See the light like a pro: everything you were afraid to ask about natural light

See the light like a pro: everything you were afraid to ask about natural light

When it comes to light, it’s quality, not quantity, that counts. A sunny day may make you more inclined to go out and take pictures, but it doesn’t guarantee you’ll get great shots. In fact, you are just as likely to capture award-winning pictures on a dark, stormy afternoon as you are under a cloudless sky.

Your digital camera can compensate for low light by cranking up the ISO, opening up the aperture, using longer shutter speeds and getting essential support from a tripod. However, your camera can’t do much about the way the light falls upon your subject, and it is this that makes or breaks a picture.

8 steps to atmospheric lighting effects in Photoshop Elements

How to get atmospheric lighting in Photoshop Elements: tutorial

Hidden Photoshop tricks can easily be applied to images to enhance atmospheric effect.

The creative use of light can transform almost any photographic scene, helping to isolate detail, enhance colour and form a visual structure. In the quick Photoshop tutorial below, we’ll show you how to you can give new life to your images by emphasising light.

Black and white photography: what every photographer needs to know

Black and White Photography: what every photographer should know

Converting an image to black and white is pretty simple, but if you want truly impressive results it pays to think about how and what you shoot, and learn how to use your photo editing software’s powerful tools to get the most from your shots. In this black and white photography tutorial, we’ll show you how to choose your subjects, set up your camera and how simple but effective adjustments in Photoshop can make your images stand out.

99 Common Photography Problems (and how to solve them)

99 Common Photography Problems (and how to solve them)

As well as being one of the most expensive hobbies around, photography is also one of the more technical pastimes you can pursue. But it doesn’t have to be confusing!

We’ve spoken to numerous experts over the years, as well as photographers like you, who may either be just starting out or have been taking pictures for a while but keep encountering the same nagging problem. From all our conversations, we’ve noticed some common photography problems that seem to plague snappers of all ages and abilities.

Inside, we’ve put together 99 of the most common photography problems and offered solutions to get round them, so you never have to be in doubt ever again! We’ve offered a mix of camera tips, explanations, definitions and more to help answer your questions. And we’ve also provided links, where appropriate, to some of our photography tutorials covering these problems in more depth

16 tips for shooting abstract architecture photography

Architecture Photography Tips: final image

The funny thing with architecture photography is that its biggest benefit – your subjects don’t move – can also be its biggest drawback – you can’t move your subjects! Never fear. We’ve compiled a list of our 16 best architectural photography tips to help you start thinking more abstractly and taking more creative pictures of buildings.

7 night photography tips for the architectural photographer

7 night photography tips for the architectural photographer

Are your architectural photos starting to feel a bit samey? If you’re looking to spice up your portfolio, capturing pin-sharp night photos of buildings can be a real striking showpiece in your architectural archive. But night photography can also prove a real challenge if you don’t use the right settings and techniques.

To make sure your get off on the right foot, we’ve put together our best 7 tried-and-tested techniques that are guaranteed to improve your architectural night photography.

Long exposure: how an ND filter clears crowds

How to remove crowds with a long exposure

While you can achieve a long shutter exposure easily at dusk and dawn, what if you want to use a long exposure during the day? The trick is to get yourself a strong ND filter (neutral density), which cuts out nine or 10 stops of light.

A long exposure can create milky water effects and is great for waterfall pictures, as well as blurred clouds in when shooting landscape photography; but that isn’t their only use. A long exposure is also handy for making moving subjects ‘disappear’ when you shoot buildings, street scenes or architecture. Sometimes it’s great to include people in a scene to give a sense of scale or location, but they can be distracting if you want a clean composition.

How to correct leaning buildings in Photoshop Elements

Barrel Distortion: how to correct leaning buildings in Photoshop

Do you often find leaning buildings in your architectural photos? This is called barrel distortion.

The most likely cause of barrel distortion is shooting a building from too close a distance. When shooting too close, you’ll need to zoom out to a wide-angle focal length, which can result in noticeable barrel distortion, making the top, bottom and sides of a building appear to bow outwards. For those instances when you just can’t shoot it any other way, here is how you can correct distortion on the computer using Photoshop.