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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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How do you Vignette?

Adding a vignette to an image involves adding a subtle (or not so subtle) edge effect to it. A popular vignette technique involves darkening the edges of your image – it gives the image a slight border which helps keep the viewer’s eye in the […]

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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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Create Silhouettes in Photoshop

One feature you’ll see a lot in advertising is silhouetted images generally of people or recognisable buildings. Here’s how to capture and create a silhouette image: To capture a photo to use as a silhouette place the subject so they are backlit. You can do […]

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Fixing Blemishes in Lightroom

When you have an image which needs some spot fixing before printing you can often do the work in Lightroom and avoid the necessity of a round trip to Photoshop. Lightroom has both a Clone and a Heal tool available for fixing blemishes and removing […]

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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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Composition: Small Things Make a Big Difference

I’m continually astonished at how small things can have a big impact. Take the humble comma for instance. The placement of this relatively insignificant little mark can make all the difference to how legible a sentence is. Not adding a comma into the relevant place […]

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Macro Photography: Photographing Patterns in Nature

The natural world is a wonderful source of inspiration for close up or macro photography that makes use of patterns. Some of these photos can even become quite abstract. Once you train your eye to start to look for patterns in nature, you’ll soon find […]

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Tips From a Pro : Shooting Better Sports Photos

Over a career spanning nearly three decades, Damian Strohmeyer has scored 70 Sports Illustrated covers. Five of his images appear in SI’s 100 Greatest Sports Photos of All Time. He’s shot World Series, Super Bowls (27 of them), NCAA basketball, and the Olympics. His other […]

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