Parallax Effect in Photography [Photoshop tutorials]

This time, Chris from Spoon Graphic blog will show us how to create the parallax effect with three cool examples. It is not the usual step-by-step photoshop tutorial (hence the 6 minute length), but it does gives us a lot of useful tips and tricks.

And that’s all for today. What do you think about our list? Do you feel interested to try any of them? If you think there is another cool tutorial we forgot to add, please share it in the comment section.

In this 12-minute video tutorial, Brandon Bradley will guide you on the necessary steps to convert your standard 2D photo into a fun 3D parallax video.

Made by Lankapu Chen, this tutorial is a 2-parter, each less than five minutes long. It shows us the basics on how to collaborate Photoshop and After Effects to create a simple parallax effect with two flowers patches.

This video from 2-minute Design channel will show you how to achieve parallax effect using only Photoshop CC. The video is short (hence the 2 minute timeframe) but it does give us a lot of tricks on how to deliver this effect.


Check his work in this video below:

In this professionally done tutorial, Joe Fellows shows us how he’s able to bring photos to life using the parallax effect with Photoshop and After Effects. It’s so exciting to watch because with the right tools and creativity, we can “freeze time” or imitate a “slow motion scene” with these tricks.

Parallax Effect – 2-Minute Design

Inspired by Joe Fellow work’s for WWF, Patrick David played around with open source software to achieve the 2.5D parallax effect. You guessed it, he successfully combined Blender and Gimp to achieve the parallax effect. You can read his full step-by-step guide here.

Animate Photos in Photoshop – Michael Tierney

And here is another good example:

Here is an example of the parallax effect in action to illustrate what I’m trying to describe.

2.5D Parallax Effect Photoshop Tutorial – Spoon Graphic

The effect can also be called the 2.5D parallax effect. 2.5D refers to the visual depth perception in an otherwise 2-dimensional image or view. If you want to adopt this parallax effect in your photographs, you can, with the help of Photoshop.

Ken Burns Effect – Photoshop Training Channel

We’ve been collecting some of the best tutorials on Parallax in Photography. Some of them may require extra video editing software like Adobe After Effects to execute. If you don’t have it, you can check out the tutorial which creates the parallax effect with open source software.

Parallax Effect Tutorial – Lankapu Chen

Create a 2.5D Parallax Video – Brandon Bradley

In under 5 minutes Steve Martin will teach you how to to "fake" the popular parallax effect in Final Cut Pro X. He will show you how to use Pixelmator to create two layers, then import them into FCPX. The finished result looks very cool.

How To Animate a Photo – Joe Fellows

The Parallax Effect is also known as the Ken Burns effect, which is named after the filmmaker who made this effect his signature visual style in his documentary films. This technique is a panning and zooming effect that is used to create something like a video from still images. The zooming and panning across photographs gives the feeling of motion, which keeps the viewer visually engaged.

Using only Photoshop layers and a timeline panel, Michael Tierney guides us on how to animate more complex parallax photos comprising buildings and a bridge in the shot. In 12 minutes, you would know more about creating parallax effect than before.

2.5D Parallax Effect using free software – Patrick David

Photoshop Training Channel give us this awesome 30 minute long step-by-step Photoshop tutorial. What these guys do differently is animate both panning and zooming simultaneously, which is super cool. They’re using Photoshop CS6 in this tutorial.

Faking a Parallax Effect in Under 5mins – steve Martin

50 Spectacular Sights of Nature You Need to See Before You Die – Part II

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland. (Image Source: Giuseppe Milo)

  • 30 beautiful temples in Asia you must visit
  • 45 awe-inspiring landmarks around the world
  • 40 spectacular sights of nature you need to see before you die

Red Beach, China. (Image Source: Kashif Pathan)

Antelope Canyon, USA. (Image Source: Moyan Brenn)

Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland. (Image Source: philnewberryphotography)

Pamukkale, Turkey. (Image Source: Esther Lee)

Volcanic Eruption, Italy. (Image Source: gnuckx)

Whitehaven Beach, Australia. (Image Source: Ma Première Fois En Australie)

Victoria Falls, Southern Africa. (Image Source: Harvey Barrison)

Socotra, Yemen. (Image Source: Valerian Guillot)

Pangong Tso Lake, India-China. (Image Source: )

Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina. (Image Source: Dimitry B.)

