Sunday, September 04, 2022

Episode 87: Creating Digital Negatives in Photoshop

In this lesson, learn how to create effective digital negatives for alternative processes and more in Adobe Photoshop. 

Saturday, March 05, 2022

Episode 86: Photoshop for Beginners: Adding Textures to Portraits!

Introducing Photoshop for Beginners! This is the third lesson of a new series featuring easy to follow tutorials in Adobe Photoshop for anybody just getting started. This lesson introduces you to the opacity tool and layer blending options to add textures to portraits, resulting in an image that appears to be made of the added texture.

Saturday, July 03, 2021

Episode 85: How to Create Photo Puzzles!

In this lesson, learn how to create a photo puzzle from any photo. 

Saturday, April 03, 2021

Episode 84: Creating Cyanotypes

Learn how to create a cyanotype using digital negatives. Step-by-step instructions are included with samples and illustrations. 

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Episode 83: Photoshop For Beginners: How to Retouch Images!

Introducing Photoshop for Beginners! This the second lesson of a new series featuring easy to follow tutorials in Adobe Photoshop for anybody just getting started. This lesson introduces you to the healing brush tool and how it can be used along with the clone stamp tool to remove flaws from any image. To download the retouching image used for this lesson, go to the Photography 101 blog at

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Episode 82: Photoshop For Beginners: Create Your First Composite!

Introducing Photoshop for Beginners! This the first lesson of a new series featuring easy to follow tutorials in Adobe Photoshop for anybody just getting started. This lesson introduces you to several tools you will use to create a composite image plus a lot more. To download the images used for this lesson, go to the Photography 101 blog at

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Episode 81: Wild Bird Photography with Guests Mark and Maddie

In this lesson, I interview special guests father/daughter team, Mark and Maddie, two avid bird watchers who share some of their wonderful photos and tips on how to photograph birds in the wild.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Episode 80: Lesson Plan: Something To Do With

In this episode I share some student photos taken for a shooting assignment I gave my advanced photo classes called "Something To Do With." The idea behind this lesson is to foster creativity and critical thinking in an effort to create a great photo!

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Episode 79: iPhone - Cellphone Camera Tips

In this leason, learn how to get the most out of your iPhone/smartphone camera. Focusing, exposure control, panoramas, and hands-free operation are among the subjects covered.

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Episode 77: Exposure Settings: Take Control!

In this second edition of Short Cuts, I explain how to use the mode dial on your DSLR to enable creative control over your photos.

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Episode 76: Short Cuts: ISO and Film Speed

Introducing the debut of "Short Cuts." Beginning with this lesson on ISO, I'm going to focus on single topics and keep it short and sweet to help streamline your learning experience. Use Short Cuts for quick answers to the questions you're looking for!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Episode 74: Composition - Pt.1: The Rule of Thirds

In part 1 of a new series focusing on composition, I explain the rule of thirds and how using this powerful compositional technique can improve your photos!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Episode 73: How A Camera Works

In this lesson, learn the basics of how a camera works and its relationship to the human eye. Learn the relationship between aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and the similarities between a camera and the human eye.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Episode 72: Shooting Framed Artwork Without Glare or Reflections

In this lesson learn tips on photographing artwork mounted in glass frames while avoiding glare or reflections. You can also use these tips for photographing copyprints or any 2D documents that must be faithfully rendered, glare-free and color balanced.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Episode 71: The "Photo Smarts" Crossword Puzzle Series!

The "Photo Smarts" Crossword Puzzle Series is a fun way to test your photo know-how! Starting with this lesson, a new crossword puzzle will be created on a regular basis as long as there is favorable feedback. Let me know if it's a hit or a miss!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Episode 70: Shooting Silhouettes

In this lesson, learn how to shoot silhouettes both in the studio and outdoors. Tips on exposure settings, subject placement and lighting scenarios are demonstrated in detail.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Episode 69: The Art Elements and Principles of Design

The basics of visual arts are discussed along with tips on what to look for while creating photographic art. A special shooting assignment is included to help you apply your knowledge of art and sharpen your compositional skills.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Episode 67: DSLR Basics

In this lesson, learn the basic features of a DSLR camera and what you should know to get started shooting. Tips on important features and initial settings are discussed in detail so you can get the most out of your camera right from the start.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Episode 66: Capturing Motion by Panning and Zooming

In this lesson, learn how to create stunning motion shots by panning subjects in motion and zooming your lens during exposure.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Episode 65: More Macro: Abstract Formalism

In this lesson, explore macro abstract formalism while photographing ordinary objects at high magnification. Tips on equipment, lighting, exposure settings and composition are presented to help you make even the ordinary look extraordinary.

