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How To Take Beautiful Close-Up iPhone Photos Of Nature. Whether you’re in a vast mountain landscape or just your back yard, the possibilities for great close-up nature photography are infinite. Once you start paying attention to the little things, you’ll discover a whole new world of photo opportunities. In this tutorial you’ll discover 14 top tips for taking the most beautiful close-up iPhone photos of nature, including flowers, leaves, feathers, spider webs and water droplets. 1. Get The Focus Right Focus is key in any kind of photography, but it’s especially important in close-up photography. iPhones generally produce images that have a large depth of field. But when you take a close-up shot, you’ll find that you start to experience a shallower depth of field where only part of the image will be in sharp focus.

This means that focussing on the desired part of a close-up image is essential in order to get your main subject in sharp focus. Think about the composition of your shot, and which part of the image you want to be in focus. 2. 3. 4. How to replace a sky: Photoshop effects to make your landscapes more attractive.

If the skies in your landscape photography are looking a little flat, try this simple technique to replace a sky using Photoshop effects like Layer Masks and Blend Modes. Sometimes a beautiful landscape can be let down by a dull sky, at other times a wonderful sky shows up when there’s nothing interesting in the foreground. It’s rare that the two come together, which is why landscape photographers will often visit the same location time after time. If you don’t have that luxury, there is another option: while there’s no substitute for getting it right in camera, you can use Photoshop to replace a dull sky.

To combine the images you need to cut out the original sky. But often a successful cut out is only half the battle. No matter how seamless the joins, making it look right can be a challenge. Step by step how to replace a sky in Photoshop Elements 01 Drag the sky Open your main image and your picture of the new sky in Photoshop Elements. 02 Select the land Go to the Layers Panel. How to replace a sky: Photoshop effects to make your landscapes more attractive. Photoshop Troll. 16 Hilarious Photoshop Fails That Are Actually Wins. Have you ever posted something on the internet and immediately regretted it?

Of course. From 50 Cent's autistic comments or Drake Bell's Jenner tweet, the internet is a place where everyone should think twice before posting, but no one does. So what happens when we throw Photoshop requests into the mix? With all the internet trolls out there, by now you'd think people would know better than to post images of themselves and ask the internet to do its thing.

But god bless the souls who don't, because they provide us with some of the most hilarious content that the web has to offer. And so we present you with the funniest Photoshop trolling wins! 1. There's something Donald-esk about the finished product. 2. I hear Windex also works for removing pimples. 3. Don't you wish everyone could just smile the same beautiful way you do? 4.

There's nothing more manly than experimenting with gender roles. White balance explained: how cameras correct the color of different types of light. The White Balance setting you choose will change the colour balance in your pictures, making it warmer or cooler depending on how the sort of light you’re shooting in affects things. Using Auto White Balance is the simple option, but your camera’s White Balance presets give you more control over colour.

In this tutorial we’ll explain exactly how these work and how to fine-tune your white balance settings to ensure the most accurate colours possible. Click on the infographic to see the larger version, or drag and drop to your desktop to save. The colour of the light will affect the colours in your photographs. You probably won’t notice this with the naked eye because our minds adapt very quickly to perceive the colour of the light as neutral, even when it’s not. The camera is less forgiving, and records colours exactly as they are. Digital cameras have ‘White Balance’ controls to correct these colour shifts. Auto or presets? Even so, they’re not foolproof. How To Use Winter Trees As Great iPhone Photography Subjects. Do find yourself feeling creatively stuck during the cold and gray winter months? While many people prefer to stay indoors, this time of year offers a whole range of wonderful opportunities if you venture out into the cold.

In particular, trees make an amazing photography subject during winter weather. Without their leaves, they reveal their fantastic shape and intricate branches which look stunning when captured in your photos. In this tutorial you’ll discover ten inspiring ways to take incredible iPhone photos of trees in winter. 1. Due to the autumn season of falling leaves, most trees become bare and sparse for the winter. While trees seem lonely and barren during the cold months, they can be used as wonderful design elements for creating interesting images. One of the best ways to play with the different design possibilities is to photograph the trees as silhouettes.

