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Life in 50mm: The Photographer’s Lens

For most photographers, the 50mm lens is the first one they buy, right after the one that comes with their camera. Why? Because they’re cheap, easy-to-carry, and they allow for some amazing creative options, with […]

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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 […]

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Explore Your Creativity: A Resolution You Can Keep Whatever The Weather

It’s been a few weeks since the start of the year and the weather is starting to conspire against your resolutions to run miles each day and shed last year’s weight gain. It’s not that […]

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Drone Buying Advice From Our Expert Author

Adam Juniper, author of the Complete Guide to Drones, has some tips for those looking to pick up a new drone for themselves or a loved one. Fun Learning with Tello The RYZE Tello; it’s […]

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Top 5 Christmas Gift Books for Photographers​

If you’re shopping for photography lovers this Christmas, you can’t go wrong with a good book. Here are a few of our favourites from 2018, all shown alongside the latest pricing from Amazon so you […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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