Category Archives: Photography Guides

How to Use the Foreground Effectively for a Captivating Composition

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Many portrait photographers try to use wide aperture lenses in order to blur the background for more depth in the image. Every landscape photographer I know, struggles with having the perfect light conditions in order to gain more depth to the image. I’m not talking about depth of field, but about the sense of depth, that three-dimensional feel. Let’s see how you can use a foreground element to add to the composition of your photograph.

Getting Started With High Key Portraiture

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High key portraiture is a subject of constant debate among photographers. The different opinions are mostly on the subject of how bright the picture needs to be in order to fall into the high key category. I won’t get into the debate, of course, but I will try to explain the basics of high key portraiture. Maybe it won’t seem so at the beginning, but you should know that the rules for high key are simple. There are two terms you should remember – bright and precise. How bright? I will leave it to you to decide.

Getting Started With Low Key Portraiture

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Most people take low key for granted, and think that one just needs to underexpose and all is set. The reality, however, is quite different. First of all, when it comes to low key photography, especially for portraiture, knowing light is essential. It is not just about whether you will use harsh or soft light, or one or multiple sources. It is often more complicated than that.

How to Use a Speedlight for Macro Photography

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Macro photography isn’t something you can do by shooting from the hip like street photographers might do. There’s no doubt that you can take a relaxed approach to macro photography — plenty of macro shooters just grab their camera/macro lens combo and go out hunting for insects of whatever subjects might tickle their fancy. But […]

22 Tips for Creating Better Photographs When You Don’t Have a Clue

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We’ve all been through this situation. You are in a place with so much going on, with a lot of people and activity. Your camera is in your hand, and you feel like there are so many things you could capture, right now. But where does your inspiration start? When you’re in a photographable situation, but you don’t have a clue, there are some go-to approaches you can use to combat cluelessness and start being creative.

Bird Photography: 4 Basics that Will Get You Great Shots

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Birds, birds, birds. For those of us who love our birds, it’s not uncommon for us to hear, “I saw a bird yesterday and it looked like…, do you know what kind it was?” The hobby of birding is one of the fastest growing hobbies. Facebook pages, books, birding field guides, movies continue to generate an interest and it leads to more photographers delving into bird photography. In this post we will look at 4 basic bird photography fundamentals that will help you leave the field with some great shots to work with. 1) Think Big! 2) The Right Equipment (does not mean the most expensive equipment!) 3) Effective Techniques & Use of Settings and 4) Understanding their Behavior – Go Where They Go.

2 Easy Ways to Capture Brilliant Starbursts in Your Photographs

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Have you ever wondered how photographers are able to depict lights with a star effect along piers, boardwalks or a sunrise with trailing rays peering through beams? One easy way is with a star filter. The other requires a simple technique using the light, the camera and the aperture (f/stop) settings. Either way, the stars are within your reach (couldn’t resist the pun). Examples of lights that can be cast into starbursts include (but are not limited to) lighted street posts, holiday lights, leading lights on a pier or street, the sun, a candle and even a lightbulb.

How to Make Use of Different Lighting Options in Macro Photography

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The appeal of macro photography should be obvious to most, whether you’ve ever made a macro photograph or not — it’s all about the wonder and fascination of being able to capture in fine, “life-size” proportion the details of things otherwise beyond the scope of what the naked eye is capable of discerning. Macro photography can also prove to be a formidable challenge for many shooters, as the levels of precision, persistence, and patience needed to produce a satisfactory image are arguably of greater importance than some other genres of photography.

Photographing the Moon: 6 Useful Tips to Help You Capture a Unique Shot

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We’ve all been fascinated by the moon, even trying to photograph it at least once. But it can often prove to be a pretty difficult task to accomplish. The moon almost always comes out either too small, too bright, or just blurry. Photographing the moon, as every other celestial object in the sky, requires previous knowledge about the specific object and the way the camera works. Not that you need to be a graduated astronomer, but some general knowledge is necessary.

7 Most Challenging Shooting Scenarios and How to Make the Best of Them

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We photographers love a challenge. Whether it is contorting ourselves into strange positions to get a macro shot, or trying to soothe a screaming baby to get a shot for a proud new mum, we will nearly always find a way through. Today we are going to take a look at seven of the most challenging photographic scenarios and hopefully supply some times to help you keep calm and carry on shooting.