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Welcome to EasyDigitalPhotoTips.com, Your All-In-One Resource for Photography and Photoshop Tips, Tricks, and Special Effects!


By Dan Makela  

EasyDigitalPhotoTips.com is an interactive, educational website dedicated to providing advice and how-tos for creating unusual and spectacular photos, both in-camera and using photo-editing software such as Photoshop or GIMP. I'm really happy you've taken the time out to check out my website.

Whether you have questions about digital cameras in general, what equipment to get, want to watch free videos, or join in on the photographer's forum, I hope you'll find tons of helpful information at EasyDigitalPhotoTips.com.

If you love taking pictures and want some great ideas and inspiration, feel free to browse the site and make yourself at home!

What is trick photography?

To quote Wikipedia: "The illusions or tricks of the eye used in the film, television, theatre, video game, and simulator industries to simulate the imagined events in a story or virtual world are traditionally called special effects (often abbreviated as SFX, SPFX, or simply FX)."

Common photographic illusions done in-camera often include short or long exposures using unusual techniques.

Striking Photo Created Using Long Exposure and Light Painting


Long Exposure Photography

Common SFX techniques often include high speed flash or long exposures (see Wikipedia) performed in-camera using a diverse range of light sources such as flashlights, LEDs, fiber optics, lasers, cathodes, glow sticks, electronic flash, city lights, fire, and sparks.


Trick Photography Techniques

Common techniques used to take unusual, spectacular, or deceptive images include inversion, rotation, mirroring, writing or light drawing, multiple exposures, movement of lights, subject and camera, long shutter speed, high speed flash, and image editing in software. (See Digital Camera World's Night Photography Techniques).

How to create special effects

SFX still photographers create unusual pictures by purposefully manipulating time, space, light, and aperature.

They typically use unusual subjects, striking shifts in color, multiple exposures, and editing in computer software (see Wikipedia's Infrared Photography).

Illusion of Floating Created Using Multiple Exposure with Photoshop

Tips and tricks for taking great photographs

Full of helpful advise on what equipment to buy, what concepts to learn, camera settings, and techniques to try.

Manual Is The Best Camera Setting

Equipment Tips

If you don't yet have a camera, don't look to get a lot of expensive equipment. A basic DSLR with zoom lens, a cheap tripod, and even free photo editing software will do the job.

Photography Concepts

Pick up some basic pointers about shutter speed, aperature, depth of field, ISO, and white balance (see Cambridge in Color's Learn Photography Concepts).

Camera Settings

Learn how to adjust your camera, focus, and lights.

Trick Photography How-Tos

High speed and colored flash, long exposure, city lights, Photoshop, and much more.


Photo editor effects In Photoshop

Most graphics manipulation done in raster graphics editors make use of layer masks, multiple exposures, and various types of manipulation.

Multiplicity Photography Using Layer Masks In Photoshop


Effects with Layer Masks

Parts of an image masks out or allows parts of another image below it to show through (see Adobe's Photoshop Layer Basics page).


Multiple Exposures in Editing

Many exposures of the same subject using different elements are combined to create unusual illusions.

Photographic Manipulation

Selective removal of parts of an image, such as a chair below a subject, creates an illusion, e.g., that someone is transparent, or floating.

Parts of different exposures can be combined and moved about to create a completely fantastic subject or scene.

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