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
Learning all aspects of photography
Fuji Exposure Centre – Education, inspiration, and insight for a range of novice to expert. Obviously with a Fuji bias but good for general photography too (USA based website)
Nature and Wildlife
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
Nature TTL – Many video tutorials on multiple wildlife and landscape photography
Mist and fog photography web
Photograph the Waterfalls of the Brecon Beacons
Find the no parallax point, AKA (incorrectly) nodal point, with your tripod. Perfect your panoramas with help from Hudson Henry
Tides and Water Temperatures for most places around the world by Ryan Blundell Tideschart.com
How to Shoot Sunrises and Sunsets (Skylum)
Hitting The Pavement ( Street photography talk by Derek Fahsbender, free You Tube video, B and H USA, 1hr 43mins)
“I snap the poodle” – Starting out in street photography – a novice’s approach, start a project to focus the mind
Beginner’s Guide to Street Photography & Photographing Strangers – Good 13 minute video by Pye Jirsa, SLR Lounge for Adorama on approaching strangers to take their photograph
Using the Tools
How to use the camera, lens, tripod etc
Depth of Field – Simulator. Select camera, lens, aperture, distance and framing to visualize how a lens will affect your final image.
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
Photoshop and PS Elements blend mode recipes for various effects, PDF by Ann Miles
Crop Tool tutorial – Notes by John Pegram on how to crop images in Photoshop after John’s talk in April 2020
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
Daniel Norton (Adorama) has many free, 60-90 minutes studio tutorials; live (real time issue solving), light-hearted, entertaining. Examples…
Lighting for Photography 101: OnSet with Daniel Norton
Fashion Shoot – Daniel Norton creates images on the fly with 2 models + 3 speedlights in a small studio space
Grey Backdrop – Daniel Norton creates “endless looks on a grey backdrop” with minimal lights
A Single Small Flash- Portraits On The Go: OnSet with Daniel Norton
Small Flash: OnSet with Daniel Norton
Single Light Portrait Techniques: OnSet with Daniel Norton
Headshots One.. Two.. Three! OnSet LIVE with Daniel Norton
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
The i1Studio is expensive, if you have only a few different paper types you can print test sheets and send them to a company who will email back the profile for that printer/ink/paper combination. Follow the test sheet printing instructions VERY carefully. Some paper suppliers will do this free for their own papers, there are other companies that charge per profile, usually around £15 each profile. Some UK profiling companies: Paper Spectrum, PermaJet, Colour Profiles, Colourphil, Tetenal
Jose Rodriguez has a comprehensive YouTube channel on all things to do with printing
Photographic processes – V&A Museum Photography Dept – The A to Z of printing type, from Albumen Print to Woodburytype
Presentation and Composition
Archiving – Medium Photography’s “rules” for archiving your images
The Complete Guide to Photographic Composition – by Tony Worobiec, FRPS, excellent detailed discussion and examples
Composition – Notes on composition by BCC member John Pegram following John’s talk April 2020
Also see Web Galleries
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
Event Photography – How to Make Money. American but all relevant to the UK. Jay P Morgan is an experienced commercial photographer; he offers good, sound advice. When you think about it much of it is obvious but easily overlooked when starting out. Some not so obvious, e.g. when shooting for free it is always important to send an invoice for the breakdown amount you would have charged but marked “No Charge”, read why in his article. Posted Dec 2019
As of 2021 the BCC is mainly concerned with still photography (print and projected image) and, at times, AV work. It does not really cover video photography. But our cameras and mobile phones come with excellent video capabilities which, too often, are never used.
In my experience making video films requires much more planning than still photography and often a small team effort, including the story, planning shots (storyboarding), continuity, costumes and locations, directing, “actors”, sound recording and video/audio editing. The stills photographer can apply their skill set to the composition, focus, lighting and colour, but now need to understand the additional aspects of the movie technology including audio, video panning, log recording, colour grading, time frames, follow focus and more.
In still photography, we often concentrate on processing RAW images. In movies, although a few cameras will record movies in RAW, it is not the same as still photography. The movie maker still needs to get the exposure correct in-camera. The normal equivalent approach is to use a log format, e.g. fLog, which is a flat, lossy, compression format, the movie equivalent to a JPG, but which can be better colour graded in post.
Just as in still photography, there is much to learn to advance beyond simple short home movies.
For still photographers wanting to try their hand at videography, there are some very good free resources to help you…
Fuji has an excellent presentation explaining video camera terminology (e.g. what is a Codec, why use strange frame rates like 23.976, various resolutions). The information applies to all brands, not just Fuji cameras. Video Tech and Terms (70 minutes, Youtube)
Once you have shot several video clips, you will want to edit, cut, apply effects and transitions, and assemble these into one film…
Photoshop now has a basic but useful video editing capabilities. If you already have Photoshop, would be worth exploring first to get a feel for using multiple video timelines, try Colin Smith’s brief introduction
DaVinci Resolve – By Black Magic. Professional editing, colour, effects and audio post. Process your video files, apply effects, cut and join sequences. You will need an app like this or, for instance, Adobe Premiere Pro, to polish your video shots into a finished film. The Resolve Studio version is expensive and designed for professional studio work but they offer a slimmed-down free version which is amazingly comprehensive and will be enough for most hobbyists. The free version is the bargain of a lifetime allowing you to work with a professional video editor.
If Resolve is too overwhelming then consider other simpler apps.
Movies incorporate image and sound and the audio is often more important than the image. It is said, “viewers will forgive a poor picture but never poor sound”. Search for Keith Alexander’s short talks from Adorama, e.g. Keith on Audacity,