Refraction of light: capture amazing photography effects with a glass of water

Refraction of light: capture amazing photography effects with a glass of water

The refraction of light is one of the most commonly observed phenomena and is a perennial favourite of photographers. While talk of bending light waves and the effects they produce may sound like complicated work, it’s actually a rather simple photography effect you can recreate anywhere. Find out below how to capture the refraction of light using a glass of water and a cool background!

Creative Photography: 10 tips for getting out of your comfort zone

Creative Photography: 10 tips for getting out of your comfort zone

One of our goals as photographers – after we overcome the common photography problems and improve our skills – is to make original work. But avoid the traps (and tripod holes) of cliched compositions can be incredibly difficult. To help you along we’ve polled our experts and put together 10 of our best creative photography tips.

Abstract Photoshop: recreate the Harris Shutter Effect in Elements

Abstract Photoshop: recreate the Harris Shutter Effect in Elements

The Harris Shutter Effect is a process discovered in the days of film photography. It’s achieved by taking a sequence of three exposures on the same frame, with a red, green and blue filter used for each.

However, with Photoshop Elements it’s possible to get the same results using three standard colour images shot in sequence. In our latest Photoshop Elements tutorial we’ll look at how to use Elements to apply colour fills and blending modes to filter the three shots into their component channels.

How to get cool photos from uninspiring locations

How to get cool photos from uninspiring locations

There isn’t much that beats capturing the majesty of a spectacular landscape during the magic hours around dawn and dusk, but shooting landscapes within these strict time constraints is a luxury many of us can’t indulge in too often. However, if you look around, you’ll discover that there are visual possibilities and cool photos just about everywhere, even in the local supermarket’s car park.