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By Konrad Eek | Friday, March 20, 2015

Darkroom Equipment: Everything You Need and Where to Get It

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The rise of digital cameras has spurred a surprising trend: The return to analog and black-and-white photography.

Sure, digital photography gives us amazing power and control, but there’s something irresistible about creating a tangible artifact of captured light that you’ve translated—through chemistry—into a work of art. Also, I’d argue that the luster, finish, and depth of tone of digital black-and-white prints can’t compare to those of gelatin silver prints.

Did you know that many of the tools you see in Photoshop every day are based on traditional darkroom techniques?

My new course Setting Up a Home Darkroom shows you how to create your own darkroom to make old-school-style prints.

In this article, I’ll help you decide what darkroom equipment you need, where to get it, and how to get the most for your money.

By Starshine Roshell | Thursday, February 19, 2015

What's the Coolest Thing You Ever Made with Photoshop?

For two decades, Photoshop has been an essential part of lynda.com training.

To celebrate the tool’s 25th anniversary, we’ve created lots of brand new Photoshop tutorials and documentaries for you. Visit our Photoshop tribute page for tons of new tricks and artist interviews.

But first—we asked our Photography and Design authors, “What’s the coolest thing you ever made with Photoshop?

Here’s what they showed us.

By Konrad Eek | Thursday, November 13, 2014

5 Great Reasons for Shooting Film (Yes, Film). Give It a Try!

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When I began my formal study of photography, Minolta had just introduced an auto focus 35mm SLR, and you had to master exposure and chemical film and print processing to get a great photo.

The digital revolution has made it difficult to get a bad result with any type of camera these days—and if you do, Photoshop cures most ills. I confess to doing virtually all my professional work with a digital camera.

However, there are still great reasons for taking the time to learn the traditional process of shooting film. Here are five of them:

By Konrad Eek | Sunday, October 26, 2014

Photographers: Make Your Own DIY Light Box

Make a DIY light box on the cheap

For just a few dollars—and in just a few minutes—you can make a simple DIY light box to evenly illuminate small objects for close-up photos.

Whether you’re doing product photography, insurance documentation, or simply shooting as a hobby, this system will give you consistent and effective lighting from a variety of sources.

And it’s made from materials found at your local art supply store.

By Konrad Eek | Saturday, October 18, 2014

5 Tips for Hanging Pictures on Your Walls

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I’ve worked with several people over the years who have wonderful art sitting in their closets because they aren’t sure how to go about hanging it on the wall.

It’s not just about the hanging hardware; they have lots of questions about where it should go, how high it should be, and how it should be grouped.

So here are five tips for hanging pictures on the wall in an eye-pleasing way.

By Jim Heid | Thursday, January 16, 2014

Product Photography - Made in the Shade

Product Photography

Last week, we published a new course called Photographing Clothes and Textiles. The fourth course from photographer Konrad Eek, it’s a detailed look at styling, lighting, and photographing everything from garments to beach towels.

Top-notch textile photography—indeed, top-notch product photography of all kinds—greatly benefits from dedicated lighting gear such as studio strobes or compact flash units. But what if you simply want to take an attractive product shot for an online auction or a webpage?

That’s the topic Ben Long explores in this week’s installment of The Practicing Photographer. Ben joins Konrad Eek for a look at some simple, inexpensive techniques for taking great-looking product shots without any external lighting gear.

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