6 simple lighting setups for shooting portraits at home (plus free cheat sheet)

    | Photography Tips, Portraits | 03/04/2013 01:00am
    6 simple lighting setups for shooting portraits at home

    If you’re looking to take your photography further you’ll probably want to learn how to use off-camera flash. In this tutorial we show you 6 simple studio light setups that will help you capture some of the most classic portrait lighting effects.

    3 advanced studio lighting techniques every portrait photographer should try

    | Photography Tips, Portraits | 18/03/2013 11:47am
    3 advanced studio lighting techniques every portrait photographer should try

    Want to give your portrait photography a nice blend of subtle and atmospheric effects? These advanced studio lighting techniques using simple two-head lighting set-ups will give you incredible versatility as a portrait photographer.

    Deep Depth of Field vs Shallow: 10 common questions and answers

    | Photography for Beginners | 09/03/2013 02:00am
    Common questions about shallow and deep depth of field

    Ever wondered why some backgrounds are pin-sharp and others are out of focus? This is what’s called deep depth of field and shallow depth of field. Find out how to take full control of this in-camera photography effect and answer any lingering questions you may have.

    Camera Filters: the only cheat sheet you’ll need for beautiful, balanced exposures

    | Landscape, Photography Tips | 28/02/2013 12:41pm
    Camera Filters: the only cheat sheet you'll ever need to get beautifully balanced exposures

    Camera filters can be a bit of an enigma for many photographers, both new and experienced. In our new cheat sheet we’ve produced a handy cheat sheet that takes you four of the most common problem areas for photographers when it comes to using camera filters.

    Our flow chart shows you how to choose the best ND grad filter; how to get perfect exposures with a solid ND filter; the secret to using a circular polariser and troubleshooting the common problems with camera filters.

    DIY Photography Hacks: simple studio lights at Ikea prices!

    | Photography Tips, Portraits | 21/02/2013 12:02pm
    DIY Photography Hacks: simple studio lights at Ikea prices!

    You don’t need to spend a fortune on studio lights. It’s possible to shoot professional-looking portraits using a common household lamp like the kind you’d buy at Ikea. In this latest DIY Photography Hacks post we’ll show you how a simple, single lamp can create a range of dramatic effects in your portrait photography.

    Nikon ViewNX 2: a guide to raw editing in Nikon’s all-in-one photo editing software

    | Tutorials | 19/02/2013 01:00am
    Nikon ViewNX 2: a guide to raw editing in Nikon's all-in-one photo editing software

    In this Nikon ViewNX 2 tutorial we’ll show you how to use ViewNX 2 to non-destructively improve the colour, tone, and exposure of a raw file. We’ll also show you a cheat sheet guide to the Nikon ViewNX 2 interface, highlighting its key areas.

    DSLR Lenses: 7 questions photographers must ask about their next piece of glass

    | Photography Tips | 15/02/2013 11:30am
    DSLR Lenses: 7 questions photographers must ask about their next piece of glass

    Choosing new DSLR lenses can be a bit of a minefield. To help you with your choice we’ve (asked and) answered 7 of the most important questions you need to know about your next optic.

    DxO Optics Pro 8 review: is this the perfect Photoshop alternative?

    | Accessories, Reviews | 11/02/2013 11:00am
    DxO Optics Pro 8 review: is the perfect Photoshop alternative?

    In our DxO Optics Pro 8 review we weigh the pros and cons of this photo editing software to determine if it’s the perfect Photoshop alternative for photographers.

    The professional photographer’s camera bag: a portrait pro’s most trusted kit

    | Photography Tips, Portraits | 09/02/2013 14:00pm
    Inside a professional portrait photographer's camera bag: every item, every shoot

    What are the must have items in a professional photographer’s camera bag? Top travel and portrait photography pro John Freeman reveals his most trusted equipment.

    How to calculate hyperfocal distance: free photography cheat sheet

    | Landscape, Photography Tips | 08/02/2013 01:00am
    What is hyperfocal distance?

    What is hyperfocal distance? Before the introduction of autofocus cameras, the use of ‘hyperfocal distance’ was a popular focus technique used by photographers – and it’s still one of the really neat camera tricks for times when your camera struggles to autofocus in difficult lighting conditions.

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