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How to Use Lines to Enhance Your Photos

Composition is the not the only thing to consider in creating visually pleasing photographs. When you break down a photograph to its most basic elements, you will find that it is made up of lines, shapes, forms, textures, patterns and colors. These are called the elements of design. These elements are the building blocks of […]

5 Ways to Hold Your Viewer’s Attention

One of the most important things your photo should have is an ability to hold your viewers attention. There are a lot of techniques that can be used to help you compose your shot so that people will spend more than a second looking at it. Besides keeping your viewers focused on your photo, the […]

Going Manual: Learning Exposure Basics

Exposure is probably the most dreaded subject in photography. We know a lot of photographers who have been shooting for years but still rely on their camera’s metering system to dictate a scene’s exposure. Cameras are getting more and more advanced which is why it works, but it will not work all the time. This […]

How to Make a Light Box and Macro Studio for Under $20

Ever wondered how pros take photos of random objects and make them look crisp and clean? The answer to that is a light box or what is sometimes referred to as a light tent. A light box is just simply a cube which is made out of a white translucent material. The object that is […]

Starlight Effect: Creative Use of Aperture

Ever wondered how photographers make sources of light in photos appear like they’re twinkling? What most pros do is attach a starlight filter which automatically makes points of light flare. You can even twist the filter to adjust the effect much like a polarizer. If you don’t want to spend money on something that you […]

Tips on How to Take Better Portraits

Although portraiture is probably the most popular field in photography, it is still one of the trickiest to do well. The difficulty lies in that a lot of factors have to come together to make a great portrait such as lighting, location and the how well you can capture the personality of the subject. This […]

Shoot from the Hip

If you’ve been taking pictures for a long time then you’ve probably experienced burnout – you keep taking pictures of the same things and framing it the same way and basically feel like your creative tank is running on fumes. When this sort of thing happens, I’ve found the best way to see things differently […]

How to Create Bokeh in Your Photos

Bokeh is a photographic term used to describe a lens effect wherein the background of the photo is out of focus. This effect is used to blur out distracting backgrounds and give emphasis to the the primary subject of the photo. There are two ways to get bokeh when taking pictures. The first is by […]

How to Get Soft Diffused Light from Your Flash

The biggest drawback from using a flash is that it gives hard flat light. More often than not, it causes unflattering shadows, unnatural skin tones and makes your subject look like deer caught in the headlights. Most cameras now will let you adjust the intensity of your flash by playing around with the flash exposure […]

Keep Your Eyes Open

It’s only natural to keep one eye closed when looking through the viewfinder. It easier to see the subject if your only focused with what you see through your camera. Why then do most professionals keep both eyes open when they take pictures? By keeping both your eyes open, you get a wider field of […]