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Mastering Exposure

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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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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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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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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The trial and error of night photography

Here in the northern hemisphere, we’re approaching the shortest day, which means that whether we want to or not, we might find ourselves taking photos at night. Seeing as photography means ‘drawing with light’, it […]

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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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