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.

Using the DxO Nik Collection with Affinity Photo

Since DxO released the new version of Nik on the 6th June 2018 I have received a lot of email asking how to use the new Nik Collection with Affinity Photo. A lot of people are now saying you could use the old free version of the Nik Collection by Google...

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...

Ingenious Ways to Create Lightroom Masks and Selections

Ingenious Ways to Create Lightroom Masks and Selections To produce great photography with Lightroom, you need to learn to create Lightroom masks and selections. It's a crucial image editing skill. Historically if you wanted to create a detailed or precise mask, you...

Transform a Dull Scene with Nik Color Efex Pro

Transform a Dull Scene with Nik Color Efex Pro In this video I demonstrate how you can transform a dull scene with Nik Color Efex Pro. The transcript for the video is also included below. Video Transcript Hello, I’m Robin Whalley and welcome to Lenscraft....

Micro Four Thirds Landscape Photography

Micro Four Thirds Landscape Photography From time to time I explore how some of the visitors to Lenscraft find me. Often this reveals problems people have, giving me ideas for articles and tutorials. One forum discussion (argument) appearing regularly is...

The Best Way to Dodge and Burn in Photoshop

The Best Way to Dodge and Burn in Photoshop Photographers the world over recognise the power of Dodging and Burning. This long-established technique from the days of the darkroom can transform a boring photograph into a masterpiece. Photoshop took this...

Why I Switched to Kase Wolverine Filters

I have been using filters in my landscape photography for the past 15 years. They are an essential part of my equipment despite all the advances in digital photography. Yes, it’s possible to combine multiple exposures in software but there are significant...

Inkjet Paper for Photo Printing

Selecting Inkjet Paper for Photo Printing Let’s face it the cost of inkjet printing isn’t cheap. But being able to print your photos can bring pleasure and add an extra dimension to your photography. Often, it’s only when you hold the finish printing your...

Find Your Nik Collection Alternative and Stop Worrying

Since Google purchased the Nik Collection software, photographers and digital artists everywhere were raising concerns that it would be “killed off”. Now those concerns are real, as Google has announced there will be no further updates. Whilst the software still...

Black and White Processing – The Roaches Image

Black and White Processing The Roaches Image I recently published this black and white image which I shot on a foggy day in The Roaches in Staffordshire. Personally, it’s one of my favourites from this year and a few people have asked me to explain how the black and...

How to Download Kindle Book Updates

From time to time I publish revisions and corrections to my books on Amazon. Sometimes I even publish completely new editions, which I make available for free if you bought an earlier edition. As some people experience difficulties obtaining Kindle book updates I...

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