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Michael Freeman

Taking photos in tropical light

Low latitudes, around the equator and into the tropics, take the sun even higher in the middle of the day, which means that if you insist on going for traditionally ‘pretty’ each time you shoot, […]

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Viewpoint and composition for landscape photography

Choosing the right viewpoint and composition is essential for producing landscape images that stand out from the rest. For most locations there will be multiple options. Rather than choosing one single viewpoint and composition, shooting, […]

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Choosing between horizontal and vertical framing

When do you rotate the camera for a vertical shot? Horizontal is the default because of the way cameras are designed to be held, but vertical offers different possibilities. This is Monument Valley, straddling Arizona […]

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Timing the sun

While you might not think that meteorology or trigonometry come high on the list of necessary topics for photographers, you might find that running through the basics will help in identifying the kinds of light […]

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How to measure light

Light must be measured before it can be used creatively, and over time you will learn to ‘read’ the light before ever bringing the camera to your eye. You can build this expertise in a […]

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Snow – the ultimate reflector

Certain types of light are highly dependent on their environments, for example bright, tropical sunshine. Another is what you might term ‘snow light,’ which is when snow covers the ground and as a result has […]

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To make eye contact or not in your portraits?

Direct eye contact is the strongest means of communication we have, so it is no exaggeration to say that the direction of the subject’s eyes in a portrait will have a significant impact on the […]

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Subject distance, focal length, and sharpness

The distance between your camera and your subject will have a major effect on your ability to stop action in a photograph and ensure a crisp point-of-focus. Photo by Victor Tyakht The closer that you […]

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Photographing in the fog

Here in the northern hemisphere the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is upon us, and many of us are waking to fog-wrapped mornings. Weather extremes can present photographers with wonderful opportunities for strong imagery, […]

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Getting a handle on spot metering

All digital cameras contain reflected-light, TTL-type meters that use at least one of three different types of metering ‘modes’ in order to calculate exposure, either from the entire scene, or from some specific part of […]

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Adding action to colour

In Old Delhi’s market area, close to some temples, there’s a busy trade in marigolds threaded as garlands. In fact, throughout India, these intense orange colours are a relatively common sight, as the threaded flowers […]

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How to photograph a dark subject against a light background

All in-camera and handheld meters are designed to operate on the premise that everything that you’re metering produces an average amount of reflectance or, in photographic terms, about 18-percent reflectance. This is an extremely challenging […]

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