These are our top 21 photography tutorials. They’re the most popular photography tutorials on my website. According to the visitors who viewed them.
There’s almost 1000 posts on this website to date. A lot of the content requires some effort to trawl through. This is where this list comes in.
We’re hoping you’ll find something new and learn something today.
Every wedding photographer started out as an amateur. They had to learn how to pick up a camera, shoot with it and compose images.
Wedding photography is one of the most difficult photography niches out there. It’s not just any event photography. Your job is to photograph your clients’ big day.
You are surrounded by their family and friends, sometimes scores of them. Long days and a lot of pressure are things to expect.
After reading our wedding photography tutorial, you will feel more at ease. This means better images and happier clients, which all feeds into you getting more work. Score!
Colour may be the norm, but black and white photography opens up new artistic and creative possibilities.
With black and white photography (and monochrome images in general), you need to focus on different areas. Texture, form and contrast become the most important things you need to capture.
There are many ways to take great photos in Black and White. Your creativity can run wild. By reading our photography tutorial on black and white photography, you’ll have a better idea.
From in-camera B&W photography, to turning your raw images into black and white in post-production. The versatility of the genre will surprise you.
Read it and grab your camera. Still life photography awaits you.
You may think that portrait photography is easy. Just grab your camera, point it at a person and take the image as they smile.
What if I told you there are many different styles of portrait photography?
Now I have your attention.
This photography tutorial covers the editorial portrait.
Here, you’ll learn what makes this a different image from a run of the mill portrait. We’ll just tell you this. There needs to be a story to the image that the viewers can pull from the image immediately.
For the other nine tips on how to achieve that story, you need to read the article. Then you are halfway to capturing stunning editorial portrait photography. Worth it, no?
Macro photography is both complicated and frustrating. But it can also give you some amazing images. Especially when you realise that you don’t even need to leave your home to get them..
For macro photography, you need to capture objects at a bigger ratio than 1:1. This ratio would be life-size, meaning that flower head needs to be bigger than it is in real life.
We do this by using macro photography lenses or extension tubes. You get closer to the subject so the magnification increases.
Once you have the equipment, then you need to let your creativity take over. Read our photography tutorial for the tips and inspiration to get you started.
Landscapes are some of the most beautiful images that photographers take. They are also the most common, so your images need to have flair or style.
Knowing how to capture breathtaking images doesn’t happen over night. You need to be persistent and patient. Sometimes returning to the same location over and over again.
Knowing how to frame, what to look for and how to capture the scene are the first photography techniques you need to know.
You’ll learn about this and more in our landscape photography tutorial here.
My personal portfolio contains a good amount of night photography tutorials. That’s because night-time is one of my favourite times to shoot.
Shooting at night, for me, came about due to not having much free time in the day. I would go out and practice my photography with some friends at night.
It’s a harder skill to master because the shots take longer to expose. I liken it to shooting on film.
You need to think a lot more about your settings and composition before shooting. This helps you hone your skills much quicker. And this digital photography tutorial will show you how to master night-time photography.
ISO is one of three factors determining the exposure of a photo. The others are aperture and shutter speed. To really get the most out of your photos you need to know what all three do and how you can use them to your advantage.
Read this post to gain a more in-depth knowledge of how to make the most of your camera. And how to start taking expert photos.
ISO doesn’t only affect the exposure of the photo, it also determines the amount of grain/digital noise. The more you understand what it does, the better your photos will come out.
These are some of the most fundamental and free photography tutorials you can find.
Photography is subjective; people’s opinions on what’s cliché and what’s not is up to them.
Using a bit of everything in moderation is the key to avoiding cliche photos. You can get away with doing certain things a few times before it becomes boring and repetitive.
If you’re new to photography, avoiding the list of cliches below will keep you from being dismissed as an amateur. Our free photography tutorial will help you.
A good photo will stand up to criticism without the need for clichés or post-processing.
Knowing what focal length means is essential to buying lenses. You need to know how it relates to your camera.
This post will show you what lenses do, and which ones are right for you. You’ll also learn how to use them for creative purposes and all the technical speak you’ll ever need.
It’s not a case of how much a lens zooms. You’ve also got to be aware of the changes in perspective and the crop factor.
This photography tutorial has had a steady stream of visitors since I posted it.
Shutter speed is the most obvious of the three factors that create an exposure. It has the biggest effect on your photos. With a poor knowledge of how the shutter speed affects your photos, you’ll end up with blurred results.
This post teaches you the right speed for the right situation. And how to use the shutter speed for creative photos. It is one of the best photography tutorials on the internet.
This was the first thing I learned when I started photography. It’s why I play around so much with different speeds and night photography.
If you’re trying to improve your photography, it helps to know where you’re going wrong. Photography tutorials that are free, such as this, give you some of the best tips around.
This article points out where you’re going wrong and what you should be doing to fix it. It’s not easy taking good photos on a consistent basis. But, once you’ve got the hang of it, it becomes rewarding and less stressful.
I wish someone had pointed out where I was going wrong back when I started. I’m positive that I would have improved at a much faster rate.
Spring and summer are great times to be outside utilising the light that sun provides. Shooting into the sun is a creative way of capturing this.
Shooting into the sun produces lens flare. Don’t let this damage your photos. You can learn to use it for spectacular creative results instead.
It used to be something that I feared when taking photos but, now I’ve embraced it and know to adjust my exposure, I can produce some awesome results.
If you are looking for free photography tutorials on using the sun in your images, look no further.
When I first bought my camera, I read the manual straight away. I used to take it on photo walks and read it before bed.
