Technique

Flash photography basics – where is the light coming from?

Using bounced flash to improve the quality of light in your portraits.

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Adobe integrates panoramic stitching in Lightroom CC

Cooing over the lovely new panorama stitching function in Adobe Lightroom 6.

Square landscapes with the X-T1

Where my love for the square image format comes from, and how it is achieved in the Fujifilm X-T1 digital camera.

The hardest part of the fun fair

Creating long exposure photographs with movement and blur leads to great images. But if you want a pin-sharp photo, you’ll need to be patient.

Yannick’s lightbox

Wow. Two years. It’s taken me two whole years to get around to writing about the photos I took for Choo Choo in 2010-2011, which they used to accompany their superb self-produced video for the single We Go. The two photo shoots to produce these photos were a little unusual but I really enjoyed them,… (Read More)

Quick and subtle painterly effect in Lightroom

Using an excessive amount of noise reduction in Lightroom produces a lovely, subtle, painterly effect.

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Unexpected locations

Brooke Shaden is a wonderfully creative photographer, whose images make me wish that I had the opportunity to spend more time on creating and editing more theatrical images. But I can’t complain; my time is, after all, spent on pursuing other passions and fascinating goals. One of the problems I came across when shooting for… (Read More)

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Using your shoulder as a camera rest

A tip I passed on to a participant at a photo workshop last weekend was one I learned from Joe McNally: not on how to light your subject or how to interact with them, but how to manage your heavy camera. By holding the camera in one hand and the flash in another, with the… (Read More)

Selective lighting magic

What makes a picture is often the main subject. But a little attention to detail can also work wonders and turn a nice picture into a really nice picture. Walking in the park with friends last autumn, towards the end of a couple of hours shooting portraits, the lighter patches between the trees caught my… (Read More)

My basic Lightroom workflow

Adobe Lightroom is a boon to the photographer. With the introduction of intelligent repair tools, it has now entirely replaced Photoshop for me, and I can not only tweak photos but also re-edit them to quite a level of detail. One of the great features of Lightroom is the ability to save a group of… (Read More)