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Best Black Friday Photography Deals

Great Black Friday/Cyber Monday Bargains Black Friday used to be something that the rest of the world read about with envy, but this US Thanksgiving sale blow-out has now spread to other territories, including Europe and the UK. It’s probably fair to say that cameras don’t tend to be discounted quite as much as, say, smaller items of electronic equipment or clothes, but there are still some good deals to be had – particularly with accessories. Read on for some…

How to Take Great Thanksgiving Photos

4 Thanksgiving Photography Tips. Thanksgiving is an eagerly awaited date in the American calendar and its impact is now felt in many other countries, thanks to Black Friday sales (not to mention classic comedies like Planes, Trains and Automobiles). Thankfully most readers won’t be like Neal Page, and will take Thanksgiving in their stride, but to help you take some great family photos this holiday, here are some no-nonsense tips… 1) Photographing food I covered a lot of food photo…

Image Orientation

Which is Best – Landscape or Portrait? A friend of mine is a great travel photographer whose work has been featured in national newspapers and even on CNN’s website, but something like 90% of his images are taken in landscape (i.e. horizontal) format. Even portraits of people, that you’d think would immediately lend themselves to portrait format, get the long sides/short edge treatment. When I pointed this out to him, it came as something of a revelation. It wasn’t down…

Lighting Fundamentals Beginners Tend to Forget

Understanding Light & Exposure. It doesn’t matter how much expensive gear you have sitting in your bag, if the light isn’t there, you won’t get great photos. How you make the most of light, or adapt it for your needs, is essential for good photography, so without getting too complicated, here is a quick run down of the key things for beginners to think about… 1) Misunderstanding ambient light When photographers talk about ‘ambient’ light, they are usually referring to…

Canon v Nikon: Is Canon Losing the Full-Frame War?

Is Canon Losing the Full-Frame War? For a long time, the high-end enthusiast and pro range of the SLR market was somewhat insulated from the longer term decline in camera sales, but that is no longer the case. According to the latest sales figures from Nikon, sales of its interchangeable lens cameras fell by nearly 25% compared to the same quarter last year. This is roughly in line with the general market trends, though sales of compact system (mirrorless) cameras…

How to Take the Ultimate Selfie

Even a couple of years ago, the term ‘selfie’ wasn’t in common usage. The rise of the selfie has mirrored the rise of the smartphone; not only has their picture quality got better and better, they are always with you (think how uncomfortable most people feel these days when they don’t have their phones handy). Selfies are a fact of modern life, and even the President of the USA has appeared in some, along with other leading politicians. While selfies…

Alternatives to Photoshop and Lightroom

Alternative Photography Editing Software Sometimes it can feel like the whole world has gone Adobe. To ‘Photoshop’ is a perfect example of a brand name that has become a verb, and indicates how ubiquitous the big A has become. That doesn’t mean to say that Adobe Creative Suite is the only show in town though. Maybe you find Adobe software is overkill for what you need, or maybe it’s too bloated and hard to use, but there are alternatives. Admittedly,…

Winter Landscapes

4 Photography Tips for Stunning Winter Landscapes Winter is well and truly here, which may seem a bit depressing, but it actually yields some great landscape photography opportunities. Some lateral thinking may be required, though, which is actually a good thing – it’s very easy for your landscape images to end up looking like everyone else’s, and thinking different can really pay off. So what are the particular considerations to think about when you are out shooting landscape’s at this…

5 Photography Mistakes You’re Making Without Realising It

How to Take Better Photographs Photography can be a bit of a lonely pursuit, particularly if you don’t belong to a club, and well-meaning friends and relatives don’t always know what to look out for when you ask them to view your work. It’s easy to fall into bad habits and while practicing photography is very important, you don’t want to just end up practicing your mistakes. With this in mind, here are some common pitfalls to avoid to keep…

Pocket Rockets: Best Power Compacts Comparison For The Street

What is the Best Compact Camera For Street Photography? As street photography grows in popularity there is a growing realisation that a big bulky SLR is not the best tool for the job. Henri Cartier Bresson, still the greatest street photographer who ever lived, was 100% adamant that he needed a small, discrete and quiet camera that wouldn’t draw attention to him working. It’s difficult to stay discrete with a big whirring SLR attached to your face; stick on a…

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