I am a photographer. And the founder of Photutorial.com.
Much like everyone else, I have several interests. My technical side is a chemist, while my artistic side yearns for photography.
I believe that you don’t need to travel to fancy places to take awesome photos. Instead, by being creative and adventurous, you will find breathtaking sceneries everywhere.
And that’s what I teach here, at Photutorial.
What makes Photutorial unique?
I’ve always hated websites that overwhelm you with popups, ads, requests, and whatnot before you can see the content. That’s why I decided to make Photutorial as clean as possible.
Also, when I started photography, I noticed that a lot of websites just want to sell you an item, no matter how good it is. And I was frustrated because I couldn’t find valuable information that I could trust. Additionally, I noticed that a lot of articles are outdated and inaccurate.
Therefore, I run Photutorial with a few key guidelines in mind:
- Share unbiased, accurate, up-to-date information.
- Make tutorials easy to understand, while also providing a scientific background to complex topics. It’s just a bonus, you don’t need to read those.
- Help photographers and beginners with whatever they need.
- No pop-ups.
- No ads.
Growing up, I recall borrowing my father’s first digital camera. We only used it to document our family trips or events, yet this now almost ancient device had the best macro lens I have ever come across. It was capable of taking sharp images from virtually point-blank.
The combination of this extraordinary spec, my newfound passion for photography, and my love for flowers, resulted in a couple of thousand shots of snowdrops, primroses (hint: not that photogenic, at least with my skills) and fruit trees’ blossoms. Needless to say that these photos were awful, however, in the eyes of a curious 8-year old who just discovered a new perspective by crawling on all fours, photographing flowers from below, and with a sprinkle of cheers from my parents, photography became a beloved new-found hobby.
Over the years, my interest in photography fluctuated, but never completely faded away. For my 13th birthday, I received my first camera, Nikon Coolpix, however, I still knew nothing about photography – I just wanted to take photos. My zeal for photography manifested itself in the form of countless photos of dogs I took when visiting a nearby dog shelter with my sister. Although it was a great camera, a couple of years later, phone cameras became somewhat relevant and a lot more convenient, since we always carried them around.
All through my late teens and early twenties, my interest in photography went south, due to college schoolwork and student work.
As I matured, I realized, that despite all my obligations, I still had plenty of time that I knew I could spend more efficiently. I borrowed my father’s new camera, Canon EOS 60D with a multipurpose lens, started waking up early for foggy sunrises or cancelling afternoon socializing over a beer to catch a fiery sunset.
As I started taking photos daily, I realized how clueless I was about photography. The number of buttons, menus, settings on my camera, and sliders in Lightroom overwhelmed me. I cleared my head and started systematically learning about photography. I started watching a whole lot of YouTube videos, I borrowed a few books, and most importantly – I took lots of photos.
Over the years, I accumulated a lot of photography knowledge. My photos became better, my workflow smoother, my photo-editing better, yet, it was not enough.
When I finished my Master’s Degree in Chemistry (yes, my primary occupation is a chemist/student) and started my PhD in Biomolecular Simulations, the desire to give back the knowledge I hoarded, pushed me into creating a website – Photutorial.