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100 Adobe Photoshop Tricks and Tips You May Not Know

100 Adobe Photoshop Tricks and Tips You May Not Know

Adobe Photoshop is one of the most complex pieces of software in the industry. While it is relatively easy to do the basics as a beginner, it has layers of depth that go far past where even many experts go. In this video, learn over 100 different tricks and tips.

I am approaching two decades of experience in Adobe Photoshop. While my uses for the software have changed over the years, from digital art, to design, to photography, and so on, I have tended to stay in the same sort of areas when it comes to what tools I use. As AI and Neural Filters have been introduced, I’ve begun extending my workflow a little, but I generally do not stray far.

However, despite stagnating on the learning front — at least when compared to ten years ago — I regularly come across tips and tricks that improve my workflow. To stay on top of all techniques, particularly with new tools being added multiple times per year, you nearly have to dedicate yourself to the application full time. Fortunately, in the age of the internet, there are people who do that on our behalf and then impart their wisdom. One such example of that is Jesus Ramirez of Photoshop Training Channel.

I don’t typically feature live streams, but this one is crammed full of useful content and Ramirez is highly skilled as both a digital artist and as an educator. The video is a little over an hour, but it is well worth your time!

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5 Easy but Creative Video Tricks With the DJI ACTION 2

5 Easy but Creative Video Tricks With the DJI ACTION 2

Action cameras revolutionized videography in many ways, opening up possibilities for shots that would have previously been somewhere between difficult and impossible. In this video, learn five quick and easy video tricks that can result in some beautifully creative shots.

I’ll preface this video by stating the obvious: it’s an advert for DJI and not a well-concealed one. However, Jordi Koalitic shot to viral recognition in the photography and videography world off the back of pure, distilled creativity and talent. Nevertheless, I wasn’t going to share a reasonably short advert masquerading as a quickfire tutorial, until I watched it.

The DJI Action 2 is an action camera, in the same vein as a GoPro, that is currently available on pre-order. This wearable, stabilized, and waterproof camera can shoot in 4K at both 60 and 120 fps, as well as 1080p at 240 fps. The quality I have seen from this little cube is stunning and its minute form factor means you can get really creative with your b-roll footage.

Koalitic demonstrates five different mini-techniques, several of which I thought would look pretty terrible if I’m honest. For example, he straps the camera to a stick and throws it for a dog, but somehow, the footage is more than usable — it’s good! The DJI Action 2 has definitely just moved on to my wanted list.

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Artist Tricks Museum Into Handing Over $84,000 for a Blank Canvas

Artist Tricks Museum Into Handing Over $84,000 for a Blank Canvas

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A Danish museum recently loaned an artist $84,000 to use in creating a new work of art. Instead of using the cash to create what the museum expected, however, the artist delivered blank canvases titled “Take the Money and Run.”

NPR reports that the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg, Denmark, gave the money to well-known Copenhagen-based conceptual artist Jens Haaning for recreations of two previous works.

“An Average Danish Annual Income” and “An Average Austrian Annual Income” were works by Haaning from over a decade ago that showed framed banknotes amounting to the average yearly income of Danes and Austrians, respectively. Those frames held 328,000 kroner (~$37,800 at the time) and €25,000 (~$29,000 at the time), respectively.

Instead of using the money he received as banknotes for art pieces, Haaning decided to keep the cash and send blank canvases to the museum as a new work of art that’s a commentary on low wages.

The museum staff was surprised when they cracked open the large crates Haaning shipped and pulled out blank canvases.

“I actually laughed as I saw it,” Kunsten CEO Lasse Andersson tells NPR. “It wasn’t what we had agreed on in the contract, but we got new and interesting art.”

“It is a breach of contract, and breach of contract is part of the work,” Haaning tells Danish public broadcaster DR. “The work is that I have taken their money.”

“Everyone would like to have more money and, in our society, work industries are valued differently,” Haaning said in a statement, according to CBS News. “The artwork is essentially about the working conditions of artists. It is a statement saying that we also have the responsibility of questioning the structures that we are part of.

“And if these structures are completely unreasonable, we must break with them. It can be your marriage, your work – it can be any type of societal structure”.

The museum is now demanding its money back, but it has decided to exhibit the new unexpected artwork anyway as part of its exhibition titled “Work It Out“, which focuses on the future of work.


“I encourage other people who have just as miserable working conditions as me to do the same,” Haaning told the DR radio program P1 Morgen, translated by Artnet News. “If they are sitting on some s**t job and not getting money and are actually being asked to give money to go to work, then take the box and [run] off.”

