A Free Class on How to Develop Film At Home Using Dark Beer

All images by Juan Antonio Hoyos. Used with permission.

“At least here in Germany beer is cheaper than coffee and orange juice, so even if you go with a normal process not using chemicals, beer can be cheaper,” explains photographer Juan Antonio Hoyos to us in an interview. To that end, it’s one of the reasons why he’s been developing his black and white film with beer. Juan is a long time veteran of the analog photography community. And now, he’s teaching you how to develop black and white film at home using beer.

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4 Essential Tutorials Using a 35mm Lens to Shoot Great Portraits

There isn’t a thing a 35mm lens can’t do, and it’s great for portrait photography!

Why are 35mm portrait lenses so good at shooting portraits? There are lots of ways to answer that. They’ve become outstanding over the past few years. It’s arguably hard to take bad photos of people with them. One of the best things about 35mm lenses is that you need to keep a distance. They’re fantastic at shooting someone full-body style or doing an environmental portrait of some sort. And if you need a slower shutter speed, they’re typically easy to handhold. Here are some essential tutorials just for you.

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How to Use a Ring Flash: A Tutorial for New Photographers

The ring flash is one of my favorite tools as a photographer, and it can surely become one of yours too.

There used to be a time when I used a ring flash like crazy. I loved it, and to be honest, I still do. It gives the look and feel of the direct flash so many photographers love while adding more pop to the image. It provides a lot more even lighting too. And it’s desirable. I mean, look at how many people love taking selfies with ring lights. Why wouldn’t you like a ring flash? If you think it’s tacky, I’d recommend you give it a shot and embrace it for what it is.

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Learn How to Use Your Mind’s Eye: Creating Fine Art Photography Review

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You may have heard the term fine art photography before, but what is it that makes this genre stand out? Fine art photography allows us as photographers to create a series of images with artistic impressions. The end goal is to express an idea, emotions, or to convey a message. It doesn’t sound too difficult. However, Sharon Tenenbaum’s $39 ‘How To Create Award-Winning Fine Art Photography‘ video series shows that this photography genre is as much a mental process as it is a creative one. I have to say that taking a deep dive into Sharon’s mind and how it works was eye-opening. If you’re interested in fine art photography, read on.

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Know Yourself: How to Buy Your First Real Camera

If you’re buying your first real camera, then ask yourself these questions.

How does one buy a camera these days? Do you still even care about megapixels? These are essential questions for any budding photographer. Of course, there are tons of professional features. But most people who buy cameras these days are hobbyists. And those hobbyists care about the things that pros get simply because they want them. They don’t need them. In fact, you don’t even need a real camera–but you buy one because it’s your passion. So if you’re considering buying a new camera, then check out these questions you should ask yourself.

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A Great Guide For Everyone: Ian Plant’s Landscape Photography Course

A landscape photography course from someone who finally gets it.

Do a quick search on Google for landscape photography guides, and you’ll quickly get a few million results thrown back at you. Sure, you could pick one of those courses, and you might learn a thing or two. Still, it’s important to know that not all photography courses are created equal. I recently had the chance to sit through and learn from the $29 Ian Plant’s Ultimate Landscape Photography Course. As a landscape photographer myself, I was interested to see what Ian’s course had to offer over others out there. To say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. Whether you’re a seasoned landscape photographer or a beginner, find out what makes this course so good in our essentials review.

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Opinion: Your Photography Sucks Because of Lazy Shooting Methods

Take your camera off of Aperture priority and become a more active part of the picture-taking process.

You’re lazy. Sometimes I’m lazy. Sometimes this staff is lazy. Sometimes even the best professional photographers are lazy. There is a part of me that wishes autofocus were never developed (but the flip side to that is that my legal blindness would sort of hinder my shooting abilities). And I think that we, as photographers, have come to rely too heavily on technology as a crutch. The best of us have used it to create and capture moments no one else has. But we’ve used access, anticipation, and understanding of moments to help immortalize those scenes in photographs. Know that I’m not saying there is something wrong with the way you shoot: it’s to hammer in the fact that if you make things harder for yourself and give yourselves challenges, you can create better images. And what better way to do that than to simply set things back to the bare essentials.

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The Phoblographer’s Guide to Buying a Tripod: And Why You Should

If you think the world of buying cameras is daunting, just wait until you look at the world of purchasing a tripod.

