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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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