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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 […]

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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, […]

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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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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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Getting a handle on spot metering

All digital cameras contain reflected-light, TTL-type meters that use at least one of three different types of metering ‘modes’ in order to calculate exposure, either from the entire scene, or from some specific part of […]

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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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Flash and full-length portraits

Taking pictures of the full length of a person’s body can be more problematic than it sounds. If they’re stood by a window then the chances are that their face will be lit better than […]

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Controlling lens flare

Flare is an artefact, in that it is non-image forming light. It also takes more forms than many people realise, from lines of polygons to halation. Mountain Air: In this shot of Iceberg Lake in […]

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Making the most of minimalist compositions

Some people say that photography is based on the art of subtraction; the careful selection and arrangement of elements in a scene so the viewer can concentrate on the message the photographer wishes to communicate. […]

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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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With light, comes shadow

I can think of no more important topic to discuss when it comes to photography than light. Without it, there would be no photography. With light, comes shadow To get the exposure you need, you […]

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Umbrellas: a universal lighting solution

When it comes to ease of use, lightness and portability, soft but adjustable quality of light, and great value for money, nothing comes close to the humble photographic umbrella. Softboxes and beauty dishes may seem […]

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