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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
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
What is exposure compensation? This is where you get to tell your camera that you know better. Exposure compensation alters the exposure value selected by the camera in situations where the camera’s metering is fooled by conditions. In other words, it makes the...read more
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...read more
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...read more
What is symmetry in photography composition? The easiest way to describe symmetry in composition is that if you were to fold a symmetrical photograph in half, along the line of symmetry, you would have two identical photos. That...read more
How to use a reflector properly - did you know there's a wrong way? I always say - never underestimate your need for a reflector. Doesn't sound complicated - reflect light. Job done. But there's more to it than that, so let’s look at how to use a reflector properly,...read more
Controlling exposure: how exposure metering works In the second part of our series on controlling exposure we’re looking at how exposure metering works. Understanding your camera's exposure meter is essential to understanding how your camera works and then moving on...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
Controlling exposure: the exposure indicator Learning how to control exposure is one of the biggest hurdles for beginners when they first start using a DSLR camera. Annoyingly, it is also one of those things that, once you get it, seems so easy. Everyone starts as a...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
What goes into preparing for a photoshoot on location? Photographing on location is hard work and so worth it! The secret to a successful shoot is being diligent about preparing for a photoshoot on location. Every time you go back to the same location you will...read more
What makes a good photography location? When it comes to choosing the perfect photography location, there are many factors to consider. Some are obvious, but some you might not have thought about. Rather than learn the hard way, read our top 14 tips to ensure your...read more
Capturing movement using shutter speed settings Movement as a creative element in an image makes it interesting. In my world interesting equals fun. So, playing with camera controls to produce images that are not what we see with our eyes and even otherworldly is the...read more
Composition: viewpoint Your viewpoint is your perspective on the world you’re photographing. Your choice of viewpoint when composing an image forms part of the story you’re telling in your photograph. We’ve all heard of a bird’s...read more
Getting blurry with depth of field If you're looking for a low tech way to create a beautifully blurry background, keep on reading. We’re looking at how the photographer’s position can impact a photograph. All too often photographers stay in one place while they take...read more
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