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Monthly Archives: March 2011

Precise Color Cast Correction With Gray Fill Layers

Some people are so clever, this tutorial is really great, such a simple idea as a way to get accurate colour balance, the only requirement is that somewhere in your image there must be something that is 50% grey so not much good with a red rose.

“Neutralizing a color cast can be one of the most difficult jobs in post-production. The problem I most often have is realizing that my image has a color cast, but not being able to identify which color is causing the cast! Is it magenta or red? Blue or cyan?

This simple tutorial solves this problem by finding neutral gray in the image, thereby removing the need to guess the color. In order for this trick to work however, your image MUST contain 50% gray tone somewhere in the image; otherwise the color correction will be off.”

50 Breathtaking Examples of Wildlife Photography

Following on from our tutorials on wildlife photography last week I am sure you will enjoy the images here

Color Correction with the Curves Eyedropper in Photoshop

The Curves Eyedropper technique provides a fast way to simultaneously correct color and fix exposure problems in your photo all at once. That’s a lot of benefit for just a few clicks. We teach this as part of our Photoshop Course

Here’s how it works.

Find a photography project

One way to get your creativity flowing is to find a project to work on. It would be fine to work on something like ‘world peace’  or ‘saving the environment’ but let’s face it you probably live somewhere that neither of these are apparent in your everyday lives. One trick to finding a project is to write a list of all the the things that interest you (it is much easier to photograph things you have an interest in), then cross off anything you cannot do near to home, what is left is the opportunities you have. Projects can be something that are apparent and mainly visual, some can be more esoteric, on student on our Intermediate Course did a very interesting project on decay, it include substantial things like buildings falling into disrepair but also a bowl of fruit that he allowed to slowly decay over weeks, photographing it at various stages.

One thing you could start with is a project in your kitchen, photographing the fruit and vegetables that you buy every week and maybe some you don’t usually buy but which are photographically interesting, here are some examples from a Lighstalking post Nothing more complicated than veg and light from a window plus imagination


Tutorials: Landscape Photography

Here is a new tutorial from Canon so as you would expect a bit Canon orientated but the information is universal


12 Great Online Tutorials on Wildlife Photography

Shooting wildlife can be some of the most exhilarating photographic experiences of your life, it can also be downright frustrating and boring.  Wildlife photography doesn’t need to happen on a safari in Africa, you can do it in local parks and wooded areas, but there is a lot to know about approaching the area, choosing your gear, setting it up and waiting for the wildlife to come to you, then actually exposing each shot.

photo Mike Baird

Winter Meal

Photo by Jan Tik

Because this specific field of photography has so much to learn, we’ve found 12 great online tutorials to help you with with your wildlife photography (in no particular order)….subject areas include

  1. Photo.net’s Wildlife Photography
  2. Nigel Dennis Wildlife Photo Tips and Techniques
  3. Tutorial 9 Wildlife Photography Tips
  4. WildlifeExtra.com’s Wildlife Tips
  5. Nature Focused Wildlife Photography Tips
  6. Digital Photography School’s 4 Tips for Better Wildlife Photography
  7. Paul Burwell’s Top Ten Wildlife Photography Tips
  8. BetterPhoto.com’s How to Shoot Wildlife Photography
  9. Photo How To | How to take Wildlife Photographs
  10. Birds in Nature Photography Tutorial
  11. Wildlife and Nature Photography Hints, Tips and Tutorials
  12. Photo Naturalist

..find the links here

The Three Main Challenges of Zoo Photography (and How to Overcome Them)

For a lot of us, a trip to the zoo is going to be one of our few chances in life to photograph some fairly exotic animals from up close. The unfortunate thing is that a Zoo actually presents a fairly challenging shooting environment…..more

10 Tips to Improve Your Wildlife Photography

Wildlife photography can produce spectacular results for the well-prepared photographer. Light Stalking’s newest writer, Chase Guttman, takes us through some tips to ensure your own wildlife photographs really pop…...more

Learn Lightroom in a Week – Day 2: Import And Viewing

Really excellent tutorial on Lightroom

In today’s tutorial we’ll continue our in-depth introduction to Lightroom! The guide will be taking you through the (often confusing) process of correctly importing your images, understanding how catalogs work, and clearly explaining the different ways to view your images in Lightroom. By the end of the tutorial, you should have a fully-stocked library of imported images!






There is not a theme developing here but sometimes, by coincidence, I find articles and images from different places that resonate together. These pictures by S. Bruett reinforce the issues of decrepitude, images from an abandoned hospital.……..more