Better pictures of fog and mist: adding intrigue to an everyday landscape

    | Landscape, Photography Tips | 15/11/2012 11:45am
    Better pictures of fog and mist: the landscape photographer's guide to adding intrigue

    When it comes to weather phenomenon, mist and fog should be applauded as a way of creating atmosphere and adding a sense of mystery to your landscape photography. They provide that special quality that can turn an ordinary photo composition into something extraordinary.

    But to create a striking image these elements need to be handled carefully to prevent the image looking flat or the subject being lost in the fog. Here’s some advice on how best to approach these unique shooting conditions and produce a misty masterpiece.

    Expose to the right: the camera technique every landscape photographer must know

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 07/11/2012 02:00am
    Expose to the right: the one camera technique every photographer must know

    Learning to expose to the right can be one of the most valuable photography tips you learn as a photographer. Our in-depth guide explains exactly why, when and how you should do it.

    What is a histogram? Discover the secret to perfect exposure

    | Photography for Beginners | 17/10/2012 02:00am
    What is a histogram? Discover the secret to perfect exposure

    There’s no need to be embarrassed for asking “What is a histogram?”. While your camera’s histogram is one of the more important tools at your disposal, many photographers are unaware of its capabilities. In this post we’ll answer the question, What is a histogram? And we’ll also answer some of the more common questions around how to read a histogram, where to find it and what you should be looking for on that tiny graph.

    Exposure bracketing: how to set up your camera to shoot high-contrast scenes

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 07/10/2012 15:00pm
    Exposure bracketing: how to set up your camera to shoot high-contrast scenes

    Getting exposure right is one of the biggest challenges you’ll face when shooting landscapes. Often, you’ll find that the ideal exposure times for the sky and foreground will differ by two to three stops. You can use a graduated ND filter to balance the exposure, but this means having to haul around filters and holders. Your camera’s exposure bracketing function offers a nice compromise that lets you capture all the detail in your high-contrast scenes.

    Shoot sunset photography with perfect colours

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 08/09/2012 07:00am
    Sunset photography tips: optimise your exposure

    There is something truly magical about the warm glow of shooting sunrise or sunset photography. The gloriously intense colours often inspire photographers to pick up their cameras, but how many times of you been disappointed by your results? Use these tips for fine-tuning exposure and white balance so you never again shoot sunset photography with washed-out colours.

    Understanding Exposure: what you need to know about light to take pictures that shine

    | Photography for Beginners | 17/08/2012 02:00am
    Understanding Exposure: what you need to know about light to take pictures that shine

    Understanding exposure can be confusing, so allow us to break it down and start with the basics. When taking photographs, an image is recorded by light reaching your digital camera’s sensor. Here we explain the different ways your camera uses light to produce a well-exposed scene.

    Spot metering: how to find the right area within a scene

    | Photography Tips | 09/07/2012 11:05am
    Spot Metering: how to find the right area within a scene

    Spot metering mode is great for precise exposure readings, and can be a godsend when you’re shooting in tricky light. But the skill lies in deciding which part of the scene to take the reading from in the first place. Practice makes perfect, so try this exercise and see how you do…

    In-camera multiple exposure: a quick and easy guide

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 30/04/2012 11:46am
    Multiple exposure technique

    Multiple exposure is an old technique that was enjoyed by photographers long before digital cameras came along. The process involves exposing two or more images onto one frame so that there’s a multi-layered effect, with parts of both images revealed on top of each other. This used to be achieved by disengaging the film advance and taking two shots on the same piece of film.

    Obviously, there’s no film advance on a digital SLR, but many cameras have a digital version of the feature built in, which is easily accessible from the menu. Even if your digital camera doesn’t have that component, you can still achieve the same effect by combining two images in Photoshop and blending the layers together.

In this project, we’ve used the multiple exposure technique with a little twist: both images are essentially the same, we’ve just moved the camera a fraction between the two shots. This creates a painterly, almost impressionistic view 
of the woods for a cool, artistic effect. 
For the finishing touch, we’ve added a monochromatic warm tone. So let’s 
see how it’s done…

    Dial M for…? Your exposure modes exposed

    | Photography Tips | 07/04/2012 12:00pm
    DSLR Tips: exposure modes explained

    If you have a new digital camera, or if you’re new to digital photography, all hose abbreviations on the top dial of your camera might seem a bit confusing. Your top dial is where you will find your camera’s exposure modes.

    Contrary to popular belief, the exposure modes you shoot with aren’t a reflection of your technical ability. Your exposure mode of choice is also about selecting a mode that gives you the freedom to stop worrying about other settings and start concentrating on taking great shots.

    Auto-exposure bracketing: how to conquer high contrast

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 03/04/2012 12:00pm
    Photo Ideas: long exposure landscapes

    Auto-exposure bracketing enables you to automatically take a series of shots at different exposure settings. By changing the shutter speed (or aperture), the camera brackets the original exposure in preset increments (usually between 1/3 to two stops) to capture three or more successive shots. Bracketing ensures a correct exposure in situations when you need to shoot quickly and you don’t have time to check the histogram.

    Auto-exposure bracketing makes this process much easier because it allows you to take a series of frames from precisely the same position (so that overlapping frames will align correctly) with different exposure settings to record both highlight and shadow detail.