Whitehaven Beach, Australia. (Image Source: PROPetra Bensted)

Street in Bonn, Germany. (Image Source: Matthias Buehler)

No matter what time of the year it is, you’re surely to have a vacation already planned out in your mind. The only question that changes year in, year out is where to go. Here are a few places that you might want to get started on:

To add to that growing list, we have another list of spectacular places you might want to add to your bucket list. The thing with natural attractions like these is that you can’t replicate them in other places due to the different environment and climate. That’s what make these sights so alluring.

Fields of Tea, China. (Image Source: SteFou!)

Geiranger, Norway. (Image Source: Ub66)

Mount Roraima, USA. (Image Source: Paulo Fassina)

Nyingchi, China. (Image Source: Amy Zhang)

Ngorogoro Crater, Tanzania. (Image Source: Kate Nevens)

William Bay, Western Australia. (Image Source: fvanrenterghem)

Spotted Lake, Canada. (Image Source: MIKANSU 2008)

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia. (Image Source: Clark & Kim Kays)

Angel Falls, Venezuela. (Image Source: ENT108)

Siwa Oasis, Egypt. (Image Source: Bobby McKay)

Blue Grotto Sea Cave, Italy. (Image Source: Glen Scarborough)

Pehoe Lake, Chile. (Image Source: Frank Kehren)

Tulip Fields, Netherlands. (Image Source: MissTessmache)

Mendenhall Ice Caves, Alaska. (Image Source: Andrew E. Russell)

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. (Image Source: Haceme un 14)

Lake Retba, Senegal. (Image Source: Kashif Pathan)

Verdon Gorge, France. (Image Source: Miguel Virkkunen Carvalho)

Pulpit Rock, Norway. (Image source: Szczepan Janus)

Great Blue Hole, Belize. (Image Source: Eric Pheterson)

Trolltunga, Norway. (Image Source: Morten Rustad)

If you want more information about the area, just follow the link. We’ve added the location info for each of these destinations. You’ll find yourself on Google Maps where there will be more info and photos of these attractions to enjoy.

Chaldon Herring, United Kingdom. (Image Source: Rob Bye)

Geirangerfjord, Norway. (Image Source: Tristan Taussac)

Canola Flower Fields, Canada. (Image Source: Wayne Stadler)

Skaftafell National Park, Iceland. (Image Source: Jakob Hürner)

Fly Geyser, United States. (Image Source: photosbyflick)

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland. (Image Source: Danny Huizinga)

Lake Titicaca, Bolivia/Peru. (Image Source: Emmanuel DYAN)

Spreewald, Germany. (Image Source: gravitat-OFF)

Lake Louise, Canada. (Image Source: Drew Hays)

Bamboo Forest, Japan. (Image Source: Alex Chen)

Lavender Fields, UK. (Image Source: David Bell)

Zhangjiajie Sandstone Pillars, China. (Image Source: Eric)

Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA. (Image Source: Kurt Repanshek)

Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan. (Image Source: Zhao !)

Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland. (Image Source: Kosala Bandara)

Moraine Lake, Canada. (Image Source: James Wheeler)

Wisteria Flower Tunnel, Japan. (Image Source: Mindphoto)

30 Beautiful Temples in Asia You Must Visit

Jogyesa is a Korean Zen Buddhism temple located in the heart of Seoul. In the temple, tourists can find a Sakyamuni Buddha statue. The temple hosts a Lotus Lantern Festival every May, celebrating the birthday of Buddha.

