We all make mistakes on a regular basis. And if no-one's ever told you that you're doing something wrong, you might continue making the same mistake over and over again without even realizing it's a mistake. In this article I'll cover five mistakes you might be making in your photography, explaining why they are problematic, how to avoid them, and how avoiding them can help you get better photos.Read the rest of this entry »
Confidence as a photographer is important. If you're not confident, you can be worrying about getting the shot and whether other people will like your photos, rather than concentrating on the creative process. Whereas if you're confident, then your photography will be more stress free and enjoyable, which often also results in better images.
In this article we'll look five ways to help boost your confidence as a photographer, to keep you enjoying photography and improving your skills.Read the rest of this entry »
Autofocus is a feature included on almost all cameras, and it has been that way for decades. We expect our cameras to be able to automatically focus on our subject quickly and accurately.
However, sometimes autofocus can fail. It might be that the camera just doesn't seem to want to focus at all. Or it might attempt to focus, but give up. Or it might tell you that it has focused, but the focus is actually somewhere else than where you wanted it.
In this article we'll look at ten reasons why autofocus may not work correctly, and what you can do to avoid / fix these problems.Read the rest of this entry »
A monopod is designed to be used as a way to help keep your camera steady. It takes most of the weight of your camera off your arms, while being easier to carry and move about with than a tripod. It's very good at what it's designed to do, but the humble monopod can also be pressed into a variety of other photographic uses.Read the rest of this entry »
In this tutorial we'll look at how you can create a replica 35mm transparency slide frame to add as a border around a photo. The process is pretty much the same in Photoshop CC, CS, or Photoshop Elements. I'll also cover how to add text to the frame, which allows you to add branding or information to the image without covering up any of the actual photo.Read the rest of this entry »
When photographing flowers there are two routes you can take. One is documenting the flower, where the photos show what the flower or parts of the flower look like. The other is to create an artistic image, one whose purpose is to evoke an emotional response rather than present an accurate portrayal of the flower.
Of course, a technical photo of a flower can still be artistic and create an emotional response to it. And an artistic photo may not create an emotional response in everyone who views it. Art is, after all, subjective. But the driving purpose behind the creation of the photograph is quite different.
In this article we'll be looking at flower photography from both points of view, but focusing more on the artistic side.Read the rest of this entry »
A film rebate border refers to the black border around each frame of film, which often contains the name of the type of film. If you were shooting film, to include this border as part of the image would mean scanning the film yourself. Film processing companies would only scan or print the actual image area of the film, and wouldn't include the border areas.
With digital though, we can quite easily add in a faux film rebate border ourselves. Adding a border can act as a nice way to frame the image. It can also be used for adding copyright and branding text, rather than putting a watermark over the image.
In this article I'll go over how you can create a medium format style film rebate border using Photoshop CC / CS. We'll create a flexible border that can be easily resized to accommodate images of different aspect ratios and dimensions. And I'll also cover using a scan of a real film frame, which can be an easier and more realistic (though less flexible) solution in many cases.Read the rest of this entry »
Continuing on from the previous article 10 non-essential but useful accessories for your camera bag, here's another ten items that aren't essential, but can be very useful to have in your bag, depending on what you're shooting.Read the rest of this entry »
Let's be honest, the only 'essential' for your camera bag is a camera with lens attached. Everything else is just an extra, something that makes your life as a photographer that bit easier, or gives you more creative options.
In this article we'll look at a range of accessories that can be very useful to have in your camera bag. You're unlikely to want to carry all of them with you all the time. Some of the accessories are more suited to some styles of photography than others. But you might want to consider them when packing your bag for a specific shoot.
Just remember that while taking more accessories with you gives you added flexibility, it also adds more weight to your bag. While many of the accessories discussed here are small and light, you should still think carefully about the actual likelihood that you'll need an accessory before packing it.Read the rest of this entry »
Full auto mode is a shooting / exposure mode found on most cameras. In this mode the camera decides all the settings for you, and all you have to do is point and shoot. While it can often produce decent results, the fully automatic nature of the mode means that you can't make any corrections when the camera gets it wrong.
In this article I'll cover a bit about how full auto mode works, the various problems you can have with it, and when it can actually be a good shooting mode to use.Read the rest of this entry »