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light shapers

A guide to light shapers

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Light shapers allow you to manipulate your light sources to deliver the perfect setting in your shoot. The beauty dish The beauty dish is a shallow parabolic dish that reflects light back into itself and out of the sides, and…

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cocktail

Capturing a cocktail

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Who doesn’t like a cocktail from time to time? They’re always so appealing to look at with their bright colours and exotic glasses. When it comes to photographing cocktails, you might want to think about showing the drink in the…

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equivalent exposures

Managing equivalent exposures

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Exposure is determined by three variables: shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Adjusting any of these three changes the exposure of a photo, but to complicate things further, changing one of the settings has effects other than just making a photo…

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bokeh

Characteristics of bokeh

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We have already looked at what bokeh is, but bokeh exhibits different characteristics, too. Oval bokeh One of the more interesting aspects of using freelensing and other off-axis techniques is the type of bokeh that is possible. Often, the effect…

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Creating poetry in pictures

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If you think about it, what makes a photograph beautiful is generally attributed to composition—a process that relies on emotion, feelings, and intuition more than on logic and calculation. Good composition can make even the most mundane objects and subjects…

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holidays

Photographing the holidays

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When photographing the holidays at home, some of the best moments are for making memories are found in the preparation. Look to photograph hands at work making cookies and everyone decorating the tree. It’s these intimate and thoughtful photographs that…

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glass

Try shooting through glass

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Shooting a portrait through glass is a fantastic storytelling technique in portrait photography. It requires determination to create the perfect result, particularly as glass can often have dirty smudges and will frequently reflect back dappled patches of light; but when…

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