Chion-in, a Buddhist temple in Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan, founded between 1133 to 1212. One popular feature is its nightingale floor, which alerts its residents when people are walking along the corridors. Metal rods underneath the floor boards rub against each other when pressure is applied. This helps detect intruders.

Prambanan temple, or Candi Rara Jonggrang, is a 9th century Hindu temple dedicated to Trimurti, the creator, preserver, and destroyer. The central architecture of this Hindu temple towers at 154 feet (47 metre) and is surrounded by individual temples.

1. The Sri Sivan Temple, Singapore

Wat Chaiwatthanaram is a Buddhist temple that is one of the major tourist attractions in Thailand. It was built in 1630 by king Prasat Thong as a symbol of his reign. The name of the temple literally translates to “the Temple of long reign and glorious era”.

IMAGE: William Cho

2. The Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China

Kinkaku-ji, or Temple of the Golden Pavilion, is a National Special Historic Site in Japan and one of the most visited sites in the country. The temple was founded in 1397, but burned down during the Onin war in 1460s-1470s. After reconstruction, it burned down again on July 2, 1950 (a monk did it) and was rebuilt again in 1955 (and hasn’t burned down since).

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3. Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, India

Tongdosa, meaning "salvation of the world through mastery of truth", is a temple that was founded by the monk Jajang in 646 CE during the reign of Queen Seondeok. Unlike most temples, Tongdosa is unique for not having any statues on its exterior.

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4. Yakcheonsa Temple, Korea

Kek Lok Si Temple, or Temple of Supreme Bliss, is one of the largest Buddhist temples in South East Asia, covering 10 acres of land. Inside the temple complex is a seven-storey pagoda with 10,000 alabaster and bronze statues of Buddha. It also has a bronze statue of the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin, which stands at 99 feet tall (30.2 metres).

IMAGE: Wilson Loo Kok Wee

5. Yakushi-ji, Japan

Wat Rong Khun, known as the White Temple outside of Thailand, is one of the most popular temples in the world. It is a privately owned temple that also serves as an art exhibit for Buddhists. The total cost for building the temple was THB40 million (1.1 million USD) and was privately funded.


6. Virupaksha Temple, Bangalore

The Lotus Temple, a Baha’i House of Worship, is a flower-shaped temple that is one of the most prominent attractions in New Delhi, India. It has won numerous architectural awards. The temple can seat around 1300 people. Since its public inauguration in December of 1986, it has received over 70 million visitors from all over the world.

IMAGE: Sujith

7. Sanctuary of Truth, Pattaya, Thailand

In this collection, I have gathered 30 of the most beautiful temples in the world for you to add to your list of must-see destinations for your next travel plans. No matter how stunning these photos look, the real place itself will surely leave you more awe-struck.

IMAGE: Jeremy Andrews

8. Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Thailand

A vedic temple built by the kings who ruled in the 16th century, for Lord Vishnu. It is the richest Hindu temple in the world in terms of precious stones and gold according to the Guinness World Records.

IMAGE: Jim Trodel

9. The Lama Temple, China

Wat Chedi Luang, literally temple of the big stupa, is a Buddhist temple that was built during the 14th century as a burial place of King Saen Muang Ma’s father. The grounds has three temples: Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Ho Tham and Wat Sukmin.

IMAGE: Henrik Berger Jørgensen

10. Sri Senpaga Vinayagar, Singapore

A Buddhist temple from the Joseon Dynasty. It is the biggest temple in east Asia with an area of 3,305 square meters. Yakcheonsa Temple has an 18-ton Buddhist temple bell and its walls are sculpted with large altar portraits of Buddha.

IMAGE: The Naughty Prata

11. Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore

Lama Temple, also known as Yonghe Temple, is a temple and monastery for the Tibetan Buddhism school. Construction begain in 1694 during the Qing Dynasty. Initially, it was supposed to house for eunuchs serving the emperor, but it was converted into the court of Yin Zhen, son of Kangxi Emperor. Ultimately, it was opened to the public as a temple.

