Three Things You Need to Know About Shooting in Manual Mode

Still at a loss about shooting in full manual mode? This quick video offers a simple explanation about three things to keep in mind to get you started.

Shooting in manual mode can seem intimidating to anyone used to auto mode. But, once you understand how these three exposure elements work, you’ll be on your way to mastering manual mode in no time, whether shooting film or digital.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Comparing Light Modifiers for Portraiture

Want to master studio setups for professional-looking portrait photography? You’ll have to begin by understanding how light modifiers work. Today’s handy photography cheat sheet will help you with just that! 

Achieving the right lighting setup for the look you’re going for is essential to studio portrait work. At the heart of this are light modifiers. As the term suggests, they are used to shape, direct, increase, or soften the output of your light sources so you get the mood that you want for your shots. There’s no shortcut to professional lighting, but today’s cheat sheet makes a great visual guide for what each light modifier does.

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Three Natural Light Setups to Try for Gorgeous Boudoir Photography

Whether you prefer to work with natural light, or don’t have studio lights yet, this boudoir photography tutorial will give you some great ideas.

Working with light to create mood is a significant component of beautiful boudoir photography. Some photographers prefer to do this by shooting in locations with gorgeous natural light. Others prefer working this way to make the most of available light and minimize their shooting setup. If this sounds like something you want to try, let this video tutorial by Los Angeles-based Michael Sasser be your guide on three ways to shoot with natural light for beautiful boudoir portraits.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Posing Women for Portraits

If you’re just getting into portrait photography and need help with poses, this photography cheat sheet will give you some great ideas.

Posing your subjects is crucial to getting good portraits. You may have a good model or a pro lighting setup ready, but you’d still need to direct them into different poses. If you’re not yet confident with directing your female models into posing, or you need a reference for some poses to start with, this photography cheat sheet has a handful of suggestions.

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Nail Your Exposure Each Time by Understanding the Exposure Triangle

How does the Exposure Triangle work? How do you use it to get your exposure right? This video tutorial is a fun take on everything you need to know.

Understanding how the Exposure Triangle works is one of the most important things to tick off your to-do list if you’re just starting out with photography. We can’t stress that enough, so we’re sharing yet another video tutorial on the topic. This one is a fun and visually engaging take on the topic: we’re sure you’ll pay attention!

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Photography Cheat Sheet: 24 Essential Pro Lighting Setups

Want to level up your lighting setup for studio portraits? This photography cheat sheet is your handy guide to a bunch of essential pro lighting setups to master.

Lighting is one of the most important elements to master for studio portrait work, but it’s also quite challenging. Apart from setting the mood, feel, and emphasis of a portrait, it also opens photographers up to various creative techniques. If you’re serious about being a well-rounded portrait photographer, you’ll have to learn how to light at some point in your practice. It may seem daunting at first, but with resources like today’s photography cheat sheet, you’ll be working with essential pro lighting setups in no time!

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How to Turn Busted LCD TVs and Monitors Into Realistic DIY Light Panel

Don’t throw away those broken LCD TVs and monitors just yet! This tutorial will show you how you can turn them into a DIY light panel for realistic artificial daylight.

If you have one of those busted LCD TVs or monitors lying around, you can give it a second chance at life. You can actually repurpose it into a DIY light panel to give your photo and video projects some realistic daylight illumination. There’s some tricky dismantling involved, of course, but we’re sure you’ll want to give it a try anyway. Studio lighting can be expensive for beginners, so this can be a cheap but effective option for you.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Quick Astrophotography Guide

If you’re just getting into astrophotography, this 10-tip photography cheat sheet will get you started with photographing the night sky.

By pointing cameras to the night sky, photographers open themselves up to the wonders of the stars and other heavenly bodies. As with any kind of photography, it requires some camera settings to make sure you get the shot at the best results possible. If this sounds like something you need help with, today’s photography cheat sheet is definitely for you.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Milky Way Photography and Moon Phases

With this nifty photography cheat sheet, you won’t need to wait for a moonless night to shoot Milky Way photos.

Anyone into astrophotography knows that the best time to shoot the Milky Way is during moonless nights with clear skies. But it’s also possible to shoot during whatever time of the month — you just need to know how to work with the Moon’s phases! With this brilliant photography cheat sheet and tutorial, you’ll learn a simple trick to know the best time of the night to shoot by just looking at the phases.

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How to Make Your Photo Look Like a Painting In-Camera

Making your photograph look like a painting in-camera is all about embracing camera shake.

One of the best things about photography is that it can combine with a variety of other mediums and  deliver really unique images. Even better, lots of those images can be done in-camera without the need for Photoshop, Lightroom, etc. Sure, you can shoot and fix it in post-production–but why bother? Why not get it right in the first place and worry less later on? If you’re a photographer with an excellent grasp of the technical side and also in touch with your artistic side, then this tutorial on how to make images of landscapes look like paintings is for you.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Full Body Portrait Posing Guide for Men

At a loss on how to pose your male models for full-body portrait shoots? This photography cheat sheet has some simple suggestions to get you started.

