Category Archives: Photography, Tutorials and Tips

For Photography; Tutorials and Tips!
A Photo I like; A tutorial or tip I want to share.

How to Improve Your Photography?

Everyone wants to get the most outstanding photos, and everyone can achieve that. You don’t need to buy the latest camera or even buying the most expensive lens to get the BEST results! It is true that the good equipment give good results, but that doesn’t mean you need to buy the latest in the market to get the most awesome photos!

If you have a very good camera with a working shutter, then you’re ready to go!

Consider these points if you want to get real good photos:

  1. Walk into an Art Museum: Try to observe how other photographers see, by watching their photos. I do believe that each photographer has a third eye, but most photographers don’t have the same third eye. Each photographer has a different perspective in taking photos, you’ll be amazed when someone gives you two photos (for two different photographers) for the same place! You take look at the first photo then you say:”Oh my god! This photo is so beautiful, breath-taking!”, then you look at the second photo and you go like:”Uh, it is just a normal photo!”. Simply, they were for the same place but they got different perspective.
  2. When you want to shoot something, have a look at it closely. Try to walk around it, think before you shoot. You can always shoot then preview the photo on the camera’s LCD. Put some effort; sometimes you need to add a little detail to an object to look better, and sometimes you need just to move the object to like 1cm to look even better!
  3. Use your Imagination: Using your imagination while shooting will help in making an outstanding photos and a perfect perspective; without your imagination the photos you take will look just normal, nothing special about them.
  4.  Manual mode instead of Auto mode: yeah, you’re the one who create scenes; you’re the one who is taking photos; you’re the one who will create perspectives. It is you who take photos, not the camera. So, why doing it Auto? Don’t rely on Auto, because you will lack the taste in your own photos. After using the Manual mode for some time you’ll be able to see the light; you’ll be able to determine the shutter speed/aperture; you’ll be able to see shadows and shades! Because you’re the one who is going to shoot, not the camera, not anymore.
  5. Manual Focus instead of Auto Focus: you’ll see much better through the viewfinder. Use the zoom tool in your camera’s LCD to adjust the focus before you shoot. You’ll get the best results, even better than auto focusing.
  6.  Use your Tripod: I usually get lazy to unfold my tripod to use it; and I usually end up with terrible shaky photos! Especially when you are using Manual mode and Manual focus, you will need a tripod to stabilize the camera.

There are many other points to mention for getting the best photos, but those are the main points to consider.

At last I want you to have a look at some photos that I took with my Argus 50mm f/3.5 lens (1950) I hacked it and I’m using it for my Canon 450D and 60D. It is really old, but you’ll be amazed on how sharp it is: (Photos have been resized to 1000px for width)

The Way to Film Photography, Let’s Get Back 100 years Ago!

Let’s first start with this Photo, before we get into details: *It is my own Camera! It looks gorgeous, Don’t you agree?* :)

You gotta love it, once you start it!

That is what I’m going to talk about in this post; Old, Vintage, and Antique Cameras!

  • Something that is over 100 years old and you’re using it right now! It’s like having a time-machine that brought to you “Trojan Horse” to play around with it!
  • Something that you will really enjoy and find the joy into it, once you start using it!
  • It is about knowing photography more; How exposure works?; How negatives form?; How to process an old film?; How.. How and even more How’s in that!

It’s all started when I’ve been in Chicago for 6 months. I got this internship, and I was lucky to get it!

Since I was into photography, I thought of buying old really OLD Cameras from ebay! I kept looking, and I bought some! Then I thought of testing those lovely looking cameras that I got! I start getting the manuals from the internet, I kept looking, I found the film types that each camera uses. I started purchasing those film types! Non-stopping, man, you gotta love it once you start it!

Now, after I got back to my country. I rested for like a month, but now I’m getting back to it. I got my Chemicals ready, I got my films, I got my Cameras, I got my passionate about it, I got almost everything that I need!

This thing taught me a lot of things about photography:

  • It taught me how to measure the exposure/ISO/shutter-speed/aperture manually!
  • It taught me how to process an old film and how to use the right Chemicals; How to Re-spool a film, too!
  • It taught me how the photos actually form!
  • It taught me how Photography has been developed/improved over the years!
  • It taught me how to create my own Darkroom!

Here are some of the negatives I got after processing two different films, as an experiment:

  • This is my 1st attempt: *Only one out of the 12 negatives, is clear!*

  •  This is my 2nd attempt: *Looks better than the 1st attempt, don’t you agree?*

So for now, I’m waiting my scanner “Epson V500” an easy way to convert Negatives to Photos and scan them to your computer!
Till then, If you got any question regarding this, I’d be happy to help and to provide tips.
Leave your comment and I will be happy to assist you in this field :)

Tips on Taking Photographs Underwater!

As usual I like to surf the internet for more Photography tips/techniques to the sake of improvement. I got to “National Geographic” website, accidentally. I found this useful article, and I thought of sharing it.

:: Click Here ::

Hope you’ll find it useful, as well! :)

Tutorial “Cartoon Effect” for your Photos..

In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to change your photos to look like a cartoon!

Video on Youtube:

Hope this is so clear for you, and Happy to hear your comments :)


Tutorial “Tilt-Shift” (Miniature Faking) Photography..

In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to make “tilt-shift” (Miniature Faking) Photography..

Q: First of all, What do I meant of “tilt-Shift” (Miniature Faking)?

A: Tilt-shift photography


Starting the Tutorial:

You can do this effect (Miniature Faking) either by Photoshop, or by using a Website “tilt-shift maker” or by using a plug-in that can be installed in “Adobe Air”.

  1. Using Photoshop: See this Tutorial.
  2. Using a Website: Click here, to upload your photo to the website and it’ll make “tilt-shift” affect to it.
  3. Using a tool (plug-in) that should be installed on “Adobe Air”: Download the tool, click here.

Hope this is so clear for you, and Happy to hear your comments :)