Color Photography Explained: simple tips for making your brightest-ever images

    | Photography for Beginners | 22/02/2013 01:00am
    What is color gamut?

    In the first of a new series here on Digital Camera World, we’re going to explore color photography in depth. We’re going to answer every question from what is color temperature to what are complementary and clashing colors, to best methods of using filters and software to fine tune your tones to get the color photography you want.

    This week we’ll start by demystifying color temperature, color spaces, gamut and some of the other common color photography jargon you may have heard but always been confused by.

    How to track the sun for perfect landscape photos

    | Landscape, Photography Tips | 06/01/2013 13:00pm
    How to track the sun for perfect landscape photos

    One of our best landscape photography tips has nothing to do with your camera. In our landscape photography tutorial below, follow our simple technique for tracking the sun and you’ll always get the best light in your landscape photos.

    Silhouette photography: tips for shooting into the sun

    | Photography Tips | 09/11/2012 11:45am
    Silhouette photography: tips for shooting into the sun

    Sometimes it is the simplest pictures that work best. And in terms of photo composition and lighting, shots don’t come any simpler than silhouette photography.

    Child Photography: tips for taking natural-looking portraits of children

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 05/11/2012 11:30am
    Child Photography: tips for taking natural-looking portraits of children

    Photographing children is something that many photographers say should be avoided at all costs! While it’s fair to say that child photography can be challenging, it really doesn’t need to be a painful experience.

    If you’ve got children of your own or friends with kids, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, taking family portrait photography to capture the magic of an exploding smile, the emotion of a child in thought or the expressiveness of a mischievous grin far outweighs the risks of tears and tantrums. Here’s how it’s done.

    How to bounce light and lift shadows from your subject’s face

    | Photography Tips, Portraits | 06/10/2012 05:00am
    Use a reflector to bounce light back up

    With nice weather there is always the temptation to go outside and shoot outdoor portraits. But unfortunately with nice weather you get strong light, which can prove just as great a challenge for photographers as rain and bad weather. This is because of the harsh shadows it casts under eyes and chins. Below is a simple method you can use to bounce light back on to your subject’s face, and a metering technique to help you get a spot-on exposure.

    Highlight and Shadow Detail: how to preserve it in any situation

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 05/09/2012 12:27pm
    How to set up your camera to preserve highlight and shadow detail: Strong setting

    Do you struggle with preserving valuable highlight and shadow detail when shooting high-contrast photos? Follow the camera tips inside and learn how to use your camera’s lighting controls to balance exposure and preserve both highlight and shadow detail in your high-contrast photos.

    How to shoot outdoor portraits in harsh, overhead sun

    | Photography Tips, Portraits | 17/08/2012 15:00pm
    How to shoot outdoor portraits in harsh sun: fill in the shadows

    Midday, mid-summer sunshine creates very harsh light that results in high contrast and problems with deep shadows that contain little or no detail. Taking outdoor portraits in these conditions, and with the sun behind you, will inevitably lead to disappointing shots with heavy shadows under your subject’s eyes and nose, and they’ll probably be squinting awkwardly in the bright light too.

    Photo of the day: 12 August

    | Inspire | 12/08/2012 07:00am
    Digital Camera World photo of the day |

    Click on the image to see what we thought of today’s photo of the day.

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

    | Photography Tips | 22/05/2012 11:10am
    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.

    Window light photography: master still lifes on a budget

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 11/05/2012 11:28am
    Window light photography: master still lifes on a budget

    The soft, flat light produced when the sky is overcast and cloudy may be frustrating when shooting outdoors, but it’s perfect for shooting still lifes at home. The trick to window light photography is to control where this light falls and, just as importantly, where it doesn’t.

    In this tutorial we’ll show you how to take control of your window light photography using reflectors, diffusers and shade, and at the end we have another free photography cheat sheet illustrating the different types of effects you can get on a budget using window light and some simple tools. These skills will stand you in good stead whatever lighting you use – even a full studio flash set-up is based on the same principles.