Haaning now has a contractual deadline of January 16, 2022, when the exhibition concludes, to return the $84,000 to the museum. The artist says he has no plans to return the money, but the museum is waiting to see what happens when the deadline passes before deciding on its course of action.


Image credits: Header photo by the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art.

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3 Tricks for Making Your Photos Look More Cinematic

3 Tricks for Making Your Photos Look More Cinematic

Making your images more eye-catching and appealing is almost always a worthwhile goal, but how can you achieve that? One way is to take pointers from cinema where such metrics are crucial to the success of a picture.

I have written a number of times on cinematic photography — particularly in street photography — and while it has a cult following, with me deeply embedded in that pack, it also receives a lot of animosity. It seems that many photographers do not like the term “cinematic” for various reasons. Perhaps it’s too vague, perhaps it’s overused; whatever the reason, I’ll unpack why I like the term so much.

Cinema has prided itself on color theory, composition, themes, and keeping the viewer engaged, among many other things. While not everything translates from cinema to photography, much does, particularly when it comes to the theory side. In any decent cinematic production, there is a team of people working on different roles to ensure that the post-production, colors, lighting, and so on, are perfect for their intent. We, as photographer, can certainly take cues from this sort of scrutiny, and to me, if a photograph looks like a still from a high-end piece of cinema, I think it has been successful.

Here are three tricks from a street photographer on how to get your images to look more cinematic.

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My Favorite Sunset Photography Tips and Tricks

Sunset photography is wildly popular, and for good reason. The unique quality of light at the end of the day can give landscape photos an emotional impact that’s difficult to capture any other way. Below, I’ll dive into my favorite tips for sunset photography for both beginners and advanced photographers.

1. Expose to Keep Details in the Highlights

The first tip I’ll emphasize is how important it is to preserve highlight detail when photographing sunsets. Often, there’s a huge range of tones between the highlights and shadows at sunset, particularly if the sun is in your frame. It can be difficult to know how to expose your photo, and the camera’s meter may not be any help at all. (They sometimes suggest wildly dark or bright exposures in tricky light like this.)

My recommendation is to watch the brightest highlights in your photo and make sure they don’t turn completely white. The only exception is if the sun itself is in your frame, at which point it’s all right if the central area of the sun blows out – though try to prevent the area around it from doing so.

Sunset Near Crater Lake
NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S @ 105mm, ISO 64, 1/40, f/9.0

The reason for this recommendation is that blown-out highlights are almost impossible to recover if you’re shooting with a digital system, whereas seemingly pitch-black shadows almost always have some usable dynamic range left.

This may require some negative exposure compensation, as well as reviewing your photos in the field and checking their blinkies or histogram for overexposure. It may also entail switching to manual mode if the meter is behaving erratically in aperture-priority.

2. Keep an Eye on Your UV Filter

If you’re using a UV filter on your lens (AKA a clear filter, haze filter, or protective filter), you’ll need to remain cautious about getting any excess flare in your sunset photos. When the sun is in or near your frame, UV filters often add some reflections that make their way into your photo. This can be anything from an obvious “blob” of flare to a more subtle reduction in contrast across the image.

While this is unlikely to happen with higher-end UV filters, the reality is that many photographers are shooting with lower-end UV filters even if they don’t realize it. I’m not a fan of this type of filter for my own photography, but if you like UVs, I won’t tell you to throw them away. However, you may need to remember to remove them at sunset, or you risk getting more flare in your shots.

3. Get a “Sunstar” Effect with a Narrow Aperture

One of my favorite effects in landscape photography is when the sun is a sharp, multi-pointed star that draws attention and just looks cool. I’m referring to something like this:

Sunstar Effect at Narrow Aperture
NIKON Z 7 + 20mm f/1.8 @ 20mm, ISO 64, 1/3, f/16.0

While that may seem like a Photoshop effect, it’s not. Instead, that effect (known as a “sunstar,” “starburst,” or “sunburst”) is due to the way a bright point of light interacts with the aperture blades in your lens. Not all lenses have such a dramatic sunstar effect, but you can get at least some effect on most lenses out there.

The key is that your source of light needs to be as small and bright as possible. In the case of sunset photography, that means waiting until the sun dips partly below the horizon, or is otherwise partway blocked by an object in your composition. Then, use a narrow aperture on your lens: f/11 at least, and ideally f/16 or even f/22. Yes, these apertures have less sharpness due to diffraction, but they also have a more defined sunstar – so you need to balance that tradeoff. I tend to use f/16 when I need a sunstar like that.

