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Sharp focus is essential to a good photo, especially if you want it to be bigger than a thumbnail image on social media. Before you can actually focus your camera on the part of the image where you need it to be sharpest, it helps to know where to focus. Once you know...read more
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...read more
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...read more
We’ve all heard the phrase “the best camera to use is the one you have with you”. Well, that is true for cameras, but not when it comes to deciding which lens to use for portrait photography. Sometimes it is actually better not to take the photo than to use the wrong...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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,...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
We’ve come to the last of the composition techniques on our list of 19 photography composition tips.This one is the rule of odds and it is one of my favourites, because I like odd numbers and asymmetry. When you follow the rule of odds, you simply include an odd...read more
Learning photography can be very frustrating. We are constantly bombarded by gorgeous images and it makes us feel that if only we knew their secret, had their gear, used their presets, lived near a great location, had a beautiful St Bernard or cute ducklings to...read more
If you’re a natural light portrait photographer, your photography life is wrapped around wishing for good light, in the right place at the right time of day. If you’re in the UK, where the light is just dull for much of the year, it is even more of an obsession. So,...read more
As we’re heading into shorter days and longer nights, in the northern hemisphere at least, I thought this would be a good time for a tutorial on how to create bokeh backgrounds and foregrounds. It is something you can do indoors and images with beautiful bokeh make...read more
As with all composition techniques that start with the word “rule”, it is not so much a rule as a guide for when we’re composing images. The rule of space is an easy rule, but quite an effective one for creating a sense of movement, a feeling, a little intrigue and...read more
If you’ve been photographing for a while, you’ll have heard that for good image quality, the best file format to shoot in is RAW rather than JPEG. But, do you know why that is the case? If you're new to photography and don't know about shooting in RAW, here are some...read more
When I first switched to digital photography I was initially a bit confused by the concept of white balance. However, like many things in photography, it’s actually really easy and quite obvious once you know a bit about it.What is white balance?White balance is the...read more
What is focus lock? Before we start figuring out how to use focus lock, it’s probably a good idea to explain what focus lock is. It sounds quite dramatic, but actually it’s just a way to focus on a subject and keep the focus on that subject, even if you move or your...read more
The left to right rule may seem a little odd and it certainly is a little bit controversial. But rather know about a photography composition technique and decide not to use it, than not know it at all.What is the left to right rule?The basis of the left to right rule...read more
I’ve seen so many people using their cameras without using lens hoods, even when they have the lens hood that came with the lens. I don’t understand why they’re not using it.So, I thought I’d lay out why a lens hood is an essential item to have in your camera bag.PS:...read more
Have you heard of the sunny 16 rule? If not, it may seem like a really odd name for a rule. It’s actually really logical. The sunny 16 rule states that if it is a sunny day, there’s a very good chance that if you set your ISO to 100, your shutter speed to 1/100...read more
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