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How to avoid red-eye in your photos

The closer the flash is to the lens, the greater the risk of a phenomenon known as “red-eye” when you photograph people or animals. What is red-eye? Red-eye is caused by light from the flash […]

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The basics of multiple lights for portraits

The art of portraiture is about learning how to use lights to create highlights and shadows that sculpt the subject’s facial features and body contours to create form, and the illusion of depth and dimensionality. […]

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Lighting and shooting environmental portraits

Location, location, location! That’s the key to getting a successful environmental portrait, where you use the surroundings and props to give visual clues to what a person is like, or what they do. Nikon D3X […]

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Flash and full-length portraits

Taking pictures of the full length of a person’s body can be more problematic than it sounds. If they’re stood by a window then the chances are that their face will be lit better than […]

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When and when not to use your flash

Learning how to control is your flash is an important step in learning to create photos that mean something to you. Even in auto mode(s) you can almost always find a way to override the […]

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Umbrellas: a universal lighting solution

When it comes to ease of use, lightness and portability, soft but adjustable quality of light, and great value for money, nothing comes close to the humble photographic umbrella. Softboxes and beauty dishes may seem […]

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Controlling the intensity of light from a flash

Intensity is the measure of how bright light is. In photographic terms, we usually think of this in terms of EVs, or more usually, the ƒ-stop or aperture it requires for the scene to be […]

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What's your camera's sync speed and why does it matter?

The maximum flash sync speed of your particular camera is the one shutter speed that should be permanently fixed in your mind. Different cameras have different maximum sync speeds, and you’ll find yours in the […]

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How to manipulate white balance for creative photos

Light doesn’t just have a strength and a direction, it also has a temperature. This temperature will determine its colour and when you understand light’s temperature and its variation in colour, you can begin to […]

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The portrait photographer's lighting guide

As far as equipment goes, it should be remembered that a photographer doesn’t need a top-end DSLR to create stunning portraits. A better camera might allow you to take pictures in lower light, at a […]

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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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Using artifical light in landscape photography

Landscape photography may be all about the light, but it can also be about the lighting. For anyone who is a natural light purist, and wouldn’t consider using a flash or other light source to […]

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