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10 Simple Ways to Improve Your Photography

We all want to improve our photography. However, sometimes the technical stuff can feel overwhelming. Fortunately there are many ways to improve as a photographer without going anywhere near a camera manual. Here are ten of my top tips for doing just that… Tip no. […]

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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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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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20 HDR Photography Tutorials to Learn This Technique in One Day

Applied with care, High Dynamic Range technique (HDR) can create amazingly beautiful photos which blur our sense of difference between reality and illusion. The intention is to properly represent a wide range of intensity levels found on real scenes, ranging from deepest shadows to direct […]

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Adobe Lightroom Mobile is Now Here!

With Adobe® Lightroom® Mobile, your photography is going places. Now you can finally free yourself from the desktop with on-the-go, pro-grade photo editing. • Edit and organize images anywhere, anytime on your iPad or iPhone. • Enhance everything from smartphone photos to raw images. • […]

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5 Easy Photoshop Photo Effects

Retouch your photos with these five easy photo effects! These Photoshop video tutorials will show you how to create some of the most popular photo effects using professional non-destructive editing techniques. You’ll need Photoshop CS4 or newer to follow these tutorials.

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Dreamy Summer Photo Effect – Photoshop tutorial

Quick tutorial showing you how to create a nice dreamy summer photo edit in Photoshop. The reason the second image was a little darker was that the curves needed bumping a bit. I didn’t realise in the video, as I mentioned before though, all images […]

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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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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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Holiday Tips for Photographing Children

People often underestimate the importance of lighting when it comes to the overall look of a photograph especially when photographing children. There are a few basic lighting techniques and tips for photographing children when outdoors or on holiday, including front-lighting, back-lighting and shade. Many might […]

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Fake a Beauty Dish Portrait With a Reflective Umbrella

Don’t have a beauty dish in your collection of lighting modifiers? Try a reflective umbrella. A beauty dish can be a very useful light modifying tool if you shoot a lot of fashion portraits. If that’s not your main cup of tea, however, they can […]

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Balance Flash Output With a Setting Sun

Use two very different light sources for one incredible portrait. Living on the island of Maui in Hawaii, commercial and portrait photographer Eric Rolph has the rare luxury of choosing sea-swept sunrises or sunsets to use as backdrops. As you might imagine, he’s perfected the […]

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Use A Window For An Environmental Portrait

People and places in one frame. As far back as the Renaissance, portraitists have made endless use of windows: to bathe a subject in the flatteringly soft light that falls through a north-facing casement, or frame a portrait within the picture’s frame. On a psychological […]

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Use a Hard Light for a Dramatic Portrait

Sometimes a hard light makes for a fresh take. Portrait photographers live and die by their ability to produce a soft light. Whether created using a softbox, diffuser, umbrella, or window, soft is by far the most common flavor of studio lighting. But it doesn’t […]

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Get More From Your Wide-Angle Lens

Along with a decent telephoto zoom and a 50mm or 85mm portrait lens, a good wide-angle lens is an essential part of the serious photographer’s arsenal. Wide-angle lenses are quite specialised pieces of equipment, so you can’t just ‘gun and run’ – you need to […]

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Five ways to get better travel portraits

One of the best ways to make your travel images more interesting and meaningful is to include lots of people shots. It really individualises your work and captures the essence and soul of a place much more than a predictable, postcard-style image we’ve all seen […]

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DSLR Tips Workshop: How to photograph landscapes with lots in focus

Landscape photos can often benefit with something in the foreground like a tree or a fence, but the problem is making sure it’s all in focus. In the photo below left, using the camera’s automatic settings, the background is sharp, but the grassy ledge in […]

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HOW TO THINK LIKE A PRO

mproving your composition is one of the biggest challenges in photography, and sadly there isn’t a convenient button on your camera you can press to fix poor framing (although you can often turn on grids to help you adhere to the rule of thirds, etc). […]

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