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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.

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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.PS:...

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