Trick Photography and Special Effects Reviewed

Trick Photography and Special Effects 2nd Edition is a publication which promises to help any photographer improve their abilities to take great pictures using the techniques and effects outlined in this downloadable eBook.


Over 300 color photographs are used in this book, which will allow the reader to see concrete examples of how the methods outlined are turned into tangible results.  The author, Evan Sharboneau, has turned his many years of experience into a detailed publication for even the most beginning photographer to be able to understand these concepts.

I find photography tricks always impress those looking at my pictures.

After purchasing this book and spending many hours reviewing its contents I want to share with you my following observations:  Not only was the book a pleasure to read, it is also incredibly enlightening due to the fact that the pictures and techniques shown come from numerous photographers around the world.

Trick Photography and Special Effects 2nd Edition now includes over 9 hours of how-to tutorials using amazing images from global photographic artists.

In addition to the revealing content that is available in the book and videos, the author is also including 4 additional bonus publications as well.



  • Each part or module in the e-book has chapters and sub-chapters, so it is laid out in an easy-to-read format.
  • The layout and language used in this book is easy to follow and understand.
  • The choices of examples have made techniques and styles very easy to grasp.
  • 60 day money-back guarantee on the product provided in a quick and courteous manner. 



  • This book does have limited availability due to the author’s decision to only sell his product online rather than through traditional retail outlets.
  • A good portion of the book deals with Photoshop and photo editing, so the book is not exclusive to just photo tricks.



After a thorough review of this book, I couldn’t wait to try out some of the methods that were so well described.  Many areas of photography that were completely foreign to me previously, now appear quite simplistic.


Not only is the book and video series a great value at a low price of only $47, but the fact that author is providing a 60 money-back guarantee really does make this a no-brainer purchase.


Trick Photography and Special Effects 2nd Edition is a book which I strongly feel needs to part of any serious photographer’s library.


I give this book 2 thumbs up.   Buy a copy of this book… you’ll be pleased that you did.

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Best DSLR Camera for Beginners

Canon EOS Rebel T3Today I want to talk about the best DSLR camera for Beginners. 

This is an article I posted on another one of my sites:, It has a lot of good comparative information in it so I figured you would benefit if I included it on this site as well.

The DSLR market place is absolutely swamped with competing models these days.

In today’s video I’m going to show you 4 of the better DSLR models to choose from.

The models I’m going to be looking at today are all very reputable brand names: Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony.


OK, first up let’s look at the Canon EOS Rebel T3.  The EOS brand has a long history.  It’s been around for over 25 years with the digital version about half as old.  The Rebel T3 will work well under low light conditions. It has an ISO rating that goes from 100 – 6400.  The ISO rating is really something that has carried over from the film days.  The lower the number, the more sensitive your film would be to the image you are shooting.  Or in other words it is always better to shoot at 100 ISO than 1,000 ISO if you have enough light to do so.  Almost all cameras nowadays will adjust for this automatically.  However you should be warned that just because a camera can shoot under very low light conditions doesn’t mean that you will be provided with an image that has a lot of detail in it.  The sensors are much better than they use to be, but for me I always prefer to shoot with more light than less.


The viewfinder on this Canon is 2.7” in size measured diagonally across the screen, not the biggest but still plenty of screen to view when you’re shooting video.


Now the Canon Rebel T3 does not have the largest sensor of this comparison group – it will record up to 12 megapixels, the Nikon I’m about to tell you about records up to 24 megapix, however over the years I have shot more professional video on a Canon DSLR than any other brand.  I’ve never been disappointed.  I’m a big fan of the Canon line.


Nikon is another quality brand out in the marketplace.  The entry level DSLR that I’m putting into this comparison group is the Nikon D3200.  As with the other cameras, this camera shoots stills as well as video.  One very nice feature the D3200 has is that you can shoot stereo sound with it.  The camera comes with a built-in microphone that records in mono only, but you can add your own stereo mic through a mini-plug input to record stereo audio.  This camera records HD video up to 1080p.  Many on the market will only go up to 1080i.


This is a bit of marketing hype however; I would defy most viewers to be able to discern the difference between 1080i and 1080p.  The I is for interlace and the p is for progressive scan, but that’s for another video.  I digress.


As mentioned earlier the Nikon has a very large sensor within the camera body, recording up to 24 megapixels.  It also comes with the largest monitor, tied with Pentax, which is 3 inches in size.

