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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.

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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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 into...

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7 tips for photographing in bright sunlight

Don't let bright sunlight put you off taking photosLight is at the center 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...

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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 in photography?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...

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Auto ISO – pros, cons and how to use it

Controlling exposure, part 5 - auto ISOUsing 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 lightingThe pitfalls of lighting from the front How to use front lightBut first...What is front light?Front light is the easiest...

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5 ways to use triangles in photography composition

How to see and use triangles in photography compositionBefore 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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