20 Beautiful Images that Work – Because of Symmetry

Let me close off this batch of posts about symmetry with a few images that I think are really beautiful. Each of these photographs have at least of the four kinds of symmetry to thank, because that is why they work… Even if the symmetry is not blatantly obvious. I invite you to take a … Read more 20 Beautiful Images that Work – Because of Symmetry

Steady that Point ‘n’ Shoot

Point and Shoot cameras are notoriously difficult to keep steady in low light situations. This is mainly because they’re so light. Every slight movement of your hand also influences the movement of the camera. In comparison, larger (and heavier) camera users can find that the weight of the camera can be a steadying factor although … Read more Steady that Point ‘n’ Shoot

7 Ways To A More Observant Life

Every single person can benefit from being more observant. Not just photographers, though photographers have the most to gain from being observant… (this is such a ‘duh’ moment… but humour me and do read on) This is the second part of a two-post series on why a good photographer is also a good observer. In … Read more 7 Ways To A More Observant Life

Tiny Tips 16: Always Use a UV Filter

A UV Filter is an important part of every photographer’s kit. This may seem like a no-brainer to any sufficiently advanced photographer reading this post, but to the beginners: take note: this is a very important part of your equipment. Or should be. Why Should you ‘Always’ use a Ultra Violet filter on your lens? … Read more Tiny Tips 16: Always Use a UV Filter

Tiny Tips 15: Hyperfocal Distance in Street Photography

If you want to take really quick & sneaky photographs on the street without putting your eye to the viewfinder, here’s a sneaky trick. Setting your lens in manual focus mode, and setting it at its Hyperfocal distance will allow you to take photographs with a great deal of flexibility, often allowing you to shoot … Read more Tiny Tips 15: Hyperfocal Distance in Street Photography

Polarizing Filters make Magic Moments

Have you experienced a Polarizing filter? If you have not, I seriously recommend trying one today. Yesterday I was contemplating stuff … you know, looking through my memory bank of photographic experiences, when I suddenly stumbled upon a gem! The first time I looked through a telephoto lens with a polarizing filter at the other … Read more Polarizing Filters make Magic Moments

Obvious Street Photography Tips

Sometimes we tend to forget the obvious in our quest for the hidden. Here are a few ‘obvious’ street photography tips to remember when shooting on the streets. Get In close. All too often the actual ‘subject’ of a street photograph gets lost in the activity going on around… Get close to the subject, make … Read more Obvious Street Photography Tips

Selecting Photographs: What not to show

You’re an aspiring photographer or amateur photographer and want to show the world, or maybe just your relatives what you can do with a camera and some good ol’ light. But where’s that brilliant photograph in which you’ve managed to time the shot just perfectly? Lost in the quagmire of shots that didn’t make the cut? Here’s one small tip with an illustration to help you out.

Powerful Portraits – Look Through the Lens

Some photographers just seem to be able to take powerful portrait images time after time. So, what makes them stand out and look you in the face? Why do you feel a connection with the person in the image? Possibly because they are actually looking at the photographer, through the lens, and therefore at you! Powerful … Read more Powerful Portraits – Look Through the Lens

Photoshop Process – Edit Brian’s Picture

A couple of days ago, Brian Auer posted a project on his blog where he invited people to use a photograph that he would supply and process it in Photoshop (or any other image editing software). The idea was to see how different people take an image and work on it.

 

 

 

Brian was kind enough to give us the option of starting from the original RAW file from his camera as long as we reminded ourselves time and time again that we did not own the photograph, but were only borrowing in for purposes of this project.

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Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

Canon today announced their replacement for the 1Ds MkII, the 21.1 megapixel EOS 1Ds MkIII. The news of the USD 7,999 camera was splashed across amazon.com pages for a while before some details went offline. However, engadget managed to get some screen shots. Apparently the EOS 40D has been announced too. Go to dpreview.com for … Read more Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

Tiny Tips 8: Best Apertures for Sharpness

by Ben McLeod If you want the sharpest pictures that your lens can give you, remember not to use its largest and smallest apertures. Most lenses are optimised to be used in the f/5.6 – f/11 aperture range and give their best performance when stopped down a couple of f-stops from the widest aperture or … Read more Tiny Tips 8: Best Apertures for Sharpness

Photo Project: Low Light Photography

Photo Project: Low Light Photography

Silhouette of a man on a hill, in fog with lights behind by Charlietyack

Photographers are intrigued by light. One situation that every photographer struggles with, and wants to master, is the skill of taking low light photographs. This is a photography project in which you can push the limits of what you can do with your low light photography skills, and learn the basics of this skill too.

Photography is all about light. How you see it, how it affects a scene, and how that affects the person viewing the photograph. The dark black & white photograph taken with fast film, with its characteristic grainy ‘texture’ will always draw people to it…

Let’s take a peek into what equipment you’ll need and what you can do with it…

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Tiny Tips 7 – Study flare caused by the Angle of your Main Light Source

by creativity+ Flare is a kind of haze often caused by light falling directly on the lens from behind or around the subject. This light may be direct or deflected. Flare may also be caused by light deflecting off fog, smog or dust in the atmosphere. It is more pronounced if it is caused by … Read more Tiny Tips 7 – Study flare caused by the Angle of your Main Light Source