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Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

2012 is fast coming to a close, so I thought that now would be a good time to reflect on my 50 favourite photography posts from the year, covering tutorials, tips, news, videos, photos, inspiration, and more.

I tried my best to order them by content, rather than quality, but to be honest with you, I gave up. When you browse through the very vast array of content, I think you’ll agree that it would be near impossible to rank them by quality. Like apples and oranges.

Also, with 50 tutorials to browse through, the last thing you want to do is read more from me (I’ll be surprised if you’re even reading this), so I’ve tried to keep my summaries short and sweet.

Without any further adieu, here’s my top 50 photography posts from 2012…

15 Photography Mistakes I Made All the Time As A Beginner

I’m a big believer in learning from other people’s mistakes, rather than my own. So when a post like this comes along, I’m always interested in seeing if there’s anything I can learn. Fun little post.

15 Photography Mistakes I Made All the Time As A Beginner Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

50 Quick Photography Tips

This is from Kai at DigitalRev, where he lists 50 Quick Photography Tips in less than 15 minutes. Quite amusing as always, and good content too.

50 Quick Photography Tips Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

RAW vs JPEG (JPG) – The Ultimate Visual Guide

Shooting RAW vs JPEG is a question that every photographer faces at some point. This is basically everything you need to know about making the choice. Hint: you want to shoot RAW.

RAW vs JPEG JPG – The Ultimate Visual Guide Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

Common photographic mistakes by beginners, amateurs and pros – and how to avoid them

Beginners: Ever wonder why your photos don’t look ‘professional?’ Amateurs: ever wonder why you lack consistency? Pros: Ever wonder why you lose your edge or drive? Wonder no longer.

Common photographic mistakes by beginners amateurs and pros – and how to avoid them Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

10 Ways To Improve as a Photographer

This post comes from by Jim Goldstein, a very well known landscape, nature and travel photographer, and he offers up some really useful insight into what he believes it takes to improve as a photographer.

10 Ways To Improve as a Photographer Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

Posing Guide: 21 Sample Poses to Get You Started with Glamour Photography

I’ve seen a lot of posing guides this year, and this one in particular seems to be quite popular, as glamour and fashion photography is on the rise.

Posing Guide 21 Sample Poses to Get You Started with Glamour Photography Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

This Great Summary of Exposure

Understanding Exposure – ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed Explained. When you think of the craft or art of photography, you must immediately think of exposure. Exposure is a critical element that determines what is actually recorded on film or the image sensor.

This Great Summary of Exposure Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

The Ultimate Beginner’s Introduction to Exposure

This is a very long post, so be warned. But it’s one of the best guides that I’ve come across as it covers everything you need to know, and there’s good diagrams too.

The Ultimate Beginner’s Introduction to Exposure Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

99 Common Photography Problems (and how to solve them)

These are 99 of the most common photography problems and offered solutions to get round them, so you never have to be in doubt ever again! They’ve offered a mix of camera tips, explanations, definitions and more to help answer your questions.

99 Common Photography Problems and how to solve them Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

The Simplified Guide to Getting Started in Photoshop

When photographer Devon Mikale was in high school, he created this lengthy manual for his newspaper class to help others learn how to get started in Photoshop. Here he’s shared it online for free. It’s great.

The Simplified Guide to Getting Started in Photoshop Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

39 BS-Free Tips To Change Your Photography Forever

Is it a faux pas to include my own website in here? Possibly. But it’s the best post that I’ve written this year, and I wanted to share it with you. It’s something I wrote on a bit of a rant, and it came out great.

39 BS Free Tips To Change Your Photography Forever Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

How Lens Focal Length Shapes the Face & Controls Perspective: A Lighting Tutorial

The lens or focal length of the lens you choose has a profound impact on the image. It effects the perspective, background and features of the subject. This is an important lesson.

How Lens Focal Length Shapes the Face Controls Perspective A Lighting Tutorial Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

A Behind-the-Scenes Glimpse of Matthew Albanese’s Magical Miniature Worlds

These amazing images appear to show beautiful outdoor scenes, but were actually shot on a tabletop in his studio. He creates extremely detailed dioramas that take months to complete, and then uses various photographic techniques to make the scene look like the real world.

A Behind the Scenes Glimpse of Matthew Albanese’s Magical Miniature Worlds Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

BeetleCam vs the Lions of the Masai Mara

These guys basically strapped a Canon 550D and a Canon 1Ds MK III to a couple remote controlled cars, and got up close and personal with some lions in the wild. Some really cool shots, definitely worth checking out.

BeetleCam vs the Lions of the Masai Mara Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

It’s all about the Jaw

Peter Hurley explains how he accentuates the jawline of his clients with a few simple tips that you’ll want to add to your repertoire for quick use whenever you have a human being in front of your camera.

