25 Digital Photography Tutorials, Techniques and Effects

The list of cool digital photography tutorials and techniques is endless; you can even find ten completely different methods to achieve the same effect. Which is the best? It depends on the photographer, their level of expertise, and the digital photography software they use.

In this post, we have listed our personal favorite digital photography image effects along with tutorials to help you recreate each effect. You will find methods for the popular HDR, tilt-shift, and Lomography effects, to the less familiar, yet equally beautiful, Sabatier and Escher effects. Whichever image effect you use, your images are going to look amazing!

How to Recreate a High Speed Photography Effect

Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

High-Speed Photography is used in physics, health research, sports and more. This tutorial takes you thought he steps of how to capture super-fast movement using an ordinary camera and a little homemade electronics.

High Speed Photography →

How to Create a Lomography Effect

Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

Lomo Photography →

How to Create HDR Photographs

Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

This is a detailed guide about taking photos for an HDR image. If you have the right camera, the hardest part is setting up a tripod, and the rest is simple and fast.

HDR Photography →

How to Create a Cinematic Portrait Effect

Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

In this photography and Photoshop tutorial you will learn how to add drama or a cinematic quality to a regular photographic portrait using fake HDR.

Cinematic Portrait Effect →

How to Create the Diorama Illusion Effect

Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

A diorama is a depiction of a scene in miniature. This amazing photo treatment can be performed by almost anyone.

Diorama Illusion Effect →

Exposure Blending Tutorial

Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

Exposure Blending Tutorial →

How to Create Little Planets Using Your Panoramas

Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

Wee Planets, Tiny Planets or the Polar Panorama effect, whatever name you prefer, is the technique of taking a 360° panorama image and using Photoshop and creating a circular or round image that wraps the panorama around to make it appear like a tiny/wee planet.

Little Planets Using Your Panoramas →

How to Turn Daylight into Night

Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

This tutorial will show you how to take a low quality, lifeless and dull shot and turn it into a vivid night shot, with street lamp lightening.

Turn Daylight into Night →

How to Cross Process

Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

Cross Processing →

How to Create a Gritty Photography Effect

Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

In this tutorial you’ll be shown how to add a dramatic, gritty, bronzed effect to your images using Photoshop.

Gritty Effect →

How to Create a Movie-Like Effect

Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

You will learn how to give any image a glossy movie-like effect using Photoshop, you will learn how to effectively use color mood adjustments, the depth of field effect and a simple, yet impressive film effect.

Movie-Like Effect →

How to Create Vintage a Photography Effect

Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

Vintage Effect →

How to Create a Dynamic Lighting Effect »

Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

Dynamic Lighting Effect » →

How to Create the Tilt Shift Effects

Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

This Photoshop tutorial will teach you how to create the tilt-shift lens effect. The goal of this technique is to give a unique feel to the photograph as everything appears to be miniatured or modeled.

Tilt Shifting Photography

How to Create the Infrared Photography Effect

Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

Infrared Photography

How to Create a Black & White Photography Effect with Color

Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to add color to black and white photographs by making selections and using adjustment layers.

Colouring A Black And White Photo →

How to Create Escher’s Droste Effect

Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

The “Droste effect” derives from a Dutch chocolate maker that used an image of its box on the box recursively at smaller and smaller scales. With this tutorial you can recreate this effect with relative ease, using After Effects and Photoshop CS4.

Escher’s Droste Effect →

How to Create the Sabatier Effect

Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

True solarization is the reversal of a portion of photographic image resulting from prolonged exposure to an extremely bright light. This tutorial describes in detail the process of solarizeing prints, and how to control the variables to effectively achieve the effect.

Sabatier Effect →

How to Manipulate Smoke

Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

Learn to apply the Warp Tool effectively and a few other tricks to make smoke look like a skull. This technique has a variety of outcomes and works well with water, clouds and a whole bunch of other stuff.

Manipulated Smoke Effect →

How to Create Effective Macro Photography

Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

In this article, the author gives you great tips and tecniques on how to macro photograph using a point and shoot camera.

Macro Photography Tips →

How to Photograph Car Light Trails

Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

The key to photographing car light trails is choosing a good composition and capturing plenty of trails. The great news is that they can be very easy to shoot, and you can produce some amazing images with even the most basic of equipment.

Photographing Car Light Trails →

How to Photograph Water Drops

Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

Water droplet photography is very easy to get started with, and you can get as complex as you want. There are three tricks to making beautiful, time-scultped water pictures with a single small flash: Light placement, timing and flash duration.

Photograph Water Drops →

How to Create a Two-Tone Silhouette Effect

Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

Two Tone Silhouette Effect →

How to Create a Sunset Light to Light Portraits Effect

Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

In this tutorial the author gives you three method so that you can use the light by setting your subject in relationship to the setting sun.

Sunset Light to Light Portraits Effect →

How to Create an Indie Movie Effect

Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

In this Photoshop tutorial you will be shown how to take an ordinary photo, and make it look like it’s a still from a movie.

Indie Movie Effect

How to Paint with Light

Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

Painting with light is a fascinating photography technique where you illuminate areas of a long exposure shot with a light source to create some stunning effects.

Painting with Light →

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Comments

  • A B

    Awesome

  • Foto_clipping

    All cool photo techniques here!!!! Great collection I must say!!

  • steveygti

    this is an excellent discourse of photography techniques and this link is definitely saved/bookmarked in my Safari for reference! Thanks!

  • Abbylou Smith

    kewl

  • Mashdown

    The Indie Movie Effect doesnt go to the tutorial anymore, it goes to some guy’s website, and i cant find the tutorial anywhere.
    Does anyone know where to find this tutorial?