Josh Johnson
Equal parts editor, writer, designer, & photographer. I work for Envato and have written tons of stuff for Design Shack.
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    10 Crazy Must-See Camera Tripods and MountsPreview
    The world of camera-related inventions is a crazy place. One of the areas where wacky photographer inventions actually become quite practical is tripods and camera mounts. These devices allow you to take your camera to places it simply couldn't have gone before. Today we've rounded up ten such devices to consider adding to your arsenal. Below you'll find ways to strap your camera to your head, clamp it to a car window and even stick it to a wall!Read More…
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    Are Cameras With Built-in HDR the Future of Photography?Preview
    High Dynamic Range photography is one of two things: something that will be as commonplace as a built-in flash in ten years, or a silly fad that will soon die and fade away. One interesting facet of this debate is that camera manufacturers are beginning to embrace HDR so much that they're actually building it straight into cameras as a way to get more detail out of your images. Today we'll go over what both what HDR is and what it isn't. You'll learn the difference between the core technology and the popular resulting effect that perhaps takes it too far. We'll also take a look at the camera market to see which manufacturers are fully embracing in-camera HDR and which ones are hesitantly testing the waters.Read More…
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    100 Seriously Cool Self-Portraits (And Tips to Shoot Your Own!)100selfportraits prelg
    The self-portrait has been a popular form of expression ever since man first saw his own reflection. Much like Narcissus, it's often the case that we need not look beyond the tip of our own nose for a muse worth studying. Today we'll walk you through some simple steps for taking your first self-portrait, followed by a huge collection of inspiration from photographers who have gone before you. Let's get started!Read More…
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    Step by Step: Buying & Shooting With an Antique CameraPhotography
    When most people are given an antique, it's thrown onto a shelf as a nice dust-collecting decoration. Not me. I took my vintage 1924 Brownie camera completely apart to see how it worked, researched and found the out-of-production film, took some photos and found someone to process them.Read More…
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    How To Diffuse Your Pop-Up Flash with a Fong PufferPreview
    Don't you just hate that little pop-up flash on your camera? Harsh shadows, blown highlights, ugly photos; no fun at all! If only there were a way to turn this little flash into something that you could actually use without being embarrassed of the results. Today we're going to take a look at a product that promises to do just that: The Gary Fong Pop-Up Flash Diffuser. We'll discuss pricing and setup and take some test shots to see if it actually makes good on its promise.Read More…
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    100 Beautiful Vintage Camera PhotographsPreview
    It's easy to forget that cameras weren't always defined by megapixels and the quality of their digital sensors. Once upon a time, photographers had to pay for every photo that they took, and they couldn't see them for hours or even days after the shoot. Today we'll pay homage to the countless cameras that have come and gone, paving the way for our beloved modern DSLRs. Below we'll take a look at modern images of over a hundred beautiful vintage cameras (along with a quick history lesson!)Read More…
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    How to Photograph and Create the Perfect Christmas CardPreview2
    It's December, and the holidays are upon us. Whether you're religious, atheist, or agnostic, it's the perfect time of year to send out a friendly card to your friends and family to adorn their refrigerator with. Today we're going to walk you through setting up the shoot, creating a solid composition, the post-processing procedure and even a little Photoshop magic to add that special personal touch.Read More…
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    Planning a Wedding Shoot: Organisation and PaperworkPreview
    Weddings represent one of the most stressful and daunting tasks a photographer can undertake. The environments vary considerably, and the pace is often hurried. Many couples consider the photos you take of them on that day as some of the most important pictures they will ever have. The complexity of the event itself can be quite stressful for a photographer to plan. Should you have a schedule? How long are you supposed to stay? Should you ask your clients to sign anything? Today's tutorial will focus on how to handle the event from a business perspective. You'll learn all about what's involved and how you can prepare yourself so that both you and your clients are satisfied with the outcome.Read More…
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    Mastering Lightroom Slideshows and Web GalleriesPreview
    Lightroom isn't just great for professional photo editing - it also has many great options for showing off your photos to clients, friends or family. Whether you want to sit someone down in front of your computer and play them a slideshow or create an impressive interactive web gallery, Lightroom has the tools to help you, no experience necessary. Below we'll walk through the basics of setting up both custom slideshows and web galleries in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3. Though much of the process is straightforward, there are plenty of advanced settings to get lost in. Let's get started!Read More…
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    Power Up Your Photography with Photoshop CS5Preview
    New Photoshop releases get a lot of attention from the designer crowd, but as a photographer you can get equally excited about all the fantastic new toys Adobe has cooked up to improve your workflow. Photoshop CS5 is one of the most significant releases we've seen in several revisions, so if you're still on CS2 or 3 and have been waiting for a good time to upgrade, this just may be it! Below we'll take a look at how to use a number of the new features in CS5 that apply to your work as a photographer. Whether you're replacing pixels, fixing lens distortion or creating fantastic high dynamic range images, these new goodies are more than enough to have you cursing Adobe for making you want to buy yet another Creative Suite.Read More…
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    Mastering the Histogram in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Preview
    In several previous articles, we've discussed how to interpret the histogram on your camera. While shooting, you can use this handy tool to check your highlights and shadows to make sure there isn't an unacceptable amount of clipping. Unfortunately, if you spot a problem in-camera, the best you can do is adapt your settings and improve future shots. Today we're going to apply these same principles to post-processing in Lightroom 3. Here, the histogram is not only an indicator of the current state of the shot, but a tool that you can use to actually improve the photo.Read More…
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    5 Professional Photography Website Services ComparedPreview
    Getting a photography business off the ground can be exhausting and expensive. Most professional photographers have both a website and a portal that allows clients to view photos, make prints, buy albums and more. So how do you get all these goodies, and how much is it going to cost you? Below we'll answer these questions and more as we take a look at five sites that can fill your need for either or both of the services mentioned above (basic website or powerful online store). We'll introduce you to each service, describe their basic features and how they compare to the other options and give you a look at their pricing plans so you can decide which is best for you. First up is one of my favorites: SmugMug.Read More…