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23 Helpful Photography Tutorials

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We've hunted down some of the most useful photography tutorials on the web. Tutorials range from shooting the picture to editing it back in your choice of software, and cover all skill levels. Take a look!

1. How to Use Water to Lighten Landscapes

The Digital Photography School brings you a great article on how to use water to lighten landscapes. It's short but the information contained within is very useful and should be read by all. For best results choose a day with good weather and make sure you know when the sun is rising or setting.

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2. Faking Darkroom Film Edge

Faking Darkroom Film Edges, brought to you by tutorialblog.org, shows you how to correctly fake the darkroom edges within Photoshop. This is a useful addition in your collection if you want to stick with the non-messy digital format!

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3. That's What It Does

An important read for beginners who have just purchased an SLR or a complex compact camera. With important information regarding the ISO settings, program AE, Aperture, Shutter Priority, White Balance and DOF. This is an article you don't want to miss!

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4. Photoshop Elements: Beyond The Basic Fixes

It's time to try some more sophisticated tools. This tutorial covers how to fix an image that has sensor-dust spots, washed-out highlights and in some specific areas, too little contrast. A good read even if you have Photoshop, as Elements is just a mini cheaper version!

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5. The Rembrandt Solution

With a name like that you would expect a complex problem, and you're right! "Landscape photographers face a fundamental challenge: how to compress the broad range of light intensities typically found in the real world into the much narrower range of tones that can be reproduced in a print." This tutorial is written with a lot of detail, so beginners may struggle to follow along.

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6. How to Sell Your Photos

If you're unsure how to get your photos out into the world (a common problem among aspiring photographers!) this article looks at every single aspect of selling your photos including pricing, copyright and the law. Taking photos is fun. What's more fun, is getting paid for taking photos. You never know, you might be sitting on a hard drive of photos worth thousands!

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7. Transforming a Daylight Image Into a Wild Night

Some might class this as not proper 'photography' and more about Photoshop, but I think this tutorial on Psdtuts+ deserves a place here. It would be very useful for those who need a night scene but don't have a camera good enough to shoot it.

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8. The Sin City Look

How to get that gritty Sin City comic book style, from a photograph. It's a relatively easy process and can be done in around 10-15 minutes. This tutorial requires Photoshop 7 or above, but it might be able to be replicated on Adobe Elements as well.

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9. How to Make Your Twins

"Imagine one day you announce to all your friends that you have a twin, by showing them a very realistic photo." 9 tutorials brings you this relativity easy tutorial on how to Photoshop two separate photographs together to get this fun result.

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10. Color Management

This article is not the prettiest, but the content within is very detailed. The article talks about the colors used by a computer and printers and how to get the best quality from these limitations.

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11. Wildlife Photography Tips

If like me you enjoy shooting the great outdoors, then you will love this article. It's aimed at beginners but contains useful information even pros might find handy. Wildlife is not the easiest subject to capture, but this article has the best tips to keep you on your toes.

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12. HDR Using Photomatix

Phototuts+ also released a tutorial on this subject, but HDR can be difficult to get right; you'll benefit from all the help you can get!

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13. Night Photography Tips

Do you like to take photos at night? If you do, this article is for you. It contains basic advice for a beginner who is only just starting to shoot night photography. There's useful advice on long exposures, flash, aperture and more.

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14. Using Polarizing Camera Filters

A great video introducing polarizing filters on your SLR. "The Polarizing camera filter is one of the most essential pieces of equipment for any landscape photographer. It is basically a piece of dark glass that fits onto the front of your lens and is an effective way to reduce the luminance range of a scene. This makes blue skies appear darker than they really are and reduces glare from smooth non-metallic surfaces such as glass, water or gloss paint." It's worth checking out the results if you don't understand what it does, as it's an amazing bit of kit.

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15. Adding Authentic-Looking Motion to Still Images

One of the things a novice automotive photographer might struggle with is how to get motion in his/her action shots. Panning takes practice, and in some cases it is next to impossible to get real motion in your shots, especially if you are shooting a static car. That's where this tutorial comes in.

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16. Really Cool Digital Make-Up in Photoshop in 10 Minutes

Why use real make-up when there's a cheaper, easier and faster way of doing it in Photoshop? Brought to you by abduzeedo, this tutorial keeps to the same high standard of all his other tutorials. With a PSD to download as well, we couldn't recommend it any more highly.

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17. Make Your Amateur Photos More Professional

If you are limited to a compact camera or a cheaper SLR this tutorial might be of some use. It teaches you in in 5 easy steps how to improve your photos for a professional style finish.

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18. How to Photograph Lightning

"Lightning is one of nature's most exciting and potentially dangerous phenomena. Capturing the beauty of something that lasts only a few hundredths of a second does not have to be a challenge." This tutorial looks at all the aspects of shooting lighting and makes it much easier when the time finally comes.

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19. Split-toning in GIMP

It's easy to assume everyone has Photoshop, but remember the price tag! GIMP is a great free 2d editing software which often gets forgotten in tutorial lists. This tutorial shows you how to easily split-tone your images. There is a plug-in as well that does the same thing but it doing it manually has much more control over the image.

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20. Advanced Color Correction Tutorial that will Knock Your Socks Off!

When you are out and about sometimes you take a photo, but when you return back home you find it is way too dark. That's where this tutorial comes into play. It goes beyond the basic levels adjustment to produce a fantastic result.

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21. How to Protect Your Digital Camera from Extreme Heat, Cold Weather and Rain

"A lot of people feel that when it's raining or snowing, extremely hot or cold, the camera automatically has to stay safely indoors. I do have to admit, that is a good way to protect your camera, but you end up missing some great shots." This short article teaches you how to easily and safely protect your camera so you very miss that perfect shot.

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22. How to Blur Water for a Creative Effect

One of my favorite things to do when shooting water is to make a blurred water effect. This dreamy result is a super feature which compact cameras are often unable to shoot. This video covers the subject in a fair bit of detail to make sure your shots are perfect, but beware you might end up having to buy even more kit if you get hooked, including ND filters and tripods.

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23. Lenses and Focal Length Photography Tutorial

"In Photography, your lens is often your most important purchase. This photography tutorial outlines some important qualities of different lenses, and how each performs in identical situations." Whether you are a Canon, Nikon, Pentax or Sony SLR user this is for you. It explains the differences in lenses and why you need different lenses. A great read for those who have just bought an SLR or those thinking about it.

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