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Photography

Getting a start in fashion photography: where to go and what to do

Like many creative jobs, the defining moment of a photographer’s career relies on those first crucial steps: getting into the industry and understanding which doors to knock on, so that clients will listen to what you have to offer. Assisting and Interning In many cities all over the world, it’s becoming more and more competitive […]

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How to mimic film grain

A lot of admirers of black-and-white photography mention its gritty appearance as one of its attractions. If that’s your thing, you’ll be glad to know that Silver Efex Pro offers one of the best ways to achieve it. Apart from liking the grainy look, one reason for adding grain is when you’re producing a set […]

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Lighting and shooting environmental portraits

Location, location, location! That’s the key to getting a successful environmental portrait, where you use the surroundings and props to give visual clues to what a person is like, or what they do. Nikon D3X | 29mm lens | ISO 100 | ƒ/14 | 1/200 sec More often than not, this means you’ll be in […]

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Taking photos in tropical light

Low latitudes, around the equator and into the tropics, take the sun even higher in the middle of the day, which means that if you insist on going for traditionally ‘pretty’ each time you shoot, your working hours are going to be quite limited. It’s best to find ways of accommodating this high and harsh […]

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Grouping your photos for presentation

There’s no point in taking photos if you’re not, in some way, shape or form, going to display them. This might be online, in albums, on your walls, or as a portfolio. But however you decide to do it, you need to think about to group together the right collection and right number of photos. […]

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Easy ways to create photo albums

Creating photo albums, whether for your professional images or as keep-sakes for yourself, is the traditional way of preserving your photos. And the advent of digital photography is no reason at all for the album to fade into obscurity. In fact, it’s probably a better time than ever to be printing images. Big prints and […]

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Using photos to preserve your memories

Since photographs themselves are probably the most cherished of all keepsakes, it would make sense that we think about how to ‘keep’ them. And digital file instability and the prospect of electronic failure make it so important to get our images off our computers and into our hands. Easy albums Here’s a simple list of […]

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How to make sure your website shows up on Google

Most of the time, people want their websites to be listed on Google’s giant database of websites. But to make sure that happens, there a couple of things that you need to do. Search for the Ilex Press, and this is the first Google hit First, did you submit your site via Google Webmaster Tools? […]

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Perfecting the group shot

Photographers who photograph people will invariably encounter the group shot at some stage, whether it’s a Christmas party memento or a fashion shoot promo. While they can be great fun, it’s very easy for group photos to go wrong, primarily because there are so many people to organise. If you’re approaching it professionally, remember the […]

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Shooting low for super bird photos

The best bird photography narrows the gap between the human and avian world, revealing bird life as other birds might see it. Angling shots of birds at their level goes a good way toward this, and the results are often worthwhile. 500mm lens | ISO 200 | 1/400 sec at ƒ/11 If you compare an […]

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Getting a handle on the histogram

Histograms are your path to exposure success, no matter what shooting mode you use or which metering pattern you call upon. They may just appear to be tedious little graphs, but what those graphs are showing you is exposure gold—once you understand how to read them. You can call up a histogram after you’ve taken […]

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Strong graphics for strong black and white images

There’s no two ways about it, colour is intoxicating. Just think about how you respond to an orange-red sunset or an azure-blue ocean—these and innumerable other examples all create deeply felt, emotional responses. So in a monochrome image that is devoid of colour, our natural reaction is to seek out other qualities. But what is […]

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