Trick Photography & Special Effects – Ultimate Guide 2014

Color Infrared Photo courtesy  of Evan Sharboneau

Color Infrared Photo courtesy of Evan Sharboneau

If you own a DSLR Camera, of any kind, you can start taking amazing photographs that will blow your mind in a matter minutes with the new 2014 Ultimate Guide to Trick Photography and Special Effects.

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You do not need an expensive camera or specialized equipment in order to take amazing photos and to create studio-quality special effects. In fact, the gear or software you use has almost nothing to do with creating the most amazing photos you have ever seen.

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Here is what you need to get started: Any DSLR-type Camera (must have a “manual” mode), no matter how inexpensive, a free editor called Gimp (just like Adobe Photoshop), and your own creative imagination, is all you will need to get started in your new adventure as the most amazing photographer on earth.

 

My good friend Evan has created an amazing online photography course which we will dissect right here absolutely free for all of the moneymakerspy.com readers, many of which claim to be amateur photos.

Personally I can not wait to finally learn how to use my camera, so let’s get started. For those who wish to jump head first into Evan Sharboneau’s full-on, premium, online course, just go to the website and sign up here. For those who stay, the good shit is just now coming to the surface, so your good either way.

Photo courtesy of Evan Sharboneau

Trick Photography & Special Effects. Photo courtesy of Evan Sharboneau

 

Evan Sharboneau created the bulk of this course about 2 years ago but updates it all the time with new tutorials and additions to an already amazing and super-effective e-learning photography course. Not only will we discuss camera work but we will cover editing with Photoshop or if you prefer, Gimp Open Source Image Manipulation Program (Free for Mac and PC). Alright, let’s getter done!

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Trick Photography & Special Effects 2nd Edition

Your complete instructional guide on taking breathtaking special effects shots and cool images your friends won’t believe…

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It comes with 295 pages of instruction, 9 hours of how-to video tutorials, and contains over 300 creative photographs created by some of the most talented photographic artists around the world.

It’s time for you to skip the months and years of being one of those enthusiast photographers – you know those poor guy who reads all the magazines but doesn’t have enough time, money or motivation to invest in getting the skills they really wants…

… you’ll be skipping past that stage totally, and getting right to the point where you’re an accomplished photographer, taking pictures that blow everybody away.

You see, I’m impatient.

I’ve got no time for that kind of learning. So I’m going to teach you the exact same shortcuts I used to become a skilled, effective photographer in no time flat.

You’re going to be jumping over all the frustrations and difficulty, all the mystery of not knowing where to start, and instead getting right to the point where you can easily take the kinds of shots you’ve been dying to take your whole life.

Stunning Shots like this:

Trick Photography & Special Effects by Evan Sharboneau

Trick Photography & Special Effects by Evan Sharboneau

In Trick Photography and Special Effects, you’re going to be shown my hardcore, best kept secrets for taking spectacular photos that have to be seen to be believed.

Photo courtesy of Evan Sharboneau

Trick Photography & Special Effects. Photo courtesy of Evan Sharboneau

… things like:

  • How to use stunning photography tricks that other people simply won’t even understand – they’ll think you’ve spent hours with Photoshop, but in reality they’re just regular photos…
  • How to use laser pens, flashlights, and other household items to get spectacular visual effects
Color Infrared Photo courtesy of Evan Sharboneau

Color Infrared Photo courtesy of Evan Sharboneau

  • How moron-simple tweaks to your camera settings can let you take amazing shots that would usually need a hyper-expensive camera setup
  • How to capture infra-red light with your DSLR to create impactful images with surreal color
  • How to capture beautiful High Dynamic Range nature or landscape shots…
  • How to shoot and edit amazing 360 degree panoramic shot, like these:

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  • The secret behind epic pseudo digital art is stitching multiple light paintings together:

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  • How to put “the invisible man” into your pictures

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  • How to tweak the color settings in your camera to make things “pop” in just the right way.
  • How to freeze motion and take crystal clear high-speed photographs just like this one:
Trick Photography & Special Effects - Ultimate Guide 2014

Trick Photography & Special Effects – Ultimate Guide 2014

  • Cool perspective tricks you can do right now, in camera, with no special tools or software needed – know how to point n shoot? That’s all you’ll need
  • How to take 3D images with your camera right now – no expensive software needed, and you can grab great 3d images immediately…
  • How to capture amazing “star trail” long exposure shots like this

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This was exactly what I was craving in my amateur photography state of mind. So, I had my business partner Mark help me figure out where the heck my Camera was or who borrowed it last and is now holding my mighty Olympus PEN Camera hostage.

A quick trip over to the new neighbors house and we are back in the photography business (the new neighbor,?  really?) Anyway, good to have her back in my hands, I feel creatively paralyzed without this camera as it has literally become a part of me – thank you to all the mirror-less camera engineers who enabled nobodies like me to possess such creative power.

If you are not familiar with the micro four-thirds format camera, AKA “mirrorless”, let me fill you in on a great little secret. Mirror-less cameras have no mirrors, therefore are much smaller, cheaper to buy, easier to handle – mine just about fits in my pocket, yet it will take virtually any lens from any manufacturer as long I have the ring adapter for that particular application.