4. Pre-Visualize Using Apps

We photographers these days have it so easy! Rather than consulting topo maps and compass directions to figure out where the sun is going to be, we can pre-visualize any sunset using dedicated apps.

Some of these are augmented reality (AR) apps that trace the path of the sun through the landscape in front of you, using your phone’s camera. Others are desktop apps that you can consult ahead of time to see a rendered view of a landscape with topological data and the sun’s path at any time of year.

Both types are excellent tools to help you figure out a good sunset spot, or even go so far as to plan out your composition ahead of time if you’re that type of photographer. It may not matter much if it’s a location you’re familiar with (see the next tip below) but if you have limited time or are traveling, apps like this make things a lot easier.

We aren’t affiliated with any apps here at Photography Life, but two that I like for my personal photography are The Photographer’s Ephemeris and Photopills. There are many similar tools available and I encourage you to try some out to find one that works well for you. Most of them have features that look something like this:

The Photographer's Ephemeris
The Photographer’s Ephemeris

5. Return to the Same Location

As nice as it can be to scout places ahead of time with modern technology, nothing beats visiting a landscape in person. Because sunsets are cyclical in nature, you can revisit the same location multiple times – even with a similar composition – and wait for an evening when the sunset is the best.

That’s what I did on a trip to the Faroe Islands a couple years ago. It was rainy during almost the entire trip, and a lot of my planned sunset photoshoots turned into impromptu “blue hour” photoshoots because the sunset itself was so dreary.

Blue Hour Landscape Earlier in the Trip
NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S @ 14mm, ISO 64, 105 seconds, f/13.0

I like the composition above and don’t hate the moody blue lighting, but I felt that a golden sunset would look better and kept thinking about this shot throughout the trip. On the day before I returned home, the sky seemed to have some sunset potential, so I had to make a decision about which location to go. I decided to re-visit this spot and try to capture the image I had in mind the first time. I think the shot that resulted is an improvement:

Sunset Photo from the Same Location Later in the Trip
NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S @ 14mm, ISO 64, 1/2, f/13.0

The more times you visit a particular location for sunset, the better conditions you’ll see and hopefully the better photos you’ll take. Familiarity with a location goes a long way in landscape photography, even if you’re not trying to copy your old compositions but merely getting a sense of how the light interacts with the land.

6. Get There Early

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that “golden hour” lasts about an hour or so. The truth is that you can get sunset-eque lighting even a few hours before sunset, depending on the location and the conditions when you’re taking pictures.

I recently did some photography at a nearby mountain lake in Colorado, and I showed up a couple hours before sunset just to soak in the atmosphere. When I arrived, the light was already amazing, with great colors in the sky and landscape.

Good Light An Hour Before Sunset
A show of light approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes before the actual sunset

Soon after, a cloud covered the mountain in front of me, and another cloud covered the sun to my back. The photo above is the best “sunset” light I saw that evening, and I was very glad to be there in time to see it.

That’s why I recommend showing up early to any potential location if you can. Even if the best light does end up happening right at sunset, you’ll still give yourself more time to set up, test some compositions, and enjoy watching the light change.

7. Wait a Bit Late

Maybe my real tip is just to spend all day outside 🙂

In all seriousness, it’s not just arriving early that I recommend, but also staying a bit late. We’ve written before on Photography Life about the second sunset and how many photographers leave way too soon after the sun dips below the horizon.

Often, there will be colors both in the sky and landscape that our eyes have a hard time picking up, but the camera can capture beautifully. Other times, a sunset that seemed boring may suddenly turn amazing ten, fifteen, or even thirty minutes after you think the curtain closed.

Bad Light at Sunset
The light just before sunset wasn’t very inspiring, and the sunset itself was only so-so.
Good light during the second sunset
After sunset, when some photographers had already left, the clouds lit up in beautiful pastel colors that had been absent during the actual sunset.

It can be difficult to tell which evenings will have a beautiful “second sunset” and which will not, which is why I recommend staying out a bit longer than conventional wisdom would suggest.

8. Be Prepared for a Break in the Clouds

Until the sun is actually below the horizon, there is always a chance for it to shine through a break in the clouds. I’ve seen the dullest sunsets turn into a brilliant light show in an instant, and often vanish just as quickly.

That’s why I recommend setting up your camera and keeping it ready to take a photo at a moment’s notice, even if all indications are that it will be a colorless sunset. It’s impossible to know for sure.

In fact, many of the all-time best sunsets I’ve seen have been during seemingly overcast gray skies. In cases like that, it only takes a small break in the clouds for the entire sky to light up with color, or a brilliant beam of light to spotlight your subject. So, never count out a sunset.

