Select Page

Welcome to our past…

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

Natural light tricks for overcast days – light direction

If you’re a natural light 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, here are...

read more

Why the rule of space is so powerful in composition

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

Image Quality – the pros and cons of RAW vs JPEG

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

What is white balance and does it matter?

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

How to use focus lock for guaranteed sharp focus

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

Why you need a lens hood to save your photos and your lens

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....

read more

Why photography matters

I’ve not really mentioned before why I started The Lens Lounge and I’d like to share it with you as it is actually quite important to me, and the reason why all the hours of hard work are so worth it. I was 4 and I was standing on a stool at the kitchen counter next...

read more

Getting started with off camera flash

You hear all the hype and people talking about OCF or off camera flash. But how does it work and how do you get started? With so much hype you’d think it was rocket science, but don’t worry, it’s not at all. Here we’re going to look at how to take your first steps...

read more

7 tips for photographing in bright sunlight

Don't let bright sunlight put you off Light is at the centre of every photograph. Without light there can be no photograph, so photographers need to find ways to use, manipulate, create or block the light. Working with too much light is as much of a challenge as...

read more

When, why and how to use exposure bracketing?

What is exposure bracketing? You bracket your exposure when you take a series of frames of the same scene at different exposure settings (under exposed, correctly exposed and then over exposed) to ensure that you achieve a correct exposure. Before digital, and the...

read more

Fill the frame for photos with impact – how, when, why

What is a frame? Before we can figure out how to fill the frame, it is helpful to understand what we mean by a frame, because we're not talking about hanging a photo on a wall. Not yet anyway. In photography when we talk about a frame, we're talking about the image...

read more

Auto ISO – pros, cons and how to use it

Controlling exposure, part 5 - auto ISO Using auto ISO can be helpful when there is a lot going on and you don't have enough time to respond to changing light conditions quickly enough. ISO controls the sensitivity of your camera’s sensor to light. By changing the ISO...

read more

9 times manual focus beats autofocus

Manual focus is not dead A friend recently got her first digital SLR camera. Up until now she has been using a fully manual film camera, including manual focus, so this opened up a whole new world of exciting possibilities. She came over with her camera a few days...

read more

Angles of light: how to use front light

For the last part of our series on the angles of light we are taking a closer look at front light. More specifically: The benefits of front lighting The pitfalls of lighting from the front  How to use front light But first... What is front light? Front light is the...

read more

5 ways to use triangles in photography composition

How to see and use triangles in photography composition Before I begin talking about triangles in composition, I want to be clear that we are discussing how to incorporate the triangle shape when composing photographs. Not the composition theory of golden triangles -...

read more

BE THE BOSS OF YOUR CAMERA

Everyone can take great photos. Just start with the basics and build from there. We’ll show you.

Share This