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Basics: Prop Making II: Resins and Fibreglass

Last week  I started this short series of articles on making your own props for photoshoots. This mini-series was built on simple techniques using materials you can buy from your local crafts, hardware or car maintenance store. The techniques and materials I will discuss today are not scary and are hugely robust – the same techniques

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Kit: The Flash Gun

An essential to most, the humble flash gun can contain very sophisticated electronics to make the illumination of your subjects just right – but lets see if you need a bells and whistles models for what you shoot, or will an entry level flash gun do what you need. This article is aimed at beginners

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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: Props

This week I was clearing out some of my stuff before I pack to move for my new job down in Sussex, and I realised that I have a large collection of props left over from previous shoots. Props, as in the theatrical sense, are used in creative photography to help set up a scene

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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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Basics: Picking the right type of camera for you

As with most photographers / photography enthusiasts, I often end up the go to guy when friends and colleagues are looking to buy cameras. I can go on for hours about the technical designs, sensor quality and real-world handling, but the truth is most people who ask are just looking for something that will allow them to “take better

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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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