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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...read more
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...read more
Why aren’t my photos sharp? How to achieve sharp photos is one of the questions I get asked the most. It’s not surprising either - sharp focus is obviously really important to photographers. The problem is that focus is more complicated than it first appears. But it...read more
If you're anything like me, you don’t like spending time at the computer fiddling with Photoshop. I’d much rather be photographing or planning a shoot. So, I have absolutely no interest in using sky overlays. Instead, as much as is possible, I plan my shots so that my...read more
Light is the most important factor in photography. So you need to understand how natural light works before you can consistently create amazing natural light photos. Getting a great shot every now and then is nice, but who likes those odds? Nobody. When you understand...read more
We all know that light is the key ingredient to a beautiful photograph. It doesn’t matter how gorgeous your subject is, if you don’t understand light, your photo won’t be gorgeous. So let’s have a look at how to use the characteristics of light for amazing natural...read more
Juxtaposition as a photography technique is a lot less complicated than it sounds! It's actually really simple, but the difference it makes to a photograph is dramatic. What is juxtaposition in photography? When using juxtaposition as a composition technique, you’re...read more
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,...read more
We all know that light is the first consideration in photography. Everything else comes after that. Well, if light is so important, why do so many photographers take chances with their exposure settings? Fixing it on the computer afterwards will never be as good as...read more
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
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