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The Photographer’s Master Guide to Colour

Adding just a splash of colour to your photos

As tempting as it is to fill the frame from edge to edge with a bold, or even a subtle blend of, colours (after all, colour is free, why not get greedy with it?), presenting […]

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Creating colourful close-ups

Close-up photos are a surprisingly rich source of interesting colours and colour combinations and much of the colour found in the macro world comes as a complete surprise when we capture it in photographs because […]

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The advantages of midday light

Do you ever recall old gunfight scenes in Western movies, where the gunfighters set up their showdown for high noon, whenever you think about taking photos at midday? It was probably the worst possible time […]

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The power of muted colours

Despite most photographers’ inclination to lean heavily on the saturation slider, colours do not have to scream or dance or do combat with one another to get our attention or to evoke a deep emotional […]

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How digital cameras record colour

One of the most profoundly interesting things about taking pictures with a digital camera is just how narrow the leap is between the theoretical concepts used by James Clerk Maxwell to create his first colour […]

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When and how to use custom white balance settings

The ability for cameras to automatically set white balance according to the prevailing conditions is extremely useful, but it does have a down-side, too. Auto white balance sets your camera in relentless pursuit of totally […]

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Hue, saturation, and brightness: the language of colour

For the purposes of most creative photography it’s not so important that we are able to describe colours accurately, which is a relief, given how tricky it can be. But it is very important that […]

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Don't ignore pre-dawn and twilight!

Compared to the scorching burst of fiery colours that sunrise and sunset unleash at the beginning and end of the day, twilight and the half hour or so before sunrise bathe the landscape in a […]

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How to exploit a dominant colour

While it is tempting, and certainly challenging, to search out interesting combinations of colours—to create contrasts or to emphasise a warm or cool colour theme, for instance—not every photograph has to offer a rainbow of […]

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Nailing neon sign photography

The height of fashion in the 1950s and 1960s, neon signs suffered a few decades of decline only to enjoy a resurgence in interest of late. And just as well it is, too, for of […]

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Perfecting snow white scenes

There are few things as pretty as waking up to a fresh coating of snow and, for many of us, it’s inspiring enough to yank us out of bed very early and get us out […]

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Chasing rainbows: where and how to photograph them

Rainbows are such a rare treat that, even if you’ve seen quite a few of them, it’s impossible not to stop and admire these miracles of light and colour. Perhaps people who live in Hawaii […]

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