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100 Steps tp IYP – Lesson 3 – Magical Landscapes

Perhaps one of the most common and most beautiful subjects in photography, landscapes are something every photographer shoots at least for some time during his/her photographic journey. And with a lot of photographers, landscapes continue to be a subject of high popularity. And that isn’t really surprising given their mesmerising beauty. It often so happens […]

Freeze Time with High Speed Photography

Someone recently forwarded me an e-mail which had some fantastic pictures. One of those pictures was of a balloon popping. The photo had been timed such as to capture the burst just at the right moment. I then realised that it is impossible to manually time a shot with such accuracy. I was also reminded […]

HDR 101 – High Dynamic Range Imaging

A friend of mine is really into HDR.  This wasn’t something that I was really aware of up until six months ago and because I’m curious by nature I did a little research about what HDR is, what photographs make for a good HDR project and how to go about doing it.  So here’s the […]

Catchlights 101

I used to take good pictures on accident.  Every once in a while I would really look at a portrait I had taken and think “something about this just makes it look really special”.  Upon learning what a Catchlight is I realized that a lot of the portraits I loved had Catchlights.   What is […]

Quick Tip: Use a Reflector

WHAT ARE REFLECTORS? Sometimes, nature just doesn’t cooperate and you’re left with lighting conditions that are less than ideal for shooting. Reflectors act to redirect light in order to control shadows and highlights. They are come in different shapes, sizes and color and these all have some impact on how it’s going to reflect light […]

Histogram 101

WHAT IS A HISTOGRAM? Stated simply, a histogram is general overview of the how light or dark the different tonal values are in your photo. To make sense of this we have to look at each part of the histogram. The photo below was taken right of a camera’s LCD showing a histogram. The x-axis […]

Light Modifiers 101

When going through the more advanced websites about lighting, you’re bound to run into a lot of terms you’re not familiar with. In this article, we’ve compiled some of the most mentioned equipment and techniques photographers today use to modify light coming from a hot-shoe flash or studio light. Barn DoorsBarn doors have four leaves […]

Macro Photography 101, Part 2

In Part 1 of Macro Photography 101, we discussed what a true macro lens is. In Part 2, we will be discussing depth of field, lighting, and specialist lens in Macro Photography. DEPTH OF FIELD We all know that when you use a wide open aperture then you will get a shallow depth of field […]

Macro Photography 101

Macro photography can be a confusing topic for many beginners. For one thing, almost all the lenses nowadays have the word macro printed on the barrel. Does this mean that it’s automatically a macro lens? What is a true macro lens? These are some of the topics that we will tackle in this article. MAGNIFICATION […]

Flash 101: Off-Camera Flash

This is the second part of Flash 101. You can read the first part here, which tackles on-camera flash basics. I associate on-camera flash with necessity. I mean, if I simply need to take a photo and there’s not enough light, then I use on-camera flash. For more creative shots, it’s best go for an […]