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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
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
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