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Chris Gatcum

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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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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Why is it necessary to process your photos?

All digital images need processing in some way, and it’s up to you whether that happens primarily in-camera or using software on your computer. Post-processing is the processing that happens after you’ve taken your shot, […]

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Explaining chromatic aberration

No matter how much you spend, or which brand you invest in, no lens is truly perfect (although some come exceptionally close). Designing a lens is all about overcoming problems in an attempt to get […]

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Getting a handle on the histogram

Histograms are your path to exposure success, no matter what shooting mode you use or which metering pattern you call upon. They may just appear to be tedious little graphs, but what those graphs are […]

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Giving 'P' mode a go

If you want to get the most out of your camera, then you really need to leave behind auto mode, leave behind the scene modes, and start taking control of your settings yourself. Except that […]

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Leave scene mode behind

When you’re getting to grips with the huge possibilities presented to you by your camera, it might be tempting to stay within the comfort zone of the scene modes, even if you’re brave enough to […]

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Auto sucks! Why you need to go Beyond Auto

There are lots of great reasons to stick to Auto, not least that it lets you take photos fast, so if Auto’s so great at making our shots pixel perfect, why would we want or […]

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Using the focus-and-recompose technique

Being able to use your auto-focusing points to hone in on your subject is incredibly useful, but it comes with a major flaw: it relies on your subject falling perfectly under one of the camera’s […]

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Why not try lo-fi photomicography?

Most point-and-shoot compact cameras will allow you to reveal small, often unseen worlds by taking close-up shots, but even the most powerful macro facility pales when it’s compared to the magnifying power of a microscope. […]

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Need a title sequence on a budget? Try the milk effect!

If you need a great title sequence for your film, but have zero budget, then try this, which uses nothing more exotic than milk. You can create the entire effect for pennies and it can […]

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Getting a sense of spring in your photos

One of the most challenging aspects of photography in spring is encapsulating a true sense of season in the wider landscape: which means creating a definite sense that a photograph was taken in spring, when […]

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