How to get a white or black background in your photo or video

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A plain white or black background can be very useful for both photography and video. It gives a very clean look, without any distractions to take the viewer's attention away from the subject.

A plain white background also works well where the intent is for the image or video to blend in with a web page or printed page that is also white. (The same for black, though white is a much more common background).

A plain background is often used for catalog style product photography. And it can also work well for portraits, still lifes, and studio-style nature photos. In this article we'll look at a few different ways you can create a clean white or black background for your images or videos (the technique is the same for both).

How to get a white or black background in your photo or video

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February 22nd, 2015 at 7:50 pm

Why use a lens hood?

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If you own an interchangeable lens camera, you probably will have noticed that a lot of lenses sold for these cameras come with a plastic lens hood included. And for those lenses that don't include a lens hood, there are a wide variety of aftermarket designs available that you can purchase to add to your lens.

In this article we'll look at the benefits of using a lens hood, the different types of hood available, and also some disadvantages of hoods.

Why use a lens hood?

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February 15th, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Can’t open RAW image files from your new camera?

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I've written before about the various advantages shooting RAW files with your camera has compared to shooting JPEGs. However, there is one big problem with RAW files that you are most likely to come across when you purchase a new camera.

This problem is that most camera manufacturers use a proprietary RAW format, and they change the file format with each new camera they release. This means that if your photo editing software is not up to date, then it won't be able to open the images as it doesn't understand the new format. In this article we'll look at this problem and how you can get round it.

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February 8th, 2015 at 3:13 pm

5 Tips For Better Photos

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There's more to getting a great photo than just being at a great location and getting the correct settings dialed in on your camera. In this article I'll cover five tips that can help you get great photos, even if you're not at a great location (but help you really show off the location if you are). And these tips require no technical knowledge of camera settings, so even if you use your in auto mode, they will help you get better photos.

5 Tips For Better Photos

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February 1st, 2015 at 3:11 pm

What is back / rear button focusing?

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Back button or Rear button focusing is a method of autofocusing used by many photographers. It decouples the autofocus from the shutter button, so a separate button on the back of the camera is used for focusing, while the shutter button is just used for taking photos.

In this article we'll look in more detail at the back button focus method. We'll cover why many photographers prefer this method over the standard half-press of the shutter button for autofocus. And also cover some situations where it doesn't work so well.

What is back / rear button focusing?

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January 25th, 2015 at 10:27 pm

5 Inexpensive Tools To Help You Improve Your Photography

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Photography can be quite an expensive hobby. Cameras, lenses, filters, and all the other accessories that go with it can cost a lot. So, in this article, I want to look at five relatively inexpensive items (under $30) that can bring a big improvement to your photography despite their low cost.

5 Inexpensive Tools To Help You Improve Your Photography

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January 18th, 2015 at 9:09 pm

High speed photography How-to

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High speed photography refers to the capture of an event that happens too fast for the human eye to see. Things like a splash of water frozen in mid-air, an egg as it smashes, or an insect in mid-flight.

There is no specific rule as to exactly how short a time period needs to be captured to qualify for high speed speed photography. But in general it would be considered to be an event captured at an effective shutter speed of 1/1000s or faster. In practice, effective shutter speeds of 1/10000s and faster are often used.

In this article we'll look at how you can take high speed photos, including how you can achieve super fast effective shutter speeds like 1/10000s even if you camera's shutter speed doesn't go that fast.

High speed photography How-to

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January 11th, 2015 at 1:40 pm

Teach Yourself Photography

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Photography is not something you can learn really quickly. Nor is it something you can ever really fully learn - it is a continual learning process.

But if you're just starting with photography, then it can certainly help to be pointed in the right direction as to what skills you should try and learn first. And that's what I hope to do in this article.

Teach Yourself Photography

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January 4th, 2015 at 8:16 pm

Create crazy colored lighting with a single uncolored light

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In this article we'll look at how you can create unusual images that look like they were taken with red, green, and blue lights, but are actually a composite of three different images taken with any light source (colored or not).

I'll cover how to create this type of image using a technique that works in Photoshop Elements and the full version of Photoshop (CS / CC), plus two alternative techniques that you can use in the full version of Photoshop.

Create crazy colored lighting with a single uncolored light

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December 28th, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Ten things your camera can see that your eyes can’t

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Often in photography, the problem we feel we have is that the photos we take don't match what we saw at the time. The way the camera works is quite different from the human eye. While there is nothing wrong with trying to capture what you saw, have you ever thought about using your camera to capture what you can't see?

In this article I'll cover 10 things that your camera can see but you can't, with an added bonus point at the end. Capturing photos that don't exactly match what you see with your eyes can often give stronger images than just an exact record of reality.

Ten things your camera can see that your eyes can't

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