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Composition: Changing Your Camera Angle

Composition: Changing Your Camera Angle | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
One of the simplest ways to improve an image is to change the camera angle. By cropping out unwanted distractions from your backgrounds you can create more dynamic, contemporary images with more punch and drama.
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September Photo Inspiration

September Photo Inspiration | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
September photo ideas (even if it isn’t an Indian summer…) Don’t get sad that summer is over – September can also be a great month for photography. Indeed, it’s often a nicer month than August weather-wise, particularly in the UK, and there are fewer tourists and bored school-age kids getting in the way and jamming up the roads. Here are some seasonal ideas to get your photo mojo moving… 1) Misty mornings While there is no guarantee of this, you...
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Looking for some photo inspiration for September? Here are 5 suggestions for photography ideas on what to shoot during September

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Look Out For Lens Distortion

Look Out For Lens Distortion | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
What Is Lens Distortion And How To Avoid It You may think that once you have bought a decent lens for your SLR, or a compact camera with a decent lens built-in, you can just forget about it. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a perfect lens, just as it’s hard to find a perfect person, and there will always be some distortion – you just notice it a lot more with cheaper lenses. It’s not necessarily about spending...
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What Is Lens Distortion And How To Avoid It? Here we look at the affects of both Barrel and Pincushion distortion and how to avoid it.

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Photography Quiz: Focus on Focusing

Photography Quiz: Focus on Focusing | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
How Focused Are You? A fun Photo Focusing Quiz Mastering focussing is one of the core skills in photography, and you can’t really say you have got on top of your camera if you are totally reliant on it to make all the focussing decisions, and just forget about it. While many things contribute to a sharp, well-focussed picture, how you focus is critical, and a bit of time spent practicing autofocus options or manual focussing will be hugely beneficial...
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How much do you know about focusing? Take our quick Photography quiz and see how much of a photo guru you are.

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Photography Technique: The Importance of Patience

Photography Technique: The Importance of Patience | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Why the P word is the most important one in photography By the P word, I don’t mean Program mode, or portraiture or plants – I mean patience. I’d argue that this one of the most important qualities for any photographer, in any genre. So much so that if you feel you have reached something of a plateau with your photography, and some of the fun has gone out of it, it might be worth considering how patient you are....
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Are you a patient photographer? If not, here are a few tips and techniques used by others to help you capture those elusive images that take time and planning.

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How To Avoid Common Image Editing Mistakes

How To Avoid Common Image Editing Mistakes | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
7 Most Common Image Editing Mistakes & How To Avoid Them. As with the old film darkroom, taking a picture is only part of the process – you also need to know how to edit images to get the most from them in the ‘digital darkroom.’ Here are some of the more common errors to watch out for. 1) Over-sharpening Everyone wants sharp images, and while your image editing software can certainly help with sharpening, it can only go so...
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Looking for the most important image editing techniques? Here are 7 of the Most Common Image Editing Mistakes & How To Avoid Them.

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Looking for the most important image editing techniques? Here are 7 of the Most Common Image Editing Mistakes & How To Avoid Them.

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Photography & The Law – Don’t Get Sued

Photography & The Law – Don’t Get Sued | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Don’t get sued – how you could end up in trouble without realising it. Photography can be a tricky pursuit in many towns and cities, which probably goes some way to explaining the popularity of landscape and wildlife photography – coastlines and birds don’t answer back, or take you to court, for that matter. While a bit of care and common sense will keep most photographers out of trouble, there are some legal pitfalls to watch out for. 1) Shooting...
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Do you know your legal rights as a photographer? While common sense will keep most photographers out of trouble, there are some legal pitfalls to watch out for.

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Do you know your legal rights as a photographer? While common sense will keep most photographers out of trouble, there are some legal pitfalls to watch out for.

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Great Summer Photo Destinations

Great Summer Photo Destinations | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Summer City Photo Destinations While many resorts and hotels will be booked up from now until the kids go back to school, it’s still possible to book a last minute getaway if you use the internet wisely. Sites like booking.com and TripAdvisor are great sources of real-life reviews from fellow travellers (rather than some travel journalists on a first-class jolly) so you can still get some great deals. Why not combine some R and R with a photography holiday? Here...
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Looking to getaway for a city break or short photography Holiday? Here are 4 city break suggestions that will guarantee you some great travel photography images.

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8 Common Wildlife Photography Mistakes

8 Common Wildlife Photography Mistakes | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Eight Wildlife Photo Mistakes You Might Be Making Without Realising It Taking great wildlife images is one of the most rewarding aspects of photography but it can be easier said then done, and a source of frustration rather than satisfaction. Fortunately, there are some quite straightforward remedies and suggestions that can make a big difference to your hit rate… 1) Not taking control of focus It’s crucial you take control of the autofocus points in order to have proper creative...
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Looking to improve your Wildlife photography? Here are 8 great wildlife photography tips together with some stunning images from wildlife photographer Heather Angel

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Work Flow for Wedding Photography

Work Flow for Wedding Photography | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
How to edit a wedding photo quickly in Lightroom. It’s peak wedding season at the moment, and if you do shoot a wedding, whether as a pro or to help out a friend or relative, it’s easy to get overwhelmed at the editing stage. A typical wedding photographer will supply around 400 to 500 images from the day, and it’s expected that you deliver them in a couple of weeks. So it’s essential that you have a good editing system...
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Are You a Wedding photographer looking to speed up your work flow? Here are 4 favourite tips to edit images in Lightroom.