IMAGE: Jeffery Wong

12. Borobudur Temple, Indonesia

Know of other beautiful temples that should be in a travel list? Share with us in the comments.

IMAGE: Julien

13. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Harmandir Sahib, known as the Golden Temple, is a temple where Sikhs offer their prayers. It is built by a lake believed to be holy, where believers wash their feet during worship. Over 100,000 people visit the temple daily. It also has a community kitchen that serves free meal to the visitors.

IMAGE: Dennis Jarvis

14. Kinkaku-ji, Japan

Banteay Srei, a temple in Angkor, Cambodia was built in the 10th century. It is presided by the Hindu god Shiva. The unique thing about this temple is the miniature size of the temples by other Angkorian standards. It has been dubbed by toursts as a “precious gem” and “jewel of Khmer art” due to its miniature scale.

IMAGE: Christian Junker – AHKGAP

15. Temple of Bacchus, Lebanon

Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple was built in the early 1850s for the Hindu god, Ganesha. It is located in Ceylon Road in Singapore. The temple has several facilities which include libraries, kitchens, halls, classrooms, and even a wedding hall.

IMAGE: Arian Zwegers

16. Kek Lok Si Temple, Air Itam, Malaysia

The Temple of Heaven, or Altar of Heaven, was built in the early 1400s. It was commonly visited by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties in order to pray for good harvest twice a year.

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17. Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto, Japan

Sri Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore built in Dravidian style. It was founded in 1827, eight years after the East India Company was established. The temple is dedicated to Durga, Ganesh and Shiva.

IMAGE: Christian Junker – AHKGAP

18. Lotus Temple, India

These temples are places of worship or meditation and have decades if not centuries of history built into the temple walls and grounds. What better way to reconnect with the past and gain a new appreciation of the present and future, by visiting these sites steep in history?

IMAGE: Ronit Bhattacharjee

19. Wat Bo Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Kiyomizu-dera, which means “clear water”, was founded in the year 778. Additional buildings in the complex were constructed in 1633 by order of Tokugawa Iemitsu. It is located in Kyoto and is part of the 33-temple route pilgrimage in western Japan.

IMAGE: Güldem Üstün

20. Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Bali, Indonesia

An important Hindu temple in Singapore where devotees pray and make daily offerings. The temple opened in 1850. Initially, it was located in Potong Pasir, but it was eventually moved to its present location in Geylang.

IMAGE: Peter Nijenhuis

21. Wat Chedi Luang, Bangkok, Thailand

Angkor Wat, or Capital Temple, is the largest temple complex in the world. Originally founded as a Hindu Temple, it was eventually converted to Buddhist temple by the 12th century. It is the top tourist destination in Cambodia, having historic and architecture significance globally.

IMAGE: shapour bahrami

22. Jogyesa Temple, Seoul, South Korea

Borobudur, or Barabudur, is one of the oldest temples in the world. It was built in the 9th century by Javanese Buddhist architects. Its central dome has 72 Buddha statues with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues around the premises. It is also the world’s largest Buddhist temple.

IMAGE: travel oriented

23. Prambanan Temple, Indonesia

Shwedagon Pagoda, official name Shwedagon Zedi Daw which means Great Dagon Pagoda, is a gilded temple that stands 325 feet tall on Singuttara Hill. It was built during the 6th century by the Mon people. Its base is made of bricks coated in gold plates and it has 5,448 diamonds and 2,317 rubies along its exterior, making it one of the most stylized temples.

IMAGE: Deep Goswami

24. Tongdosa Temple, South Korea

Looking for exotic destinations in the world to fit into your travel plans this year? The world is a beautiful place and there are plenty of sites to see. But if you want to do things a little differently, how about visiting exotic temples found all across Asia?

