Winter light. Just look at it. Makes it all worthwhile, doesn’t it? Winter photography may have you fumbling with frozen fingers as you work through your cold camera’s custom functions. Winter photography may leave you waiting around, stamping your feet as the sun slowly rises in between anxious glances at the battery charge indicator… But being there for The Moment makes winter photography certainly worth all its rigid demands.
The light, colours and textures make photos come alive at this time of year. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to make the most of the light and textures that are prevalent in winter, with inspirational images and photography tips from professional photographers who make their living standing in the cold.
Understanding shutter speed as a creative tool is essential if you want to produce images that are about movement – whether you’re freezing action, smoothing out running water or panning the camera to add motion blur.
The shutter speed often seems to take second place to more obvious creative controls such as aperture and depth of field, so we’re going to show you how important understanding shutter speed is to your creative repertoire; we’ll show you how to take control of your shutter speeds and how to turn what would have been a good shot into a great shot.
The latest post in our Shoot Like A Pro series on water photography explains how to blur movement in water using a long exposure for classic effects.
As part of our ongoing series to help you get more creative with your digital camera, each month we publish some fun, seasonal, creative photo ideas to help inspire your imagination. Along with some amazing images, we’ve also provided some quick photography tips by photographers who are experts in these fields.
For December we aim to have you experiment with some of the more abstract elements of photography, like bokeh effects, surrealist portraits and capture intriguing shapes in close-up still life photography – while revisiting some of the classic rules of photo composition, like the Rule of Thirds.
Just because it’s bitterly cold outside there’s no need to hang up your DSLR until the spring. Admittedly it’s hard to be enthusiastic about heading out to take pictures of snow when the temperature dips below zero, especially when you know you’re going to be standing still for long periods of time. But the visual delights of beautiful frost-covered landscapes and snow photography are sure to make your efforts worthwhile – in fact, you might find that you’re inspired to take your best shots yet.
From dramatic coasts to serene lakes, our new Shoot Like A Pro series on improving your water photography will help you learn how to take stunning pictures of water from any photo location you might find yourself in. In our first installment we look at freezing water movement and suggest ways to capture the power and detail in crashing waves, waterfalls and other fast-flowing water.
Last week we kicked off our Professional Photographer to the Rescue series with a guide to music photography and how to work intelligently in a limited time frame. This week we turn to landscape photography, where our resident professional photographer saves a shoot by explaining how to tame wild landscapes with your camera.
Capturing a scene with a full range of tones is one of the biggest challenges faced by everyone from amateur to professional photographers. Our tutorial on HDR photography shows you subtle ways around this common photography problem by learning how to set up, shoot and process a high dynamic range image. Even if it isn’t your first time practicing HDR photography, we’re confident you’ll learn something new.
As much as landscape photography is about big, wide vistas, one of the many landscape photography tips worth bearing in mind is to take a less is more approach. Using a minimalist photo composition can give your pictures enormous impact if you can remember that shooting a simple landscape is as much about what you leave out as what you include. Here’s how it’s done.
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.