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Photography

The principles of lighting

Getting lighting right is about it looking good and fitting your vision Lighting ratios mathematically measure the amount of light falling on the highlighted side of the face as compared to the side of the […]

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Adding grain to your black and white photos

Film grain has often divided black-and-white photographers. Some detested it and chose their film stock and chemicals to minimise it, while others liked graininess and saw it as a quality. It probably depended on the […]

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The best ways to light a face

When taking a portrait of a model, lighting the face correctly can make or break the shot. Good lighting helps to highlight a model’s best features, provide shape and contour to the face, and also, […]

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10 common blog mistakes to avoid

The more you blog, the better you get at it. There’s no right way—everyone’s style is different, that’s the fun of blogs. But there are some common mistakes that it’s worth knowing about. You have […]

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Adding just a splash of colour to your photos

As tempting as it is to fill the frame from edge to edge with a bold, or even a subtle blend of, colours (after all, colour is free, why not get greedy with it?), presenting […]

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Controlling texture in your studio shots

The success of a shoot is made by a wide variety of small components that all come together in harmony to enhance one another. For as important as they can be, no great picture is […]

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Exposure compensation and bracketing. What they are and when to use them.

Whether the camera’s been fooled into giving you the “wrong” result or you simply want to change the mood of a shot, there will be times when you’ll want an exposure to be a little […]

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Need inspiration? Try printing your photos!

In this digital age, so many photographers never print their photographs, and that is a shame. It might seem terribly old school, but some photographers are sure that holding a printed photograph in their hands […]

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Creating enveloping light. And when to use it.

If you take soft light to its extreme, you can devise a set up to completely surround a subject, bathing it in total, diffuse light that fills in every nook and cranny, eliminates every shadow, […]

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Breakout from the pattern

As people, we love pattern. But interrupted pattern is more interesting. – Jay Maisel Tea pickers at collection point, Mount Vernon Estate, Sri Lanka. 2014. The row of Sri Lankan tea pickers waiting in line […]

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Get down to photograph children and pets

If you’re looking to adjust your photography, changing your shooting angle by getting up high or from below are brilliant ideas to move away from shots at eye level.   But when it comes to […]

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Try something new: ask your subjects to look out of the frame

‘Look at the camera and smile,’ is a pretty standard instruction to your models, but it’s hard to get creativity into shots like that. So, let’s try the opposite! Ask your models to gaze out […]

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