A Break in the Clouds at Sunset
NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S @ 70mm, ISO 64, 1/100, f/7.1

9. Decide Between Sunset and Sunrise (or Both)

Just because sunset and sunrise involve golden light doesn’t mean they’re equivalent for photography. At a given landscape, sunset and sunrise almost always look markedly different.

The biggest reason is a simple change in the direction of light. For example, take Yosemite National Park’s famous Half Dome. From the most famous vantage points like Tunnel View and Glacier Point, the sun is almost directly behind Half Dome at sunrise. At sunset, it’s in the opposite direction, illuminating the rock face just before dipping below the horizon.

Tunnel View
Half Dome (the smaller, central mountain in the distance) with mid-morning light not long after sunrise
Half Dome Sunset from Glacier Point Yosemite
The same mountain of Half Dome catching the last light of sunset

Neither of these lighting situations is better for photography than the other, but they both convey very different moods.

Almost every landscape has similar considerations. If you’re near a coastline, you’re more likely to get a hazy, pastel photo when the sun is in the same direction as the ocean, since it will be filtering through the salty and humid sea air. If you’re in an area with a lot of pollution or smog, sunset will generally be more vivid than sunrise since it follows the day’s activity.

Sometimes, both sunrise and sunset can work equally well for the subject you’re photographing. If you want to do abstract, close-up landscapes of sand dunes with sidelighting, you can probably find something good regardless of which end of the day you’re at.

Shapes and Colors in Abstract Photography
NIKON D800E + 70-200mm f/4 @ 95mm, ISO 100, 1/40, f/16.0

But in many cases, there’s a big difference between the two. Factors like fog, dust, and pollution can be more frequent at one than the other. Even ignoring those considerations, the mere change in the direction of light is enough to give many subjects a vastly different mood.

So, even though I wrote this article about sunset rather than sunrise, be sure to ask yourself if sunset is really right for your subject in the first place. Almost all of these tips apply regardless of which “golden hour” you’re in. If you don’t mind waking up early, you may find the dawn light to be a better complement to your subject than sunset light – or, you may find that sunrise doesn’t look right at all, and you were right to sleep in!

That’s why the real key is to do some research and practice ahead of time, preferably by visiting the location in person to get a feel for its characteristics. In fact, that’s one of the best ways to take better pictures of any subject, not just sunrises.

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The best hidden Instagram tricks

The best hidden Instagram tricks

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In 2010, Instagram burst onto the web scene with a simple mission: To improve the quality of all our smartphone snaps. Since then, the photo-centric service has grown into a fully-fledged message and social network, becoming one of the most important platforms in the web.

You might be a heavy Instagram user, but you probably don’t know everything the app can do. Some of its best features may be hidden away, but we’re here to bring them to light.

Change filter strengths

The best hidden Instagram tricks

Instagram originally made its name through filters, which overlay your image and make it look great. Today, filters are still the first set of options you see after you snap a picture in the app. What you might not know is that, once you’ve selected a filter, you can change its strength to get a more subtle effect.

To set how dramatic the alteration will be, choose a filter, then tap on the thumbnail again, and a slider you can use to adjust the filter strength will appear. While you’re toying with these settings, here’s a related tip for hiding away the filters you don’t often make use of—scroll all the way to the end of the filters and tap Manage to add or remove options you like or dislike.

Get alerts from your favorite people

The best hidden Instagram tricks

We’re all fighting against notification overload from our smartphones. Luckily, you can adjust your notification settings so you’ll only see alerts when the Instagrammers you’re really interested in post something new. This option only works for users you’re already following, and it’s also pretty well hidden inside the app.

On your feed, find a post from the person you’d like to get notifications from and tap on the three dots in the top right-hand corner of it. Choose Turn on Post Notifications to get an alert for new updates.

See the world through other people’s eyes

The best hidden Instagram tricks

You love your friends and family, of course, but they might not post the best photos. Tap on the Search & Explore tab (the magnifying glass icon) to see public photos and videos from users all around the world. You can also like and comment on these shared images.

One useful way to use this tab is to check out locations before you visit them. Just type the name of a city or place into the search box at the top of the screen, switch to the Places tab, and pick the place you want to look into. You’ll get a host of images and clips to browse through.

Save photos for later

The best hidden Instagram tricks

Instagram recently added the ability to bookmark photos you like so you can look them up later. No one else can see the posts and collections you’ve saved—not even the account you’re saving photos from. So bookmark away as much as you like.