Sony’s entry into this comparison group is the Sony Alpha a58.  This camera will record still images with a sensor that is quite large.  It weighs in at 20.1 megapixels.  Sony also boasts video recording up to 1080 – 60i recording in AVCHD. This is the only camera in the group to use AVCHD. 

This is a format that Sony jointly designed with Panasonic known as Advanced Video Coding High Definition.

The Alpha a 58 has a 2.7 inch monitor on the back for monitoring.

 Sony uses lenses manufactured by other companies.  The Alpha a58 has a Minolta/Konica glass out front.

 Sony has been around for years and is better known in the video market than the photography market.  I have spent far more time using Sony products simply because I work primarily in the video production industry.  But they’ve made strong inroads into the consumer DSLR field and they do produce a reliable product.

The final camera we’re going to look at is from Pentax.  The K-500 is a solid camera but does lag ever so slightly in image quality.  This camera’s sensor falls in between Canon and Nikon models.  The Pentax K-500 has a 16 megapixel sensor.

Video capturing is very impressive.  It will record in full 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second or at 720p if you want to record at 60 frames per second.  This may sound like a nice option to have but in reality, as I said earlier its more marketing than anything else.


Sometimes it best to shoot at the lower resolution to ensure you can get more recording time out of your record medium.

 All of the cameras in our comparison group record on SD, SDHC, SDXC storage cards.

 I have a bit of a soft spot for Pentax products as my first SLR camera was the Pentax K-1000, but I’m dating myself.  It was extremely reliable.


In the final analysis, none of these choices will lead you astray.  They are all very good models made by solid companies.  I have my biases as you heard in this video but I have used 3 of the 4 company’s products and I have never been disappointed.

 Like with anything once you get your hands on a model and spend some time shooting with it, it will become 2nd nature to you and your skills as a photographer/videographer will grow rapidly.

 Happy shooting.

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The Tripod – A Still Photographer’s Best Friend


DSLR Camera tripod

DSLR Camera Tripod

When taking still photographs, many photographers today avoid using a tripod. This is a curious habit that has developed through the years and it may be directly related to the technology that we photographers have at our disposal. However, the tripod is a still photographer’s best friend, whether you realize it or not.

The Purpose of the Tripod

Whether you want to accept it or not, the tripod was designed originally because the first photographic cameras were clumsy mechanisms that used slow shutter speeds, bulky flash bulbs, and were not nearly as reliable as cameras today. The earliest photographers were limited to basic portrait pictures or open landscape images. They couldn’t expect to capture moving objects or people and the simple motion of the hands, no matter how still or controlled they may be, interfered with the finished image.

The tripod allowed the photographer to focus on the subject, whether it was a person, building, tree, or other object, without being concerned with motion. Today, cameras have advanced technologies, automatic adjustments and settings, and even the most novice of photographers can manage to capture amazing images of close up stills.

However, the tripod should still be considered one of the most important tools in the still photographer’s arsenal.

Why is it Still Important?

Most novice photographers begin taking stills in nature. They choose flowers or other objects, get close up to them, and snap their shots, reveling at the color, vibrancy, and beauty of the sharp images. However, there are numerous techniques and strategies that can be employed that could have even more depth and fullness to the pictures.

Many of these techniques, such as lengthening the shutter speed, altering the aperture setting, and zooming cannot be fully realized or taken advantage of without using a tripod. Just from a creative standpoint, the tripod offers an important advantage, but from a learning standpoint it can provide even more.

A Fixed Position

In any creative artistic endeavor, learning is done through experimentation as much as it is done through lessons and books. While you can stand before a single flower and take ten different pictures, varying the angle of light, using techniques mentioned above, and altering the focus, you will not get a true sense of what’s possible unless you know that every single shot was taken from the same angle and position.

The tripod offers that balance and consistency for novices who are looking to get the most out of their camera and the potential that it provides.

Shutter speeds and aperture settings can dramatically affect every single image that you take; turning what could have been a clear image into a blur of contrast. Yet when you use a tripod, you will discover that colors and light patterns can be altered by varying these settings.

Yes, tripods can be an extra burden to carry with you when you’re out exploring the world around you in search of the perfect image, but there are lightweight, compact models that make them more convenient.

