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Books on my bedside table by Jill Mansell

Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton I adore this book and the mega-successful blog that inspired it (www.humansofnewyork.com). Brandon photographs people in the street and asks them questions about themselves. He shows us that everyone has their own incredible story, and that appearances can be wildly deceptive. I’m so nosey, I’d love to be able […]

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European Union considers anti-photography legislation

It’s well known that you can’t photograph the Eiffel Tower at night – commercially at least – without getting permission from the owners. That’s because although the tower is old enough that the architecture is out of copyright, the lighting scheme at the top is not, and in France (as well as Greece, Italy, Austria […]

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Use your blog to exhibit your photographs

Your blog will, ideally, contain a mixture of different types of posts: tutorials, opinions, stories or behind-the-scenes insights, reviews, and showcases of your work. For photographers, your blog is a perfect platform for displaying what you can do. Gallery posts may not need to contain a ton of text; rather, this is your moment to […]

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Capturing autumn's colours in abstract

Autumn’s complementary colours are perfect for creating beautiful abstract images, where colour, rather than an identifiable subject, becomes the main component of the shot. You might want to use a slow shutter speed to blur leaves as they move in a strong breeze against a deep blue sky (perhaps using a polarising filter to enrich […]

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Turn an ordinary scene into an extraordinary photograph

What does ‘ordinary’ mean to you? It’s the question that can be quite complex, not least because it’s a double-edged sword. ‘Ordinary’ can be a polite way of saying ‘boring. But ordinary doesn’t have to mean boring; it can also mean the simple things, the things that you do every day. If you met someone […]

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Romano Cagnoni: The Freeman Interview

Romano Cagnoni The Freeman Interview Born in Tuscany, Romano Cagnoni is one of the world’s great photographers in the reportage tradition, with a long succession of significant work that includes Biafra, Vietnam (the first photographer admitted into North Vietnam), Cambodia, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan (the Russian invasion), Chechniya, Yugoslavia and Kosovo. He left Italy for London […]

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Focus stacking made easy

Depth of field is incredibly narrow in macro and close-up photography, even when you set your lens to its smallest aperture setting; and the closer you’re focusing, the shallower it will become. This can’t be overcome optically, but there is a digital method that can be used to increase the apparent depth of field: focus […]

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Toeing the line: from infinity points to leading lines in your photos

While it might feel a bit peculiar or contrived to search for lines to insert into your photographic compositions, they’re an important design element that you shouldn’t overlook or dismiss. Lines have the potential to ground your photo with a solid composition, but they can also be used to give your image a dynamic edge. […]

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Playing with refraction in your photos

Every time you take a picture, you are manipulating refraction. This is the effect that occurs when light moves from one material to another at an angle. The shape of your camera’s lens is designed carefully, usually in order to create a faithful impression of what you’re looking at with your own eyes. Without going […]

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Don't be afraid of high ISO

ISO is the only exposure control that doesn’t have a huge effect on your photos optically, but—you guessed it—adjusting the ISO isn’t completely without side effects. Until quite recently, the higher ISO values (beyond ISO 800 or so) were useless on most cameras because they would introduce a lot of digital “noise” into the final […]

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All is not what it seems

Bounded only by the limits of your creativity, the genre of surreal photography offers a chance to explore what is possible with both your camera and digital manipulation. Truly unique works of art can be created where the lines between reality and dreams become blurred, and the viewer is left wondering how the images were […]

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Michael Freeman: Bright Lights, Big City

Light controls our lives in so many ways and as with art imitating life, light is fundamental to photography. Understanding light unlocks one of the keys to great photography. Continuing the challenges from Michael Freeman’s Photo School series, here he sets the task of shooting a city at night. [one_half] [/one_half] [one_half_last] [/one_half_last] Night-Time Cityscapes […]

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