This isn’t like me but I knew I wanted to become good at photography and, to do so, I was going to have to learn.
I’d encourage everybody to do the same but there’s only so much you can read in there. Websites with lots of photos like this are much better.
Here’s a list of stupid mistakes I made…
How many have you made? How many are you still making? Use this photography tutorial to start taking better images today!
Of course, you’ve taken photos indoors without a flash. And then you wondered why everyone looks so orange. This post will define some of the best photography tips online to help you.
White balance can be hard to master at first. Once you understand it a little better, it can become quite intuitive.
Understanding white balance is key to making your photos look good.
Auto white balance isn’t up to the job these days. This is something I’ve particularly noticed with Canon cameras.
The faster you learn, the sooner you’ll start producing better results.
The Harris Shutter effect is a lot of fun to play around with when you’ve got some spare time. And it’s an easy way to impress friends.
This effect can be used in just about any situation (so long as you can keep the camera steady). It’s a great way to show movement in a photo.
It works by taking a sequence of photos. Then it overlays them in Photoshop or GIMP, using different colour channels to overlap them.
The Harris Shutter Effect isn’t a usual technique. But our photography tutorial will give you all the information you need.
Shooting with a shallow depth of field gives you an interesting differential focus. This is where a small part of the frame has a sharp focus, and the rest is increasing further and further out of focus.
A wide aperture such as f/1.8 or f/2, or even f/1.2 will give you that tiny focal point. It’s a great tool for drawing the viewer’s eye to a certain part of the photo.
The opposite would be a narrow or deep depth of field, with an aperture of f/16 or f/22. For naturally lit images, a wider aperture is best.
This is especially the case in low light situations where you need to grab all the light you can get. This helps to keep your ISO down and your image quality up.
Quality photos come from a good knowledge of how to take them. This is why our photo tutorials offer you amazing photography tips. We have the knowledge and experience.
Taking sharper images isn’t actually as hard as you may think. The techniques are simple and most people can follow them.
I get asked all the time how I manage to take such sharp photos – the reason I wrote this tutorial.
This list will help you improve your images and get the sort of detail you’ve been looking for in ten easy steps.
Metering is the process through which the camera goes to look at a scene and work out what the exposure should be.
There are a variety of different modes that you can use to best suit the type of photo you’re taking. In this post, we’ll be looking at exactly what the modes do and when you should be using them.
Switching from spot to evaluative metering can have a massive difference. This is the case for the photo below.
The sun is ignored from the sky and, instead, the photo is metered for the majority of the scene.
This is one of our best photography tutorials. It offers you great information on one of the most important aspects of photography.
Working with models is a great way to experiment with photos that you couldn’t have taken on your own. It often leads to even better photos as you have someone to bounce your ideas off.
This post covers everything you need to know about working with a model. Including how to act professionally around them for the best results.
Where you find your models will change how you should behave with them. But common sense applies to most and it usually ends up being a lot of fun.
Aperture is one of the three factors that create an exposure. Understanding aperture is a good way of getting to grips with taking a photo with an even exposure.
There are also negative and creative effects of different apertures. This post will teach you what they are and how to use them to your advantage.
Aperture is one of the most difficult aspects of exposure to get to grips with. But, when you do, your understanding will yield much better results.
Aperture is one of the key basics in photography. Read our photography tutorial here, and start understanding immediately.
A photo is an exposure.
The more you understand about exposure, the better your photos will be. Once you start to grasp exactly what aperture, shutter speed and ISO do to your photos, you’ll know how to use them for creative results.
This posts covers how to create the right exposure for a specific situation, as well as the negative consequences of each exposure factor.
I’ve also included some links to read up on it in much more detail.
I used to think of myself as someone who didn’t use the flash on the camera. But that was because I was completely unaware of the difference an off camera flash can make.
I almost always carry one with me whenever I’m out now, even in the daytime, as there are a ton of different uses for it. We’re going to start by looking at possible uses of the flash, followed by when you wouldn’t want to use it.
A flash is an important piece of camera equipment, which is why we made one of the best photography tutorials you will find online.
Knowing when and when not to use one is basically Lighting 101.
Natural light is a type of lighting that we’re all very familiar with. But have you ever actually stopped for a moment to think about the effect it has on your photography and how you can use this to your advantage?
The difference between studio lighting or flashes and natural light is that we have very little control over it. It’s unpredictable.
We have to work around it and with it.
We’ve all had one of those moments of frustration when starting out. We’ve all wondered why an expensive digital SLR camera won’t capture what our eyes are seeing. Especially when a pocket camera does it with ease.
That’s because SLRs aren’t as intelligent as our eyes and they hand back the control that the pocket cam takes away.
This post will help you to get one step closer to the perfect exposure.
The buttons you press on a camera to produce the right exposure in low light are the same as those you press when shooting in the middle of the day. The same rules of exposure apply, but it’s a little harder to get there.
When there’s less light in a scene, you have two choices. You can create more light yourself, or change the camera settings to react differently with the available light.
This photography tutorial is all about how to do that.
One of the best skills you can have as a freelance photographer is how to take professional headshots.
In this photography tutorial, you’ll not only learn how to direct the model but photograph them too.
From gear and lenses to tips and techniques. We have everything to put your name on the headshot photographer map.
Use these photography tutorials when and as you see fit. They will help you across all field of photography, making your images better and better. Dip in and out of them to keep the tips and techniques fresh.
The best thing about them is that they are free photography tutorials. So take your time and practise using them today!
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