One need only look to some of the most renowned names in still photography and study how they work to realize that their tripod is one of their best friends. It would stand to reason that if the best in the business use something, even though you may consider them a burden or out of date, given the technology that you’re blessed to use, it is something worth considering. The tripod has been and continues to be a still photographer’s best friend. 

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Light Painting in Photography

lots of light and long exposureIf you have been working within the field of photography for any length of time, you might have accidentally come across the incredible aspect of light painting by accident. Light painting is a photographic technique wherein the photographer uses a longer shutter speed and either moves the camera around a light source or has a subject move a light source, creating patterns of light over a black backdrop, or dark background.

The history of light painting is actually an interesting one. Originally, light painting wasn’t used for creative purposes. It was, in fact, used by a businessman and his wife (the Gilbreths) to track the movements of their employees. They used a camera with an open shutter and used small lights for each of their employees to track their movements. One could think of using a video camera today for the same purpose, but when they had done this in 1914, it was revolutionary and state of the art.

Man Ray was the first art photographer who is known to have used this technique for artistic purposes and did so in 1935. Barbara Morgan began to create light paintings in 1940 and the technique has been used ever since.

Different Techniques

There are various techniques that can be used in light painting. The most common is for a subject to move a light in a pattern before the camera. This can either be done to capture the particular image that the light then creates or to illuminate the subject in a different manner. These forms of light painting can take on the look of a simple pencil sketch, but using different colored lights and more complicated movements, the light paintings can become more pronounced. Pablo Picasso experimented with light painting in 1949 with Gjon Mili, who had been working with ice skaters with lights.

Using the Camera as the ‘Paintbrush’

Camera painting is another form of light painting in which the photographer moves the camera with an open shutter to create different patterns on the image. An example of this would be to take your camera outside at night, under the full moon and stars, and move the camera while holding the shutter open. You will immediately see the impact that this technique has. The light of the moon and the stars will ‘track’ across the picture, creating streaks of light.

A number of light painters will use this technique to subtly capture images of city skylines. This can create the illusion of motion. Pictures of traffic at night, with taillights trailing into the distance, is a form of light painting that has a certain impact on the image.

Lights That Can be Used

There are an abundance of light sources that can be used for light painting. Anything that emits or reflects light will be sufficient. If your goal is to create patterns of light, then your subject (holding and moving the light) should be covered in black or other dark material so they don’t become the subject of the image. Flashlights, fiber optic pen lights, candles, matches, fireworks, and glow sticks are good choices for lights.

If you plan on capturing the movement of lights in a closed room, rather than ‘camera painting’ outside, then make sure that you rely on a tripod. This will ensure that only the light being moved is captured. You can create a number of interesting patterns with the light, but if the camera is not on a tripod, then any movement will blur the light, leaving an unstable line in the image.

There is an abundance of creative options available to anyone who uses light painting. When you begin to experiment with it, the world of possibilities opens up to you.

You can learn much, much more about light painting with a powerful new publication called, Trick Photography and Special Effects.

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Infrared Photography

Leaves like snowIf you’ve never tried on a pair of night vision glasses but always wondered what it would be like to see in the dark, you may have just found your answer.  Infrared technology – the same thing that is used in night vision viewers can also be used with your everyday Digital-SLR camera.

Infrared photography is an interesting trick effect that you can do with your camera with the simple addition of a screw-on infrared filter.  You don’t need the additional tools of Photoshop or any other editing software, the electronics of your camera is all you need.

This is another cool special effect that Evan Sharboneau shares in his book, Trick Photography and Special Effects.

This technique boosts the contrast in pictures like few other techniques I have ever seen.  If you’d like to learn more about this effect and many others just head on over to Evan Sharboneau’s official website.

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Trick Photography and Special Effects – Forced Perspective

man standing appearing to be holding up a lighthouse towerHello…  I’m back again with a video review of one of my favorite special effects in the trick photography world – and that’s Forced Perspective.

This is just one of the many techniques that author, Evan Sharboneau, outlines in his eBook entitled: Trick Photography and Special Effects.

The reason I enjoy this particular effect so much is that, as a photographer, it forces you to look at things with a different slant on life.  You suddenly start looking at objects through a different lens within your “minds-eye”.

What I’m referring to will become a bit more apparent when you look at the video I’ve included in todays post.