It’s all about the Jaw Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

Photographing the Nuclear Disaster in Fukushima

VICE accompanies photographer Donald Weber to the buffer zone at Fukushima, Japan, where the eerie silence mirrors that at Chernobyl, and follow him as he attempts to document the unfolding nuclear crisis. Gotta love VICE magazine.

Photographing the Nuclear Disaster in Fukushima Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

Get Some Perspective

It’s good to have a little perspective—to know where you stand and just how big (or small) your world and the things in it are. Most pictures we see include something we recognize—a person, a house, a car, or something else that we already know the size of.

Get Some Perspective Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

102 Things I Have Learned About Street Photography

Eric Kim has been doing street photography for five years, and he’s learned a lot through trial and error during that time. Here’s a list of 102 of those lessons. You can read my interview with him here.

102 Things I Have Learned About Street Photography  Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

Kite Aerial Photography 101

In this post you will be shown how to build a quick and easy rig to get your camera flying (without any magic wands and jumping from nukem driven airplanes).

Kite Aerial Photography 101 Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

6 Portrait Lighting Patterns Every Photographer Should Know

In classical portraiture there are several things you need to control and think about to make a flattering portrait of your subjects, including: lighting ratio, lighting pattern, facial view, and angle of view. This is one of your first steps.

6 Portrait Lighting Patterns Every Photographer Should Know Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

Give Yourself an Honest Portfolio Review

Portfolio reviews are incredibly important because it allows you to see your work through someone else’s eyes who are seeing your work for the first time. This will help you to see where you can improve.

Give Yourself an Honest Portfolio Review Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

Behind the scenes at a McDonald’s photo shoot

Isabel M from Toronto asked “Why does your food look different in the advertising than what is in the store?” The answer? An exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of a McDonald’s Canada photo shoot.

Behind the scenes at a McDonald’s photo shoot Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

Futuristic Family Reunions with Skype

In Singapore, it is a common practice for entire families to gather on special occasions for a formal picture, often at a studio, with the resulting image framed and prominently displayed at home. The growing tendency of younger family members to take jobs abroad, however, has left many modern portraits missing a relation or two. So the Singaporean photographer John Clang devised a solution, piggybacking on the video-calling technology that already helps ease the dislocation of separated family members: Skype.

Futuristic Family Reunions with Skype Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

How To: Photograph a Stranger, by Jimmy Hickey

This video goes over the process of taking photographs of strangers while traveling the world, or walking to the local convenience store. The idea, the approach, creation, and closing are the four main points presented here.

How To Photograph a Stranger by Jimmy Hickey Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

How To Shoot A Liquid Flow

If you like waterdrop photography, then you’re going to love this. It’s creative, colourful, and very impressive photography, which you can do at home by yourself.

How To Shoot A Liquid Flow  Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

How to Manually Create an HDR Photo in Photoshop

Here’s a tutorial on how to do non-automated HDR for real estate photography using Photoshop CS5. I hate HDR which looks like a clown has thrown up on it. This is much better.

How to Manually Create an HDR Photo in Photoshop  Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

The Photographers You Idolize Are No Better Than You

Think you’re rubbish, and you don’t know what you’re doing? Don’t worry, you’re certainly not alone. Pros are just pretending anyway- fake it til you make it!

The Photographers You Idolize Are No Better Than You  Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

12 Things You Didn’t Know Your DSLR Could Do

Your digital SLR is a picture-making powerhouse. It likely has additional capabilities you may not know about—features that can improve your photos and make for a more enjoyable shooting experience. You may be surprised at the clever elves lurking in your camera body.

12 Things You Didn’t Know Your DSLR Could Do  Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

Famous Photographers: 225 tips to inspire you

Here are some insightful words of advice from more than 50 DCW interviews. Famous photographers from a wide range of disciplines offer their top tips and photo ideas, as well as provide insight into the best practices that helped make them famous.

Famous Photographers 225 tips to inspire you  Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

An Expert Guide to Matting and Framing a Photo

Photos live in the print, and this is a really tremendous guide about how to matt and frame them yourself, with lots of photos to guide you. Sure, you can pay someone else to do it for you, but I enjoy this sort of thing.

An Expert Guide to Matting and Framing a Photo  Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

Almost (I’ll make ya) Famous

This is probably a photo you’ve all seen before. Read the story about how the photo was taken, and the response the photographer has had since he first published it.

Almost I’ll make ya Famous  Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

Inspirational Photos by Neil Armstrong

As the primary photographer of that first successful manned lunar mission in 1969, Neil Armstrong, was responsible for some of the most iconic images of the modern age. Come have a look at some of them.

Inspirational Photos by Neil Armstrong  Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

100 Things I Have Learned About Photography

This is similar to the other post listed by Eric Kim above, only it is much more broad, covering photography as a whole. My favourite point is: Travel and photography are the perfect pair.

