Digital Photography School

Rainy day in Tbilisi - Time Lapse Video

That time of the year have come and as usual in April I return to photograph that lovely brick wall opposite to our apartment, turning green. This year I decided to excel in time lapse photography and video. Few month ago I bought an intervalometer (around Christmas time) and today was actually first time I put it on real action.  I did a few tests to see how intervalometer actually works, and once get the basic understanding put it to capture 120 shots with 30 secund interval (...

Olympus OMD E-M10 Mark II Mirrorless Camera Review

The E-M10 Mark I was an excellent camera already. But the E-M10 Mark II is more than a simple update to the Mark I, released for the sake of having an inexpensive flagship mirrorless. The E-M10  Mark II has a load of features bundled into a compact body and with a price tag of less than $500. With features like in-built image stabilization, Wi-fi, touchscreen autofocus and the time-tested 16 MP Micro 4/3rds sensor, let's see if this is the best mirrorless camera for your budget or not!...

A tutorial for creating HDR images in Photoshop

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, and it is a technique in which many images – usually around 3 or 5 – are merged together, so that details from all the different images show up in the final HDR image. It is simply using the dynamic range over many exposures in one single image. #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; width:100%;} /* Add your own MailChimp form style overrides in your site stylesheet or in this style block. We...

Top 10 Tips for Awesome Phone Photography

You'll be surprised to know that a good photo is never defined by the brand of camera in your hand or the number of megapixels, what makes a good photo is light, the subject and you yourself. So, before you decide to buy a camera for more in-depth photography and control, go over these tips for getting your basics spot on. 1. Don't forget to focus on your subject Your phones are all touchscreens and have autofocus capabilites. But it is still a fact that many people literally just “point...

Canon EOS M5 Mirrorless Camera Review

The EOS M5 is Canon's best mirrorless offering. But this may not mean that the camera giant's mirrorless beats the excellent mirrorless cameras from Sony and Fuji. With a lot of features borrowed from the 80D in a small and light body, the M5 is certainly interesting. Let's see if it can hold up against the competition or not. If you are new to mirrorless cameras, see: Mirrorless Camera Buying Guide or Top 20 Best Selling Mirrorless Cameras #mc_embed_signup{background...

How To Shoot Indoor Photograpy

Indoor photography covers a huge range of situations – from kids’ birthdays to high-end interior shootings. Basically, everything that is shot indoors. Assuming that you don’t own a studio lighting gear, all you’re left with is a light that’s already in your space. Because of that, indoor photography is often not-so-easy to shoot. Why? Because most of the time, the light in indoor spaces is poor and you need to learn to set your camera for low light situations. #mc_embed_signup...

Digital Photography School Adobe Lightroom Presets Review

A Brief Look at the Preset Packs offered by DPS Lightroom is one of the most widely used tool of photographers. An easy to use organizer and an even more efficient editing tool, Lightroom is an excellent software to have in your photography arsenal. The only problem is – you have to learn how to use it. And that takes some time. With hundreds of tools and settings and values to change, it sometimes gets overwhelming to edit your image and bring out the best in it. It gets even more difficult...

ISO Settings for Night Photography

The purpose of this article is to familiarize the user with the best practices regarding ISO settings for night photography. We will go over a basic introduction to ISO as well as a short guide on using different ISO values in relation to other camera settings in order to achieve best results. One of the reasons casual photographers decide to upgrade to a DSLR camera is so they can capture quality photos during night. However, DSLRs often require understanding of different camera settings and...

Best Aperture Settings For Landscape Photography

Beautiful sunsets, silky waterfalls, pin-sharp stars all over the skies – we all have seen such photographs and have also attempted to capture something like that, often with less than spectacular results. In this article, I will tell you what settings you can use to ensure that you get the shot you want. There are many factors which affect the final image like ISO, shutter speed, sensor size etc. But for landscape photography, perhaps knowing the right aperture and the concept of hyper focal...

Mirrorless Camera Buying Guide

Pros and Cons and the Top 3 Mirrorles Cameras Earlier, there were not many options photographers had. Either they could go for a small image sensor and buy a compact camera, or choose a bigger sensor and go for a proper DSLR camera that is bigger in size too. #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; width:100%;} /* Add your own MailChimp form style overrides in your site stylesheet or in this style block. We recommend moving this...

Top 15 Best Selling DSLR Cameras 2017

I switched from point and shoot camera to a  DSLR back in April 2015, when bought an entry level Canon Rebel T5 camera. I'm using this camera to the date, most of the photography featured in this website is done with this model. There is a good saying a photographer needs to upgrade his/her gear just only he/she is outperforming existing gear. For me, I feel it's time to make another switch, from crop sensor to the full frame body. And as a Canon person I'm...

How to Import Canon DSLR .mov Files Into Adobe Premiere Pro CS4

In this article you will learn how to import Canon DSLR .mov files into video editing software Adobe Premiere CS 4 and how to possibly deal with a choppy playback.  It's all about codecs when dealing with video editing. If you don't have right codecs CS4 wont recognize videos shot with a Canon DSLR (Although, never version should). One of the simplest ways to make Adobe Premiere CS 4 to recognize .mov files is by simply installing QuickTime player. After you have installed QuickTime...

