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Michael Freeman’s Photo School

How to measure light

Light must be measured before it can be used creatively, and over time you will learn to ‘read’ the light before ever bringing the camera to your eye. You can build this expertise in a […]

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The hows and whys of dodging and burning

Dodging and burning is a well established photo-editing technique that dates back to conventional darkroom processing. The technique involves making local exposure adjustments to specific parts of an image to make that particular area brighter […]

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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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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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Subject distance, focal length, and sharpness

The distance between your camera and your subject will have a major effect on your ability to stop action in a photograph and ensure a crisp point-of-focus. Photo by Victor Tyakht The closer that you […]

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Photographing in the fog

Here in the northern hemisphere the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is upon us, and many of us are waking to fog-wrapped mornings. Weather extremes can present photographers with wonderful opportunities for strong imagery, […]

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How to photograph a dark subject against a light background

All in-camera and handheld meters are designed to operate on the premise that everything that you’re metering produces an average amount of reflectance or, in photographic terms, about 18-percent reflectance. This is an extremely challenging […]

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What are tone curves?

A tone curve is a visual representation of the relationship between the highlights, midtones, and shadows in an image. Tone curves appear in the form of a graph, in which the horizontal X-axis represents 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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Easy places to start with street photography

Using the right equipment, mastering techniques, and putting theory into practice are one thing, but without inspiration, images, whether street or any other kind, will still fall flat. One way to find inspiration begins with […]

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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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Defining colours in your black and white photos

While it might sound contradictory to discuss the importance of colour in your black and white photos, knowing how to emphasise and define individual colours, and capitalise on them, in your black and white conversions, […]

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