IMAGE: Su-Hwan Pyo

25. Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai Province, Thailand

An imperial Buddhist temple in Japan that is the headquarters of Hossō school of Japanese Buddhism. It is one of the Seven Great Temples in Nara, and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple’s name was derived from Yahushi Nyorai, which is “The Medicine Buddha”, one of the pioneer Buddhist deities that came from China in 680.

IMAGE: Tyler Ingram

26. Banteay Srei, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

Temple of Bacchus, also known as Temple of the Sun, was built around 150 CE by the Romans for the wine god, Bacchus. It is one of the best preserved Roman temple in the world and is a World Heritage site. The construction of the temple was initiated by Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius, which lasted from 150 CE to 250 CE.

IMAGE: Chris Neuman

27. Golden Temple, Punjab, India

Virupaksha Temple is a temple built for Shiva located in Hampi, Bangalore. It is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple was initially built to be a small shrine for Shiva, but was eventually developed into a large complex under the Vijayanagara rulers.


28. Paro Taktsang Monastery, Bhutan

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, or Pura Bratan, is a temple surrounded by water in Bali, Indonesia. It resides in the shores of Lake Bratan by Bedugul mountains. It was built in 1663 for the river and lake goddess Dewi Danu for irrigation. It has an eleven storey high temple built for Shiva and his lover Parvathi.

IMAGE: Pierre Le Bigot

29. Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

Takstang Monastery, also known as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, is a Himalayan Buddhist temple that is located in a cliffside of Paro Valley in Bhutan. There are four main temples in the complex by the cliff, each situated on the ledges of the terrain.

IMAGE: Paul Arps

30. Chion-in, Kyoto, Japan

Wat Bo Temple, located in Siem Reap Town, is one of the lesser known temples in Cambodia. However, Wat Bo has one of the most beautiful pagodas in Siem Reap, and the interior has intricate paintings from the late 19th century depicting Chinese merchant and other foreign visitors.

IMAGE: Everjean

Sactunary of Truth, also called Wang Boran, is built with only wood. Its tallest peak is at 105 meters high. Inside tourists can find a combination of sculptures and images from Buddhist and Hindu religions. Construction of the temple began in 1981 and is set to be completed by 2050.

Mobile Photography: 20 Gadgets to Take Better Photos

These lenses are simple to use: just attach the lens to your smartphone, download the Moment app, and start snapping away. ($99.99)

Outback Pole is a selfie stick for extreme moments. This selfie stick can hold any smartphone or professional camera such as iPhones, DSLR cameras, GoPro cameras, camcorders, etc. and help you take great shots without too much straining.


LiveAction Camera Grip is a camera grip for iPhones and iPods that allows you to instantly click and share photos. Just attach the grip to your iOS device, snap a picture or video, and share it using the LiveAction app.

FLIR One is a one of its kind thermal imaging camera attachment for iPhone 5 and 5s. It can’t get simpler: just snap the case on your phone and start taking infrared pictures. The FLIR ONE is essentially two cameras, one for thermal imaging and the other for physical detail; the combined photos help make sense of the problem you may be having.

Sony DSC-QX100

The videos taken with dot can be swiped, clicked or dragged across the screen to swivel around the full 360 degree view. Alternatively, you can just switch modes to see everything at once. Once ready, you can easily share your video (called Dotspots) with friends using the Looker app. ($39)

You can find leaks and thermal insulation problems in pipes and wires, locate your pets, etc. You can also enjoy "watch in the dark" sessions with FLIR One. It is available for Android and iPhones. ($299.99 on pre-order)


Air A01 guarantees clear and stunning photos. To get the best shots, just download the Olympus Air Central app, pair this device with your phone, and start snapping. ($299.99)

It "morphs" according to the device and environment, so you won’t require multiple products to fit each of your devices. ($29.99)


Sony DSC-QX100 is a smartphone-attachable lens-style camera. It’s a clever device that turns any smartphone into a professional camera. You only need to join the lens with your smartphone to take beautiful pictures. It can also be paired with your mobile over WiFi (here’s a video to show you how you can take pictures with the lens detached).


