Take Amazing Photographs This Weekend

Take Amazing Photographs This Weekend

You’re only scratching the surface of photography when you’re simply snapping photos. This weekend, learn to paint with light, create amazing star trails, and alter space and time as we know it.

Note: For those of you with Canon point-and-shoot cameras, consider installing CHDK to add extra features. Doing so will allow you to utilise the techniques described in this post much more easily. DSLR owners are good to go, but some models can add extra features with Magic Lantern.

Play With Time

star trailsour full guide

Long exposures create all sorts of effects beyond capturing the stars in a unique light. You can experiment with longer exposures when moving the camera or keeping it still. If you’re capturing images when there’s plenty of light, be sure to lower your ISO/film speed and stop down your lens’ aperture to a higher f-stop (such as f/22). This will allow less light to hit the sensor so a longer exposure won’t overexposure your photo as quickly.

You don’t have to stop at photos, either. Time lapse videos — the process of taking a photo at set intervals and combining them all into one motion sequence — are extremely compelling. Photojojo created a great guide to time lapse videos. All you really need is an intervalometer, your camera, and some time, but getting everything set up correctly takes a little work. (Again, Canon camera owners can use custom firmware CHDK or Magic Lantern to make the creation of these time lapse videos easier.)


Paint With Light

youcheck our guide


Make Your Own Bokeh


Transplant Your Subjects

Building your own green screencomputer monitor


Create 3D Images

this easy trick


Create A Photosynth

lotscheck out our guide

Have an awesome weekend everybody, and take some great pictures!


  • Make Porn

    Porn is a great photographic hobby to get into, many photographers in the field are highly regarded, because the subject matter demands so much from the photographer (ie, use of angle, lighting, waterproofing, extremely accurate timing and knowledge of subject matter) and are also reasonably well paid (hence the term ‘money shot’). This weekend, try setting up a mirror and some drop sheets in a well lit room and see what results you can get. Then you can them use these shots with some of the other suggested projects (Transplanting, 3D and a Photosynth would be GREAT with porn subjects). Enjoy!

    • The term money shot has also been used as another name for a cum shot in pornographic films. Referring to the ejaculation scene as a money shot has been attributed to producers paying the male actors extra for it. According to Steven Ziplow, author of The Film Maker’s Guide to Pornography , “…the cum shot, or, as some refer to it, ‘the money shot’, is the most important element in the movie and that everything else (if necessary) should be sacrificed at its expense.”[1][4] It has also been argued that this is the filmed moment that the audience has paid to see

    • Let’s see… Did you Play with time, Paint with light, Make your own bokeh, Transplant your subjects, Create 3D images, or Create a photosynth?
      What? You did none of those things? Then aparently no, that doesn’t count. 😛

      By the way – that’s a really great pic! You should be damn proud! Shooting a 25 image panorama in HDR is not something I would even attempt, yet alone be able to pull off as skillfuly as you have.
      Internet hat-tip to you sir!

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