15 of the Best Cheat Sheets, Printables and Infographics for Photographers Everyone loves cheat sheets, and photographers are no exception. Squeezed into a set of short tips, schemes, and definitions, a cheat sheet is a quick way to learn something, as well as refresh your knowledge about any particular subject. Moreover, now that infographics are an extremely popular format of delivering information on the Internet, cheat sheets can also be a source for visual inspiration. Here is a large collection of some noteworthy cheat sheets, infographics, and printables for photographers. From shooting basics to photography marketing tips, every aspect of photography is covered in this round-up.
[Fstoppers Original] What Is Lens Diffraction And When Does Diffraction Happen? If you are like me then you might not always get caught up in some of the super technical aspects of photography. One aspect of photography I recently investigated was the loss of sharpness caused by Diffraction. Last night while playing with the new Nikon D800 camera I examined lens diffraction and how diffraction can seriously affect the sharpness of your photography. One thing that always blew my mind in science class was when my professors told me light can act both as a particle and as a wave (quantum physics was never my strong suit). When described as a wave, light usually travels in a straight line but can also bend when passing through or around objects.
25 New Illustrator Tutorials That Will Make You A Master Of Vector Art Just because you can usually get a similar effect in Photoshop doesn’t mean the end result will be as good as using Illustrator (depending on the project). If you are like me (and I will bet most of you are) you will go ahead and use PS because you know it much better even though the final project will not be as good or as functional as it could be. Well it’s time to buck up and get this learning curve completely out of the way so you make the right choice next time. Below are some sweet Illustrator tuts that will leave you in vector heaven once your done.
Understanding Exposure - ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed Explained What controls exposure? ISO ratings determine the image sensor’s sensitivity to light, each value of the rating represents a “stop” of light, and each incremental ISO number (up or down) represents a doubling or halving of the sensor’s sensitivity to light. The Aperture controls the lens’ diaphragm, which controls the amount of light traveling through the lens to the film plane. The aperture setting is indicated by the f-number, whereas each f-number represents a “stop” of light. 17 Tutorials Every 3D Artist Should Read Searching for quality 3D tutorials can be hard to do sometimes. Especially if you have already learned modeling techniques and you wish to learn more in detail other aspects of the 3D software. That’s why I have compiled a list of a few tutorials around the web I think would be excellent to read if it’s your goal to further expand your knowledge of 3D software. These include spline modeling techniques, quick tricks for fast modeling, simulation using reactor and other various techniques. Polygon Modeling a Head
How to set up a camera for the first time: 11 things you need to do first If you’re new to photography or just bought a new camera, you may need a few tips on how to set up a camera for the first time. Our head of testing Angela Nicholson is on hand with all the information you need. SEE MORE: First camera crash course – simple solutions for mastering your new DSLR 20 Basic Illustrator Tutorials Every Beginner Should See Learning a new software application can be a daunting task, especially when tackling an application that’s as deep as Adobe Illustrator! Thankfully there’s a colection of Illustrator veterans who are generous enough to take the time to document the basics, allowing new users to grasp the initial workings and gain a know-how of the tools and core techniques. This collection of hand-picked tutorials cover various tools, and provide plenty of useful hints and tips. Together they form a super handy resource for any beginner looking to get their brains wrapped around Adobe Illustrator. Learn Illustrator CS3 in 30 Days
6 Phrases to Help you Learn Photography Faster Learning all the ins and outs of photography is a never ending challenge. For some, the technical side of photography seems more difficult to understand. Others feel they are challenged by the creative side of understanding composition and light. 30 Illustrator Gradient Mesh Tutorials to Help Enhance Your Vector Realism We've got some awesome tuts from across the net for learning and improving your Gradient Mesh skills with. It's a great tool to work with to achieve vector realism. It takes a little practice to get the feel for working with it, but it's worth the effort. We've released quite a few tutorials for learning and mastering the Gradient Mesh Tool. There are lots of dedicated tuts on this tool on Vectortuts+ and across the web listed here.
First camera crash course: simple solutions to master your new DSLR So you bought your first camera… now what do you do? If you’re struggling with your first steps in DSLR photography, rest assured you’re not alone. And we’re here to help. San Diego City College Materials for Students Please understand clearly, grades are not an entitlement; they are something you earn. If you come into a class needing a specific grade for whatever reason, getting it will be easy and straightforward -- work hard and earn it. I do not believe in what used to be called "motivational grading" that held the foolish notion that giving students good grades regardless of work product made them feel better about themselves and want to achieve more. In practice it diminished the value and credibility of the whole system and made them not motivated but lazy since they did not have to work for them. And I noticed too that when you know you are being given something for nothing it does not make you feel better about yourself.
30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you. As Maria Robinson once said, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Nothing could be closer to the truth. But before you can begin this process of transformation you have to stop doing the things that have been holding you back. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Famous Photographers: 225 tips to inspire you Digital Camera World has interviewed some of the best and most famous photographers in its time. Martin Parr, Rankin, David Doubilet, Jill Furmanovsky, even celebrity photographers like Bryan Adams (yes, that Bryan Adams)... it's an impressive roster of talented lensmen and lenswomen. Here, we gather together some insightful words of advice from more than 50 of our interviews. Famous photographers from a wide range of disciplines offer their top tips and photo ideas, as well as provide insight into the best practices that helped make them famous. Professional photographers of all tastes and abilities will be inspired to shoot better portraits, landscapes, travel and wildlife shots, and more... Martin Parr
Flash-Based Galleries For Your Images - Smashing Magazine Advertisement In many situations web designers should avoid Flash and prefer usual text-based presentation. For instance, in most tasks related to pure text presentation Flash is neither necessary nor user-friendly, and it also has some serious accessibility problems: in fact, “pure” text is easier to maintain and easier to copy and paste. However, if you’d like to present some multimedia-content, particularly images, Flash can often be a feasible solution, with flexible image management for web designers and impressive visual presentation for users. Used moderately, Flash-based galleries can give the presentation a fresh spark and create a rich visual experience you might want to offer your visitors. In this post we present some of the free, attractive and flexible Flash-based galleries you can use to present your images more effectively.