To save any photo or video, tap once on the bookmark icon located to the far right of the send icon—it looks like the tail end of a ribbon. Or press and hold on that icon to put the post into a specific collection or create a new one. If you’d like to see all of your saved posts, open the app, head to the Profile tab, go to the options menu (three lines in the top right of your profile) and then tap on Saved.

Use the app for instant messaging

The best hidden Instagram tricks

Instagram has come a long way, adding more and more abilities to its roster. One of those features is instant messaging. Your messages don’t need to include a photo, although messaging can be a useful way of sharing pictures privately. You can also go through the photo posting process as normal and choose direct message at the end.

If you tap on the Send icon, in the top-right corner of the front screen, you can tap out a message to any of your contacts. If you’d like to send a message to multiple contacts, you’re in luck—Instagram also supports group chats.

As of recently, Instagram has also added videochat capabilities just like other instant messaging apps. Just open a chat with one or more users, and tap on the camera icon on the top right of the screen.

Make your Stories more private

The best hidden Instagram tricks

Instagram hasn’t been shy about ripping off Snapchat’s best features, and Stories is already a characteristic feature of the platform—if you want to share something that doesn’t agree with your grid aesthetic, this is where to do it. But before you do, you can choose who can and can’t see these temporary posts.

Stories don’t appear on your Instagram profile, and you may not want them to be as publicly viewable as your main feed. Open the Profile tab, go to the Instagram options page (hit the menu button on the top right), and select Settings > Privacy > Story Control. From here, you can hide your Stories from specific contacts. You can also go to the profile of the person you want to hide your stories from, tap on the three dots on the top right, and choose Hide Your Story.

Keep your original files

The best hidden Instagram tricks

When Instagram posts one of your pictures, it resizes the photo—partly to cut down on data usage and upload times, and partly to stop other people from stealing your images at their full resolution. But what if you want to keep the full-size copies? You can save them separately.

Go to the Profile tab and hit the button in the top-right corner, followed by Settings. Then scroll down to Account, and then tap on Original photos (if you’re using the iOS app) or Original posts (on Android). Here, you can make sure that Instagram is storing copies of your media on your phone as well as online, and you can back up these images to other places, such as Google Photos or iCloud Photo Library.

Share your pictures everywhere

The best hidden Instagram tricks

Instagram includes some helpful options for sharing your pictures on more social networks so all your friends can see them.

When posting a photo to your feed, on the final sharing screen, tap Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr to connect those networks to your Instagram account and seamlessly share your post across them all. For even more options, use the free service IFTTT, or If This Then That. Not only can you share your Instagram posts to more platforms, you can also do more with your photos and videos, such as automatically backing up your media to Dropbox or Google Drive.

Instagram Nametag feature
Don’t try to spell your handle—show your Nametag and follow people seamlessly.

Instagram added a feature called Nametag, which lets you add new contacts by snapping their Nametag with your phone’s camera. Think of it like an instant Instagram business card.

To find your own Nametag, open the Profile tab, tap the menu button on the top right, and pick Nametag. Now you can show your Nametag to someone else, let them photograph it, and become contacts in a snap . Alternatively, choose Scan a Nametag from the bottom to be the one who adds a new contact.

The best hidden Instagram tricks

Instagram lets you see which contacts are currently active: When you open the direct message section (from the Home tab, hit the Send icon on the top right), you’ll see green dots beside their names. While this might be helpful, it means everyone else will also be able to see when you’re scrolling through photos. If that bothers you, you can disable your activity status—just be aware that this prevents you from seeing when your friends last used the app.

To do so, open your Profile tab, tap the menu button on the top right, and select Settings > Privacy > Activity status. Here, turn off the toggle switch.

Change the font and add some flare to your Stories

mute someone on Instagram
A nicer alternative to unfollowing.
The best hidden Instagram tricks

When you put together Instagram Stories, you can now adjust the font. Even a slight tweak can change the mood of your post, so go ahead and play around with this feature.

After you capture a photo for a Story, tap the Aa button in the top-right corner and then hit the font name at the top of the screen to cycle through your options (Classic will appear by default). You can also create a post that’s just text and color: In Stories, simply swipe to the right before snapping a picture, and you’ll find yourself on the Create screen.

Finally, you can also choose the color of your font. When you type, you’ll have a 27 classic colors to choose from, but you’ll also be able to choose any tone included in your picture. Just tap the eyedropper icon in the far left, and a pin like icon will appear on your screen. Move it along and it’ll select whatever color you point it to.

The best hidden Instagram tricks

Your bio is a great way to tell people a little about you and perhaps attract some new followers. Recently, Instagram added the option to dress up this summary with hashtags and @mentions, allowing you to trigger a hashtag search or link to another Instagram profile.