Top 10 Best Selling Canon Digital Camera (EF / EF-S) Lenses

I'm an avid user of Canon 1200D DSLR camera user (branded under Rebel T5 in US). By now, in my arsenal there are two lenses - the kit 18-55mm lens and a telephoto 75-300mm lens. I have been shooting mostly landscapes (70%) and portraits or street photography (30%). Most of the time I'm still shooting with kit lenses (set and forget), they have both helped and, yes - failed too, during my travels. I have made lovely photo stories from Spain, Italy, Georgia and many more...

How To Recover Permanently Deleted Files (Canon CR2, JPG and more) on Windows

In this article you will learn that not all is lost (in most cases), and it's still  possible to recover accidently deleted Canon CR2 files (I'm writing about Canon, as I'm writing from my own experience). Here is my case study: I bought a new Asus laptop about a year ago, it did came with a 500GB built in HDD storage, the main purpose for this laptop was to perform some everyday computing and post-processing RAW images in Adobe Lightroom. If you are a photographer - you get the...

Top 6 Best Selling Canon DSRL Bundles 2016

I have been ready to make a switch from crop- sensor to full-frame camera for about past 6 months, but recently after a brief chat with a friend he convinced me that I might actually invest in glass (lens) and mine existing camera will be just fine.  I'm talking about Canon EOS Rebel T5 model, I bought more than a year ago, read my first impressions here: First Impressions Of Canon EOS 1200D Camera With 18-55mm Lens. I was surprised, after doing a quick DSLR camera...

How to Photograph the Big Dipper

Have you ever wanted to photograph the Big Dipper? It is on of the easiest and probably the most famous grouping of stars in the sky. Fail short using auto mode on your camera? I hear you - I was there buddy. Once I was laying in warm beaches in Turkey (around Izmir) it was night already, the view around me was just amazing, city lights, sea and stars... I spent all night stargazing and trying to photograph at least something using my camera... well... I ended up with...

How To Stitch Panoramic Photos with Adobe Photoshop (Photomerge)

I have wanted to write about panoramic photography technique I have been using for a very long time already, today finally I decided to put my knowledge on paper (blog). Panoramic photos are cool and easy way to fake a wide angle lens, you don't have to own fancy DSLR camera and super wide angle lens to fit more into frame. For today's tutorial I'm using my Canon Rebel T5 DSLR camera with kit 18mm-55mm lens. I'm always trying to shoot at widest (18mm) to fit more details in frame....

Photo of the month - March 2016

Sorry for late update on photo of the month project, as it is already end of the April, I'm rushing to publish an update for March photography. The reason fur such late update is simple - I feel really tired of my 365 days photo project. Keep capturing and post precessing a picture in a day is really a pain. On the other hand I feel I have developed my skills pretty decent, so I can gather pretty decent count of faves and comments on Flickr, I only need to publish my pictures to more groups....

Google Makes The NIK Collection Plugins Free

Great news Johann shared on Georgia Ex-pat Photographer club wall today - Starting March 24, 2016, the latest Nik Collection will be freely available to download: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. Get Nik Collection for free now If you purchased the Nik Collection in 2016, you will receive a full refund, which we’ll automatically issue back to you in the coming days. Photo enthusiasts all over the world use the Nik Collection...

Shooting Hanheld HDR Photography

As some of you already know lately I'm a lot into HDR photography. For most of the times I'm shooting from a tripod, but sometimes (just sometimes) I'm lazy enough to take tripod with me. In most cases I end up damning myself for not taking tripod this time and most often avoid HDR shooting. Also in a lot of popular tourist spots (churches,cathedrals) it's forbidden to use a tripod - so you are left with handheld and no flashlight photography. Thus, that doesn't mean you cannot shoot HDR...

6 Tips For taking awesome night photography

I don't call myself a photography guru, actually I believe photography is a know how instead of I'm a guru photographer - beware of me. Today I'll share some findings I have learnt during past 170 days in frames of my 365 days photo project (take one picture every day). Here is the fun fact - actually for the first time this year I was doing some cycling trip in Tbilisi at night (less vehicles) and I wanted to make just some Tbilisi night photos (see: Practicing Photography: Doing...

Photo of the month - February 2016

This year was a leap year and in February we got 29 days - my photo project got 29 photography as well (one image each day).  In February I experimented with street photography, landscape photography, HDR photography, macro / close up photography and even black and white photography. I did use panoramic technique a lot and each photo post - proceeded in Adobe Lightroom. Other tools involved last month: Photomatix and Adobe Photoshop. Now it' s time to announce the winner: A quick note:...

Photo of the month - January 2016

January was pretty hard month - after a lovely trip to Italy at the end of 2015, we returned back to Tbilisi at start of 2016 and I got ill for about two weeks. For those two weeks I still managed to take a photo a day. Being absent to leave my apartment I photographed indoors, experimented with close ups, photographed our cats a lot and even tried B&W technique. None of these techniques performed as great as landscape photography (and yes, HDR rocks).  A quick note: for determining...

How to take and create HDR Panoramic photos

In today's digital photography school tutorial series I'll show how to create HDR panoramic photos. Make sure you check my previous tutorials on HDR photography - How To Take and Post-Process Night HDR Images , How to Capture and Post-Process Professional HDR Photos Using HDR Efex PRO Now, regarding panorama photos, there is not always a need to create a 180 or 360 degree panoramas, sometimes you just want to fit in your frame a little bit more than a regular shot can do,...