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How-To: Photograph Grizzly Bears Without Getting Mauled

Tom Mangelsen has photographed wildlife from hummingbirds to elephants, but he has a special soft spot for bears. And he’s particularly fond of the grizzlies that roam Grand Teton National Park near his home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. “The more I see bears, the more […]

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Lighting Tip: Faking a Rainstorm

Stephen Carroll, a freelance photographer from Reston, Virginia, specializes in artwork for book covers, with more than 400 (mostly novels) to his credit. They’re not just any book covers, though. His genius lies in creating film noir-like scenes, complete with desperate lovers, soaked T-shirts, smoking […]

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How to Shoot Strangers Without Being Arrested!

I’m in a mild state of shock today. I’ve recently read Watching the English by Kate Fox and discovered things about myself that I was better off not knowing. If you’ve not read the book it can be neatly summarised by the following: in terms […]

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Pre-Visualizing Your Lighting Setup

What happens when you cross an energetic toddler with a complicated lighting setup? You may get very cross yourself—unless you prelight, playing with and working out the lighting well before your model arrives. Chris Strong, a Chicago pro, spent a full day prelighting this portrait […]

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How to Photograph Buildings

Architectural photography is a very rewarding subject. However, it does take practise and experimentation to get right. If you’ve a hankering to try architectural photography these four tips will prove useful… Choose your lens wisely The closer you are to a building, the more likely […]

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Understanding Your Camera’s Lightmeter

The lightmeter in your digital camera is astonishingly clever. The default mode is known as Evaluative (or Matrix). This mode breaks a scene up into chunks, each of which are measured independently. And then, after a microsecond of thought juggling such factors as where the […]

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8 Marketing Mistakes Many Photographers Make

More photographs are taken now than at any other time since photography was invented, which makes life tough for the photographer trying to earn a living from it. While it’s gratifying to see that photographs still have the power to change things for the better […]

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HOW TO TURN BRIDAL FAIRS INTO SOLID BOOKINGS

Wedding photography is one of the few areas left where it’s still possible to earn regular income from photography, whether as a full timer or a ‘weekend warrior.’ Booking a stand at a wedding fair is good way to meet potential brides, but it’s a […]

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Understanding the color temperature of light

Different types of light have different colour temperatures, making them appear warmer or cooler. This means that a white object photographed in different types of light may take on a red or a blue cast, instead of appearing pure white. However, we may not always […]

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How to Photograph Wild Flowers

There can’t be many lovelier sights than a vista of bluebells transforming a wood with a carpet of blue under a canopy of fresh green leaves. And yes, it’s that time of year again! In the UK bluebells can flower any time between mid-April and […]

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Photographing Reflections

Maybe it’s all the rain we’ve been having, but today I’ve been thinking about photographing water, and in particular, reflections. There’s nothing better than seeing a stunning mountain landscape reflected in mirror-still water, which seems to more than double the impact of the scene. But […]

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Rainy Day Photography

It’s been pouring with rain all day. Pretty much all week, actually. And just as I sat down to write this blog, the sky went black, thunder and lightning cracked and flashed, and it hailed – huge hailstones hurtling down and bouncing off the ground […]

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Color Correction: How to Set Custom White Balance in DSLR Camera

Watch this photography tutorial video to learn the art of color correction and setting custom white balance. Color is a visual property of perception. Camera chip interprets the light that passes through the lens in a similar way as our brain interprets the light passing […]

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Understanding color in photography

Colour is a very important element in photography for me, and in fact usually the first thing that attracts me to photograph something will be its colour. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a bright or saturated colour, and in fact I often prefer more […]

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Creating a Triptych in Lightroom

When presenting your photos you will sometimes want to create and print them as a series of three images on a single sheet of paper rather than a single image. You might want to do this, for example, to use to decorate a gift card […]

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Lightroom – Understanding Clarity, Vibrance and Saturation

In Lightroom 2 the collection of Basic fixes available for your image includes three Presence sliders that sit together in the Develop module: Clarity, Vibrance and Saturation. This week I’ll explain the differences between these three adjustments and how they affect your photos. In each […]

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Make Your Own Photoshop Brushes

One of the most popular searches involving Photoshop on the web is, perhaps not unsurprisingly, for free Photoshop brushes. Photoshop brushes can be used for a range of editing and creative tasks and while it’s fun to find and download great looking brushes it’s also […]

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Autumn Photo Refresher Course

October’s well and truly here, which means the leaves are turning and the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ has arrived (if you’re reading this in Australia please bear with us). Indeed, afer an Indian summer of a September in the UK, autumn is picking […]

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