The Solocam is a selfie stick like CliqueFie, but it is also fitted with an integrated HD microphone. It allows anyone to record videos with amazing sound clarity anywhere they are, without the help of a camera crew. The device gets connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth.


You no longer need to worry about your phone falling off while you take great, still photos. It comes in two sizes, and supports multiple mobile brands and models. (from $24.99)

The holder can be pointed at different angles and you can even rotate it up to an angle of 180 degrees over the stick. Small and compact, the remote connects to your phone via Bluetooth and lets you take shots without touching your mobile device. ($29.99)

Instax Share

Photography is no longer restricted to members of the trade or professionals that make a living capturing the beautiful memories of others. Taking selfies and photos to share on social media is pretty much part of life now. This created a market for selfie tools, photography gadgets and smartphone accessories that are innovated for use with your mobile devices

Olympus Air A01 is developed on an exciting concept of "Open Platform Camera", which basically involves empowering your smartphone with all the benefits of digital interchangeable camera lenses. This gives smartphones optical zoom, high quality images, better performance, and more.

If you love taking selfies but don’t like using the selfie stick, then maybe Shuttr is the alternative you have been waiting for. Using a remote control device, you can trigger your smartphone’s camera app with at just the press of a button. It works with the iPhone, iPad and Android devices. No extra app necessary.

The integrated HD microphone comes with a double handle that also acts like a joystick, allowing you to manage the Solocam app remotely. You can even pan your phone 180 degrees with minimal distortion, thanks to the sturdy microphone handle. Check it out in action here. ($99.99 on pre-order)

Olympus Air A01

Instax Share SP-1 is a portable printer that lets you print smartphone photos anytime, anywhere. All you need to do is download the Instax Share app on your mobile and send the photo via the app to the dedicated smartphone printer to print high quality credit card size photos, all in under 16 seconds.

LiveAction Camera Grip

With a compact design with waterproof aluminium frame, Outback Pole clutches your device firmly and protects it from accidental drops regardless of shooting situations. ($39.99)

iOgrapher Mobile Media Cases protects your Apple devices in any shooting environment. These are highly tough and durable due to their polycarbonate build, and has mounts to attach additional lenses, lighting, or audio gear.


Dot by kogeto is a fun lens for iPhone users to shoot interactive panoramic videos and share them online. To shoot panoramic videos, attach the lens to your phone, download Dot’s free Looker app and shoot interactive videos in 360 degrees.

A Bluetooth remote (for taking clicks) and a retractable tripod stand make the CliqueFie stick more convenient for all selfie takers. It’s available in 6 different colors including white, black, blue, yellow, green and pink.($24.99)


Active Lens is compact, extremely light, has no extra fittings, and works with both the front and rear cameras. You can also switch between lenses in seconds. ($99.99)

This device can be connected to your phone through the headphone port and comes with a rechargeable battery. It can also be charged via USB. ($30)


These cases are available for various phone models such as iPhone 5, 6, 6 Plus and the iPad Mini’s, etc. These can also be attached to any standard tripod, monopod, or portable dolly for stable, continuous imagery. (from $59.99)

Olloclip Active Lens is a wide angle lens along with a 2x telephoto lens for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The ultra-wide lens is great for wide, panoramic shots; while the telephoto lens lets you capture magnified scenes with a 2x optical zoom.

Outback Pole

In this compilation of 20 photography gadgets and accessories you can get for your smartphone you will find items like selfie sticks, attachable lenses, mounts, light source, and more.

