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Haje Jan Kamps

Context is everything

How do you know whether the person you’ve photographed in a white coat is a doctor, a scientist, or an artist? You don’t, unless you add a layer of context. An operating theatre, a set […]

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Try something new: ask your subjects to look out of the frame

‘Look at the camera and smile,’ is a pretty standard instruction to your models, but it’s hard to get creativity into shots like that. So, let’s try the opposite! Ask your models to gaze out […]

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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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Implied nudity: what it is, and why does it work?

Implied nudity is just what it sounds like: photos where nudity is suggested, but the viewer can’t be certain precisely how undressed the model is. There are no naughty bits on show, only a carefully […]

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Tracking your progress as a photographer

One thing common to many photography students is that they don’t believe they’re making any progress. Usually the problem isn’t that they’re not improving, but that they’re so involved in their photography that they don’t […]

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What to look for in a lens

If you have decided to opt for a camera with interchangeable lenses, or know someone who has and you’re thinking of buying them a lens as a gift, there are some basic things you need […]

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Getting creative with colour

While in general we should aim to get colour balance ‘right,’ there are exceptions to the white balancing rules, and there are also many fun effects to try by deliberately mis-balancing the colour in your […]

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How to use a grey card

Ensuring that your white balance, or the temperature at which your camera records the colour of light, is accurate is important when it comes to creating compelling photo. Portrait subjects with a slight green pallor […]

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Landscapes and shallow depth-of-field

Every now and again, you might find yourself taking a landscape shot in which having everything in focus doesn’t really work for some reason. Perhaps you want to focus on a particular subject and make […]

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What's the difference between hard and soft light?

If there’s no light, there can be no photography; but what is light, exactly? Without going knee-deep into physics, light can be thought of as tiny particles that move very, very fast. Understanding light is […]

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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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'Nearly missed you!' – accentuating the active in your photos

You can tell completely different stories with the same photograph, depending on the use of active space. Portraits can seem more alive when your subjects have a bit of space to move into—what we call […]

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