Photography tutorials

I wrote a few dozens of photography related tutorials up to date. Below you will find complete list of them.
Also if there is something you would like to read about, leave a comment with suggestion.

First, video tutorials:
Name Difficulty level Description
Add Sunset Glow beginner Tutorial showing how to make sunset photos warmer by adding sunset glow in Photoshop.
Beginner's HDR photography tutorial. Part 1. Why do we need HDR? beginner HDR video tutorial series. In this part I give reasons why HDR is sometimes necessary and how it can save a photo.
Beginner's HDR photography tutorial. Part 2. Introduction to Photomatix Pro beginner HDR video tutorial series. In this part I introduce Photomatix Pro, show its interface and talk about core features like alignment or deghosting.
Beginner's HDR photography tutorial. Part 3. Creating realistic images in Photomatix Pro beginner HDR video tutorial series. In this part I show how to get realistic looking HDR images in Photomatix Pro 5.
Beginner's HDR photography tutorial. Part 4. Dealing with halo artifacts beginner HDR video tutorial series. In this part I show how to deal with halo artifacts.
Beginner's HDR photography tutorial. Part 5. Dealing with noise beginner HDR video tutorial series. In this part I show how to deal with noise in tone-mapped images.
Case study: sunset in Tatra mountains beginner In this series I show how I edited my photos.
Create painterly looking photos beginner Tutorial showing how to give photos very painterly look.
Fixing distortions in Photoshop beginner In this tutorial I show how to remove distortions in photos using various tools available in Photoshop.
Step-by-step HDR. Episode 1. beginner Episode 1 in the series of video tutorial about processing real HDR photos.

In this part I show how to process landscape photo taken during sunset.
Step-by-step HDR. Episode 2. Blue hour HDR beginner Episode 2 in the series of video tutorial about processing real HDR photos. This time about blue hour HDR.

In this part I introduce you to Photomatix Pro which will be used throughout the series: I explain its interface and core features like alignment, deghosting and of course tone-mapping.
Step-by-step HDR. Episode 3. Golden hour HDR beginner Episode 3 in the series of video tutorial about processing real HDR photos. This time about golden hour HDR.

In this part I use just released Photomatix Pro 5 and its new Contrast Optimizer tone-mapper. I also show how to increase clarity using Topaz Clarity filter.
Using selective adjustments in Lightroom beginner Video tutorial showing how to use selecting adjustments tool in Lightroom 4 and 5: graduated filter, adjustments brush and radial filter.
How to take photos of the stars - part 3. Post-processing advanced Part 3 of the tutorial about shooting stars. This time in form of a video tutorial. It details post-processing such photos.

And now written tutorials:


