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Why you should use your camera’s Film Simulation Modes

Most digital cameras these day have a feature often known as a film simulation mode that allows you to take control over the colour of your images, even when shooting raw files. These film simulation modes are designed to boost colours and range in their scope from an overall lift in saturation to targeting specific…

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Photoshop Adjustment Layers and when to use them

What are Photoshop Adjustment Layers Photoshop Adjustment Layers offer a way to apply adjustments such as Curves, Levels and Hue Saturation amongst others in a non-destructive and reversible way. An adjustment layer can be altered or deleted at any time, unlike the direct application of an adjustment to an image layer. The end result of…

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How to switch your camera to manual focus

There are a lot of tools built into your camera these days, such as Focus Peaking, that are designed to help you focus manually with greater precision, but for the purposes of this tutorial I’m going to go right back to basics and explain how to switch your camera to manual focus.

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How to set up the DJI Spark Hand Gesture mode

DJI’s Spark caused quite a stir when it was announced earlier this year. A drone aimed at people who have never flown a drone before, the Spark aims to bring unmanned aircraft into the mainstream. One of the signature features of the DJI Spark is its Hand Gesture mode, which allows users to control the…

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What Do You Require In An Action Camera?

Action Camera Finders' Martin Toole takes a look at the decision-making process when it comes to selecting your next action camera. What are you using your camera for at the moment and what things do you have in mind for future videos and imagery? I needed slow motion at 1080p, waterproof and a screen; you may…

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How to get colour right in camera with Ashley Karyl

Today's digital camera's are highly tuned with advanced automatic metering and colour balance. However despite the huge steps forward in technology if you want to get colour right in camera then you'll need to ensure that your camera is correctly calibrated. X-Rite specialise in a range or colour calibration tools for stills and video and…

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Keeping stock photography competitive with advanced technology

By Serban Enache, CEO and Co-Founder of Dreamstime Stock photography used to involve a laborious process to find adequate images and involved steps that seem foreign to a 2017 consumer. A buyer would go to a stock agency, ask for an image, and then have a waiting period as the agency’s staff would look through…

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Which ISO setting should you use at night?

Shooting at night presents all sorts of challenges, and unless you bring a tripod with you on every low-light shoot, photographers typically need to increase their camera’s ISO setting in order to get a shutter speed fast enough to shoot handheld. But which ISO setting should you use at night?

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Corporate photography: how to think outside the box

The end of the financial year is upon us and, for many working pros, this means we’ve just emerged from a long sojourn in the world of corporate photography. February and March are the season of the elusive ‘annual report’ – that wonderful job where clients will pay a decent amount of money to have…

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Fame and fortunes of a photographer in business

In the first of a new series of guest blog posts, Catherine Connor of Aspire Photography Training explains how to find inspiration when building your photographic business. It's sometimes nice to start off with a quote that perhaps sets the tone and theme for the thread within this educational offering. Being a creative artist is…

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How much photo storage do you really need?

From the cloud to innovative new external hard drives, there are plenty of photo storage options for photographers to choose from. But how much space do you really need for your archive? We run the numbers and show you how to tell…

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25 portrait photography tips for stunning pictures of people

Portrait photography is something every photographer does, even if your real passion is landscapes. Ever photographed your children around the Christmas tree? Your family at a relative's wedding? Guess what: you're a portrait photographer. We often take our people pictures for granted, but there are several portrait photography tips and tricks that the pros use to…

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What are white balance settings in photography?

What are white balance settings? Every digital camera has what is called a white balance system that aims to adjust the colours to produce accurate whites according to the light conditions in which you are photographing. Basically, your white balance system is trying to ensure that your images look how they did when you saw them.

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How to get shallow depth-of-field effects with any camera

Many people think you can only achieve shallow depth-of-field effects with full-frame cameras and fast lenses. While these, of course, help, the truth is you can make images with shallow depth of field whether your camera is a smartphone or a compact. And you can even do it without resorting to Photoshop trickery!

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9 pro tips that work in any genre of photography

There are some rules, methods and ways of working that stand out because they can help you improve your images whether you like to shoot landscapes, portraits or even macro photography. Put these nine photography tips to use and you’ll start seeing instant benefits in your images.

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8 great New Year’s resolutions for photographers

The start of a new year is a great time to kick off resolutions. In this guest post, the team at Jessops shares their best New Year's resolutions for photographers to help you set some photography-related promises that’ll see you taking even better pictures by the end of the coming 12 months. 01 Try a…

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4 surefire ways to add detail to photos

Silhouettes and graphical images can be very striking when done well, but for most of us, most of the time, it’s the finer detail that draws a viewer into a photograph. In this tutorial we show you several simple ways to add detail to photos.

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GoPro Hero composition tips

With a field of view of 170 degrees and a fish eye, the small GoPro lens can capture a huge amount. So while you might not be sure of exactly what it’s capturing, after a couple of sessions you should have a good idea.

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What is depth of field in photography?

Depth of field in photography is, quite simply, the area within the image that appears in focus, and controlling depth of field is one of the most powerful tools you have as a photographer in determining the look and feel of your image

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10 quick ways to improve colour in your images

While there’s no match for a gorgeous summer sunset, there are some quick ways to get stronger colours in your images. Here we show you how to improve the colour in your photos using tried and tested techniques that any photographer can achieve.

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9 photo techniques you can use everyday

We’re certain you’ll make instant improvements to your photography with these 9 techniques. These are simple methods and time-savers you can incorporate into your daily routine that will soon become instinctual, making you a better, more confident photographer.

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5 tips for photographing the coast and water in winter

Winter may not seem like the ideal time to visit the beach, but for photographers it’s one of the better times of year to capture dramatic coastal photography. Likewise, lakes and ponds and rivers also offer plenty of opportunities to blur water to create a sense of movement in your images. In this quick tutorial…

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4 reasons why you shouldn’t crop photos

But is the ease of cropping photos these days really such a good thing? I’d argue, no. While cropping photos is a good way to rescue an image, you don’t want it to become a crutch. Here are four reasons why you should limit the amount of cropping you do.

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How to shoot a supermoon

To help you capture stunning supermoon images you can be proud of, Sony photographer and astrophotography expert Andrew Whyte explains how he’s photographed a supermoon using Sony’s G Master lenses.

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