Tips & Tutorials

8 Photographic Assignments for Winter

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with your photography and run out of ideas, particularly in the mid winter. Actually, there is still plenty to shoot at this time of year, it’s just about opening your eyes and being open to new possibilities. Here are some fresh ideas to try this weekend 1) Photograph winter trees Stark winter trees can make great subjects, especially when they are picked out of a bleak landscape – mist or snow adds…

How To Be A Concert Photographer

5 Tips For The Beginner Concert Photographer For anyone into music and photography, shooting gigs is a great way to combine two interests at once, and can even make you money if the pictures are good enough to sell. Although it may seem like it’s just about turning up with a camera, getting down the front and blasting way, good gig photography is one of the more technically challenging genres. Here are some tips to get you started 1) Make…

Best Camera Buys for Christmas 2014

Our Top Camera Recommendations for Christmas. With the clock ticking down to Christmas day, it’s a great time of year to be thinking about upgrading your camera. Discounting is rife between now and the traditional January sales, as makers fight for maximum market share in a very competitive camera market. Maybe friends or relatives are wondering what to buy you, or you are looking to treat yourself, but don’t let this great opportunity to upgrade your kit pass you buy….

Become a More Confident Street & Travel Photographer

5 Street & Travel Photography Tips As we approach the holiday season, you may well have some time on your hands, or be going away somewhere – an ideal time to practice your street and travel photography skills. These genres require you to be quite a resilient and confident photographer, as you are dealing with people, some of whom might not want to be photographed (or you might not want them to notice you are photographing them). So how you…

How to Photograph Reflections

20 Best Reflection Photographs Whether you are a landscape photographer or even a street photographer, there will be times when you need to photograph reflections. A landscape image can be hugely enhanced by including the reflective surface of a lake or stream, for example, or there my be times that you need to shoot products through a shop window (a shopkeeper friend of mine asks me all the time to shoot her colourful window displays through glass). Dealing with reflections…

Do I Need To Upgrade My Camera Gear?

4 Questions To Ask Before Upgrading Your Photography Equipment Photography is a real honeypot for the gadget-mad and the compulsive shopper. It’s very easy to get locked into an endless cycle of buying new gear, especially as camera makers need to keep bringing out new models and accessories in order to stay in business. The temptation gets even worse at this time of year, what with heavy pre-Christmas discounting and the January sales. As photography sages will tell you, however,…

How to Maximise Colour In Your Images

Getting The Most Out Of Color. Ever since colour film became affordable for the masses in the 70s, we’ve become very used to vibrant colours in our images – although ‘colour’ is not a fixed concept in photography, since processing methods styles and fashions change as the years go by (for a reminder of how cheesy 70s and 80s colour film processing looks to modern eyes, check out Robbie Augspurger’s hilarious and technically very adept homage here.) In the digital…

5 Top Tips to Improve Your Portraits

How Camera Height Affects Your Portraits. One of the biggest differences between the experienced photographer and the novice is that the novice tends to stand rooted to the spot while the experienced shooter moves around a lot more. They explore different angles, and different heights. This can be something as simple as bending their knees or crouching, or it may involve a much higher vantage point. A lot of novices rarely adjust their tripod height, either. Here are some tips…

Lenses for Landscape Photography

What is the Best Lens for Landscape Photography? With the Landscape Photographer of the Year winner recently announced in the UK, landscape photography is in the news again, and it remains one of the most popular genres for the keen enthusiast. It’s easy to get frustrated when you are out with your camera, however; doing justice to the wonders of mother nature is hard enough at the best of times, and it’s even harder if you are fumbling around at…

Lightroom Video Tutorial: Colour and Tone

  In our latest Lightroom video tutorial, tutor George Cairns explains how to get the best out of your tones and colours in your images. For more information on George Cairns 4 Week Online Lightroom Course For Photographers please see ==> http://www.my-photo-school.com/course/lightroom-for-photographers/

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