Monday, December 07, 2015

Episode 64: Stop Motion Shots Using The Hahnel Captur Module Pro

In this lesson we test the Hahnel Captur Pro remote triggering device system to create stunning stop motion shots that would otherwise be difficult to do. Included in the test are stop motion milk drops and bursting water balloon experiments.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Episode 63: Creating Photo Collages Using Joiners

In this lesson, learn how to create photo collages using "joiners," a process created by British painter/photographer David Hockney. Step-by-step instructions, tips and examples are presented as well as details on how to enter the photo collage contest!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Episode 61: Tips on Shooting "Dancing Paint" Images

In this lesson, watch these advanced photo students in action while photographing "dancing paint" in the studio. Learn tips on how to get started creating stunning photos of wet paint in motion.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Episode 60: How I Built An 11x14 View Camera From Scratch

In this lesson, I show you how I built a fully functional 11x14 view camera using basic tools and materials. Details include making the film holder, front and rear standards, focusing system, bellows and more.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Episode 59: Creating Acrylic Gel Medium Transfers

In this lesson, learn how to transfer ordinary prints of photos to wood by use of an acrylic gel medium. A rewarding, hands-on way to create unique artwork that is suitable for framing!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Episode 58: Shooting Assignment #1

In this lesson you are invited to tackle the same assignment the host gives his level one photography students to shoot. Explanation of what is required plus tips on exposure settings, etc. are included.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Episode 57: Create Your Own Inkodye Photo Transfer T-Shirt!

In this lesson, my Advanced Photo students demonstrate how to create unique photo transfers on t-shirts using a photosensitive fabric dye manufactured by Lumi. This alternative process is fun, easy to do, and only requires a few materials for success!

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Episode 56: It's All About Timing and Perspective

In this special presentation, your host shares some amazing (and often humorous) images shot by various photographers exhibiting perfect timing combined with unique perspective. Special thanks to

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Episode 55: Large Format View Cameras, Part 2: Loading and Developing Film

In part 2 of this series, learn how to load sheet film into a film holder plus how to develop the film yourself at home with a rotary processor.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Episode 54: Large Format View Cameras: Part 1

In this lesson, we take an in-depth look at an 8x10 large format view camera. Included are details on how a view camera works, how to load film or paper, and all you need to know on how to set up for taking a shot.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Episode 53: The "Ultimate iPhone Lens Kit" Review

In this lesson, a popular set of iPhone lens attachments are put to the test. Among the lenses reviewed are the macro, fisheye, 8X telephoto, and 60X microscopic lenses included in what is known as the "Ultimate iPhone Lens Kit."
Get Sample of The Story Behind The Images

Monday, June 10, 2013

Episode 52: Image Correction Assignment

This lesson is an actual assignment taken from my new Photoshop 101 course at Udemy. Although the images used in the lesson aren't downloadable via the podcast, you can still learn how to use some of the tools and techniques in Adobe Photoshop to correct exposure, contrast, color balance in your own images.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Episode 51: More Lomography: Fuji Instax Cameras

In this lesson, we continue our adventure in Lomography and review the Fuji Instax 200 series instant camera and the Instax Mini 7S.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Episode 50: Intro to Lomography: Holga and Diana

In this lesson, learn how to get started in this popular retro photography genre via the ultra-cheap Holga and Diana cameras. Several models of Holga plus the Diana are presented in detail plus tips on how to use them to create your own lomographic art.
Holgas at BandH
Diana Cameras

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Episode 49: Lens Filters, Attachments and Accessories

In this lesson, learn about several of the different types of lens filters available that you can use to enhance your creativity and improve your photos. Special lens attachments and accessories are also explored in detail.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Episode 48: Infrared Photography Tips

In this lesson, learn what infrared photography is and how to shoot infrared shots either digitally and with IR film. Information on infrared film types, infrared filter types and tips on exposure settings are discussed in detail.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Episode 47: Instant Photography: Then and Now

In this lesson, explore the history of Polaroid and the evolution of instant photography throughout the years. Learn how you can still use old classic Polaroid cameras today, how they work, and how to get started in this classic, artistic medium. Details on film packs, integral film, loading film and how to use a Holga Polaroid film back are also included.
Fuji Pack Films
Impossible Project Integral Films
Fuji Instax Cameras and Films

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Episode 46: What to Shoot?

Take a walk with your host as he discusses various ways to deal with "shooter's block." Discover what makes a photo "art" and learn tips on utilizing the elements of art and design principles to create your own art. Please note: this is a shortened, edited version of this epsiode. Due to the large file size, it has been condensed. The complete episode may be viewed in its entirety on the Photography 101 app in HQ.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Episode 45: Night Shot Magic with HDR Imagery in Photomatix

In this lesson, learn how to create stunning HDR images using your night shots and Photomatix. Tips on how to bracket exposures of your night shots accurately on manual mode and how to create exciting surreal effects using Photomatix Pro.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Episode 44: Light Meters and Exposure Compensation

In this lesson, learn how to use digital and analog light meters to calcuate exposures. Also included is the debut of the "Photo Tip of the Day" series; with this episode focusing on exposure compensation.