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Trick Photography and Special Effects – How to Create a Double Exposure

double exposure image of ghost-like man in a chair Many artists have made a creative niche for themselves following this particular style.  It is known as the Double Exposure.  It can be a very powerful effect when done properly.

Trick Photography and Special Effects is a book which teaches exactly how to achieve this impactful special effect.  Author, Evan Sharboneau, takes you through the various steps to create the double exposure result.

Check out my third video review of his book where you’ll discover more details about this style of photography.

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Trick Photography and Special Effects – Long or Extended Exposures

colored lights in long streaks seen through front car windowI’ve decided to put together a series of video posts for you which will discuss in detail some of the specific special effects that Evan Sharboneau outlines in his book entitled, Trick Photography and Special Effects.  I think you’ll find the addition of video helpful for you to fully understand what this book is attempting to teach you.

In todays post I’ll go over the technique known as Long or Extended Exposure.  This is a very cool effect which people mistakenly think can only be done with a post effect software like Photoshop, but not so, these special effects can be achieved quite simply by using the tools and options that are available within the camera itself.

The trick photography technique called extended exposure is not exclusive to just digital cameras.  This can easily be obtained using older style film cameras as well.

Check out this video to see the long exposure special effect demonstrated:

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Don’t Buy Trick Photography and Special Effects without Reading This!

Trick Photography and Special Effects is an in-depth compilation of many effects and tricks that you can use as a photographer to create awesome images.  But what you really need to know is that not only will this eBook provide you with photo fun beyond anything you could have imagined, it will also provide you with new techniques that you can use to blend into your personal style of photography.


Just some of the methods that are covered within this downloadable PDF include:

  1. Multiplicity Photography
  2. The Droste Effect – *with a FREE plug in provided*
  3. Levitation Photography over Horizons
  4. Fake Tilt Shift Photography


An added bonus within this publication is that the pictures come from a wide range of photographers.  This world wide experience will allow you to see numerous examples of some very impressive methods of photo taking.


If you’ve had some success with photography but still seem to struggle with getting consistent, predictable results… then this is a book for you.  The author, Evan Sharboneau, has created this content in an easy-to-follow package which will almost surely guarantee your success.  He provides numerous examples of each technique so that there’s no confusion as to what you’re trying to achieve.


Photoshop is also discussed at length in this book.  While having this software is certainly not essential in creating many of the pictures you’ll see, it’s nice to know photo editing and how to incorporate it into your skills if you’re interested in learning about it.


Trick Photography and Special Effects has been written in a style which breaks down each new technique into chapters and then sub-sections within each chapter.  It’s a terrific read to go from start to finish with the book, but the great thing about Evan’s presentation is that you can jump to any area of the book to pick up pointers without losing anything.


Grab yourself a copy of this book… You’ll be very impressed with the results that you’ll get.


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Photo Effects – 5 Awesome Tricks You Must Know!

As a photographer, you know the great feeling you get when a picture you’ve taken turns out exactly as you hoped it would.  It’s the kind of image that has your friends stunned with the incredible image you’ve managed to capture.  Well these photos don’t come just by chance.  They happen because of the knowledge you, as the photographer, has learned over time.


Well author Evan Sharboneau, in this new book, has outlined numerous incredible photo effects that you can use to also take incredible images.


In this article I will outline just 5 of the top tricks that Evan has explained in detail in his book.


  1. Long exposure effects – also known as lighting paint involve light source movement as well as camera movement.  The predictable results of moving each.
  2. Physiogram and Compound Physiogram creations – a technique which involves the use of string and an LED light source.
  3. Motion Blur – predictable results achieved by working with shutter speed settings.
  4. In Camera Illusions – forced perspectives without the aid of Photoshop.
  5. Photo Editing – the use of layer masks and blending modes.


You know that classic shot of city traffic seen as a long continuous stream of light?  That trick is just one of the many that are outlined in great detail, including how to reduce flares and minimize hotspots within the frame.


The photo effects that you will learn in this eBook will go a long way in helping you become known as a very artistic photographer.  These new methods of shooting are great to use on their own, but an added benefit is created when you begin to start combining these methods on top of one another.  After a short while using them, these will change from feeling like tricks to just a new style of photography that you have personally developed.


I think you owe it to yourself to get a copy of this book.  I think you’ll be very happy that you did.


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