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David Nightingale

What is noise?

There are three sources of noise, which manifests itself as a graininess in your images.  First, all light has noise, much like static in a radio signal, but this isn’t something you can see with […]

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Dynamic range in the real world

One of the first things you learn as a photographer is that the way you perceive a scene is often quite different to how your camera evaluates and processes the same data. An HDR image […]

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Giving panning a go

As well as using an ultra-short shutter speed to freeze motion, you can also help make sure the subject remains sharp by panning with your camera—a technique that can also come to your aid when […]

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How to create beautiful bokeh

Bokeh is a term derived from the Japanese word for ‘blur’ or ‘haze,’ which refers specifically to the nature of the out-of-focus areas in an image, particularly out-of-focus point-light sources. 500mm mirror lens | 1/100 […]

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Three tips for getting your HDR photos right

Before you embark on HDR photography, and set up your tripod, decide on your exposure settings, and think about which software you’ll use to process your final series of images, remember these three important points, […]

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Capturing fabulous fireworks' photos

Photographing fireworks is a radically different exercise to the majority of long exposure photography you might already have practised. It comes down to the need to trip the shutter before the subject (the explosion of […]

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Understanding exposure value

A term intrinsically linked to exposure is EV (short for Exposure Value), which relates to light intensity. 1 second | ƒ/5 | ISO 50Bright sunlight and snow: EV 16 An EV of 0 is the […]

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Using filters to extend your exposures

You know that you can capture exciting photos using ultra-long shutter speeds, but most of the scenarios when you’d do this share a common factor—low ambient light levels, which in fact make extreme exposure times […]

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Making use of legacy lenses

Legacy lenses, or lenses that were manufactured for analogue cameras that still happen to be compatible with modern dSLRs, are a wonderful way to lay your hands your excellent quality glass at reasonable prices. You […]

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Removing halos from your HDR photos

One of the difficulties you will face when tone mapping your HDR images is that the process will often introduce halos around objects within your pictures, most commonly when they are set against a much […]

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What's the difference between photorealistic and hyper-real HDR?

It’s far too easy to think of HDR as being one thing—and so often that’s bold, garish, and obviously over-processed—when really, it’s a part of a spectrum that ranges between different points. When you truly […]

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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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