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Daniela Bowker

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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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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Be certain of your subject for stronger photos

The fundamental ‘point-and-shoot’ process of taking a picture is so direct and instantaneous that questioning yourself as to what the subject is or should be is, at first glance, superfluous. The subject of a portrait […]

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Picking and choosing your social networks

To be fair to our ancestors, social networking isn’t exactly a new-fangled phenomenon belonging solely to the bright young hipsters. No one in Ancient Rome lived in isolation after all. It’s more that the internet […]

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Photographing children? Keep it simple!

In many respects, taking photos of babies and children is just like taking photos of fully-grown subjects: get the eyes in focus, fill your frame, and check your lighting. But in many other respects, it’s […]

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Super selfies without a selfie stick in sight!

We’ve all done it. We’ve all held a camera out in front of us, lens toward our face, and tried desperately to take a halfway flattering photo. Often we fail. We look bored because our […]

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What's the best black and white filter?

There are some people who think of black and white photos as old-fashioned and many people absolutely love them. There’s nothing to stop you from loving either, but there is a classical elegance to photographs […]

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5 compositional tips for better smartphone photos

When you’re composing your image in your frame, having some guidelines for how to fill it to create a compelling image can be useful. These aren’t the only compositional ‘rules’ but they are a good […]

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Embrace your smartphone's flaws for better photography

The secret to making the most out of your smartphone camera is to know its flaws and to work with them. We’ve set out the top five smartphone camera foibles and what you can do […]

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There's a better way than smartphone flash

Smartphones’ small sensors are a blessing and a curse: a blessing for their ubiquity, and a curse for their terrible low light capabilities. Unless you’re absolutely desperate, you’re best to avoid your smartphone’s flash. They […]

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Win £100 worth of photography books for World Photo Day

Today the photographic community will mark 175 years of photography with World Photo Day. The annual event has been running since 2010, with the goal to unite local and global communities in a worldwide celebration of […]

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Pattern hunting for pretty pictures

There’s a wonderful French expression, “metro, boulot, dodo,” that’s used to describe the humdrum of working life. You commute to your job, you work, you sleep; the next day, you get up and do it […]

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