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Have a go at light painting

Photography is all about the light, regardless of whether you are using the light from the sun or strobes to get great shots. There is also another way of lighting your shots creatively though: light […]

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Getting a handle on spot metering

All digital cameras contain reflected-light, TTL-type meters that use at least one of three different types of metering ‘modes’ in order to calculate exposure, either from the entire scene, or from some specific part of […]

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How to photograph a dark subject against a light background

All in-camera and handheld meters are designed to operate on the premise that everything that you’re metering produces an average amount of reflectance or, in photographic terms, about 18-percent reflectance. This is an extremely challenging […]

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What do we mean by 'expose to the right?'

As a general rule, you’re taught to nail your exposure exposure in-camera and that you should aim to get as close as possible to the image you envisage as you take the shot. Occasionally, however, […]

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The trial and error of night photography

Here in the northern hemisphere, we’re approaching the shortest day, which means that whether we want to or not, we might find ourselves taking photos at night. Seeing as photography means ‘drawing with light’, it […]

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Come over to the dark side: concealing and revealing with shadows

If photography is dependent on light, equal attention needs to be paid to its opposite: shade. Shadows are just as important as light. Their placement, depth, and edge sharpness is significant for any image, and […]

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Bring dynamism to night-time cityscapes with starbursts and light trails

Shooting cityscapes at night can produce gloriously evocative images, but there’s always a chance that they can just look like over-exposed mistakes, too, with their various light sources resembling little more that shapeless patches of […]

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