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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 -...

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Angles of light – how to use side light

In our second tutorial on angles of light we are looking at how to use side light. Specifically, where to find it or how to create it, as well as when and how to use it. But first… What is side lighting? Side lighting is quite literally what it says on the tin. It is...

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Make it interesting – use patterns in composition

Using patterns in composition is easy, because they’re everywhere! I love an easy technique to great photos! Wherever you are you can find a pattern. You can create a pattern and you can highlight a pattern by the way you photograph it. How you use patterns in...

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How to shoot black and white photography

How to see in black and white Black and white photography is timeless, but it is also a very creative way of photographing. With black and white images the absence of color reveals so much about the composition and lighting of an image - two essential elements to a...

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How to focus on fast moving subjects

One of our readers, Rachel, left a comment on the Nail your Autofocus tutorial from a few weeks back. She wanted advice on photographing busy kids and particularly mentioned Nikon’s 3D tracking and continuous servo. But there’s more to photographing moving subjects...

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Angles of Light: How to use backlight

We're starting off our Angles of Light series with how to use backlight. What is backlighting? When you backlight a subject you place your subject between you and the light, with your subject facing you. You are then shooting into the light, or against the light. The...

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