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How To: Plan for Autumn Photos, Master Astrophotography, Start a Photo Business ... and More

By David Schonauer   Tuesday October 22, 2019


Are you ready for fall colors?

This month’s roundup of photography tutorials from around the web includes YouTuber Nigel Dawson’s thoughts on preparing for autumn’s explosion of color.

The video particularly inspired Alex Cooke at Fstoppers, who notes that fall’s “intricate colors and textures offer the opportunity for shots from many perspectives. Of course, there are the traditional wide-angle landscape shots, but consider alternative perspectives as well, such as a macro shot of a vibrant leaf isolated from the larger trees or drone shots showing more abstract washes of color.”

While you’re out there, you’ll want to avoid the three mistakes outlined by landscape photographer Mark Denney. (Because who wants busy edges and sloppy horizons?)

Leaves are great, but perhaps you prefer to gaze at the night sky. In that case, you'll want to look at  the tutorial on astrophotography from Trevor Jones at Astro Backyard.

Don’t want to leave the studio at all? There’s also a tutorial on three-light portrait techniques, as well as several lesson on editing tools and Photoshop techniques.
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1. Planning Autumn Photos

Streams, ferns, leaves … it’s all about visualizing nature’s change.


2. Don’t Make These Three Common Landscape Mistakes


“If you haven’t taken the time to review your images from the past in order to compare them to your photos from the present, I highly recommend that you do,” writes YouTuber Mark Denney in this video’s description.


3. How To Find Subjects With a Long Lens

Long lenses are necessary for capturing details when shooting wildlife, but finding your subjects while using them can be difficult. Here, wildlife photographer Steve Perry demonstrates a technique for doing that.


4. A Beginner’s Guide to Astrophotography

Trevor Jones at Astro Backyard goes through the gear you’ll need and how to use it to shoot the Moon, the Milky Way, and even distant galaxies.


5. Three-Light Portrait Photography Techniques

Ready to move beyond lighting basics? Of course you are! Here,  Eli Infante shows how to build a three-light studio portrait, step by step.


6. Understand Flash Sync Speed

Speaking of studio lighting: In this video, Gavin Hoey of Adorama TV explains how flash sync speed affects your work when you are using strobes.


7. Understanding Color Balance


Don’t get hot under the collar about color temperature! In this video from Kinetek, director and cinematographer Matthew Rosen explains color temperature and how to use it.

8. Why You Might Want Higher ISOs for Portraits

Lower ISO values mean less noise, but in this video YouTuber Michael Sasser makes the case for using higher ISOs for boudoir photography.


9. Editing Tools You Should Know About

There are so many editing tools available now, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by them all. In the video above, Ted Forbes of The Art of Photography discusses five tools every photographer should know how to use: histograms, sliders, levels, curves, and color wheels.

Meanwhile, in the video below from Photoshop Dad shows how to use the Pen Tool in Photoshop.

And in the video below, Aaron Nace of Phlearn shows how to use Photoshop to extend backgrounds in photos.

The need for doing this might arise if you shoot an image with the intention of a certain crop and that need changes after the fact, notes Fstoppers.


10. Get Your Photo Business Off the Ground

Okay, so you’re adept at Photoshop. But do you know your way around Excel? Here, Daniel Norton suggests a number of things you show do before you start a photography business.
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At top: Screen capture from Nigel Dawson’s tutorial “Photography Planning for Better Autumn Photos”

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