Mirrors are used inside conventional camera bodies to project the light or image from the lens, to your eyeball via the viewfinder. When you eliminate the mirrors and thus the viewfinder, the camera itself can become significantly smaller, lighter, cheaper.

There is no difference in functionality between mirrored and non-mirrored cameras other than the viewfinders in the mirrorless cameras are actually miniature LCD or LED displays.

Olympus E-PL1 PEN Micro Four-Thirds Mirrorless Camera with Zuiko 14 - 42mm Lens 1:3.5-5.6 40.5

Olympus E-PL1 PEN Micro Four-Thirds Mirrorless Camera with Zuiko 14 – 42mm Lens 1:3.5-5.6 40.5

This means the image you see in the viewfinder is a digital image, and not the actual reflected image from a set of mirrors.

Is there a difference in quality with a digital viewfinder?

Not really, most mirrored cameras have some sort of digitally enhanced display anyway, I think the plug-in play viewfinder for my Olympus E-PL1 looks better, crisper, clearer than any other viewfinder I have used in the past.

Also, viewfinders can be powered with digital image transfer like LCD, my camera does not have a view finder and is view-able via 3.2″ screen only, but has an optional, digital viewfinder that slaps right into the hotshoe if needed.

Weather its still photography or High Def Video Production, there is nothing my Micro Four Thirds Format Camera can’t do, and it does it as good or better as any clunky giant DSLR.

I bought my new mirror-less wonder in used, but fine condition at a local camera store for less than the price of a dinner for two, you can get an Olympus PEN E-PL1 for under $200 on Amazon.

Buying this Olympus E-PL1 has changed my life as it puts a bunch of modern photography and video production technology in my hands that I could never have hoped to afford in the past – it is that good of a camera, buy one if you’ve been considering.

While suffering with “Miss Olympus” is the brink, I came across a fantastic digital photography course called Trick Photography and Special Effects created by Evan Sharboneau.

Evan is a young photographer who specializes in Trick Photography and Special effects on a shoestring budget.

Trick Photography & Special Effects by Evan Sharboneau

Trick Photography & Special Effects by Evan Sharboneau

He is quite good at utilizing the basic features of as he puts it; “any DSLR”, and has made it his calling to teach every beginner photographer how to actually use the “Manual” mode on their DSLR cameras

Evan displays an array of amazing photos to market his course which costs just $47 Dollars and consists of a 300 page e-book, membership website with tons of video tutorials, and significant bonus materials.

The first 2 minute video I watched about Light Painting Techniques was worth the price of the course for me as I learned how to take photos with an extended shutter release. This is a handy thing to know when taking photos of bright things at night like moving cars, fireworks, stars and the moon etc.

Trick Photography & Special Effects by Evan Sharboneau

Trick Photography & Special Effects by Evan Sharboneau

I don’t think Evan wants me to sign a no-compete clause to protect his trade secrets, although am highly skilled and practically a professional in every sport, trade, and industry, I have not yet been able to conquer all things photography.

Below are some of my attempts at re-creating the amazing results Evan shows us in his marketing and course materials which he claims to be a piece of cake.

Hmm…..now, the top row of photos are Evan’s (pretty good I guess), and then the bottom row of photos are mine of course (obviously much better than Evan’s).

Trick Photography & Special Effects. Photo courtesy of Evan Sharboneau

Trick Photography & Special Effects. Photo courtesy of Evan Sharboneau

Photo courtesy of Evan Sharboneau

Trick Photography & Special Effects. Photo courtesy of Evan Sharboneau

Trick Photography & Special Effects. Photo courtesy of Evan Sharboneau

Trick Photography & Special Effects. Photo courtesy of Evan Sharboneau

Trick Photography & Special Effects. Photo courtesy of Evan Sharboneau

Trick Photography & Special Effects. Photo courtesy of Evan Sharboneau

Trick Photography & Special Effects. Photo courtesy of Evan Sharboneau

Trick Photography & Special Effects. Photo courtesy of Evan Sharboneau

Trick Photography & Special Effects. Photo courtesy of Evan Sharboneau

Trick Photography & Special Effects. Photo courtesy of Evan Sharboneau

Yeah, it needs some work I know, but try to see the potential for a great photo. I mean hey, did you see the spark bouncing light trail in the pic on the left? Epic!

While it’s obvious to me that I am a better photographer than Evan, you probably need some coaching, so here are some of the better ideas, tips, tricks, and tactical strategies for creating epic shock-an-awe photos with your DSLR…

This new skill has not only excited me with amazing results to show for it, but has also sparked a handful of DIY Photography Projects (most include flammable liquids, alcohol, and firearms) here at the Moneymakerspy compound.

Some of these projects are fun and rewarding while others have been scary and hazardous to the health of my family and neighbors.

The first is the steel wool fireworks wisk. This where you stuff a stainless whisk full of 1000 grain steel wool (the finer stuff), then hook a dog leash to the whisk handle. You then proceed to swing the leash over your head after lighting the steel wool on fire. This creates a firestorm of sparks and light which if done correctly looks phenomenal on film (or disk) if you use the proper camera settings: 15sec F11 14mm ISO 200

 

 

Light Painting - Steel Wool Photgraphy

Light Painting – Steel Wool Photgraphy

Want more? get over to Evan’s website and take the full online course:

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