Posted on Sunday, 11th March 2012 by Cee
If you do, then Digital Photography Tips is for you even if you’re a beginner or a keen amateur for that matter. This website offers:
- A free photography course for beginners
- Digital photography tutorials and techniques for keen amateurs, and
- Photoshop tutorials to help you all along with image-editing
Hover over the image below to see the changes made in Photoshop
Photography Course for Beginners
If you are starting out as a photographer, there is a free course in the Beginners Photography Course category. It covers the main topics that you need to grasp as a beginner and each of these topics are organised on separate pages within the category.
In addition, you can reach me to help you get the most out of this course by asking me any question you want. Read each section of the course and wherever there is homework to do, you do it.
I will set out the homework instructions in a simple, easy-to-follow step-by-step fashion. You can’t go wrong. And if you get stuck or don’t understand something, just ask me through the link above. I’m on the other end to get back to you as soon as I can.
One last point, there is an excellent photography book that you can buy to aid your learning written by a well-established photographer, Bryan Peterson. I learnt photography through this book myself. So far, Bryan has successfully sold well over 350,000 copies. Enough said! Make sure you buy the 3rd edition because it’s the latest update that includes Bryan’s teachings from the digital age that we now live in.
Photography Tutorials and Techniques for Experienced Amateurs
What if you’re an experienced amateur photographer? Is there anything here for you? Of course there is.
First of all, have a look at the before and after version of the image above that I shot of my son last year. You can hover over it to see the before version.
Why would I show you the before and after versions of this image? Besides, before and after what? I’m talking about post-processing your images using software like Adobe Photoshop. For a long time, I shot my images in JPEG format completely neglecting the RAW format.
After further reading, I learnt that Ansel Adams… the godfather of photography had said, “a photograph is made, not taken.” Ansel believed that the process of capturing the light from his subjects using the camera was simply just the first step of “making” his final image. There was more involved. Work had to be done in the dark room to prepare the negative and then there was the printing.
He was absolutely right.
The Same Applies To A Digital Image
So on this site, I’m slowly going to add image-editing Photoshop tutorials and many other in-camera photography techniques that haven’t been included in the beginner’s photography course. For you guys, I am also going to recommend an excellent resource – Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: a professional image editor’s guide to the creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC by Marting Evening.
This is a fantastic book to buy if you are serious about image-editing. It is detailed. If you devote an hour of your time each day to this book, it will take your image-creation skills to new heights.
Here is another example of a before and after image below.