Bevel is a simple attachment to take 3D pictures with your smartphone or tablet. Just plug this device into the headphone jack of your mobile device, and pan the surroundings for a 3D photo. The images captured can also be used to print 3D objects with a 3D printer. ($79.99 on pre-order)

iOgrapher Cases

Moment Lenses are some of the best lenses for mobile photography. There are two lenses: With Moment Wide, you can take wide landscape and tight interior shots with minimal distortion, while Moment Tele lens lets you zoom-in twice as much as your phone can. Watch it in action here.

GripTight Mount is a camera mount which comes in three different sizes to accommodate smartphones of all sizes and even small tablets. The hands of the mount expand easily to hold your phone or tablet safely and securely.

Pocket Spotlight

DSC-QX100 is equipped with a 1.0 type Exmor R CMOS sensor and a bright Carl Zeiss Lens that offers 3.6x optical zoom, so you can take photos with great picture quality even in low light settings. ($499.99)

Me-Shot Deluxe 2.0 is a selfie stick that makes selfies and group photos a breeze. It has 3 parts: the stick (Me-Shot), the holder, and a remote control. At 23 cm in length, the stick can still be extended up to 93 cm long.

GripTight Mount

The camera grip has soft and separate shutter buttons for photos and videos, making it easy to switch between the two actions. Sharing photos and videos on social media or via email is a breeze, thanks to the app’s intuitive on-screen controls. ($39.99)

Pocket Spotlight is a protable, constant light source for smartphones. In contrast to the harsh lighting from the phone’s flash, Pocket Spotlight provides soft and uniform illumination that makes taking photos a pleasant experience.

RetiCAM Smartphone Tripod Mount

Life-Phorm is an adaptable tripod for smartphones, with joints you can bend and a strong and secure clamp that holds on to your smartphone, tablet, or professional camera device.

Hitcase is a waterproof and shockproof mountable case for iPhone that’s perfect for turning your phone into an action camera. Equipped with integrated, custom three-element glass lens, this case provides your camera with a wide 170-degree angle view.

Olloclip Active Lens

CliqueFie is a lightweight, portable selfie stick for smartphones. The double pull tabs on this stick makes it easy to attach and detach your device with one hand, and ensures that your mobile is safe and secure while you enjoy taking selfies.

The device itself is very light, and can be attached to your keys for easy carrying. It’s available in white and black. ($39.99)

Me-Shot Deluxe 2.0

RetiCAM Smartphone Tripod Mount is a solid phone mount that lets you mount your smartphone on any standard tripod. It’s a versatile and secure phone holder that locks any smartphone between 2.1" and 3.1" wide (with or without its case) in place.

Hitcase comes with IP68 rating, which means it provides complete dust protection, and can be immersed in water for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 10 meters. Hitcase can also withstand rough military conditions, making it perfect for adventurous photographers, who will go the extra mile for that perfect photograph. (from $79.99)

Life-Phorm All-in-One Positioning Device

Compact and foldable, this mount can then be attached to any tripod with a stainless steel screw. Its sturdy rubber grip pads hold the smartphone or tablet in place, even when inclined at an angle for taking hard-to-capture snapshots. (from $19.95)

See anything you like from this list? Which are your favorite tools? Will you be getting any of these gadgets, tools and accessories? We’d love to know your responses via comments.

This printer runs on batteries, making it highly portable. It’s also easy to get the printer up and running; just insert batteries and set the film cartridge, and you are ready to go. ($179.99)

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14 YouTube Channels for The Best Photography Tutorials

This channel is an educational resource on both photography and filmmaking that was created by MAC Group. Topics of interest addressed in their videos include Why You Need A Light Meter for Photography and Why Should I Use A Tripod?

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COOPH or The Cooperative Of Photography has only a handful of videos on their channel so far, but they’re worth watching because there’s lots of practical photography tips and tricks that you can put to use right away. Videos of interest include 7 DIY Photography Tips Using Household Objects.


Examples of videos, which are often delivered with a dash of humour, include The Top 5 Most Common Mistakes in Landscape Photography and Get a Perfect Exposure Every Time – Better Landscape Photos.

