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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How to Never Take a Blurry Photo Ever Again as a Result of Camera Shake

Photographers of all skill levels can benefit from learning how to take less blurry photos.

While some photographers will tell you that shooting a camera is often like shooting a gun and that it has to do with your breathing, they couldn’t be any further from telling you only a partial truth. There’s a whole lot more that goes into shooting an image and maintaining a lack of blur caused by camera shake. It depends on a number of factors that image and sensor stabilization alone aren’t really going to help you out on. The saying goes something like “It’s not about the camera, it’s about how you use it.” To that end, the technology inside the camera and lenses can help you, but they’re still not completely responsible for getting a camera-shake-free photo. So here are some tips to help you out.

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Useful Photography Tip #182: When Shooting a Photo Using the LCD Screen, Bring Your Elbows Into Your Body

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The lead photo of this blog post is surely not the way to take a photo when using the LCD screen of your camera. Instead, it’s actually the worst way; but lots of people do it when they shoot with their phone or even with a camera that has an LCD screen. Instead, what you should do is find a way to stabilize it by also stabilizing your body.

If you take karate or any other form of martial arts, depending on the art form, they may tell you to never fully extend your arms because they’re an easy point for you to be taken down. Instead, get very close and extend only to your elbow. This way you’re more stable. The same idea applies to photography. The closer the camera is to your body, the more stable it will be, so that you don’t produce photos that have camera shake in them.

I normally try to keep Useful Photography tips very short but check out the image after the jump.

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Six Tips For Using A Kit Lens In Low Light Photography

This is an exclusively syndicated blog post from Alex Zhu. It and the images here are being used with permission.

The kit lens. Usually known as the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6. Practically everyone either uses one, or did at some point. It’s the lens a lot of us got our start with, and it’s kind of hard not to own one when they’re bundled with entry-level DSLRs practically for free. For me, the 18-105mm kit lens Nikon bundled with the D90 was where it all started. It wasn’t until late my first semester of college that I picked up a used and beaten-up (but still astonishingly potent, to me) Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 on eBay.

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Here’s How You Can Prevent The Effects of Camera Shake

Ever hear of the reciprocal rule of shutter speeds? It’s a fundamental lesson that I genuinely don’t think enough photographers know but can prevent the effects of that fourth cup of coffee from Starbucks camera shake to an extent.

Sure, image stabilization on a sensor or in a lens can do similar, but all that they’ll end up doing is helping you out a bit. If you follow this rule and combine it with good methods of holding your camera and shooting, then you’ll get better photos with less visual effects from camera shake.

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How to Eliminate Camera Shake Without Stabilization

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If you want a single photo of a still subject, there is no real good reason why you need to sit there shooting loads of images over and over again. This just results in you going through image after image after image until you find the one that isn’t blurry. Well instead of feeding into and working around the problem, the proper procedure involves eliminating the problem to begin with.

If your camera doesn’t have in sensor stabilization or your lens doesn’t have stabilization built in, then you should consider the techniques used by photographers years and years before the technology existed. No, we’re not talking about tripods–let’s be honest, they aren’t always practical.

Instead, here is how you eliminate camera shake to begin with.

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7 Tips for Sharper Photographs


There are few things more frustrating than thinking you have produced a great photograph and then finding something very wrong with it. You depress the shutter button, look at the camera’s LCD and you feel a flush of pride at capturing an amazing moment. But such a wonderful feeling is short-lived when you enlarge that image on the computer screen only to discover that the image isn’t sharp.

It’s an experience that can happen even to the most experienced photographers who are using advanced and expensive camera equipment. The reason for this lack of sharpness often has little to do with the quality of the lens or the features of the body. Instead, it’s often about technique and how you are handling the camera.

With that in mind, we offer 7 tips that will help you to achieve consistently sharp photographs.

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Piccure is a Photoshop Plug-In for Photographers With Shaky Hands


Blurry photographs–we all know them. We’ve all had them occur to us one time or another. And while we probably all agree that in theory they shouldn’t happen–because you’re either using a tripod or choosing a shutter speed that is fast enough to prevent shake-induced blur–, we still end up with blurry shots every now and then. But there is hope yet! Intelligent Imaging Solutions has developed a Photoshop plug-in that uses a sophisticated algorithm to un-blur your blurred shots. Yes, that’s right. Run your ‘lost’ pictures through piccure, and it’ll do its best to salvage the shots. So no more worrying about shaky hands or low shutterspeeds. And if you accidentally left your tripod at home, don’t sweat it.

The software is available as a Photoshop Elements plug-in for US-$ 49 (without multi-core support), and as a Photoshop plug-in for US-$ 99. But in all honestly–we wouldn’t recommend that kind of sloppiness to any professional photographer out there. While piccure does an amazing job, the results are far from what one can sell to a client. So better make sure you don’t take blurred shots in the first place. There’s no plug-in for proper shooting technique thus far.