Thumbnail Name Difficulty level Description
Clarity in Photoshop beginner Tutorial describing how to increase clarity inside Photoshop similar to the Clarity slider in Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw.
Creating star bursts in camera beginner Tutorial describing how to create star burst effect in camera using wide-angle lens.
Finding your lens sharpest aperture beginner Tutorial describing how to take sharpest aperture of the lens.
Fixing distortion in photos. Part 1. Perspective crop beginner Part 1 of tutorial on fixing lens distortion in Photoshop. This part details Perspective crop tool available in Photoshop CS6.
Golden and blue hour explained beginner Tutorial describing golden and blue hour terms.
How to restore settings from tone-mapped image? beginner Short tip on how to read tone-mapping settings from the file processed with Photomatix Pro.
How to save disk space beginner Tutorial giving tips on saving disk space for those who take thousands of photos.
How to take handheld HDR photo? beginner Tutorial giving tips how to shoot HDR photos without a tripod.
How to use Magic Lantern for taking bracketed photos beginner Tutorial on using Magic Lantern for shooting HDR photos.
Lightroom's Virtual Copy beginner Tutorial on using Lightroom's Virtual Copy feature to save space and create fake exposures.
Picking your best photos. How to? beginner Tutorial giving tips how to pick the best photos from photoshoot.
Photo Composition Primer beginner Tutorial detailing various composition rules to make your images more attractive.
Photographing sculptures in HDR beginner Tutorial on using HDR for sculptures photography.
Photomatix GUI tips beginner A bunch of useful tips for increasing your efficiency working with Photomatix Pro.
Polarizer filter - landscape photographer's best friend beginner Tips on using circular polarizer filter for landscape photography.
Post-processing infrared photos beginner Step-by-step tutorial describing how to post-process infrared photos to make the sky blue and grass and leaves white (or close to it).
Restoring highlights & shadows beginner Short tutorial describing how to restore some highlights and shadows in Photoshop CS using Highlights & Shadows image adjustment.
Saturation vs Vibrance - what's the difference? beginner Have you ever wondered why Lightroom (and several other photo editing apps) have two sliders dealing with colour saturation: Saturation and Vibrance? If so read this tutorial.
Sepia in Photomatix beginner Short tip on how to achieve sepia effect in Photomatix Pro using multiple tone-mapping technique.
Sharpening - Part 1: High-Pass Sharpening beginner Part 1 of the tutorial about sharpening - it deals with high-pass filter sharpening.
Sharpening - Part 2: Unsharp Mask Sharpening beginner Part 2 of the tutorial about sharpening - it deals with a very popular sharpening technique using Unsharp Mask filter.
Sharpening - Part 3: Sharpening HDR photos beginner Part 3 of the tutorial about sharpening - it deals with sharpening of tone-mapped images. It also describes why tone-mapped photo might appear less sharp than its preview in Photomatix Pro.
Tack sharp photos in 10 easy steps beginner Tutorial giving tips on how to capture perfectly sharp and crisp photos.
Tiny planets effect beginner Tutorial describing how to create tiny planet (aka small world) out of a panoramic photo in Photoshop CS.
Understanding HDR (high dynamic range) beginner Some theory related to HDR photography. What is dynamic range, what is tone-mapping? A lot of samples.
Understanding Histogram beginner Histogram is a very useful tool that lets you evaluate exposure and contrast of photos. If you would like to understand how to read it, make sure to take a look at this tutorial.
Useful Lightroom shortcuts beginner A list of useful Adobe Lightroom keyboard shortcuts.
Useful Photoshop shortcuts beginner A list of useful Photoshop CS keyboard shortcuts.
Winter & mountains HDR photography beginner Tutorial describing how to capture great HDR photos in the mountains during winter.
Dealing with lens flares intermediate Tutorial describing how to get rid of lens flare artifacts in your photos.
Dealing with waves and long exposures in HDR intermediate Tutorial describing how to remove ghosting in water and waves when shooting seascape HDR photos.
Does number of exposures really matter? intermediate Tutorial describing whether it differs if one takes 3, 5 or 7 exposures for a HDR photo.
Exposure fusion explained intermediate Tutorial describing Exposure Fusion processing method in Photomatix Pro and how to create very natural photos using it.
Fake HDR, multiple exposures from single RAW intermediate Tutorial describing how to create 3 exposures out of a single RAW image and then process them in Photomatix Pro.
Fire photography made easy intermediate Tutorial about shooting photos of fire and flames.
Getting realistic results in Photomatix Pro intermediate Tutorial giving tips how to create realistic looking HDR images using Photomatix Pro software.
Introduction to Infrared Photography intermediate Short tutorial giving some instructions on how to get started with infrared (IR) photography with a typical non-modified DSLR.
Panning technique intermediate Tutorial describing panning technique - in camera effect to show movement of fast moving objects.
Removing colour cast from photos in Photoshop intermediate This tutorial shows a few techniques to colour correct your photos and remove any colour cast from them.
Removing halo artifacts in a HDR photo  intermediate Tutorial describing how to get rid of halo artifacts in HDR photos. Three methods are described: doing this in Photomatix, using Curves adjustments layer in Photoshop and via Dodging & Burning.
Simulating infrared photography in Photoshop intermediate Tutorial describing how to create fake infrared photo in Photoshop.
Shooting panoramas intermediate Tutorial describing how to take panoramic shot and how to stitch them.
What makes HDR photo look unrealistic? intermediate Tutorial describing common mistakes made when tone-mapping a HDR photo. It also gives solutions to them.
Batch processing with Photomatix Pro advanced Tutorial describing one of the most advanced features in Photomatix Pro - batch processing and how to make use of it.
Dealing with chromatic aberration advanced Tutorial detailing chromatic aberration and techniques on removing it during post-processing step.
Getting extreme depth of field in landscape photos advanced Tutorial describing how to increase depth of field in landscape photography using focus stacking technique.
HDR tutorial advanced Comprehensive tutorial about creating HDR photos and achieving realistic look for them using Photomatix Pro. This tutorial details every step of creating HDR photo: shooting bracketing sequence, tone-mapping it, using batch to work more effectively. It also describes common issues like noise or ghosts and gives tips on how to get rid of them.
How to take photos of the stars - part 1 advanced Part 1 of the tutorial about shooting stars. It details necessary equipment, choosing a right location and also how to take photo of the stars without showing it apparent movement.
How to take photos of the stars - part 2. Star trails advanced Part 2 of the tutorial about shooting stars. It details shooting star trails - apparent movement of stars.
How to take photos of the stars - part 3. Post-processing advanced Part 3 of the tutorial about shooting stars. It details post-processing such photos.
Shooting drops and water splashes advanced Tutorial describing how to take photos of water droplets and splashes.
Smooth water effect advanced Tutorial giving tips on creating silky smooth water using long exposure.

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