Learning photography takes time, and it’s all the more enjoyable if you can pick it up at your own pace. It’s in situations like these that YouTube comes in handy.

Glean some wisdom from his candid discussions about photography through videos like Try Everything (Then Specialize) – Photography Tutorial and Deliberate, Daily Practice + CamCrunch 365 – Photography Tutorial.

SLR Lounge

Their Beginner Tutorials playlist alone consists of 244 videos so there’s lots you can pick up from here.

Mark Wallace, the person behind the snapfactory, is a fashion photographer and photography instructor. Watch his Digital Photography: One on One playlist which was created to answer questions that were posed to him about photography in order to further hone your skills.

Photographer and filmmaker, Ted Forbes updates this channel weekly to “provide a 360° look into the world of making images”. Besides the usual fare of photography basics, you can also catch other videos that can help to further enhance your knowledge in photography such as those in the History of Photography or Composition in Photography playlists.


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Here’s a list of YouTube channels that will help inspire as well as improve your photography skills (in no particular order):

It’s a little harder navigating through this channel to get to the photography tutorials as there’s lots of other kinds of videos in there including product showcases and reviews. You can find relevant content by heading straight for the Photography playlist. Videos labelled “FocusEd” are the most relevant if you’re a novice.

B and H

Daniel Ignacio P. Mojica, also known as Nico Mojica, is a young designer living in Manila, Philippines who is responsible for the CamCrunch channel. He seeks to teach and inspire others about photography and also to learn from others in the online community.

Editor’s note: Susanna is a writer for and wordsmith with a punny disposition. When she’s not occupied with writing or feeding her ravenous little son, she finds solace in music, DIY and crafts, and reading. Catch more of her crazy chatter on her blog, Stories & Such.

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Gorky M, a director, photographer and producer based in India, is the man behind GMax Studios. Watch his Learn Photography playlist to grasp the basics in photography.

The Art of Photography

Christian Tudor, a professional portrait photographer based in Sydney, Australia. He has a personal belief that he can teach anyone photography in just 2 weeks so check out his collection of videos and see if you agree. Tips found in his Posing Guide, Fashion and Maternity & Pregnancy Photography playlists may come in handy.

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Matt Granger

There’s plenty of channels out there that are dedicated to this topic, and many that cater for those who are new to the craft by breaking down the many aspects of photography into small, easy-to-digest video segments.

His aptly named Start Here For Better Photos playlist is a good place to head to when you first visit his channel.

PhotoRec Toby

If you’re one of those who have taken the plunge and gotten yourself a DSLR camera, then this channel may come in handy for you.

AdoramaTV provides instructional videos about photography that are suitable for shutterbugs of all experience levels, whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or a pro.

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Academy of Photography

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If running your own professional photography business ais a dream of yours, then there’s plenty of interesting tips to be gleaned from these videos. I found the “Mistakes to Avoid as a Beginner Photographer” video especially educational.


In particular, playlists such as Photography 101 | Master Manual Mode and Lighting 101 | Best Way To Learn Flash Photography would be of interest. You can also branch out into other related areas of interest such as tutorials for post processing software like Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom which are also available on this channel.

Joshua Cripps, official photographer for the Nikon D750, specialises in landscape photography so if you’re looking to delve deeper into this area, then you may be interested to learn a few things from him here.

PhotoVideoEDU Program

Matt Granger is a portrait photographer and educator who hails from Sydney, Australia. You can check out his Educating Tina playlist for tips on what you need to know if you’re starting out as a photographer. There’s also a Buying Guides playlist which may come in handy if you’re looking to expand your stash of photography tools.

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GMax Studios

Photographer Toby Gelston is from Southern Vermont, US. He provides his very own set of recommendations and advice on not just on how to shoot better photos, but also offers specific guidance for certain camera models including the Nikon D5200, Canon 70D and others.

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