Archive for the ‘Techniques’ Category

The 7 Musts of Great Composition

An article on what makes a great picture: The 7 Musts of Great Composition

Shutter Speeds You’ll Use Every Day

An interesting article on the use of different shutter speeds can be found here:

Shutter Speeds You'll Use Every Day

12 Ways to Add Randomness and Creativity to Your Photography

This is another interesting article from the Digital Photography School

1. Move your Camera
2. Zooming While Shooting
3. Creative Focusing
4. Shoot from your Boots
5. Over expose your shots
6. Slow Sync Flash
7. Get Up High – Monopod extenders and Kite Aerial Photography
8. Multiple Exposures
9. Go Grainy
10. White Balance
11. Master the Bulb Setting
12. Infrared

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A Beginner’s Guide to Using Aperture Priority Mode Click Here: Light Stalking » A Beginner’s Guide to Using Aperture Priority Mode

Light Stalking ( comes again with a great article about one of the most important (in my opinion) mode on your digital Camera.

Aperture, not only, controls your exposure but also the depth of filed of your picture. This is why if shutter speed is not a problem this should be the chosen mode. Manual is also important but only if you have some specific need.

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3 Stupidly Simple Reasons Why Most People’s Photography Does Not Improve

According to Digital Photography School, they are:

  1. You don’t Take Your Camera With You
  2. You’re Going too Fast
  3. You are Worried what Others Will Think

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Basic Layer Tutorial

The effect of Critique

I had brought the picture below to a critique night led by one professional photographer and in front of a couple of dozen of amateurs. I did like the atmosphere of the picture and did not think this was that great of a picture. Here it is:

One of the critique was to remove the mud area an top, I did it by selecting a rectangle area from the top and then bringing it level with the water and reflections at the top.

Also criticized was the confusing amount of ducks at the top right. I decided to remove the top 3 and lower the bottom 3 to be in-line with the flying duck:

And this gave me the following:

The 8 Basic Things Every Photographer Should Know How to do in Photoshop

  1. Properly prepare images to display on the web
  2. Crop to specific size
  3. Create an adjustment layer
  4. Remove red-eye
  5. Remove skin blemishes
  6. Sharpen an image
  7. Create an action
  8. Learn to love shortcuts

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Ten great tips for portraits

Again from Ten great tips for portraits:

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Found on the Web – Updated 2010-08-16

After a couple of weeks away from the research of little snippets. Last time we were looking at which filters to use for landscapes. This time more advice for greater landscape pictures:

Landscape Photography for the Serious Amateur

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This week, I found a great article:

Three Filters Every Landscape Photographer Should Always Carry and Why

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Five piece of advice sure to improve your photographs:

Why Some People Almost Always Take Awesome Photographs

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This week, we return to and selected the article :

Why Lenses Are a More Important Purchasing Decision Than Camera Bodies

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The most common lighting method is to keep the light source in front or on the side of the subject; often it is recommended not to have the light source behind the subject. This Article on shows what creative effects can be achived with a backlight.

100 Beautiful Examples of Backlit Photography

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Please let know the members which pictures you liked and why.

Last week I posted a tutorial on exposure. I just found a new one as this is definitely a subject worth a close look:

Perfect Exposure Every Time: A Guide to Metering in the Viewfinder

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Here is a website showing

127 tutorials for Photoshop Elements