How to shoot outdoor portraits using flash

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This time of year, there’s a good chance the conditions will be damp, dull and grey where you live, and not exactly ideal for outdoor portraits. However, with the help of a couple of flashguns you can add drama on a dreary day and bag a shot that’s striking. The key is to fire the… Continue reading

How and when to use ND filters (and what the numbers mean)

How and when to use ND filters (and what the numbers mean)

Have you ever wondered how pro photographers capture movement in their landscape shots to produce soft, blurry clouds and misty waterfalls? Are your long exposures just not delivering the same effect? Chances are that those pro images have been shot using a neutral density filter. These dark filters are designed to reduce the amount of light reaching the sensor in order to increase exposure times, without affecting the colour of the image. But how do you know when to use ND filters?

How to make your images more tasteful and sophisticated

Portrait Composition: how to compose a portrait that is classic and timeless

Sadly, there isn’t a button on your camera, or a menu function in Lightroom, called ‘good taste’ or ‘sophistication.’ Creating elegant, tasteful images is something that comes with practice, and it’s highly subjective; it also depends on the genre. ‘Tasteful’ might be suitable for interior design photography, but shouldn’t be a consideration if you are… Continue reading

Mixing art and photography: how to make a simple abstract sequence

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Create an arty abstract masterpiece with a tub of black paint, as we show you how to mix photography techniques with traditional art. Abstract art and photography have a close relationship. Since cameras were invented, painters and photographers have combined both media to create stunning results. If you’re not much of a painter, don’t worry: you don’t… Continue reading