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Monthly Archives: September 2016

What is fill-in flash?

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Fill-in flash is a term often used to describe a technique where your flash is used to literally ‘fill in’ some of the shadows cast by the main light. In most cases, this main light is the ambient light, usually…

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Hand-colouring photos

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People have been colouring black-and-white photographs since the 19th century. The print was often prepared by being toned and was then painted by hand with a fine brush, building up the colour gradually until a near-realistic colour effect was achieved….

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Achieving accurate skin tones

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Achieving accurate skin tones can elevate portraits from the average. Today’s clients are also very sophisticated in terms of what they expect, having being fed a diet of impossibly perfect images of models on a daily basis, in magazines, on…

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Subtle shading

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An alternative approach to seeking out strong graphical elements with distinctive line and shape is to look instead for the subtle nuances of form present in the objects that surround us. Although perhaps less immediately arresting than the high-contrast, high-impact…

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How to de-noise your images

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No doubt you’re all too familiar with the issue of noise in digital images. Noise manifests itself as ugly-looking clumps of pixels and a graininess that is particularly apparent in larger areas of a single, flat tone. It’s also more…

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When your subject is offstage

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When you frame a shot, you leave out more than you include. That’s the idea, of course—establishing the photographer’s view of what is going on, and no one else’s. Sometimes, however, the suggestion of what might be happening out of…

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Sharing images from your iPad

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The share icon is virtually ubiquitous on the iPad screen, and for good reason—it’s part of the iPad’s ethos to be connected every step of the way, and to facilitate sharing, along creative outlets just as easily as social-media ones….

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How does a multicopter fly?

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The lift that keeps a traditional plane aloft comes from the air flowing over its carefully crafted shape, meaning forward momentum is essential. Multicopters are a lot more flexible—only the propeller blades need to be aerodynamically shaped, with control achieved…

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Travel photography survival tips

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Travel to a foreign country will always have its own inherent risks, but with so much on the line during work-related trips, there’s an added pressure to mitigate these variables. The following smart, simple survival tactics will help keep you…

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