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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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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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Why you need to expose for the highlights

One of the concepts that it’s important to eliminate, or at least try to suppress a bit as you begin to experiment with exposure, is that for every single possible photo, there is necessarily such […]

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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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Controlling lens flare

Flare is an artefact, in that it is non-image forming light. It also takes more forms than many people realise, from lines of polygons to halation. Mountain Air: In this shot of Iceberg Lake in […]

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Lens flare: how to avoid it your landscape photos

Lens flare occurs when a bright light source, such as the sun, is shining directly into the front of the lens. The more directly the lens is pointed toward the light source, the greater the […]

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How good is your exposure? Try the histogram!

If you’ve just graduated from a smartphone or point-and-shoot camera to one with manual controls, the learning process is both exciting and a little confusing. You now have the ability to ensure that your photos […]

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A photographer's guide to filters

Filters were an indispensable part of every serious photographer’s arsenal before the days of Photoshop, as pictures had to be as close to perfect in-camera as possible. While contrast and colour can be adjusted in […]

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Shooting smoke – easier than you might think!

Images of smoke are enticing and ethereal. There’s often an element of ‘How did you do that?’ when you show them to other people. While you might need a motion or audio sensor for some […]

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When in doubt, bracket

You’ve found your scene, you’ve set the composition, now you have to nail the exposure to bring your landscape to life. The contrast in your scene can sometimes make it tricky to capture the highlights […]

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Striking the balance between and light and dark

When you have a photo that includes sharp contrast between light and dark, there’s always a possibility that you can lose detail in either the highlights or the shadows. While it’s generally recommended to ‘expose […]

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