Photo by: Dave Jones
Nottingham and Notts Photographic Society
 
Video Tutorials

Landscape Photography - ND Grads vs Bracketing

 

Which is best? ND Graduated filters or bracketing.
I head to a remote reservoir in Yorkshire to test out both landscape photography techniques.

Why Exposure Blending Is Better
Than Using Grad Filters

 

We've jotted down the steps for you!
(View the video for full details and explanations)
1. Load two images with different exposures in Photoshop.
2. I've added a layer mask added to the top photo to mimic the effects of a grad filter.
3. Disabling and enabling this added layer will make the image look more darker.
4. Unlock the layer mask.
5. Click and slide the Move tool up and down to mimic the effect of the grad filter.

NOTE:  With a grad filter you just have a white to black effect which will then darken everything above the horizontal line evenly.
In the image shown on this tutorial you will see that it darkens the entire top of the image including the rocks. But what we want is to just highlight the sky portion.

Long Exposure Photography Without ND Filters!
(I still like to use ND with this method)

 

How to use stacking as an alternative method for long exposures. Although I still recommend using ND filters combined with stacking for the best results! Watch and listen for my reasons why!

How to Use a 10 Stop Neutral Density Filter
for Long Exposure Photography

 

Learn to use a 10 stop ND filter for creative long exposure photography. Best practices, correcting color, getting the right exposure, and other tips.

How to Nail Exposure in Your Photos
Using Manual Mode

 

If you’ve been wanting to learn more about using your camera in manual mode and have 26 minutes to spare, here’s a helpful educational video by photographer Sean Tucker that’s just for you. He teaches how to nail exposure using manual mode.

Major Lightroom Update.
Creative Profiles and LUTs Are Here!

( Lightroom Classic CC)

Profiles allow you to control how colors and tonality are rendered in your photos.
The profiles provided in the Profile area of the Basic panel are intended to serve as a starting point or foundation for making image edits. (Learn More)

No-parallax point
By Really Right Stuff

This is a tutorial on how to find your lenses no-parallax point and correct for it using a nodal slide.

Here's a free Tutorial on Lightroom CC for biginners.
By PetaPixel

Adobe just announced its new cloud-based Lightroom CC app. If you’re looking into get started with this software, Photoshop Training Channel just released a comprehensive tutorial geared toward beginners.

Solving AF Problems.
8 Common Autofocus Problems and Their solution.
By Steve Perry

So, have you ever had a problem with getting proper focus and just couldn’t put your finger on the reason? Well, in this video, we’ll go over eight common AF problems and their solutions.

Beginner's Intro to Using Histograms
to Check and Nail Exposure
By Steve Perry

Once you understand how to read a histogram, it becomes an extremely useful display of the data that your camera is seeing. This 10-minute video from Steve Perry examines what histograms are, how to use them to check exposure, and some tips for avoiding exposure clipping.

Checking for exposure on the LCD screen of your DSLR can be inaccurate depending on the brightness of the screen and the ambient light hitting it. The only truly accurate way to know if your image is correctly exposed is by reading the histogram.

How to Remove Chromatic Aberration
in Adobe Camera Raw
In this Hands-on Photo Tip, I will show you how to use Adobe Camera Raw (version 7 and later) to remove Chromatic Aberration from your photos. Chromatic Aberration is an optical effect caused by your lens. Especially when you shoot with a wide-angle lens, it creates color fringes towards the edges of the frame. If you do not treat them properly, these fringes get worse when you post-process your images, especially when you are using them to create an HDR.

Adobe Camera Raw has some powerful tools to remove Chromatic Aberration, and these tools have even been improved in versions 7 and higher.
How to Remove Skin Reddening: PHOTOSHOP #103
A Photoshop tutorial by Glyn Dewis,showing how to Quickly and Easily Reduce/Remove Skin Reddening using a simple Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer
ADOBE TV

This website contains lots of videos on all Adobe products
including PHOTOSHOP and LIGHTROOM

This website is a must visit site for serious Photoshop or Lightroom users.

It contains many tutorials on the use of both Photoshop and Lightroom.

 

Panoramic photography

How to find the Nodal Point
(no parallax point) of your lens...

This video is supplied by Red Door VR Ltd
The UK's specialist mail order panoramic photography Equipment Supplier http://www.red-door.co.uk

Our number 1 question: How do I find the settings for my camera and lens on my panorama head?

We wanted to give you a better visual through the use of video on how to find the settings yourself.

There are two settings you are concerned with - the lower rail and upper rail.

In this video we show you how to find the lower rail settings and to find the upper rail settings.

In order to locate the proper upper rail settings we show you one technique for finding the no parallax point (NPP) / nodal point of a lens.

We would encourage every panoramic photographer to learn how to find the no parallax point of a lens - it's quick and easy and once mastered will work with virtually any lens at any focal length. The techniques also apply to setting up virtually ANY panorama head!

B+W 110 ND Filter

The B+W 110 ND cuts out an amazing 10 stops of light, meaning it can turn a 1/60sec shutter speed into 16secs!


Click on image to see tutorial

A Neutral Density (ND) filter like this B&W 110 ND is often needed if you want to experiment with long exposures, reducing the amount of light that passes through the lens to the sensor and allowing you to use slower shutter speeds in your shots. This slowing down of the shutter lets you capture the motion of flowing water, windswept grasses or clouds etc. as a blur, which can result in very creative images.
Using the B+W 110 N is quite an art – you have to compose and focus shots before adding the filter, as once it is on you can barely see anything through the viewfinder (With some cameras it can be left on if you use with Live View). If you fancy experimenting with really long exposures it's a fabulous tool, allowing you to use slow shutter speeds even in full daylight conditions. Very specific, but good fun!

Exposure Calculation Chart.
(for using the 10x or 6x Neutral Density Filter)
(Click on the PDF logo to get the Exposure Calculation chart as a .pdf file.)
 
Creating Dynamic Landscape Photographs
Join professional landscape photographer and author, Tim Cooper, for an information packed Lecture on Landscape Photography. Tim explains how to capture both dramatic and quiet landscape photographs using proper light and good technique.
5 Photoshop Mistakes Photographers Make

Making mistakes is a powerful learning tool, but that statement only holds true if you realize what you’re doing is a mistake. To that end, here are 5 of the most common Photoshop mistakes photographers make.

This useful overview comes from the folks at the Photoshop Tutorials YouTube channel, and if we’re being honest, we’ll admit that we’ve all made every single one of these mistakes at least once… or like… 600 times.

If you want to use Photoshop in the most efficient and professional way possible, avoid these 5 like the plague: