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
Shooting macro with white background using a simple portable “field” studio
Hitting The Pavement ( Street photography talk by Derek Fahsbender, free You Tube video, B and H USA, 1hr 43mins)
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
Understanding Colour – Dave Morrow (video, web page and PDF)
Colour Management and Printing – Cambridge in Colour (concepts, correction, calibrate, soft proofing etc)
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. Started in January 2017 so expect more sessions to be added over time
Softbox – Video by Tony Corbell on 10 ways to use one softbox
How to size and order prints online for a BCC competition PDF
How to prepare and enter photographic competitions
What the Judges are Looking For – Advice from SWPP which can apply to any competition
Good technical articles require careful reading to fully appreciate
Noise, Dynamic Range and Bit Depth in Digital SLRs by Emil Martinec © 2008
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 sites have their own web page, e.g. on Facebook, and welcome photographs from visitors
Exhibitions – Professional Gallery Exhibition