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How Not To Shoot Sharp Pictures

Deliberately shooting Unsharp pictures…..Why? Wouldn’t it be just a little bit, well…naughty? Of course it would, which is why it’s so much fun. It’s not as though the ‘focus police’ are going to come and check to see you have correctly used your equipment ………….right? […]

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Taking Control of Contrast, Saturation and Sharpness

Taking Control of Contrast, Saturation and Sharpness is at the very heart of photography. When you shoot a photo on your camera one of two things happen. Either the camera saves the image as a Raw file or as a Jpeg. The fundamental difference between […]

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Take your best ever Christmas photos

While the packed supermarkets, heaving shopping malls and congested traffic networks can try the patience of even the biggest Christmas fan, there is no doubt that this is a really magical time of year for the family photographer. Here are five ways to get your […]

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Getting to Grips with Autofocus

How your camera’s autofocus works Do you understand how your camera’s autofocus works? Unless you’re of the old school of photography it’s more than likely that you’ll autofocus on a regular basis. However, like most aspects of photography a little knowledge will help predict when […]

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Controlling Light: How to Bounce Flash

The light from an on-camera flash isn’t really that flattering. The results often resemble police record shots, which isn’t a good look (unless you’re a police photographer). Fortunately, most external flashguns allow you to adjust the angle of the head to use a technique known […]

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The Shooting Modes Explained

Most cameras on sale today have a dial that can be turned to select a particular shooting mode (the exceptions to this rule are top-flight professional models and quirky retro-styled models such as the Fuji X-series). Generally the mode dial can be divided in two […]

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Long exposures of the night sky

Next time you’re in the countryside at night do yourself a favour: look up. If it’s clear and conditions are right you’ll see a seemingly infinite number of stars twinkling like diamonds on a sheet of black velvet. As a visual pleasure it’s hard to […]

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Dealing with Contrast

Contrast is usually at its highest when a scene is backlit. In this image there wasn’t much that could be done to lighten the shadows. I exposed so that the highlights weren’t too badly burnt out and didn’t worry too much about the shadows. Contrast […]

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Black and White Portraits : Weekend Assignment

Colour can be distracting. Stripped of colour an image is entirely about the subject (unless of course the entire point of the subject is its colour…). This is particularly true of portraiture. Black and white arguably conveys the inner soul of the subject more powerfully […]

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Light and Dark: High Key and Low Key Photography

Understanding the Difference Between High Key and Low Key Photography. Theory is all very well in…err! theory. There are times however when creativity demands that theory can take a back seat. Theoretically there is a correct exposure for any given shooting situation. The ‘sunny f/16’ […]

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Lighting a Large Scene

Photographer Thomas Chadwick breaks down how he made a night scene look like a music video. The main problem with lighting a large area at night? Often, it’s getting your lights close enough so their output can reach your subjects with adequate power. For Thomas […]

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How to Photograph Animals/Fish Behind Glass

Photographing animals/fish behind glass in an Aquarium or Zoo can be very rewarding and is fairly straight forward, as long as you follow certain rules. One of the biggest problems you might encounter is unwanted reflections. To avoid these hold the camera lens flush with […]

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4 Camera Lens Facts You Did Not Known

There’s often a great deal of excitement whenever a new camera comes out. The specifications are pored over in great detail and judgement passed on forums and review sites. For some reason this happen less with new lenses. And yet, arguably, the lens is the […]

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DIY Indoor Photography Backdrops

Don’t have a professional backdrop yet? You can still offer your clients indoor photography sessions with these simple strategies for taking pictures inside without any special equipment. 1. Lifestyle Photography: Using Natural Backdrops For a more photo-journalistic approach you can suggest doing the portrait session […]

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Remove date stamp from photo – the easy way

When a digital camera date stamps an image, it often presents a problem. Many users don’t know how to turn this feature off, or initially may even like the idea of the date stamp. But when it comes to sharing or printing the image, the […]

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Music and Photography

As far as I’m concerned photography is a job for life. I can’t imagine getting bored with it; I’ll never know all there is to know, which means that I’m always learning. That said it’s not healthy to be too monomaniacal. It’s good for the […]

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Mountain Landscape Photography Tips

There are few experiences as exhilarating as trekking in a mountainous landscape. A few years ago I did a three week long trek in the Himalayas, walking a circuit of about 300 km. As you can imagine, it was a huge experience, both physically and […]

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Start Making Better Bird Pictures

At once challenging and wondrous subjects, birds are fast, elusive, biologically diverse, and can be stunningly beautiful. “There are about 10,000 species of birds in the world, and their range of behaviors is very wide,” says William Majoros, a North Carolina–based scientist and avid bird […]

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