5 Beginner Photography Tips and Techniques

5 Simple photography tips and techniques for the absolute beginner. You’ve just bought your DSLR camera (a Nikon D3400 I presume ūüôā ) and have this beautiful bit of technology in your hands with no idea where to start. Let’s give you a helping hand and get you started off on the right foot. I … Read more5 Beginner Photography Tips and Techniques

Portrait Photography Tips and Techniques

the Portrait photography tips and techniques described here were used in this outdoor, natural lighting portrait of a young women

My favourite photography genre is portraiture and I thought it might be useful if I gave you some of portrait photography tips and techniques I use. The tips will concentrate on basic camera settings, best lighting for portraits and good shooting techniques to produce outstanding portraits. Most of this post will refer to females because … Read morePortrait Photography Tips and Techniques

Correctly Expose For High Contrast Lighting Conditions

Use a credit card to bounce your flash off the roof to correctly expose for high contrast lighting

In this post I will be explaining how to correctly expose for high contrast lighting conditions to provide a well exposed photo. By that I mean overcoming, rather than utilising, contrast lighting.¬† Utilising contrast produces either high-key or low-key photography where the lighting is optimised to create drama. My intention with this post is t … Read moreCorrectly Expose For High Contrast Lighting Conditions

Calibrate Your Monitor for Photography – Using Screen Calibration Software

A composite photo of a woman and her cat

A lot of photographers aren’t aware that you can get screen calibration software to calibrate your monitor for photography. I thought that with a computer screen “what you see is what you get” (WYSIWYG). But that is not the case and I found out the expensive way. After ordering and receiving a sample print I … Read moreCalibrate Your Monitor for Photography – Using Screen Calibration Software

35mm Versus 50mm Prime Lens – Which Will Suit Your Needs Best?

35mm Versus 50mm Prime lens

Considering buying a prime lens but can’t decide between a 35mm and a 50mm lens? In deciding which will suit your needs best the¬† “35mm vs 50mm prime lens” conundrum may be the first you encounter on your quest for prime lenses. Today’s cameras are sold with an array of kit lenses – the standard … Read more35mm Versus 50mm Prime Lens – Which Will Suit Your Needs Best?

How to Use Exposure Compensation – And Understanding What it Does

A magnolia shot from below against a white sky

Very few photographers know how to use “exposure compensation”.¬† Understanding what it does is the first step to learning how useful it can be. The “Exposure Compensation” function is indicated by the little plus/minus button normally situated near the shutter button. In this post I explain how to use exposure compensation to add more depth … Read moreHow to Use Exposure Compensation – And Understanding What it Does

What is White Balance in Photography – Not All Lighting Is The Same

A photograph taken in a studio using Auto White Balance

“What is white balance in photography?” – I think this is such a great question.¬† Not all lighting is the same and an understanding of the different types of lighting, and how to adjust for them, is essential to good photography. I had no idea there was such a thing until I got a digital … Read moreWhat is White Balance in Photography – Not All Lighting Is The Same

How to Photograph Flying Birds – Photographing Birds in Flight is Fun

Gannet in flight

One of the questions I am often asked is how to photograph flying birds. It seems everyone wants to try it but few know where to start. Photographing birds in flight is fun! Birds in flight move at high speeds and invariably you will be photographing a back-lit subject. These two elements make for a … Read moreHow to Photograph Flying Birds – Photographing Birds in Flight is Fun

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