Posts Tagged ‘tutorial’

5 Photo Essay Tips

What is a Photo Essay?
A photo essay is very simply a collection of images that are placed in a specific order to tell the progression of events, emotions, and concepts. Used by world class photojournalists such as Lauren Greenfield and James Nachtwey, and Joachim Ladefoged to name a few, the photo essay takes the same story telling techniques as a normal essay, translated into visual images.

5 Photo Essay Tips
A photo essay isn’t simply for photojournalists however. Every human being is drawn to stories. Whether you are an amateur or a professional, the photo essay is a brilliant way to bring your images to life and touch your family, friends, and coworkers.

1. Find a topic: Photo essays are most dynamic when you as the photographer care about the subject. Whether you choose to document the first month of a newborn in the family, the process of a school drama production, or even a birthday party, make your topic something in which you find interest.


2. Do your research: If you document a newborn’s first month, spend time with the family. Discover who the parents are, what culture they are from, whether they are upper or lower class. If you cover the process of a school’s drama production, talk with the teachers, actors and stage hands; investigate the general interest of the student body; find out how they are financing the production and keeping costs down. If you photograph a birthday party, check out the theme, the decorations they plan on using, what the birthday kid hopes to get for his or her gifts. All of these factors will help you in planning out the type of shots you set up for your story.

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19 New Year’s Photo Resolutions

Get Schooled


Whether you just got your first camera or you’ve been shooting for years, chances are you don’t know everything there is to know about photography.

1. Take a class! – Check out the course listings at your local community center or college. Some camera stores also offer classes at a variety of skill levels.

2. Self-guided study – Don’t want to dole out the cash for a class, or just don’t have the time? Here’s a few places to start your self-guided study:

  • Wrap your mind around the Twelve Essential Photographic Rules from
  • Learn to speak your camera’s language and finally decipher all those hieroglyphics at PhotoNotes.
  • Make like Photojojo reader Irene and hit the books. She’s resolved to “really read the how-to books” she bought. Got to be better than trying to read the manual that comes with the camera.

3. Learn by studying the greats – Great photographs not only inspire you to go out and shoot, they can teach you valuable lessons in composition, framing, and exposure.

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16 Christmas Photography Tips

It’s just a few days until Christmas so I thought a quick tutorial on the topic of Christmas Photography might be appropriate. Hopefully this will give you some good Christmas photo ideas.

Here are 16 Christmas Photography tips and ideas to try that come to mind for digital camera owners wanting to capture the big day:

1. Prepare – Making a List, checking it twice….

Making sure you’re ready to capture any planned event is part of the key to a successful shoot. Getting yourself ready but also the location of your shots is worthwhile.

  • Pack the camera – goes without saying? I forgot mine last year in the rush to get the car packed.
  • Make sure your batteries are charged and you have extras and/or the recharger packed.
  • Pack extra memory cards – have them empty and ready to fill up
  • Put someone on ‘photos’ – our family has someone on drinks, main course, dessert – why not put someone on ‘photos’ so that in the craziness of the day they don’t get forgotten.
  • Consider the light in the room that you’ll be photographing in. Is there enough light? Will you need a flash? Are the backgrounds too cluttered and distracting?

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Tutorials from the best sources coming soon!


Originally uploaded by Soffia Gisladóttir
Over the past few months, I’ve been collecting and compling in Microsoft One Note a grand personal how-to & tutorial based notebook. I think I am going to add them to this site. I do alot of browsing on photography related sites and forums. Why should I keep it all to myself? So get ready for some new stuff!

Today’s word: Learn

HDR – how to make one and why

HDR – how to make one and why
Originally uploaded by Mixmaster

Great little HDR Tutorial. For all of you wondering what HDR’s are all about. HDR standing for High Dynamic Range, one of my favorite “style” of photography. It may seem new, and mabye you even think its not *true* High Dynamic Range, if you would like some history.. I’m sure there are plenty of sites with valuable information as well as many arguements on why and why not this is real HDR photography.