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.

    Free family portrait photography cheat sheet

    | Photography Tips, Portraits | 19/04/2012 17:25pm
    Free Download: family portrait photography cheat sheet

    Are you a frustrated family portrait photographer? While we can’t offer much help in the way of crying babies, we can help with a number of common obstacles we face when taking pictures of family. In the latest of our Photography Cheat Sheet series we’ve come up with what we believe are four of the trickiest conditions for shooting family portrait photography.

    Within each scenario we’ve crafted a handy little flow chart to get you through each challenging situation and come out the other side with a top-notch family portrait. Simply drag and drop the infographic inside on to your desktop to save as a handy reference the next time you’re called in to action as the Official Family Photographer!

    5 tips for bright summer colours

    | Photography Tutorials | 10/07/2009 14:27pm

    Take photos at the right time of day

    | Photography Tutorials | 10/07/2009 14:26pm

    By 9am the sun reaches an angle of about 45 degrees and at this point the light has pretty much the same intensity as it has at noon, remaining that way until around 4pm.