Photographing subjects, Photoshop, Sensor clean, Copyright etc.
This will be a growing list of links to web sites that show you how to do a particular photographic thing.
There are many thousands of web sites that have very helpful tips and hints, videos etc. This is not intended to be a “Google” list of all of these sites, but to highlight just a few. We will try not to duplicate things but select a good, comprehensive site for each topic.
Some topics may be specific to the UK or even just our Bedford region
Please feel free to suggest a site if you feel it merits inclusion. It should have comprehensive instructions – not just a “top ten” list – and be specific to a particular topic, one not already covered or a big improvement to the one we have.
Please accept we have no control over or association with these external sites. Some may disappear or change without notice. If you notice any such link please let me know, thank you
How to photograph various fauna and flowers, trees etc
Nature TTL – Many video tutorials on multiple wildlife and landscape photography
Shooting macro with white background using a simple portable “field” studio
Adding texture to backgrounds Photoshop Web
Photoshop – Adobe TV
Photoshop – PSD Stack by Bunty Pundir (India) who has created an excellent resource of articles and links, see his list for 100 Tutorials from Basic to Advanced
Piximperfect – YouTube channel of Photoshop and Lightroom techniques by Unmesh Dinda
Ken Payne Digital – Ken is a judge known to Bedford CC. Ken has many good Photoshop, Elements, Lightroom and other tutorials on his web site
Dodge & Burn – Enhance images by part darkening and lightening; increase 3D/pop, make subjects look thinner or fatter. Fstoppers 3-part article from 2014
Colour, Mono, IR and UV
Understanding Colour – Dave Morrow (video, web page and PDF)
Colour Management and Printing – Cambridge in Colour (concepts, correction, calibrate, soft proofing etc)
Advanced Colour to Mono Conversions – John Paul Caponigro
Infra-red and Ultra Violet (IR and UV) Photography – Infra Red Camera Conversions is a conversion business but has useful information on their site
Studio and Lighting
Canon Radio Speedlighting ( 600EX-RT and 430EX-RT III with Syl Arena – other speedlight users will also learn from this free You Tube video, B and H USA, 1hr 48mins)
Photograph a car by light painting (web site)
White balance, why, when and how to set (free video)
Lighting Essentials – A free, online workshop course by Don Giannetti. Tutorials and assignments.
Portraits with Simple Gear – Don Giannetti, free 14 hrs video course on Udemy. Recorded in 2013 but still relevant
Softbox – Video by Tony Corbell on 10 ways to use one softbox
Sensor cleaning web site: Cleaning Digital Camera
Materials: Just Ltd (although you may find cheaper kits elsewhere)
Sensor loupes really help you see the dust on the sensor: Movo – Carson (the Carson fits standard DLSRs. Not sure about mirrorless which have a shorter depth to sensor, you could try handholding the loupe 1 or 2 cms above the camera or fit an inexpensive Nikon or Canon lens convertor.)
Lens Cleaning: Lens Rentals
Ink Jet Cleaning – unblocking print heads etc Keith Copper – Northlight Images
How to size and order prints online for a BCC competition PDF
Fluid Heads – Hudson Henry advocates using fluid heads for landscapes and wildlife photography, what you need and how to use them
Protect Your Tripod – Hudson Henry, leg wraps, replace feet, greasing
Tips to better Use Your Tripod – Hudson Henry, which legs to use, when and where, salt-water usage, closing, carrying.
Good technical articles require careful reading to fully appreciate
Noise, Dynamic Range and Bit Depth in Digital SLRs by Emil Martinec © 2008
Sensor Technology – albeit with reference to Canon developments this explains the current and future technology of most common camera sensors as at April 2019
Equivalence: understanding how a full frame camera (35mm) is compared to smaller (or larger) cameras like the Four Thirds system – Richard Butler (2014)
Depth of Field – explains focus, depth of field, circle of confusion, focal length and hyperfocal distance
Circle of Confusion, the Airy Disk and Diffraction – Martin Bailey on DoF and why very small apertures may not be as “sharp”
Which circular polarizer filter should I buy, another good test from Lensrental
Hyperfocal Distance explained – 12 min video, technical and practical, light hearted, discover why smaller sensors have larger DoF
Copyright – Easy to understand info-graphics explaining copyright and subsequent image manipulation to create new work. For the UK, USA and some other countries
Copyright UK Gov – Comprehensive info from the official UK government web site (e.g. UK copyright is automatic and it is illegal to remove META data)
Copyright Workflow – Procedures for those that need US copyright coverage
How to use your spare time and photographic skills to contribute, or give back in some way, to society.
This is a wide area and you can always generate your own projects by contacting organisations to see if they would be interested in you volunteering to photograph, e.g. a disabled riding centre, homeless charity, community group.
Some organisations that actively encourage contributions…
Historic England – Photograph buildings and other historically interesting things in your area. They welcome information and pictures to add to their archives
War Memorials Online – In a similar way to Historic England they welcome photographs and condition reports of any war memorials you may find
National Trust – Most N.T. locations have their own web page, e.g. on Facebook, and welcome photographs from visitors
Exhibitions – Professional Gallery Exhibition