To get started, tap the Profile button at the bottom of the screen and select Edit Profile. Then tap inside the Bio box and preface any word with “#” or “@,” turning those terms into hashtags or mentions, respectively. They’ll go live as soon as you save your changes.

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How To Prepare For Amazon Prime Day 2021 – 9 Top Tips & Tricks On Finding The Best Deals

How To Prepare For Amazon Prime Day 2021 - 9 Top Tips & Tricks On Finding The Best Deals

Amazon Prime

 

Amazon Prime Day 2021 will begin on 21 June 2021 which means it’s not too far away, so, are you ready for one of the biggest online shopping events, exclusively for Amazon Prime members, to begin? This includes simple things like ensuring your account is up-to-date with your correct details and knowing how to find the best deals quickly so you don’t miss out on bargains. There are other things you can be doing in the lead-up to Prime Day 2021, as well as on the actual shopping day, which we’ve listed, in a bit more detail, below. 

Don’t know what Amazon Prime Membership is? Have a read of this: Our Guide To Amazon Prime

 

1. Get Prime Membership 

Amazon Prime

 

Obviously, you need to be an Amazon Prime Member to be able to access all of the deals on Prime Day and if you sign-up for Prime membership right now, you can use the 30-day free trial which means you can access all of the Prime Day deals without actually parting with any extra cash – result!

 

2. Download The Amazon Shopping App

 

App

The Amazon shopping app is available for both iOS and Android devices which means you can shop on the go and never miss a deal while you’re away from home. With features such as push notifications on specific deals and 1-click ordering, the app makes it really easy to make purchases on Prime Day (as well as throughout the year). 

 

3. Check Billing & Shipping Information

 

Settings

 

It seems obvious but make sure your billing information is correct so you’re not messing around updating delivery addresses etc. on Prime Day. You can also turn on 1-Click ordering if you want to which lets you associate a credit, debit, or AmazonStore Card with addresses you ship to frequently so you can place orders with a single click of a button. 

 

4. Get Deal Notifications & Watch Deals

 

Get Deal Notifications & Watch Deals

 

With your iPhone or Android smartphone, you can select upcoming deals and pop them on a watch list. You’ll then receive notifications as soon as one of your ‘watched deals’ becomes available. This feature is particularly useful for lighting deals that have a specific start time.  

On desktops, you can download the Amazon Assistant so you can get notified when deals that you’re watching go live. Plus, you can create wish lists, shortcuts, track your orders and create product comparisons. 

 

Set A Reminder 

Those with echo devices can ask Alexa to remind them about Prime Day or you could just set a notification in your smartphone’s calendar. 

 

Start Early

Shopping List

If there are particular items you’re interested in buying, add them to your list/basket ahead of Prime Day and you’ll quickly be able to see if they’ve been discounted or not. 

 

5. Look For The Prime Day Badge

Look For The Prime Day Badge

When you search for products over on Amazon during Prime Day, the products included in the Prime Day deals will have a Prime Day badge on them so you can easily see which items will be discounted when you’re browsing through product lists. 

 

 

6. Browse Smartly

Amazon shopping categories

 

If you really want to, you can scroll through hundreds of offers but you’re better off browsing by interest (we’re guessing ‘photography’ might be a popular one with you guys) or use the category filters to drill down to the products you actually want to see/buy. 

 

7. Get Others looking For Deals

 

Share Prime benefits

A perk of Prime membership is that you can share some benefits of it within your household and this includes access to Prime Day shopping. A household is considered to be ‘up to two adults and four children.’ 

 

8. Other Ways To Shop Prime Day

Shop with Alexa: Prime members can discover deals by asking “Alexa, what are my Prime Day deals?”

Amazon Hub: Free for Prime members, customers also have the alternative, convenient option to pick up and return their Amazon packages through Amazon Hub a contactless, click and collect service.

 

9. Sign-Up To ePz’s Newsletter & Visit Us On Prime Day

ePHOTOzine will be covering the whole of the shopping event, bringing you the best deals in photography, smartphones and photography accessories so you don’t have to go hunting for the deals. 

Look out for our ‘Amazon Prime Day 2021’ news that will have up-to-date offers and discounts, plus we’ll be using our social media channels to bring you the best deals as soon as we find them. You’ll also want to make sure you’re signed up for our newsletters so you can get all of the best photography deals delivered to your inbox. 