A silhouette is where your subject appears very dark or pure black, with a brighter background behind it. 2. 3. 4. 5. Kickstart Your iPhone Photography With A Photo 365 Project. Are you feeling creatively stuck with your iPhone photography? Are you lacking inspiration and motivation to take new and interesting photos? It happens to us all at some point, but with a little help you can climb out of the rut and push your creativity to exciting new levels.

In this tutorial you’ll discover how to use the Learn Photo365 app to generate new photography ideas that will reignite your creative spark and keep it alive for the rest of the year. How To Maintain Your Creativity I’ve been teaching photography workshops around the world for many years, and the common theme amongst almost all my students has been a variation on this: “How do I keep creative when I don’t feel creative?” If you’ve struggled with this, you’re not alone! Similar to how we can take vitamins and do daily exercises to help keep our bodies healthy, we can also take daily photo assignments to keep our creativity strong and vibrant. How To Use The “Learn Photo365” App. How to shoot Christmas photos with festive bokeh. We show you how to get creative for Christmas by modifying your aperture to make festive bokeh eftects in your holiday photos. Bokeh, as you may already know, is a Japanese word that refers to the quality of the defocused areas of an image, and we’re getting in the mood for Christmas by showing you how to capture bokeh with a festive flavour.

It’s the perfect project to get you into the holiday spirit, and adds a lovely touch to home-made cards for friends and family. The appearance of the bokeh in an image is dictated by the roundness of the lens’s aperture; the more blades the aperture has, the rounder the aperture and the smoother the blur. For this project we’re photographing fairy lights with a wide aperture to create a shallow depth of field, and placing a cut-out shape over the lens. Russian manufacturer Petzval makes dedicated lenses with different-shaped aperture slides for creating these effects, but a simple piece of black card can mimic the style superbly. 8 ways to tell better stories with your photography. While many photographers can generate lots of nice individual pictures, creating a photo story, or a photo essay, is a lot harder.

If you think of the greatest documentary photographers, such as Henri Cartier Bresson, Dorothea Lange and Don McCullin, they cut their teeth working for picture-based magazines and while a lot of these have now (sadly) closed, thinking like a story teller can still have a positive effect on your photography. You don’t need to be a photojournalist, either – you could make a story out of a day’s landscape or rare-bird shooting, for example.

SEE MORE: 5 street photography projects every first-timer should try 1 Find a strong subject This is really important, particularly if you are working in the documentary or travel genres. Just about everything in the world has been photographed now, but you can still find fresh angles and surprising insights. So rather than trying to do a photo story on something very obvious and broad, e.g. 3 What to pack? 4 Get focused? 6 things beginner photographers want to know how to do. If you’re new to photography and daunted by the learning curve, here’s how to achieve six things that beginner photographers most commonly ask us about. 1. Get subjects sharp In most situations you’ll find that your camera’s autofocus system is fast and accurate so you can rely on it to get the subject sharp.

However, you can increase your chances of getting the result you want by giving it a helping hand. In the default set-up your camera will try to identify the subject for you and select the appropriate autofocus point. It usually assumes that the subject is the nearest thing to the camera and close to the centre of the frame. If there are objects between you and the subject or your target is off-centre it’s well worth finding out how to set the AF point yourself. You’ll need to check your camera’s manual to find the correct mode, but it’s usually called something like Single-point or (conversely) Multi-point mode. 2. SEE MORE: How to use flash to freeze motion 3. 4. 5. 6. Non-destructive editing: how to use adjustment layers to fine-tune images.

In this photo editing tutorial we’ll show you how to make non-destructive edits to your photos using versatile adjustment layers to selectively target and tweak the colours and tones of an image. Photoshop Elements’ image-adjusting tools and commands are great for overcoming camera-related problems, which is just as well, because most photos will benefit from a little post-production tweaking to improve colour and tone. Unlike the human eye, the camera isn’t as adept at dealing with high-contrast locations.

For example, when shooting a landscape, your camera may struggle to get a balanced exposure due to the contrast between the bright sky and the ground. Elements can help to fix problems like this using adjustment layers. These image-editing layers float above the original photo layer in the Layers panel, and you can turn them on and off to compare the edited shot with the original. SEE MORE: Best free photo editing software: 11 image editors to download today! The Exposure Triangle: aperture, shutter speed and ISO explained. The Exposure Triangle sounds like the name of a complex spy novel, but in reality this is the term used for the three fundamental elements of exposure: aperture, shutter speed and ISO.

