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Every Monday we add to our awesome collection of photography tutorials, so we have hours of information here for you from previous weeks.

Why is there a black line on photos when using flash?

Have you had a black line on photos when using flash? Don't worry, it's easily fixed! Using the wrong flash sync speed is more common than you realise and a regular stumbling block for anyone first trying out flash. I’ve seen many SOS calls in online photography...

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Background blur is not bokeh. What’s the difference?

There is a lot of talk about bokeh and blurry backgrounds, especially in portrait photography. There also seems to be a lot of confusion between the two. Many photographers mistakenly think that background (or foreground) blur is bokeh. What's the difference between...

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When a compact camera is better than a DSLR

This is not a photography gear review site. I write about how to take better photos, advising on focus, exposure, composition, lighting and so on. I do sometimes mention relevant equipment needed to achieve a certain look, but not often. This is one of those posts,...

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5 portrait lighting patterns you need to know

What are lighting patterns? Lighting patterns in portrait photography are defined by the way light and shadow play across your subject’s face. How we position the light in relation to a person, or vice versa, will change the light patterns. What types of light can you...

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How to use auto exposure lock for easy accurate exposure

Auto exposure lock is a function that is not talked about much. I think this is because most photography educators, myself included, recommend learning how to use manual mode. BUT that doesn’t mean that the other modes aren’t good, useful and have their place. If you...

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Cropping photos for maximum impact and better composition

What is photo cropping? When we think of cropping a photo, we usually think about cropping it to fit a certain size print. So we often think about cropping a photo as a post production activity.  But cropping photos is something that should be at the forefront of your...

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How to use horizontal lines for the best composition

What is more timeless, stable and certain than the horizon? Nothing. This is why horizontal lines in photography composition create a feeling of stability, rest and dependability in an image. So let’s look at how to make the most of horizontal lines as a composition...

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What is high key photography, and how to master it

I mentioned high key photography last week in the tutorial on how to read a histogram, so now feels like a great time to talk about what is high key photography and how to achieve a high key image.If you didn’t catch the article, read about it here: How to read a...

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How to read a histogram and why it’s not perfect

You shouldn't rely entirely on your histogram A histogram is a great tool and learning to use your camera’s histogram is a great idea. The thing is though, if you’re using it properly, you’ll know that you can’t rely on it entirely. You do need to observe the scene...

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5 focal length facts you need to know for good photos

Focal length is talked about a lot, because it has a big impact on the appearance of an image. If used correctly, it can enhance your subject. However, if used badly or without thought, it can negatively distort the appearance of your subject. That goes for people,...

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Is your screen too bright for accurate editing?

Don’t you hate it when you post a photo online, then view it on another device and the photo looks darker or brighter than you intended? Or the color is not quite how you edited it?I’m not talking about the usual issue of images being a lower quality when posted on...

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Hot tips for great beach photography in any season

Beach photography is not just for the summer. In fact, I find myself photographing at the beach more in the winter than I do in the summer.In the winter the waves are more interesting and the beach itself is quieter. I especially enjoy beach photography when the...

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The best way to organize photos, starting with file naming

What is involved with file naming and organizing photos? Even if you’re not an organized type of person, I’m sure you know the value of being able to find a file easily. Imagine trying to find a book in a library if there was no filing system, or a document on your...

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21 great photography gift ideas

It can be difficult knowing what to buy a photographer if you're not a photographer. So, if you have a photographer in need of a gift, this list is for you.If you're a photographer and need to drop a few hints advising your family what gifts to buy you, leave this...

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