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Basics: Depth of Field

One of those phrases you hear all the time with relation to photography is depth of Field (or DoF). This article offers a PHYSICS FREE explanation of what this term actually means in your photography, and how to control it, allowing the most basic of photographers the chance to deliberately improve their work. As with

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Kit: The Battery Grip

The battery grip is an aftermarket accessory which for some togs (like me) is indispensable – but is it for everyone and will YOU feel the benefits with your photography? This article is for the beginner or intermediate who has a dSLR / SLR camera who is planning on investing in their kit, or want

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Basics: Choosing a tripod

Last week I was asked “I need a tripod, I’m sure I can get one for a tenner from the local electronics store, that’ll be good enough right?”. I realised that a lot of people who spend lots of time and money choosing the right camera simply don’t consider the quality or features of supporting

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How to: Shoot Sunsets

It doesn’t matter what kind of photographer you are, from pro tog to camera-phone twitter warrior, you will have, at one point, shot a sunset. As spring has sprung and the weather is giving us more opportunities to get out and shoot stuff, its time to open up the creative tool box on how to get the most out

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Watermarks (to mark, or not to mark)…

A watermark is a marque, symbol, logo or simple text that a photographer will place over their work in order to inform the viewer who shot the image – effectively standing in for a signature on the art. Sometimes watermarks are even used to obscure the image, and to prevent unlicensed use. At sponsored events

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Basics: Composition – 5 Simple Tips for Better Results.

Spring has sprung and as we get out with our cameras a bit more it is time to consider Composition. Whatever your subject, be it a landscape, a smiling baby, your car or pet or whatever, how you fit your subject (and other elements) into the image is called composition.   This article is for Beginners, and

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The Truth About: Local Event Photography

  In response to comments from colleagues who came into photography the same way that I did, this post offers an insight to what its like shooting event photography, focusing on smaller local events. When I got into photography I realised that I could use it as a tool to become part of my local community: shooting local art

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Introduction to: Creative Lighting

Creative lighting is a critical part of creative photography. We refer here to photography were the the lighting is purposefully and tactically positioned to give your images the look you want. This article is aimed at the BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE  to get them used to the concepts of deliberate lighting, which are effective across many areas of photography

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How To: Make Your Own Grids (aka Ghetto Grids)

We’ve discussed elsewhere about creative light modifiers, and one type of which is called a grid. Grids effectively cut down light spread from your source, making the beam narrower, and the edges harder. They come in a range of brands, shapes, sizes and costs. Rather than shelling out around £15 a grid for your flashgun,

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Basics: Understanding Simple Lighting

  Lighting your image properly is  often key to getting the correct feeling and style in your image. Any photo you have ever taken will have been lit (obviously!), but how much did you think about it at the time? This is a BASIC guide to understanding a little bit about lighting in your photos

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