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Tips and Tricks for Shooting the Icelandic Volcano at Night

Tips and Tricks for Shooting the Icelandic Volcano at Night

As the Icelandic volcano continues to erupt in Gelingadalur, Iceland, these two photographers share their very best tips and tricks for photographing a volcanic eruption, and luckily the same techniques can be applied to landscape photography anywhere in the world with an active, erupting volcano.

Gudmann and Gyda once again head to the recently erupting volcano in Gelingadalur in Iceland where they share their best techniques for capturing the magnificent magma on display at night. During night shooting there, it’s incredibly difficult to capture a well-balanced, decent exposure of the volcano due to the fact that the magma and lava is so bright compared to the darkened surrounding landscape.

In this video the two intrepid photographers show us exactly what kit they pack into their camera bags, explaining their reasoning behind why they use neutral density filters to capture the already dark scenery, and show us some survival gear that needed whilst out shooting in the extreme environment that is Iceland during an eruption. Armed with a myriad of Nikon kit the two used Nikon Z 6s and Nikon D850s to capture their film and photographs, and also took along a Zoom H4N audio recording device with a separate microphone to capture some truly spectacular audio to accompany the images. They get very specific with camera settings and thoroughly explain their choices for specific pieces of camera equipment, it’s a helpful insight into landscape and nature photography shoots which should help any photographer who wants to photograph a volcano.

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10 Handy DIY Photography Tricks & Hacks To Learn Today

10 Handy DIY Photography Tricks & Hacks To Learn Today

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Not everyone’s a fan of DIY but building your own camera and creating your own filters can be fun, plus it’s usually cheaper and who doesn’t like to save a pound or two? So, here are 10 DIY photography tricks & hacks for you to try on a rainy day.
 

1. Build Your Own Camera

This one does involve spending slightly more than just a few quid but at the end of it, you do get a camera that’s fully functional. The Bigshot DIY Camera and Lomography Konstruktor are a couple of examples of the kind of kits you can purchase. 

Bigshot camera

 

2. Create Your Own Filters

Filters, particularly DIY ones, can be used with all types of cameras (including phones) and they can help you create interesting effects without having to break the bank or learn a new photo editing technique. Something as simple as a sweet wrapper (think Quality Streets) wrapped around your lens and secured in place with an elastic band can add colour to your shots while a pair of tights cut to size and pulled over your lens will give you a soft focus effect. 

DIY Filter

 

3. Create Your Own Bokeh Effects

Who doesn’t like a bit of Bokeh? But you don’t just have to settle for circular out of focus highlights as you can use a few tools and your creativity to change the appearance of the shapes that appear. You need to get a black piece of card, decide on a shape, cut it out of the card then fasten the card around your lens like you would a lens hood. Try to not make your shapes too small or complicated as they won’t stand out very well in your final shot.

Bokeh

 

4. Reverse Your Lens For Ultra Close-Ups

Macro lenses are great for getting close to subjects, but as with all lenses, they’re an investment and aren’t something all of us can go out and purchase. However, with the help of a reversing ring, you can shoot close-up work in an inexpensive way. You simply attach the reversing ring to the filter thread of your lens which then allows you to attach your lens to your camera in reverse. They can be tricky to use but they do offer one of the cheapest ways of capturing macro shots. For more tips on working with reversing rings, have a read of this article: Reversing Your Lens For Ultra Close-Ups

Macro photography

5. Use A Magnifying Glass & Shoot Macros

Another way to shoot macros without a macro lens is by taping a magnifying glass to the front of your camera. You can use most magnifying glasses as close up lenses as long as the magnifier is big enough to cover the front of your lens. For more tips, have a read of this: Macro Photography With A Magnifying Glass

Macro flowers
 

6. Make Your Own Reflector

Nothing beats the tin foil sheet that you’d normally wrap the turkey up into throw masses of light back into your subject. You just need to cut out a piece of card, apply glue or tape to it, carefully roll the tin foil over the glued cardboard, smooth out the tin foil with a sponge or cloth and leave to dry. You may need to trim the edges and you can apply tape around it too if you want it to look a little neater. 

