Photography Lighting: how to take control of everything from natural light to flash

Photography Lighting: take control of everything from natural light to off-camera flash

In our new Shoot Like A Pro series we take an in-depth look at photography lighting and how you can take control of the elements to get more balanced, beautiful images. We start this week by taking a closer look at the character of light and how the quality of light will affect your images.

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

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.

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

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

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.

How to shoot outdoor portraits in harsh, overhead sun

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.