Tips & Tutorials

How to Photograph 4th of July Celebrations

Celebrating American Independence Day With 4th of July approaching, it’s a great time to think about celebrating this quintessentially American commemoration with your camera. Even if you aren’t stateside, you might be able to get some shots of the American community in a city where you live, or celebrate the many visual treats of Americana in other ways. Fourth of July celebrations Many celebrations culminate in a big firework display, which can be hard to photograph properly. Basically you need…

Planes Trains & Hot Air Balloons

How to Photograph Hot Air Balloons & Planes. In Europe and other parts of the western hemisphere you often get the chance to photograph balloon festivals on long summer evenings. Actually you can photograph the balloons at any time of the day, but they tend to look better early in the morning or around dusk and the light is better – less strong sunlight, blanched out skies and hard shadows. Here’s a quick guide to capturing interesting and attractive aerial…

Fill Flash For Summer Portraits

Great Fill flash Tips For Summer Portraits. Flash is only needed indoors, right, or in low light? Not necessarily – it’s also very useful in strong sunlight, where a quick burst of flash can help fill in shadows and reduce harsh contrast, particularly on faces. This is called ‘fill flash’ and a good way to remember the name is to think of yourself ‘filling in’ shadows (the technique is also known as ‘synchro sun’). Fill flash can also be useful…

Photography Courses – Are They Worth It?

Online Photography Courses & Workshops If you are at all serious about developing your photography, it’s important to remember that this is a lifetime process, and you never stop learning. While you might reach a stage where you are reasonably happy with what you are producing, complacency is a dangerous thing. Keeping your skills sharp, and learning new ones, is particularly important for commercial photographers, or those aiming for some kind of photographic distinctions or qualification. At MyPhotoSchool we offer…

Sports Photography: Anyone For Tennis?

How To Photograph Tennis & Other Court Games With the Wimbledon tennis tournament about to start in London, it’s a great time of year to be thinking about your sport photography skills. While amateurs will find it very difficult to get a photography pass to a major sporting event, there’s nothing to stop you getting some great shots down your local tennis club, or of friends and family playing – and the skills are essentially the same. Indeed, a local…

Summer Festival Photography Tips

How to Shoot Summer Music Festivals Summer’s here and the time is right for… watching bands while getting very muddy and ignoring the government’s recommended daily limits for healthy drinking. That’s right, folks, it’s music festival time, with the mighty Glastonbury festival about to kick off in a couple of weeks. Festivals also mean lots of photo opportunities, whether you go to a mega event like Glastonbury or a much more low key affair (the latter are often easier places…

The Lost Ruins of Great Britain

Where the Wild Things Are – How to Shoot Ruins Ever since the earliest days of photography, ruins have been a very popular subject for anybody with a camera – one things of Francis Frith’s images of Egypt for instance, or the haunting pictures of Dryburgh Abbey made by William Fox Talbot. Ruins appeal to travel and documentary photographers and also landscape shooters; although landscape fans generally try to avoid including anything too ‘man-made’ in their compositions, ruins are considered…

5 Tips For Fantastic Sunsets

Five Tips For Fantastic Sunsets This time of year is great for sunsets, especially in the Western hemisphere, where the sunset can be a gloriously prolonged affair that goes until 9pm or 10pm (or even later in Scandinavia). Sunsets are a perennially popular topic for photographers, but getting them right takes some skill… 1) Use a longer lens While the sunset may dominate the scene in front of your eyes, the sun might not have the same impact when recorded…

Inspirational Landscapes With The Masters of Vision

New Exhibition From Some of Britain’s Top Landscape Photographers Landscape photography can be horribly cliched and predictable and too many photographers turn up at a beauty spot and just produce a copy of what they think Ansel Adams, Charlie Waite or Joe Cornish would take. So we end up with a lot of heavily filtered, apocalyptic skies and predictable compositional devices such as foreground boulders. This is fine if you just want to ape well-known photographers, but if you aspire…

10 Pro Cheats If You’re Asked To Shoot A Wedding

10 Professional Tips For Shooting Your First Wedding The more friends and relatives there are who know you a serious photographer, the higher the chance that you will get asked to shoot a wedding one day. They see it as a good way to save money and you’re a photographer anyway so you don’t mind doing it, right? Well, it’s a huge responsibility and you can’t blame anyone for saying no. Mess it up and it’s not something that people…

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