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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
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...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....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
We can overcomplicate things when trying to compose a great photo. So today we're looking at simplicity in photography composition. Specifically: What is simplicity in composition? How to achieve simplicity in composition What is...read more
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
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
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
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
Photographers are always looking for ways to ensure sharp photos, but there is a little confusion around what Vibration Reduction (VR) or Image Stabilization (IS) is and how to use it. These are both camera manufacturer names for optical stabilisation. The big...read more
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
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
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
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
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
What's the difference between spot metering and single point autofocus? It’s a bit confusing when you’re unsure of how to use a DSLR and start moving away from auto everything mode. You look through the viewfinder, you see a little square or something similar and you...read more
For the purpose of this tutorial on how to control exposure in all shooting modes, let’s assume that you’re not using auto ISO. So, once you set your ISO, it stays at that setting and won’t change with the changing conditions. Now let's look at the exposure decisions...read more
Using continuous shooting mode on your camera is as simple as switching from single shooting mode (S) to continuous (C). Easy as that. Before we get into the creative fun that you can have with continuous shooting mode, let's look at what it is, how it works, when to...read more
You’ve got a fantastic new camera that you’ve wanted for ages and you just can’t wait to get clicking. Not so fast. Don’t just take that camera strap out of the box and put it on any old how. Cameras are quite heavy, and once you add the weight of a lens and maybe a...read more
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