Photo Editing for Free – Pixls Offers Tutorials for Open Source Software Like Gimp and Darktable

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I am a huge proponent of the open source platform.  Sure, there are two sides to the open source vs. proprietary argument, but it’s still too early in the week to be arguing something that heavy.

There are numerous reasons to use open source software for photo editing.  Perhaps you prefer the Linux operating system, maybe you’re on a tight (or nonexistent) budget, or maybe you just wanna “stick it to The Man.”  Whatever your reason, there are an increasing number of solutions available to you.

This is where Pixls.us comes in.  Founder Pat David started the website as a resource for those looking to use open source editing software.  There are treasure troves of information and quality tutorials for applications like Photoshop and Lightroom yet very little (in comparison) for programs like Gimp and Darktable.  David aimed to change that.

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The Peter-Coulson Look – A Lighting Exercise

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As someone who describes himself a “Facebook Enthusiast”, I have a lot of photographers in my timeline. Probably 100 are constantly popping up, some of them are friends, while others are in that list because of their work. Peter Coulson  belongs to the latter part, and he is somewhat special even there, because I always recognize his style. Every time he’s popping up I think: Yes, that must be a Coulson or – even better – I would say to myself “wow, that image is awesome” what do you know, it’s Coulson’s.

So I tried to re-create that signature look.

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50 Filmmaking Tips in 7 minutes

Making the move from stills to video may seem trivial. I mean as far as gear goes any camera can tke some decent video, right?

But film making is an art on its own and getting a few good pointers when you start can make a long way. The  folks at DSLRguide are celebrating their (hair short of) 50,000 subscribers, and we for 50 filmmaking tips for absolutely free.(including sound, cinematography, business and some misc tips)

It’s a short 7 minutes video, but if it will save your movie once it was worth watching.

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TEFAU Is a Free Television Inspired Paperfold Pinhole Camera

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It’s been a very long while since we shared a good pinhole camera tutorial and Ondrej Revicky just made it better by sharing the pattern and instructions for building a character-full pinhole camera called TEFAU.

Tefau is 100% made of paper that you can make by downloading this PDF and printing it on somewhat heavy paper. Ondrej explains the basics behind any pinhole camera, which also drove his a design:

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Defying Gravity: How to Shoot ‘Twisted’ Coffee Splashes

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Shooting splashes is always great fun, even if it’s a simple image with a coffee cup and a falling piece of refined sugar. Plus, there is always so much room for experimentation—in other words, for even more fun!

When I made the “Empty Cup” image, many people asked me how I shot it. And I thought it would be better to show you in a step-by-step breakdown rather then answer individual questions. So, this is how:

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5 Tips and Tricks For Creating A Gown From Flowers

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Yes yes I know, There is another post about  expanding a dress” (thanks for remembering), this is however, a totally different…kinda…mostly…it is, you guys.  You see that post was about taking what is already a dress and showing how to make it larger and more glorious.  The knowledge I’m going to attack you with today is about creating a dress from scratch out of something that was not a dress…at all.

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How To: Create Dynamic Water Splash Images

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If you’re looking for a fun photography project this weekend, great times can always be had with lights, camera, and a little water splashing around your studio.

Photographer Mark Richardson gives us a fairly simple tutorial for creating water splash images, particularly those involving a wine glass. Using AlienBees monolights with fast flash duration (not to be confused with high speed sync) and a wireless trigger for his camera, Mark was able to almost effortlessly freeze the liquid in mid air and then composite it with a frame of the empty glass for a final image.
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