Tips for photographing in cloudy and overcast weather

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The vast majority of us greatly prefer bright sunny days to dull overcast days. And the majority of people would likely think that sunny weather is better for photography than dreary overcast weather.

While that is correct in some cases, for many types of photography, overcast and cloudy weather is actually preferable to sunny. In this article I'll go over why overcast weather can be useful for better photos, some of the problems it can cause, and how to work around these issues.

Tips for photographing in cloudy and overcast weather

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June 28th, 2015 at 6:53 pm

Six tips for overcoming Creative Block

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It happens to everyone. Sometimes you just don't have the motivation to pick up your camera and go out and shoot. Or maybe the motivation is partly there, but you just can't seem to get a good photo. All your shots are looking staid, boring, and lacking that creative oomph.

Don't worry, creative block is something that everyone experiences. It's perfectly normal. What matters is how you deal with it - do you give up or work through the difficult period? In this article I'll share some tips that will hopefully help you work through your block and get your creative juices flowing again.

Six tips for overcoming Creative Block

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June 21st, 2015 at 9:18 pm

Selective Focus Photography Tips

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Selective focus is a very useful technique for drawing the viewer's attention to a certain area of an image. Typically, though not always, the area you want to draw attention to will be the subject of the photo. By having the subject in sharp focus, but the rest of the image blurry, the eye is naturally drawn towards the sharp area of the image.

Selective focus can be achieved in-camera but can also be added to an image later using image editing software. In this article we'll look at both techniques.

Selective Focus Photography Tips

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June 14th, 2015 at 5:29 pm

Tips for using a reflector to improve your photography

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Reflectors are often used in natural light portrait photography, where they can act as an additional light source. But they can be used for much more than that. In this article we'll look at what reflectors are, some of the different types, and the various ways they can help you get better photos.

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How to add a vintage haze effect to your photos

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Photos with a soft, low contrast hazy look seem to be very popular at the moment. You can purchase packs of film presets for most image editing software that allow you to easily create this look.

I've also seen several Photoshop tutorials that show how to create a similar look, making use of various adjustment layers. However, the look can also be achieved using only RGB curves, which are available in Adobe Camera RAW, Lightroom, Photoshop, GIMP, and the majority of image editing software. No need to purchase anything additional, and no need for multiple layer Photoshop documents.

In this article I'll cover both creating the hazy look in-camera and using RGB curves. Plus, I'll explain why the curves adjustments create the effect, so you'll better understand how you can modify the curves to fine-tune the effect.

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6 small pieces of gear to add to your photography bag

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In this article we'll look at six small pieces of equipment that most photographers don't think about bringing with them when going out shooting. The fact is that most of time these pieces of gear aren't needed. But when you do need them, you'll be really wishing you had packed them.

None of these items take up much space, so they're worth just adding to your photography bag and leaving there on a permanent basis. Then on the odd occasion when you do need them, you won't be kicking yourself that you left them at home.

6 small pieces of gear to add to your photography bag

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May 24th, 2015 at 8:26 pm

Using a wide angle lens effectively

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Most photographers have access to a wide angle lens, whether it be a specialist wide angle lens, their camera's basic zoom lens when zoomed out, or even just their phone camera. But using a wide angle focal length effectively can be difficult. The wide angle allows you to fit a wide view into a single image, but it can be easy to end up including a large area (such as an empty sky or uninteresting foreground) that doesn't really add anything to the image.

In this article we'll look at what is usually meant by a wide-angle, what wide angle lenses are good for and how to use them effectively, and what they're not so good at and you should try to avoid.

Using a wide angle lens effectively

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May 17th, 2015 at 8:09 am

Urban and City Photography Tips

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Cities can provide a large number of photo opportunities, many of which are not available in smaller towns or elsewhere. Whether you live in a city or are planning to visit one, in this article I'll share some ideas for interesting subjects and tips for capturing great photos of them.

Urban and City Photography Tips

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Autofocus modes and AF area selections explained

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Modern cameras offer a plethora of autofocus options to help you get the best focus performance possible, whether you're photographing a fast moving sports car or a static still life subject. In this article we'll look at the various different modes and options, what they mean, and when you might want to use them.

Autofocus modes and AF area selections explained

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May 3rd, 2015 at 11:07 am

The art of the snapshot photograph

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A snapshot is is often used to describe a photograph in a somewhat derogatory sense. A photo that was taken quickly, with little regard to the composition, framing, and camera settings. A photo that was taken without much thought.

However, when a photo is described as a snapshot, that does not necessarily mean it is a bad photo. There have been (and still are) many popular and award-winning photographers who make use of the snapshot style, such as Gary Winogrand, William Klein, Nan Goldin, and William Eggleston, to give a few examples.

In this article we'll look at the snapshot in more detail, covering a brief history, and exploring how technical imperfections can add to rather than detract from the photograph's aesthetic.

The art of the snapshot photograph

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April 26th, 2015 at 7:29 am