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Gary Eastwood

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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Viewpoint and composition for landscape photography

Choosing the right viewpoint and composition is essential for producing landscape images that stand out from the rest. For most locations there will be multiple options. Rather than choosing one single viewpoint and composition, shooting, […]

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To make eye contact or not in your portraits?

Direct eye contact is the strongest means of communication we have, so it is no exaggeration to say that the direction of the subject’s eyes in a portrait will have a significant impact on the […]

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Moving water: sharp or blurred?

The power of a cascading waterfall or the pounding of stormy seas can be difficult to capture in an image. But by using different shutter speeds, you have the choice of freezing the movement of […]

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Relating foreground to background in your landscapes

The inclusion of foreground elements within landscape photographs adds a sense of depth and scale to what would otherwise be a two-dimensional, or flat, image. However, it seems to have become de rigeur among many […]

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The value of spontaneity in portraiture

Children are naturally spontaneous—when they have a thought; they act on it! But as adults we become increasingly cautious and learn not to act on our impulses. Sometimes, some of best decisions that we make […]

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Getting great group shots

Posing groups of people for photos can be daunting for the uninitiated photographer (and sometimes for the initiated, too!) but with practice comes confidence and experience in dealing with multiple people in one shot. In […]

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