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Lara Jade: How to set up an inexpensive home studio

You don’t need a purpose-built studio and an expensive array of lights to achieve amazing results. Top fashion photographer Lara Jade shot these dramatic portraits in her apartment using just one light source. Follow her advice and create your own home studio “Joan Of Arc” for SHEER Magazine. Model: Daniela @ Re:Quest Models NY. Makeup: […]

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Three-point and four-point lighting: an introduction

You might well have heard the terms ‘three-point lighting’ and ‘four-point lighting’ used liberally in the film-making community, but what do they mean, what do they comprise, and what do they look like for your films, videos, and movies? Three-point lighting is a standard method used in video production. By using three separately positioned lights—the […]

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Making the most of minimalist compositions

Some people say that photography is based on the art of subtraction; the careful selection and arrangement of elements in a scene so the viewer can concentrate on the message the photographer wishes to communicate. If this is really the case, then minimalism is photography in its purest form. If you can crack the minimalist […]

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Why every photographer needs a reflector

Whether you work with natural or artificial light or a mixture of the both, you really should consider adding a reflector to your kit bag. They are inexpensive but highly functional pieces of equipment. The reflector is the Swiss army knife of light modifiers. You can bounce, direct, and shield with these, and they come […]

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Falling rain and the best of photography

One of the things about flat grey days is that they often lead seamlessly to rain. And rain has a bad reputation in photography, though it’s not entirely deserved. For a start, most people find it uncomfortable, and photographers instantly feel the need to protect expensive gear from it, so it’s generally a much easier […]

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Come over to the dark side: concealing and revealing with shadows

If photography is dependent on light, equal attention needs to be paid to its opposite: shade. Shadows are just as important as light. Their placement, depth, and edge sharpness is significant for any image, and their correlation with lit areas determines the depth and structure of your photograph. You can hide, shape, and accentuate with […]

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The portrait photographer's lighting guide

As far as equipment goes, it should be remembered that a photographer doesn’t need a top-end DSLR to create stunning portraits. A better camera might allow you to take pictures in lower light, at a faster speed, or with better resolution, but the progression of camera improvements does not necessarily correlate to the success of […]

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Using artifical light in landscape photography

Landscape photography may be all about the light, but it can also be about the lighting. For anyone who is a natural light purist, and wouldn’t consider using a flash or other light source to take a photograph of the natural world, do think again. You might begin to change your opinion when you realise […]

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Learning how to read an image

Being able to read an image—in a similar fashion to the way one would read a book, deconstructing it, examining its component parts—is an invaluable skill. It allows us to take each and every part of an image and look at it in depth in a more critical and meaningful way. Instead of looking at […]

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Lighting for bird photography

Unlike studio or still-life photography, when photographing birds you have to work with the light available to you and your subject. The quality and direction of light falling on a bird will have a dramatic impact on the mood created in the image, so you really do have to learn how best to use and […]

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Be bold – shoot into the sun

Pointing your camera at the sun for a shot is a condition that juxtaposes the science and art of photography perfectly.* Technically, everything about this shooting scenario is wrong: images strongly tend toward overexposure, colour detail is easily lost, and textures are rendered flat. But creative and delicate manipulation of these conditions can deliver some […]

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Classic lighting set-ups: what they look like and why they work

It is often said of art that in order to break rules competently you have to understand them first. That’s particularly true of photography. When you decide to ignore or break a rule, you have to do it with a purpose and understand why you’re doing it at all. The classic styles of lighting exist […]

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