100 Things I Have Learned About Photography  Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

20 Things I Wish I Knew About Camera Lenses

People often think that the 18-270mm lens is a really great choice, because it does so much. False. It sucks. This post will teach you plenty about camera lenses.

20 Things I Wish I Knew About Camera Lenses  Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

10 DIY Photography Projects to Save You Money

Whoopsies, here I am again. The post I listed previously was my best post of the year, this is the post that’s received the most visitors, so I figure it’s only fair to include it. Plus finding 50 different posts is harrrrd. It links to 10 different posts, so don’t go giving me the credit.

10 DIY Photography Projects to Save You Money Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

50 Great Photographers You Should Know (With Portfolios)

Being a good photographer is not easy, let alone getting to that professional level. Here are some of the greatest photographers around the globe and their awesome portfolios. Hopefully you’ll be able to get some sort of inspiration from their work.

50 Great Photographers You Should Know With Portfolios  Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

How to See If Your Photos Are Being Used On Another Site

People steal photos all the time, because they’re selfish, or they’re tight, or they just don’t get that it’s stealing. Using this technique, you will be able to see for yourself if anyone has taken your photos.

How to See If Your Photos Are Being Used On Another Site  Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

Rules for Perfect Lighting: Understanding The Inverse-Square Law

This is a rather technical post, all about lighting, and the inverse-square law. You may find it a little heavy if you have no experience with lighting, but I assure you it’s worth the read.

Rules for Perfect Lighting Understanding The Inverse Square Law  Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

Scanning Film Negatives with a DSLR

I don’t know if this is something you’ll be able to crack on your first try, but it’s certainly a good way to scan your film negatives, you that you can maximise the resolution, and get the results you want.

Scanning Film Negatives with a DSLR  Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

14 Ways To Significantly Improve Your Photography Today

Here is a collection of tips you can go out and try today to improve your photography and creative eye. Pay no attention to the order, they are all completely random and spontaneous.

14 Ways To Significantly Improve Your Photography Today  Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

Ian Ruhter - self-taught tintype photographer making the largest wet plate print ever

Ian has created some truly amazing photos using a tintype camera, which he’s made in the back of a van. This interview and video discusses how he did it, and the amazing results he’s produced.

Ian Ruhter self taught tintype photographer making the largest wet plate print ever  Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

Dirk Dallas Shares His Favorite Phoneography Apps, Tips & More!

The majority of us carry a camera with us everywhere we go. And the best camera we have is the one we have on us. The one on our phone. Learn how to improve your phoneography.

Dirk Dallas Shares His Favorite Phoneography Apps Tips More Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

The world’s 25 most beautiful travel destinations

Photography and travel go hand in hand, and if you’re looking for inspiration, and beautiful places to take photos, then this blog post covers a really cool selection of locations.

The world’s 25 most beautiful travel destinations  Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

lebron, wade, and i

I love seeing behind the scenes photos like these, especially when they’re this good. The style is really candid, and expressive, and they capture the atmosphere of a professional athlete. Well worth a look if you haven’t seen them already.

lebron wade and i  Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

10 Tips for Improving Your Wildlife Photography

More and more people have become photography enthusiasts, and more and more photography enthusiasts have started venturing into a genre previously reserved for only a select few…Wildlife Photography.

10 Tips for Improving Your Wildlife Photography  Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

Tips From The Pros: Follow Three Photographs From Shutter Press to Finished Images

In fine-art, advertising, fashion, even landscape photography, the distance between a single press of the shutter button and the final image has never been greater. Here’s an inside look at what some master manipulators do to create their work.

Tips From The Pros Follow Three Photographs From Shutter Press to Finished Images  Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

Seven Things I Wish I’d Have Known When I First Became A Photographer

Scott Bourne wants to tell you seven things he wishes he’d known before becoming a photographer. Why would you not read this? My favourite point is number 4.

Seven Things I Wish I’d Have Known When I First Became A Photographer  Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

28 Resolutions from 28 Seasoned Photographers

Lots of outstanding insights, commitments and lessons can be found in their goals for 2012. And one thing is clear – regardless of their niche, these photographers are determined to get serious about marketing.

28 Resolutions from 28 Seasoned Photographers  Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

Online Hue Recognition Test

How good is your hue recognition? It’s important to know, because 1 out of 255 women and 1 out of 12 men have some form of color vision deficiency.

Online Hue Recognition Test  Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

Best photos of the year 2012

The conflict in Syria escalated as the pressure to oust President Bashar al-Assad intensified. Hurricane Sandy struck the U.S. Northeast leaving heavy destruction a week before the country re-elected Barack Obama as President. In this showcase, the photographers offer a behind the scenes account of the images that helped define the year.

Best photos of the year 2012 Top 50 Photography Posts 2012

How do you think I did then? What have I missed? Leave me a comment and let me know. Thanks – Josh.

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