Natural light Natural or available light can produce beautiful and flattering portraits, and many photographers prefer its subtlety to flash light. However, there’s an art to controlling it so you get the best results. Try and avoid direct sunlight, because it can create hard and ugly shadows on faces. Working in areas of open
Most photographers tend to undertake their landscape assignments in the daylight hours, and the hours immediately prior to and after sunrise and sunset are often held up as the best time to get interesting light. However, more adventurous photographers will also find that many landscapes work just as well in the dark of night. Photographing
The Ubiquitous – and Much Derided – Rule of Thirds It’s been the favourite ‘rule’ of camera clubs since photographs started to imitate ‘art’. Imagine that your image is divided into nine equal segments by two vertical and two horizontal lines. Try to position the most important elements in your scene along these lines, or
Before I took my first photographs on my own camera (a Coronet 44, I think), at the age of 12, I hadn’t ever considered or learned about composition. I thought it only had something to do with painting…. and it was certainly something our Art teacher kept rattling on about. I disregarded composition entirely. Then
Good Composition is a key element of good photographs yet is something that is hard to define. Instead of looking at composition as a set of ‘rules’ to follow – view it as a set of ingredients that can be used to make a great ‘meal’ (photograph). Alternatively, think of it as a set of
Are you trying to understand the “exposure triangle”? Canon has developed an online interactive camera exposure simulator that allows users to move sliders which control aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to create the desired exposure and effect. Any brand of camera follows these principles, as long as there are manual control features available. There is
Most of us have heard, and probably used, the term f-number. Most of us have also probably used the term interchangeably with “f- stop” or “aperture”. What are all these things, really? Yes, they have to do with the size of the hole allowing light to pass through the lens, and they affect depth of
It’s that time of year again…. how to – without being in the Alps or the Rockies – capture some interesting pictures in the snow. One of the major challenges when shooting outdoors in the winter is the snow. The snow presents some interesting challenges that make it one of the toughest scenes to shoot.