Shape photography: how to balance your composition (and when to break the rules)

    | Photography Tips | 31/10/2012 12:09pm
    Managing shapes in silhouette photography

    From abstracts to silhouettes, shape photography is often a part of our daily routine. Our latest guide explains how to balance shapes and tones in your compositions.

    Abstract Photoshop: recreate the Harris Shutter Effect in Elements

    | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 25/10/2012 12:34pm
    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

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 03/10/2012 11:44am
    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.

    Make an abstract landscape with a simple panning technique

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 10/08/2012 12:26pm
    Photo Ideas: Make an abstract landscape with a simple panning technique

    Landscape photography doesn’t need to be all about magnificent vistas, foreground interest, leading lines and the rule of thirds. In fact, reduce a scene to the basics of colour and tone and you can create a stunning abstract landscape photo using a very simple technique.

    How to make really cool double exposure portraits in Photoshop

    | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 07/08/2012 14:30pm
    How to create really cool double exposure portraits in Photoshop

    Picasso took an unconventional approach to portrait painting. He evoked an impression of his subjects by rendering their face in profile while depicting features like the eyes and nose as if viewed from head on. We can apply this approach to portrait photography to create what are called double exposure portraits. The trick is to convert some standard shots into a creative composite that sums up our subject in an eye-catching way.

    Photo of the day: 1 August

    | Inspire | 01/08/2012 10:00am

    Click in the image to see this fantastic picture in full

    Get a killer shot out of nothing

    | Photography Tips | 22/06/2012 12:46pm
    Abstract Photography: how to create depth - f/5

    Creating a shot from nothing may sound like an impossible act, but training your eye to look for images in spots others ignore may be more rewarding than you could ever imagine.

    Why not take time to look around your area and find interesting locations bursting with intricate details? You’ll be amazed at the potential for close-up abstracts in seemingly mundane settings.

    Ripple effect: shoot abstract photography in the bath

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 14/05/2012 12:16pm
    Abstract Photography Tutorial: how to shoot ripple effects

    Believe it or not the bathroom can be a great place for creative photography. Here we’ve captured the magical quality of water ripples, and combined them into a contemporary grid.

    We created the ripples by simply dripping water from a soaked cloth onto the surface of (clean) bath water. There’s plenty of other ways to make great ripples too, so it’s worth experimenting with different methods and heights.