Our latest photography cheat sheet illustrates the Exposure Triangle and how it affects your camera settings. Click on the infographic to see the larger version The Exposure Triangle Explained Creating a harmonious exposure using the aperture, shutter speed and ISO is a juggling act. As soon as you make a decision about one element, you’ll need to compromise with another. The trick to balancing The Exposure Triangle is to get all three elements working together so you get the results you want ,and not what the camera tells you you can have. SEE MORECommon mistakes at every shutter speed (and the best settings you should use) Annoying problems at common aperture settings (and how to solve them)What is ISO: camera sensitivity settings and the best ways to use them Understanding exposure in photography.

30 Amazing iPhone Photos Taken From Interesting Perspectives. Thank you for submitting such fantastic images in our weekly iPhone photography contest. This week’s theme was “Perspective” and any iPhone photos taken from an interesting or unusual perspective could be submitted. We had over 500 entries that captured scenes from many different perspectives, such as high and low angles, through other objects, and where the subject is captured as a reflection or shadow. With so many amazing photos it was very difficult to select just 30 winners, but here are my favorite iPhone photos from this week’s contest. @MujabSirajudeen @agatesas @bevjc @dareksobiecki @darom77 @deenaberton @djmon1que @DonScott @EndahHudaya @evelynesieber @fmcginley8 @hmayk @Indiahardik08 @IsraelFernandes @jeremyss @Kaizsys @KarstenSchoenberg @ksearsdesign @lensinkmitchel @MilanoRL @mionica69 @nazimanasrullah @ornative @patryk_wikalinski @pauladanner @prettythingsAK @remrstr @stuguest @tom3cki @turiandor Which one of these photos is your favorite?

10 photography techniques you can use everyday. Use these ten techniques everyday to help improve your images and become a better photographer. 1. Rule of thirds The rule of thirds is an extremely useful compositional tool that helps you produce images with elements that align well. In the past you had to imagine dividing the scene into three equally sized columns and three equally horizontal slices, but these days most cameras have a ‘rule of thirds’ view that places a grid over the image in the screen, or even the viewfinder.

Then all you need to do is make sure that the horizon (for example) lies along one of the horizontal grid lines and that key elements such as trees in a landscape fall where the grid lines cross (aka the intersection of the thirds). While it’s called a rule, you don’t need to follow the rule of thirds slavishly. Some scenes call for a uniform composition for example, where the main subject is at the centre of the image instead of at the intersection of a third. 2. Pages: 1 2 3 4 5Next. Zombie pictures: how to make terrifying Halloween portraits of friends. Zombie pictures are all the rage at the moment, thanks to pop culture phenomena like The Walking Dead and World War Z. There are countless apps out there to help you make zombie pictures of yourself and your friends, but to ensure the best results we show you how a few simple Photoshop effects can make your zombie photos truly terrifying!

It’s that time of year when we revel in showing off our ghoulish sides, so why not celebrate by transforming people into creepy characters with blood, scars and crazed expressions? We’ll show you how with a combination of essential Photoshop skills, from simple selections and masks to brush settings, Blend Modes and Layer Styles. With their iconography and grisly effects, horror films offer great inspiration for Photoshop techniques (if you ever want an idea for a cool project, just look at horror film posters). We’ll begin here by dropping our character into one of the staple locations of any horror film: a creepy night-time forest. Digital Photography Review: Digital Photography Review. 7 beginner photography tutorials that can still improve your photography. While we like to divide ourselves into groups of beginner photographers, advanced photographers, professional photographers – even famous photographers – and so on, the truth is we all play by the same sets of rules.

Often we’ve found that going back and reading ‘beginner’ photography tutorials has provided us with new inspiration to go out and break the rules to try something different. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up 7 of our most popular ‘beginner’ photography tutorials that we believe are worth another read. Digital Cameras: what the manual doesn’t teach you Here on Digital Camera World we get lots of emails from readers who are daunted by the complexity of their new digital cameras, unsure of the best way to capture the best shots, and confused about which settings to use.

Considering the plethora of buttons and functions packed into today’s cameras, this is totally understandable. Even getting the strap onto your new bundle of joy can sometimes seem like mission impossible! How to compose a photograph in Live View. Best camera settings for sunsets (free photography cheat sheet)