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Use of the Polarising Filter

The polariser (or polarising filter to give it its Sunday name) is arguably one of the most useful filters you can keep in your camera bag. However, its effects are only visible under certain conditions so it’s all too easy to use it ineffectively. Uniquely, […]

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5 Wide-angle Lens Landscape Tips

If there’s one type of lens that’s most associated with landscape photography it’s the wide-angle lens. This shouldn’t be too surprising. Wide-angle lenses are perfect for capturing the epic sweep of a landscape, capturing as they do a…well, a wide-angle of view. However, that’s not […]

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Staying Sharp: Getting to Grips with Autofocus

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 autofocus is ideal and when […]

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Shooting Water in the Landscape

Just over 70% of the earth’s surface is covered by water. It’s no wonder then that water holds a strong fascination as a photographic subject. However, successfully capturing the essence of water can be tricky. It has three forms: liquid, steam and ice. It also […]

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Common problems with lenses: Chromatic aberration and light fall-off

No lens design is perfect. To a greater or lesser degree there will always be something that just isn’t quite right. The most common of these failings are chromatic aberration and light fall-off. Sometimes these flaws are minor and generally aren’t discernible. Sometimes however these […]

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How to be Creative with White Balance

Inside your camera is a heroic but largely overlooked slice of silicon. The chip in question takes the data supplied by the camera’s sensor and turns it into a recognisable image. This marvel of electronics is referred to as the image processor. One of the […]

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Black & White Landscape: The story behind the image

The weather in Britain is wonderful. Well, okay…it’s not always great. But we do get a wide variety of different types of weather. Sun. Hail. Rain. Sleet. Wind. Snow. Sometimes all on the same day. As a landscape photographer this makes life exciting and unpredictable. […]

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How To Take Better Landscape Pictures

Landscape photography is one of the most popular photographic genres, and is certainly one of the most enjoyable – if you love the countryside, what could be better than being out there with your camera? At first sight, landscape photography would seem to be easy […]

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How to Photograph Water Lilies

As summer begins, so do water lilies start to appear. As photographic subjects they are irresistible – glowing jewel colours and graceful shapes, and for the icing on the cake, you’ll sometimes get a reflection of all that beauty in the water below for double […]

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How to Photograph Sunsets and Sunrises

I sometimes hear people say disparagingly that sunset photographs are chocolate-box pics, and clichés. But the only reason they are so often photographed is because they are one of nature’s most beautiful displays – and I think there is every reason to carry on taking […]

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Camera Lenses: Wide Angle or Telephoto ?

Which Lens Should I Use? Back in the days of prime lenses, when a photographer arrived at a location he would need to decide which lens to use for the subject at hand. Nowadays, with the preponderance of zoom lenses, the same decision remains – […]

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Macro Photography: A Beginners Guide

Macro photography can take you into a whole new world of images, photographing tiny subjects full of amazing details that you may never have noticed otherwise. So what exactly is macro photography? The technical definition of a macro photograph is that it is one in […]

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Understanding Exposure Compensation

In the days of slide film, you had to get your exposure absolutely right in camera, as there was no margin for error – underexposure gave you blocked up shadows, and overexposure resulted in washed out highlights. Even half a stop wrong could make the […]

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10 Tips for Shooting Great Panoramic Images

I vividly remember the time I took this photograph: it was on a trek in the Indian Himalayas, and the previous evening we had reached this lake, the highest point of our walk. We camped a little way from it, and made plans to get […]

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Top Tips for Great Beach Photography

Summer is here, and many people will be heading off to a beach at some point or other over the next couple of months. And if you’re going to a beautiful beach, the chances are you’ll want to take your camera with you. But sand […]

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How to Create Jaw Dropping Landscapes

Wide angle lenses can be great for adding a sense of space to a landscape photograph, giving it plenty of drama and impact. They exaggerate the perspective in a scene, and make closer objects appear larger and more prominent, while pushing the distant elements in […]

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How to use a polarising filter

Many of the filters that photographers used to have in film days are now redundant, as they were mostly used to adjust the colour temperature of a scene, which is now done via the white balance menu instead. But one filter that we do still […]

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Stretching your photographic boundaries

When I first bought a camera I photographed everything and anything. It didn’t take long though before I started to concentrate more on some subjects than others, and I’m sure this is true of most photographers. In my case, my favourite subjects were – and […]

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