Forget the $500 Gimbal; Make a DIY Anti-Vibration Drone Camera Mount for $10

The problem with mounting a GoPro to a DJI Phantom or other drone is that the vibration of the propellers creates a terrible jello effect in the footage. This is the main reason that gimbals have become such a popular accessory for drones. But gimbals are expensive.

Two grad students from USC were searching for a cheaper way to reduce the jello effect in their footage from their Phantom-mounted GoPro. After months of failure in testing several aftermarket products, they finally built their own mount with household items for less than $10.

They discovered that they had to dampen the attachment between the GoPro and the Phantom, which is something that none of the attachments on the market allowed. In the end, they used a pair of sponges and some semi-rigid wires to connect a mount that was constructed from a plastic lid.

The results are impressive and resemble the look of an expensive gimbal when viewing the output footage. You can see a full walkthrough, along with sample footage, in the video above.

Understanding the Basics of Low Light Photography

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There are times when you have to use a flash when shooting a wedding or portrait session. For example, if you are shooting outside and the sun has gone down completely, or if you are shooting inside with dim overhead lighting, a flash is a necessity. But whenever I can avoid it, I prefer taking advantage of natural light, even if it is waning in the half hour after sunset.

To get the most out of your camera, follow these guidelines: [Read more...]

Inverse Square Law of Light Explanation (Part 2) from Karl Taylor

A couple weeks back we saw a video from Karl Taylor where he gave a very straightforward and understandable explanation for the inverse square law of light. The above video is the second and final part of the discussion from Karl.

To reinforce Karl’s video again, the inverse square law in photographic lighting says: ┬áthe intensity of light radiating from a source is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the source.

As a result, an object 2 meters away from a light source, receives only one-quarter the light as an object that is 1 meter away from the source.

5 Brilliant Minutes with Gregory Heisler

This short video of Gregory Heisler packs so much wisdom and advice for photographers into a little more than 5 minutes. You can’t watch this video and fail to take something away from it.

If you want to hear more from the man, Heisler also has a recent book called Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits, in which he breaks down 50 of his portraits and reveals his creative and technical processes for each shot.

[via PetaPixel]

How to Create an Artistic Double Exposure in Photoshop

Check out this video from Andrew Klokow as he walks you through his process of creating a double exposure in Photoshop.

In the video, he combines images of a bride and a floral bouquet into a single image in Photoshop. He then imports the combined image into Lightroom for some finishing touches.

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Peter Hurley Headshot Tips

If you don’t know the name, Peter Hurley is the headshot guy. In the above video, Peter shares some of this tips on headshot photography with Frank Doorhof.

If that’s the kind of thing that interests you, I’m reposting this hour-long video from the Google+ Photography Conference back in 2012 below. In it, Peter goes into much greater depth on the art of the headshot. [Read more...]

Get More Out of Photoshop with Plug-ins

In this video, Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes shares how to get more out of Photoshop using plug-ins.

Hughes highlights Nik Silver Efex Pro, which previously retailed for $199. Google purchased Nik Software and now offers the entire Nik Collection for just $149. You can learn more about Silver Efex Pro and other Nik plug-ins here.

If you want to browse through the 43 best Photoshop plug-ins page that Hughes references in the video, you can find it here.

How to Remove Acne in Photoshop

Here’s another great video from Phlearn that shows you how to remove acne from faces using Photoshop. There are a couple of problems with acne. First, there’s redness in the skin and then there’s the actual blemish itself.

The tutorial walks us through the process one step at a time, removing the redness caused from the acne and then getting rid of the skin blemish using the content-aware spot healing brush.

How to Use Curves Adjustments in Photoshop

Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes shows how to use curves in the above video. He covers the basics of curves in both Camera Raw and inside of Photoshop.

While this is a very basic overview of what the curves adjustment does and an intro to the interface, check out the video from Phlearn below  that goes a little more in-depth on using curves adjustment layers in Photoshop. [Read more...]