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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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, […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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, […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More