Memorable Photographs – How They Got That Way

A friend writes to me: I’m no photographer, and therefore I’ve never understood what makes a photograph amazing? Nationalist sentiments aside, what’s in the photo – “Heroes of Iwo Jima” that makes it so awesome and memorable? Also, the National Geographic Magazine picture – “Afghan Girl“, what’s so special about that? What’s special about those … Read more Memorable Photographs – How They Got That Way

Camera Metering Modes, and When to Use Them

Sekonic L-208 by JE Labs

Your camera has a light meter (aka Exposure meter) built into it. This meter measures the light coming Through The Lens (TTL) and helps the camera or you to adjust your shutter, aperture and ISO appropriately, so that you get a well exposed image. Modern cameras don’t just have one metering mode, they usually have … Read more Camera Metering Modes, and When to Use Them

Photo Critique – A Short Guide to Giving and Taking it

Deep down, no matter what anyone says, we don’t like to be told that our pictures are no good. We love the pictures we take – the ‘art’ we make – no matter how lame it may actually be. I’ve got nothing against that. But sometimes, we need to ask for our photos to be … Read more Photo Critique – A Short Guide to Giving and Taking it

Tiny Tips 18: How to get Great Bokeh from your Lens

Bokeh Illustration

What’s ‘Bokeh’? It’s a word of Japanese origin used to describe the aesthetic quality of the ‘out-of-focus’ area of a photograph. Typically referring to the more visible ‘circles of confusion’ that are visible in shallow depth of field photographs. To get the best bokeh possible, do this: Use a fast lens, with the aperture wide … Read more Tiny Tips 18: How to get Great Bokeh from your Lens

The Best Way to View a Photographer’s Online Portfolio

The Best Way to View Online Portfolios

The Best Way to View Online PortfoliosArt needs it’s own space. This is why art galleries offer an environment that an artist can mold and control to their need.

The online experience is a little different, and that’s expected; but how can you create the best ambience for an artist’s work to showcase itself online?

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A Compact Wedding

Back in May I finally treated myself to a Canon G12, a piece of kit that I’ve wanted since it was released the previous year, and I set myself a challenge: use it to photograph a friend’s wedding.

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Composition: A Parkour Frame of Mind

This is a guest post by Andy ‘Kiell’ Day. He is a renowned Parkour photographer, practitioner of parkour himself, and rock climber / builderer. His book “The Moments Between” (see our review) is possibly the first ever book featuring parkour photography, and shows off why his images are so sought after by magazines such as Focus, … Read more Composition: A Parkour Frame of Mind

Book Review: The Moments Between

Cover of "The Moments Between" by Andy Day

The Book is “the moments between” by Andy Day. Buy it here. The Moments Between is an account of three traceurs – practitioners of Parkour – on a road trip through Italy – on a quest to discover themselves, their abilities, communities, new training grounds and new possibilities in their own Parkour training. Two of … Read more Book Review: The Moments Between

Helping Your Child Discover Photography

How did you discover photography? When I was young, an aunt gave me a toy camera. The photographs it produced seemed magical. I was 6 at the time. A Defining Moment I remember looking through my father’s Tokina 110mm telephoto lens and trying to focus manually on a nearby bird while on vacation. Looking back, … Read more Helping Your Child Discover Photography

Filter Care & Use

So you’re using a filter on your lens, maybe to protect it from dust or finger smears or maybe for an effect that you want, what can you do to ensure that it does not degrade the quality of your expensive lens? Here are some pointers:

DOs:

  1. Buy a good filter. A bad filter can do more harm than you expect.
  2. Never touch the glass of the filter. The oil from your skin will rub off on the filter and could damage it’s coating. Some filters, are noted to retain fingerprints if not cleaned up immediately. Always touch a filter by the edges.
  3. Store filters in their boxes. This ensures that dust and fingerprints stay away.

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