Portraits
 

7. Create A Beanbag

A tripod is usually the support photographers turn to but when you want to travel light or venture to places where tripods and similar supports aren’t allowed to be used, you have to look for an alternative. One of these alternative options is a beanbag and even though you can purchase ready-made models, they’re not hard to make yourself and the materials aren’t expensive either. Basically, you just need some fabric, beans/polystyrene balls and a sewing machine or needle and thread. There are plenty of tutorials online with step-by-step instructions on how to construct a beanbag, including these found on Instructables: Camera Bean Bag Instructions

 

Beanbags

8. Make A Home-Made Flash Diffuser

A flash diffuser is a useful tool but why buy one when you can create your own at home? Click the following link to view a tutorial that will take you through the steps for making your own interchangeable flash diffuser, with changing filter options, for whatever light source you come across when taking photos: Build A Flash Diffuser

 

DIY Light Diffuser

 

9. Building A DIY Modular Flash System 

Flash accessories can be made for next to nothing, all that is needed is a little creativity and a little spare time, as site member Paul Morgan explained in this tutorial: Building A DIY Modular Flash System

Modular Flash System

 

10. Get Creative With Light With An Old Lens

There’s a technique you may not have come across called Lens Wacking and the idea is you allow more stray light to reach the sensor and to do this you shoot with the lens detached from and held in front of the camera body. It can be tricky to master but can create some really interesting, dream-like lighting effects and bokeh with just the help of an old, cheap manual lens you have at home. For more tips on how to perfect this technique that gives your images a cinematic feel, have a read of the Lens Wacking tutorial on Pentax User. 

 

Lens Whacking flower

If you have any DIY photography tips or hacks others should have a go at, feel free to post them in the comments below.
 

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How To Find A Model To Photograph – 8 Top Tricks & Tips

How To Find A Model To Photograph - 8 Top Tricks & Tips

Lucy in a cafe

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If you fancy trying your hand at portrait photography, you will need a model. If you have the money you could go to an agency and hire one – at least, that’s the theory – but there are plenty of other options that aren’t quite as expensive and you can do the leg work yourself.

Find tips on where you can find models, how to contact them and what all of the acronyms models/photographers use mean.

Below you’ll find 8 tips/ideas/suggestions on where you should start your search as well as tips on working with ‘pros vs new models’ and what exactly MUAs, TFCD, TFP stand for. 

 

1. Join A Model Community Website

Female model

© Joshua Waller

 

A really great alternative to using a model agency is joining a model community website. There are several good ones and joining at the lowest membership level is free so there is no risk. In time, if you feel being a member has benefits you can pay a subscription and get more benefits. These usually include being to include more portfolio images, the ability to send more personal messages, for example.

2. Modelling Sites That Are Worth Joining 

Model in red dress sat on stairs

© Joshua Waller

 

These sites usually let you search for models in your locality and also in the styles or ‘levels’ that you want to shoot. If you want to do glamour, topless or fine art nude, you can specify that or if you are after models within a certain age range. Check the sites below for details.

 

3. Get Down With The Lingo 

Male Model

© Joshua Waller

 

When you first join a modelling website, it can be very daunting. There are strange expressions (togs, MUAs, TFCD, TFP, for example) and it is all a little scary. By the way, togs are photographers, MUAs are make-up artists, TFCD is time for CD and TFP is for time for prints. TFCD and TFP are really important and means the model will give their time and pose in return for CD or prints of the shoot. 

 

4. Not Everyone Will ‘Work For Pictures’ 

Female Model

© Joshua Waller

 

A professional model is unlikely to work with you in return for pictures unless you can benefit their portfolio with some amazing shots. In time, this could be you but you are probably not there just yet.

 

5. Where To Begin?

Model on bed

© Joshua Waller

 

So how do you start? If you are new to model photography, it makes sense to find a model also just starting out. This means you can learn your respective trades together and expectations are lower. As mentioned above, some will work with you in return for photos, too, or they’ll charge less than someone with a lot more years of modelling under their belt. 

 

6. Pros Of Using A Pro 

Female model

© Joshua Waller

 

On the other hand, working with a more experienced model will make it is easier for you in that they can create poses without too much instruction from you. They will probably be more knowledgeable about make-up for photography – again it is unlikely you will be using a make-up artist at this stage.

 

7. Making Contact 

Lucy in a car

© Joshua Waller

 

Once you find a model or two you like the look of – as in terms of experience, cost etc. or literally – send them an email, explaining what you are about and what you want and go from there. If you are new to this, say so. If you have some pictures already, post them on your profile and ask prospective models to look at your look.

It is worth saying that the odds are that you are not going to get a response from every model you approach and this is true even if a model is looking for photographers. The important thing is not to take it personally and it can be for any number of reasons.

 

8. Don’t Forget The Shoot! 

Action shot of models jumping

© Joshua Waller

 

It’s rare, but you can arrange a shoot with a model and they not turn up – it happens the other way round, too, with photographers so don’t be that person! Make sure you arrive with plenty of time and do contact the mode if you’re going to be late. 

To prevent ‘no shows’, it is worth reading feedback on the site from fellow members. Unreliable models/photographers will have negative feedback.

 

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