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10 Tips for Photographing Birds in Winter


It’s easier to get out there with your digital camera and photograph wild birds than it is to photograph wild mammals. As well as the resident birds there are a few that have come from the north for a couple of months, though Spring and Autumn are better for migratory birds. You should still see lots of wetland birds unless it's a really cold spell. Use these top 10 tips for the camera gear and techniques you need for 'quacking' (sorry...) bird photos. For ‘serious’ bird photography, you need

The Elements that makeup a Great Photograph


  The Basics Every image needs a basic structure. Without an underlying structure, it is just another boring photo. Every image needs a strong underlying compositional order so that it grabs the eye from a hundred feet away. If it can't grab the eye from a distance, it will never be an interesting photo, regardless of how many fine details it might have. Details don't matter if there's no story behind it. Check this out for yourself on Flickr, or any website that shows

Improve your flower photography


Now (or whenever Spring starts) is the time to improve your flower photos. Spring and summer offer huge potential to shoot stunning plant and flower portraits. Whether it’s in your garden, a public park or even on the side of the road, there are plenty of fantastic photos for the taking. In this guide, there are 25 top flower photography tips for you. Use them, and watch your photography, erm... blossom. Sorry. 1 Macro lenses If you’re interested in close-up flower photography

How to Shoot Night Landscapes


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 images at night by shining a torch ('flashlight') at your chosen subject using the technique known as ‘painting with light’ is actually a relatively simple

A Little more on Composition


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 at the points where they intersect. Doing so will add balance and interest to your photo. Will they look old-fashioned and appear to have been set up in some way? Yes, very

Composition – The Very First Rules


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 there came a point where I began intuitively arranging my subject into what seemed 'better balanced' places. There again, I had no idea about shutter speeds and apertures – and I'm

Good Composition is a Key Element of Good Photographs


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 ‘tools’ for the construction of a great image. The key is to remember that in the same way as a chef rarely uses all the ingredients at their disposal in any dish – a photographer rarely uses all of the

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