Fact: you’re not as stable as you think, and a tripod will do a much better job than level ground most of the time. There are entire swaths of photographers out there who will tell you they don’t need a tripod. But truth be told, there are loads of times when tripods are handy. If you’re a landscape photographer or an astrophotographer, then you understand how fantastic a tripod can be. Image stabilization can’t do everything, but tripods do something that makes you more prone to creating a better photo. In this post, we’re going to explore the world and ideas behind buying a tripod.

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Learn How to Capture Perfect Landscape Light with Nigel Danson

The Landscapes In All Lighting Conditions course is part of the fantastic 5Day Deal photography bundle, which can be yours for just $89!

Have you ever wished that you could capture gorgeous lighting in your landscape photos all the time? Did you know that there are steps you can take to ensure that you find ideal conditions regularly? Nigel Danson’s landscape lighting course shows how to be in the right place at the right time. Get inside the mind of one of the UK’s most celebrated landscape photographers. If you’re a landscape photographer, this course is a must-have. I recently completed the tutorial, and I’m inspired to put his practices into action. This guide from Nigel Danson usually retails for the cost of the 25 lessons you’ll find in the $89 5DayDeal Photography Bundle. You’ll find our short review of Nigel Danson’s Landscapes In All Lighting Conditions tutorial after the break.

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5DayDeal: Learn from the Best for Just $89, Save a Massive $2,875

The clock is ticking on the 5DayDeal which features 26 class-leading photography packages for just $89!

By now, you have likely seen and heard about the incredible Complete Photography Bundle 2020 from 5DayDeal. If you haven’t taken the plunge on this deal yet, you might want to act soon. At Noon PST on October 20th, this incredible deal will be gone forever. This package of photography tutorials isn’t your run-of-the-mill bundle. This deal features photography tutorials from some of the best photographers, editors, and creators in the world. You’ll get them all for only $89. If purchased individually from the artists directly, this package would cost close to $3,000! Come on in to see what you can get, what you can win, and who you can help.

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Beyond Manual Mode Teaches You What You Don’t Know

Beyond Manual Mode is perfect for the beginner and brand new photographer.

If you’re just getting started in photography, then Beyond Manual Mode is going to help you out a lot. It’s one of the courses included in the 5 Day Deal. As it implies, it’s very much for beginners. You’ll explore various aspects of photography, including the lesser discussed options. Photographers will learn about light, color, theory, dynamic range, shutter speed, and other things. And there’s even bonus content where they talk about creative applications of these concepts. That’s the important part after you’ve learned all the rest, of course!

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Save, Give, Learn, and Create with the $89 Complete Photography Bundle

The complete photography bundle from 5DayDeal will allow you to save big bucks, learn new skills, and help those in need.

Do you want to learn new techniques? Do you want to understand how some of the most respected photographers in the world achieved their success? If so, you’re in luck. It’s not every day that you get to learn from the world’s best. With this $89 complete photography bundle from 5DayDeal, you can learn from Serge Ramelli, Matt Granger, Scott Kelby, Jerry Ghionis, Nick Page, and many more. You can own over 20 class-leading tutorials for just $89. On top of those tutorials, you’ll get a 6-month subscription to SmugMug too! As a bonus, you’ll be helping those in need as 5DayDeal gives 10% of your purchase to charity. Find out more after the break.

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Learn How Powerful Photoshop Is for Landscape Photography with Nick Page

Essential Photoshop For Landscape Photography with Nick Page is one of the brilliant tutorials in the incredible $89 5DayDeal bundle.

Be honest. How long have you been scared of Photoshop? For me, it’s as long as I can remember. I am incredibly comfortable using Lightroom and Capture One, but Photoshop is terribly intimidating. I’ve found out, though, that it doesn’t have to be that way. As a landscape photographer myself, I have always wondered what I might be missing out on by not having an understanding of Photoshop. Well, Nick Page just showed me. Essential Photoshop For Landscape Photography is only one of the 25 tutorials in the $89 5DayDeal Complete Photography Bundle 2020, and honestly, it’s worth the price of admission alone. Here’s our quick review of this enlightening tutorial.

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This Photo by Stephen Dalton Isn’t Photoshopped. It’s Kodachrome!

Stephen Dalton shot this mesmerizing image in 1973 in a single shot.

If you looked at the lead image today, you might think it was done in Photoshop. But you’d be wrong. Sadly, we’ve lost the art of creating in-camera. But photographer Stephen Dalton shared with us how shot this picture. In his book Capturing Motion: My Life in High-Speed Nature Photography, he shares short stories on this shot and so many more. Would you believe us if we said that this image was shot in 1973? And most importantly, it’s a single shot!