You can often get away with straightforward poses for close-ups, and half-body shots when photographing male models. But when it comes to full body portraits, natural-looking poses can be challenging, especially when you’re new to it. With this photography cheat sheet, however, you’ll have a bunch of poses to experiment with for your next portrait practice.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Newborn Photography Guide

Get started with capturing beautiful moments with this handy newborn photography cheat sheet by Adorama.

Want to start capturing your little one’s first milestones? Maybe you’re thinking of getting into the newborn photography business? There’s more to it than random snapshots, and today’s photography cheat sheet will be of great help to you. Learn how to prepare for a newborn shoot and what to keep in mind for the shoot itself to make sure you get beautiful photos.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: The DSLR for Dummies

This photography cheat sheet covers everything you need to know to shoot great photos with a DSLR.

So, you’ve taken the next step in serious photography and got yourself a DSLR camera. At first, it may seem intimidating and greatly technical to shoot with it compared to a smartphone or digital point-and-shoot camera. But you’re also set to embark on an exciting journey to taking significantly better photos. To prepare you for that, we bring a photography cheat sheet that will serve as your comprehensive DSLR camera guide.

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Tip: An Ice Container Is a Great Way to Shape Light

Sometimes all you need to boost your creativity is to play around with light.

If you’ve been into lighting for many years, then you know what a Gobo is. For the rest of us, a Gobo is basically anything that goes between a light and the subject. A softbox can be a Gobo, but the vernacular refers to it being more homemade and put together. It’s designed to shape light. Sometimes all you need is a bit of light shaping.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Quick Macro Lens Guide

Want to shoot macro but can’t figure out which lens to get? This cheat sheet will help you decide.

With all the options available for macro photography lenses, how do we know which one to choose? Apart from dedicated macro lenses, many zoom lenses also offer a “macro” function, making it somewhat confusing for anyone starting out. Fortunately, Digital Camera World has put together another tutorial and handy photography cheat sheet to help us choose the right macro lens for the job.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Exposure Guide for Tricky Lighting Conditions

Let this photography cheat sheet help you get the exposure right even in the most challenging lighting situations.

Once in a while, you’ll come across shooting situations that give you inaccurate colors, blown-out highlights, and unbalanced exposures. You can correct these in post-process later, but it always pays to get the best results possible in-camera. With the tips in today’s photography cheat sheet, you’ll be ready to make the necessary adjustments when shooting in some of the most tricky lighting conditions.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Composing with the Rule of Thirds

The Rule of Thirds is one of the basic and fundamental composition techniques every photographer should learn.

When in doubt about your composition, one of your best bets is to go with the Rule of Thirds. This is why every photographer is encouraged to begin mastering this technique when they’re starting out. Read on to see how you can apply it to the shots you want with this handy photography cheat sheet by Company Folders.

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Can the Canon Rebel T3i Still Take Great Portraits?

Have one of your old DSLRs lying around? This cheap camera challenge with an entry-level Canon DSLR camera will inspire you to keep shooting with it.

We’re at a time when constant upgrades render cameras out-of-date every few years, especially for professional photography. This often leads photographers to fuss about their gear and feel the need to constantly upgrade to the latest and greatest. However, it’s often possible to get beautiful results, even with old cameras. The cheap camera challenge that Mango Street recently did is a testament to this. So, if you’ve ever wondered whether you can pull off something good with that nearly decade-old DSLR gathering dust somewhere, the quick answer is yes!

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Quick Lens Filter Guide

Filters can help get better results in-camera and save hours of editing. This photography cheat sheet will let you know which one to use.

Ever wondered about how filters work and what they can do to your photos? In a nutshell, these accessories are useful for addressing challenging lighting conditions or creating a certain mood or effect. They work best if you choose the right filter for the right situation, and can affect image quality. There are plenty of resources out there on the topic, but for starters, we have a photography cheat sheet as a quick reference.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Cropping Guide for Portrait Photography

Cropping in your framing or in post-processing is necessary for portrait shoots. Let this photography cheat sheet serve as your guide to do it effectively.

The concept of composition is the foundation of any outstanding photo, and it’s especially the case for portrait photography. Part of compositon is deciding which part of your subject appears in your shot. Whether composing through your camera or cropping in post, you don’t want to ruin a perfectly good portrait by trimming it at an awkward part. To that end, this simple photography cheat sheet will be a handy guide for you.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: 19 Composition Tips You Should Know

Whether you’ve just started to take photography more seriously or farther along into it, the composition tips in this photography cheat sheet are worth checking out.

Composition is key for taking outstanding photographs. It’s one of the first things a person who enjoys taking photographs learns. A photo can be technically sound — well-exposed, properly focused, and tack-sharp — but if it’s poorly composed, it won’t be a great photo. Today’s photography cheat sheet has some excellent tips that will improve your composition and create stronger photos in the process.

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