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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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How to focus in low light – seeing in the dark

8 low light focus tips The world looks a little different and a whole lot more interesting through the lens when the light is low. So low light shooting can be very rewarding, but of course comes with it’s own set of challenges. The first one being how can your camera...

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Top tips on using natural light indoors for great photos

Light: shooting indoors with natural light Shooting indoors with natural light only was not my idea of ideal. I'm a studio light photographer first and foremost. Then I decided to change the way I photograph boudoir completely and, instead of shooting with studio...

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Essential tips for creating balance in composition

Composition: balance Balance in composition is a very subtle skill, but one that can be learned quite easily. The first step to creating a balanced image is to slow down and carefully think through your photograph before creating the image. I suppose this is the...

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Nail your autofocus, get the shot

How to use autofocus properly Your DSLR camera is designed to take sharp photos, no matter whether it is entry level or top of the range. If you're not taking sharp photos, it is not because there is something wrong with the camera and it's not because there's...

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How to photograph silhouettes with ease

How to photograph silhouettes Learning how to photograph silhouettes is much easier than you think. All you have to do is learn a little about exposure and metering and then think about your composition. Normally, when creating an image we’re concerned with ensuring...

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How to use color for eye catching photography composition

Composition: color Even the simplest details can elevate a photograph from ordinary to something the will make your viewer stop and look again. The best part is that so often the viewer doesn’t know what it is that drew them in. Composing an image carefully with...

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