a drone in public spaces are dwindling. No bother — just use your smartphone and a really, really long selfie stick instead. In this 2-minute video from Chung Dha, he runs through his setup for taking “aerial” shots from a drone’s perspective… without a drone.
By using a 5-meter-long (~16.4ft) boom pole, coupled with a stabilizing gimbal, his shots really do look like the real thing. Combine the pole with moving yourself forward, as well as tilting the pole between different angles, and
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Let’s Edit with Media Composer | First – Lesson 2 – Managing Your Settings

If you’re ready to take the plunge, and start working in Media Composer | First, we’re here to help get you up and running!One of Media Composer’s biggest strength’s is it’s settings.  There are settings for just about every parameter imaginable.  Media Composer | First has a streamlined version of those settings, that are more than adequate to get you going in the right direction.  In this lesson, we cover Bin Settings, Keyboard Settings (in conjunction with the Command Palette) and Media Creation settings, to name a few, to give you the important foundation you need, to start your Continue reading "Let’s Edit with Media Composer | First – Lesson 2 – Managing Your Settings"