Photography Tutorials

Photography can be a complex undertaking and with the large range of software currently on the market to serve photographers it's becoming increasingly complex. My aim for the Lenscraft website is that it becomes a free and valuable source of photography tutorials and advice for those seeking to develop their photography skills. Here you will find a selection of tutorials I have written to help you achieve better results faster in your photography.

Whilst I am always adding new material and tutorials to Lenscraft, the majority is located in the members area. You can register to be a member for free to gain immediate access using the link above.

And if you can't find what you want, contact me as I am always seeking new ideas for future tutorials.

Please note that some of the tutorials in this section are restricted to Lenscraft Members. To fully view these, you will first need to log in to the site.

Nik Collection Tutorials

A great learning resource for all Nik users.

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Three Great Lightroom Alternatives for Photographers

Three Great Lightroom Alternatives for Photographers Since Adobe moved Lightroom to a subscription only purchasing model, many photographers have been searching for an alternative. In this article I’m going to introduce you to three great Lightroom alternatives that...

Professional Results Sharpening Photos with Nik Sharpener Pro 3

Professional Results Sharpening Photos with Nik Sharpener Pro 3 In this tutorial I’m going to explain how to sharpen your photos using Nik Sharpener Pro. I’m also including two videos with demonstrate the techniques in more detail. One video covers Capture Sharpening...

Using the Nik Collection

Using the Nik Collection As someone whose been using the Nik Collection for a very long time, I tend not to think very much about which plugins you need. I just sort of know. But then I was recently talking to someone and they reminded me about how confusing the Nik...

Choosing Photo Editing Software

Choosing Photo Editing Software Although we don’t often recognise it, choosing photo editing software for your PC or Mac is a very personal thing. What suits one person won’t suit another, and it’s made even more complicated by the choice of editors now available. To...

Two Powerful Adjustments in Nik Silver Efex Pro

Two Powerful Adjustments in Nik Silver Efex Pro Nik Silver Efex Pro is a powerful black and white converter in the Nik Collection. It helps you to easily achieve adjustments that could leave you scratching your head in Photoshop. And in Lightroom similar...

Pro Tips for Using the Nik Collection in Photoshop

Pro Tips for Using the Nik Collection in Photoshop Given the choice, I would choose to use the Nik Collection in Photoshop every time. In this article I’m going to explain why and give you some tips about how to get more out of the Nik plugins in...

Adobe Lightroom Alternative: ACDSee

Adobe Lightroom Alternative: ACDSee Back in the distant history of time (before 2007) Adobe Lightroom didn’t exist. If you wanted to manage your digital image library, you needed library management software, which was quite expensive. Today, things have...

Using the Nik Collection in Lightroom

Using the Nik Collection in Lightroom On the face of it, using the Nik Collection in Lightroom appears simple. You find the photo you want to edit. Right-click with your mouse. Select “Edit in” from the popup menu and pick the Nik plugin you want to use....

Using The Nik Collection Four Tips For Landscape Photographers

Using The Nik Collection Four Tips For Landscape Photographers In this article I want to share with you four tips using the Nik Collection. I’m going to demonstrate these photo editing techniques using landscape images and The Nik Collection 2018 by DxO....

Using the DxO Nik Collection with Affinity Photo

Using the DxO Nik Collection with Affinity Photo After DxO released the new version of Nik I received emails asking how to use the new Nik Collection with Affinity Photo. A lot of people say you could use the old free version of the Nik Collection but DxO...

The Best Landscape Photography Filters

Recently, I’ve received a lot of emails all asking the same question - “What’s the best landscape photography filters to start with?” These emails aren’t the brand or make of filters, but which types of filters should people buy initially. In this article...

Create Your Own LUTs

Introduction to 3D LUT Creator In some recent Youtube Videos and Lenscraft articles I have been talking a lot about the technique of Color Grading and how this can be used in Landscape Photography. In last month’s newsletter I published an article...

Improve Your Photography 30 Day Challenge

The Lenscraft 30-Day Photo Challenge was originally published as a series of emails designed to help you improve your photography . Each email provided a 1 week mini challenge to help you develop an aspect of your photography. At the end of the 30 days you should see...

Turning a Dull Grey Day into a Dramatic Black and White Landscape

We've all shot those dull, grey boring scenes when the weather conditions just weren’t right. But what if you could turn them into a dramatic black and white landscape with a little post processing? Learn how with this video tutorial. A few days back, I...

Photoshop Color Grading for Landscape Photography

Photoshop Color Grading for Landscape Photography A couple of weeks back I published a tutorial explaining how to apply color grading in Lightroom to a sunset photo to improve the appearance. This time, I’m going to show you how you can use Photoshop Color...

Lightroom Color Grading for Dramatic Sunsets

Lightroom Color Grading Process If you’re not sure what Color Grading is, there’s a useful definition on Wikipedia. “Color grading is the process of altering and enhancing the color of a motion picture, video image, or still image electronically, photo-chemically or...

On1 Masking Tools Explained

On1 Masking Tools Explained Following my recent demonstration on YouTube of the On1 Photo RAW editor, I have received a lot of questions. Most of these are relating to the On1 Masking Tools; what are the sliders doing, how do they work and how do I know...

Photo Backup Workflow Ideas

Time flies much faster than we think. Ask me how long I’ve been shooting digital and I would say 10 years. When I checked, it’s over 15 years. And in that time, I’ve built up a huge catalogue with hundreds of thousands of images. That’s a significant investment in...

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