• Exposure
    How to Use a Hand-Held Light Meter to Make Perfectly Exposed PhotographsUsing hand held meter preview
    Digital cameras seem to have every bell and whistle programmed in but a handheld light meter offers photographers greater creative precision and control over their images. It allows you to create well-exposed images even under tricky lighting sources that force built-in camera meters to give you an incorrect exposure. It also affords you the ability to calculate how light or dark your subject should be. Despite looking complicated, a few simple techniques will have you using a handheld light meter like a pro, whether you’re shooting landscapes, portraits, or still lifes.Read More…
  • VSCO Cam
    How to Take Photos with the VSCO Cam AppThumbnail vsco cam
    In this tutorial I’m going to walk you through one of the most popular and sophisticated mobile photo-editing apps on the market: VSCO Cam.Read More…
  • Exposure
    Quick Tip: Use Manual Mode for Accurate ExposuresBen lucas exposure practice preview
    If everything you've ever shot has been on aperture priority, shutter priority, or program mode, then it's time to step up your game and learn manual. Manual exposure gets rid of variations in your metering by giving you perfect shots every time... with practice, of course.Read More…
  • Books
    The Tuts+ Photo & Video Recommended Reading ListLibrary stacks thumbnail
    The Instructors here at Tuts+ Photo & Video are a diverse crew. Though we come from different walks of life, one thing we share is our love of books: photo and video books! Our Instructors share their favourite books about learning how to make photos and video.Read More…
  • Street
    3 Street Photography Tips for Capturing the Decisive MomentHyperfocalsmall
    Speed is the essence with street photography. You have to shoot from the hip if you want to catch the action. Here are three tips to help you to capture the decisive moment.Read More…
  • Metering
    Understanding & Using Ansel Adam's Zone SystemPreview
    The Zone System is a technique that was formulated by Ansel Adams and Fred Archer back in the 1930's. It is an approach to a standardized way of working that guarantees a correct exposure in every situation, even in the trickiest lighting conditions such as back lighting, extreme difference between light and shadow areas of a scene, and many similar conditions that are most likely going to throw off your camera's metering giving you a completely incorrect exposure. Today we're going to explore this system, and investigate how it can help you with your photography!Read More…
  • Exposure
    Camera Exposure Modes ExplainedPreview
    If you're just getting started with photography, the letters on your camera's dial might feel like hieroglyphics. With a variety of modes, it can be hard to pick what's right for the current shooting situation. Today, we're going to explain common camera modes so that you can pick the right one for any situation and grow out of using auto mode.Read More…
  • Photography Fundamentals
    Photography Kick-Start Guide: Adjusting Your Camera’s Settings for the Photo You WantCamerasetting kickstart prelg
    Every two weeks, we revisit some of our reader favorite posts from throughout the history of Phototuts+. This tutorial was first published in September of 2009. Cameras vary in terms of functions offered. There are differences from one brand to the next and even from one model to another of the same brand. By necessity, this tutorial will have to generalize but let's try to de-mystify some of the more common settings found on cameras today, what they mean (to the camera) and how to use them. Let's start with the core shooting modes, then we'll move on to the more common preset scene modes and finally to some other general information about camera functions.Read More…
  • Light Meter
    The Complete Handheld Lightmeter GuidePhotography
    Almost every modern camera currently being produced has a lightmeter built into it. It's the device that measures the exposure, and allows for accurate adjustments of shutter speed, apertures and ISO settings. Chances are your camera phone even has light measuring capabilities.Read More…
  • Photography Fundamentals
    Photography Kick-start Guide: How Your Camera Works200px
    Twice a month we revisit some of our reader favorite posts from throughout the history of Phototuts+. This tutorial was first published in August, 2009. Most photography tutorials, including most of the ones you’ll find here on the Tuts+ network of web sites, assume a certain base level of knowledge. But what if you've only just decided you want to make the leap into taking photos with manual settings? In this tutorial you'll start to begin to learn the fundamentals of photography - fundamentals that will allow you to start reading and using more advanced tutorials, and manipulating the manual settings on your camera. Here we cover exposure, how the camera works, the shutter, focus, light, depth of field and ISO.Read More…
  • Light Meter
    Quick Tip: Should You Buy a Light Meter?Preview
    Today we're taking a look at the once ubiquitous light meter, and how it can still help you in today's world of cameras attempting to do it all for you. We'll walk through what a light meter is, and suggest a few potential uses for your photography!Read More…
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