Photo Tips Videos


Over 30 videos in all, these videos cover portrait photography and studio lighting techniques using simple equipment. You’ll also find an introduction to bird photography and a video on building a pinhole camera.

Episode 1

DIY studio product lighting


Episode 2

DIY studio lighting for glassware


Episode 3

Tour my photo studio


Episode 4

DIY studio lighting for larger products


Episode 5

Getting better exposures – understanding histograms


Episode 6

DIY studio product lighting advanced tricks


Episode 7

Grip kit - what photographers take on location


Episode 8

Building a 35mm pinhole camera


Episode 9

Studio equipment guide, part 1 of 2


Episode 10

Studio equipment guide, part 2 of 2


Episode 11

Bird photography 101


Episode 12

Quality of light

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Episode 13

Beautiful studio portraits with just one light


Quick video 1

Easy softbox assembly


Episode 14

The classic three light studio portrait


Quick video 2

Umbrella or softbox?


Episode 15

Photographing shiny metal and reflections


Episode 16

Tips for a photography print portfolio


Episode 17

A review of studio photography tips and tricks


Quick video 3

Big white infinity sweep in the studio


Episode 18

Tabletop photography all done with mirrors


Episode19  - The mysterious missing episode

Episode 20

How to develop your own black and white film


Episode 21

Small product problem solving


Episode 22

Photographing a ’57 Chevy in the studio


Episode 23

Tripods, from mini to mighty


Quick video 4

Macro photography trick


Episode 24

Location photography gear


Episode 25

Outdoor portraits, part 1 of 3


Episode 26

Outdoor portraits, part 2 of 3


Episode 27

Outdoor portraits, part 3 of 3


Episode 28

Intro to color management


Episode 29

Computer tethered photo capture


Episode 30

Photo montage technique for beginners


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