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learning digital photography

shoot more or shoot better? When I was a child, with my first camera, my mother on occasion hid my camera and told me the little white lie that it was broken. Every coupe of days I would come to her with another film to be processed and ask for a new one. I can imagine her dilemma; she knew I was following my passion and wanted to encourage me, but she simply couldn’t afford to keep up with ... »

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composition tutorial: eliminate distractions

Eliminating distractions is, in my opinion, is the most important thing you can do to quickly improve your photography. And it should be simple. But it’s often not… Our brain has many ways of helping us handle the huge volumes of information we are subjected to every second. One of the mechanisms it uses is filtering. When we are paying attention to one thing, we filter out unnecessary... »

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Christmas lights bokeh

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… I love it when someone asks a question that gives me the opportunity to write a blog post and share the tips with everyone! At my last workshop Sonia asked about how to get good Christmas lights bokeh shots. First, what is it? BOKEH = noun. a Japanese term for the subjective aesthetic quality of out-of-focus areas of a photographic image. Now, how to ge... »

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4 reasons your photos are blurry

here is why your images are blurry and some simple fixes reason #1 – focus The most common reason for images that are ‘un-sharp’ is simply that they are out of focus. This might be a result of focussing on the wrong part of the image, being too close to your subject for the camera to focus, selecting an aperture that generates a very narrow depth of field or taking an image too quickly witho... »

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Photoshop tutorial – the basics

Simple ways to improve your images in Photoshop (a tutorial) Often, what you see during the shoot with your eyes and what you get when you look at your images is not the same thing. But it’s OK! Photoshop is capable of making a slightly imperfect photo into an awesome image. Of course, your aim is to take the best possible photo and get it right “in camera” and Photoshop can̵... »

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Lightroom tutorial

High ISO and uneven lighting This photo was taken by Amy indoors using window light. It was shot at a high ISO (1250) which caused quite a lot of digital noise. The uneven lighting caused a lot of contrast between the shadows and highlights on the baby’s face. The eyes are lovely and sharp but a little dark.             What I did: Brightened the image just a bi... »

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Indoors with window light – high ISO

This image was submitted by Amy after a recent workshop. We used this image last night in an online demo of photo editing tips and tricks. This photo was taken indoors using window light. It was shot at a high ISO (1250) which caused quite a lot of digital noise. There is also a lot of contrast between the shadows and highlights on the baby’s face. The eyes are lovely and sharp but a little ... »

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emotional connection: photo tip

As well as thinking about the technical aspects of your photography (aperture, shutter speed, iso etc) make sure you are thinking about the impact your photo has on the people who view it. While it’s important to understand the elements of light and exposure, one thing that makes a great photo is its ability to convey an emotion. Emotional connection, or conveying a feeling, can be the difference ... »

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don’t forget the details

Photographing the details Often when I’m not getting the co-operation of the kids or the light is less than perfect or ‘just because’… I’ll focus on shooting details. I find it relaxing to concentrate on a single object. It’s also wonderful to look back at those little details and the day-to-day things from the past and let the memories flow…favourite clothes, toys, t... »

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