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5DayDeal: Save 96% on the Complete Photography Bundle 2020 ($89)

The 5DayDeal Complete Photography Bundle 2020 is the most comprehensive photography learning package you can get your hands on.

The 5DayDeal is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever. Do you want to learn from the most respected photographers in their respective fields? If so, the $89 Complete Photography Bundle 2020 from 5DayDeal is the bundle you’ll want to get! From October 15th to the 20th, you can save $2,875 on 25 courses from Joel Grimes, Nick Page, Serge Ramelli, Chris Orwig, Nicol S. Young, Matt Granger, Jessica Drossin, and more. Your purchase will also help out many charities too. 5DayDeal donates 10% of each sale to Make a Wish, Mercy Ships, Orbis, others. Find out more after the break.

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You’ll Learn Something New From This Street Photography Masterclass

Thorsten Overgaard’s Street Photography Masterclass will give beginners the most to chew on.

“You have to find a balance of taking photos; not too many, not too few,” says Thorsten Overgaard in his street photography masterclass. And honestly, this course is evidence of that. If you’re all about reality, then Thorsten Overgaard shoves a ton of it into his Street Photography Masterclass. Available as part of the current 5 Day Deal, you’ll get this course along with a ton of others. You can skip around to various parts. And best of all, you’re bound to learn something no matter what. As a 12-year photo veteran, I even picked something up.

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Exposure Preview: The Worst Thing for Your Camera’s Autofocus?

We talked to a couple of photographers and tech reps, and it seems like Exposure Preview could be hurting your camera’s autofocus.

Most people shooting with mirrorless cameras shoot with the Exposure Preview on. I’ve never been a fan of it, and I’ve always turned it off. In my mind, you should just learn to read the damn light meter to begin with, and not rely on what the screen says. One could think this is an old school way of thinking, but there are lots of performance benefits. If you’re shooting with a strobe, for example, there’s a great reason to turn exposure preview off. You’re usually shooting at a low ISO setting and faster shutter speeds. Plus, the camera won’t render what the scene will look like with your strobe output anyway. And for years, folks have used exposure preview as a crutch. That isn’t a bad thing, it’s just how people evolved to use cameras. I still recommend that everyone learns to shoot film and learns the art of Sunny 16: it will make you a better photographer. But all this is the long way of my saying that exposure preview is also messing with your autofocus.

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TTL vs Manual Flash: What Photographers Need to Know

Many folks don’t know the difference between TTL vs manual flash, or how it will change the way they create.

Most photographers realize that flash output is still better than constant lighting. But the biggest struggle is with TTL vs. manual flash output. Most people don’t understand it. And to be honest, most experienced photographers are also frustrated with it. But in time, you learn to tell it what to do. Think about it this way. You use your camera in manual mode, right? And if you don’t, then you at least know how to do so. The strobe and flash output that you can get is similar.

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The One Trick on How to Always Get the Softest Light From a Flash

The key to always getting the softest flash output has to do with the laws of physics: let’s explore!

When you know nothing about using a flash, you’re probably going to screw it up. TTL works well, but it probably won’t give you what you want. Here’s a fact of life: machines don’t give us what we want. They give us what we tell them to, and that’s it. If you’re using a flash in TTL mode, but you don’t like the way it looks, you’ll need to adjust it. You can tell it to go brighter or darker. Or, you can switch to manual mode and set it to do something particular. But if you want the most consistency overall, you’re best off following the laws of physics.

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Which Is Best for Portraits? 50mm or 85mm Prime Lenses? Let’s Find Out

It’s a trick question as both prime lenses are great, but you need to know when to use each one and what their strengths are.

There are two prime lenses that both new and seasoned portrait photographers will always reach for, and they are 50mm primes and 85mm primes. Both of these lenses have great qualities, and even though the focal range is not massively different, they will both produce vastly different results and they both have the best use cases. After the break, we will take a quick look at both lenses and help you understand when each should be used.

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Is Your Camera Overheating? Chill Out! Try Some of These!

To prevent your camera from overheating in the summer, try these tips.

It’s a fairly common problem with all sorts of cameras. You’re out shooting, and you suddenly feel the camera get pretty hot. We’ve had it happen with a lot of ones we test, and we always try different approaches. Some of these are tried and true methods for years now. While you can’t overcome all overheating issues with your camera, there are some you totally can. So we’ve rounded up a list of things every photographer should try. The next time your camera really starts heating up on you, give one of these a shot.

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