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Photography

Michael Freeman’s Tea Break: The Life of Tea

We all know the value of a cup of tea, and most visitors to this page will be equally acquainted with the significance of bestselling photographer-author Michael Freeman. While Freeman has provided the world with a prodigious number of books for photographers through ilex, he is, of course, also a working professional photographer (where else […]

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Every photo is a balancing act

A fundamental part of composition, balance is arranging the elements of the frame such that tension is both created and resolved. Balance is not about things being exactly the same in some scientific sense: that is veering into the idea of symmetry. You are not necessarily aiming for perfect and literal equality in every section […]

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Context is everything

How do you know whether the person you’ve photographed in a white coat is a doctor, a scientist, or an artist? You don’t, unless you add a layer of context. An operating theatre, a set of bubbling beakers, or a fist full of paintbrushes—these details don’t tell the whole story, but they do help add […]

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Need inspiration? Try altering your perspective!

Shooting at eye level is the default position for most photographers. By simply playing with perspective, however, you can change the story behind an image and make it immediately more interesting. Find one subject and use it to try the following exercises in perspective. Get low Shooting from a low angle—with the camera placed below […]

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Shooting film noir-style photos

Film Noir was a term used to describe the dark, menacing thrillers and detective films that were hugely popular during the 1940s and 50s. The style, often in black and white, creates incredibly striking, cinematic images. A film noir style shoot is incredible fun, and a great way to expand your portfolio. When heading out […]

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A riot of colour

A good black-and-white photo is classic. But colour is seductive. Colour is the spice of life, and it is a key driver in evoking emotion in your photographs. It is, without question, one of the most powerful forms of non- verbal communication. If you’re looking for photographers whose relationship with colour is seminal, take a […]

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Using one gel for a subtle lighting effect

Lighting your subject using one gel is a simple and great way to either set an overall mood or add interest to a specific area of the image, such as hair, clothing, silhouette, or other details. This technique can be achieved through the use of either one light (gelled) or by adding extra lights (non-gelled), […]

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The rule of odds

The rule of odds is simple to understand: odd numbers of items work better in a photograph than even numbers of the same things. If you a photographing more than one of something, three or five of those somethings will be more interesting than two or four. Why is this? It is mainly because the […]

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Capturing those in between moments

You can catch an ‘in between’ shot in the moments when a model is naturally unaware of the camera. Models are often required to sit or stand very still, in traditional poses, with minimal movement between shots. These images can be easier to direct, light, and shoot quickly, but there are times when these formal […]

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Networking up; networking across: growing into your place in the blogosphere

Ambition is a valuable asset—but so is patience and respect. It’s best to play the long game and gradually work your way up the hierarchy. The great hierarchy of bloggersTier 1: internationally famous photographers, Photoshop gurus, industry spokespeopleTier 2: Professional photographers and other creatives with big followings in specific fieldsTier 3: Amateur photographers with small […]

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Photographing a row of beautiful beach huts

Beach huts are a quintessential British seaside sight. And make for fabulous photos. If you want to capture as many of the colours in a row of beach huts as possible, simply means shoot along it, into the distance. In terms of composition, pick the closest and nearest of the huts huts you like the […]

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What is noise?

There are three sources of noise, which manifests itself as a graininess in your images.  First, all light has noise, much like static in a radio signal, but this isn’t something you can see with the naked eye. This is referred to as “shot noise” and it varies in accordance with the magnitude of the […]

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