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Great Garden Photographs By Learning From Other Genres

Great Garden Photographs By Learning From Other Genres | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Get Better Garden Shots With Techniques From Other Genres Garden and plant photography can seem like quite an esoteric and closed world, but the beauty of photography is that you can often apply tricks and techniques from other genres. Here’s a quick run down of some commonly used skills from other disciplines that can reinvigorate your tired-looking shots of plants and flowers… 1) Landscape focussing and ISO. Landscape photographers are highly skilled at extending depth of field, to ensure front...
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How to Promote Yourself on Facebook

How to Promote Yourself on Facebook | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Facebook Ad Tips For Photographers Although there is no guarantee that paying for Facebook ads will boost your photography business, it can be a powerful promotional tool as it gives you so many options. If you are paying good money to advertise on Facebook, though, it’s important that the adverts work hard for you. Here’s a brief guide to the essentials of setting up a Facebook ad for a wedding business (the principles apply to other genres too, though it...
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Looking to promote your photography business on Facebook? Here is our 5 step guide on How to Promote Yourself on Facebook.

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The Wide Angle Advantage

The Wide Angle Advantage | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Get More From Your Wide-Angle Lens Along with a decent telephoto zoom and a 50mm or 85mm portrait lens, a good wide-angle lens is an essential part of the serious photographer’s arsenal. Wide-angle lenses are quite specialised pieces of equipment, so you can’t just ‘gun and run’ – you need to use them mindfully to get the best results. If you’re a bit hazy about the concept of a wide-angle lens, it’s nothing to do with ‘wide screen’ or panoramic...
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Bonkers EU Want to Ban Photos Of Public Landmarks

Bonkers EU Want to Ban Photos Of Public Landmarks | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Save our right to photograph famous landmarks! European photographers who keep up with the news are probably aware of some worrying new proposals from European Union legislators to make it much more difficult and costly to take and share images of famous landmarks without permission. We’re talking about iconic structures and public artworks such as the Angel of the north, the London Eye, or the Fourth Plinth on Trafalgar Square. In a proposed change to European law, UK photographers would...
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Please sign the petition to stop bonkers EU plan to ban photos of our public landmarks

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Find A New Angle On Photography

Find A New Angle On Photography | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Looking For A Different Angle It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with your photography and take a lot of shots in pretty much the same way. A sure sign of this is your vantage point, or angle. If you only ever take shots from standing position, by raising the camera to your eyes in the conventional way, your images will look very similar, however ‘interesting’ the subject. Often, transforming your photography can simply be a process of finding...
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Looking for a different way of seeing? In this article Geoff Harris explores the ways of taking an image by exploring different angles.

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The Best Compact Superzoom Cameras

The Best Compact Superzoom Cameras | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Is It Time To Reconsider Superzoom Cameras? This amazing video has been posted of the moon’s craters and the earth’s rotation. Nothing special in that you may think, but the lunar close up was taken with nothing more fancy than a Nikon P900 superzoom compact camera. The Nikon has an incredible, 83x optical zoom lens built in, and can be picked up for under £500. The footage is truly impressive, so is it time to consider superzoom cameras again? What...
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Looking for the best compact superzoom camera? With the release of the Nikon P900 can any of the competition touch it? Here we look at 5 contenders for the place of the best compact superzoom.

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Fuji XT-10 – Best Compact System Camera Of The Year?

Fuji XT-10 – Best Compact System Camera Of The Year? | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Fuji XT-10 Camera Review There’s been a lot of excitement about Fujifilm’s X-series compact system cameras (CSCs) of late, so I was pleased to get the chance to review the new X-T10 along with the 16-55mm f/2.8 lens. Fujifilm was a pioneer of retro-looking CSCs, along with Olympus, drawing on its back catalogue for inspiration. The X-T10 looks like a mini SLR but is surprisingly light (until you put on the lens, but more about that later). In essence, the...
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Thinking of buying a compact system camera? Here editor Geoff Harris puts the new Fuji XT-10 through its paces along with a 16-55mm zoom lens - and is not disappointed.

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Social Media For Photographers

Social Media For Photographers | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
How to Use Social Media For Photographers – It’s Not Just Facebook and Twitter Unless you are a really into social media, it’s also get to get tunnel vision and just focus on the two main channels, Facebook and Twitter. Both are great ways to promote your work and reach out to customers but there are other channels that can be useful for photographers. Here’s a quick reminder of our social media services to consider. Instagram While you may associate...
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Are you trying to promote your photography via social media? Many photographers just use Twitter and Facebook, but here are 4 others that we would strongly urge you to consider.

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On Camera Flash: Top Tips

On Camera Flash: Top Tips | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Get so good at flash that nobody knows you’re using it. I had an interesting chat with another photographer the other day, who wondered why I used on-camera flash indoors. They felt you could always tell a shot was ‘flashed,’ which made it look artificial. I countered that you could often tell indoor shots without extra lighting, as crudely applied higher ISOs created obvious noise. So we agreed to disagree, but their point was telling. If you are going to...
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Looking to get to grips with on-camera flash? Here we give you some top tips on how to make the most of flash, without making it look like it's been used.

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Raw Crash Course – Get Started Today!

Raw Crash Course – Get Started Today! | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Why Your Should Shoot in RAW + Editing Tips. Along with getting off ‘auto everything’ mode on your camera, shooting raw is the other great leap forward you need to make before you can say you are a fully fledged digital photographer. Sure, not everyone shoots raw, but most pros do, and with good reason. Put simply, with raw, you are getting every bit of image information that your camera sensor is able to record. That means maximum resolution and...
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Looking to get started using camera raw files instead of JPEG? Here we explain why most pro's shoot raw, plus 6 Lightroom editing tips to get you started.

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5 Summer Photo Accessories (That Won’t Cost The Earth)

5 Summer Photo Accessories (That Won’t Cost The Earth) | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
5 Useful Photography Accessories What are you doing stuck inside reading this! (unless you’re out and about with your smartphone, of course). Even with the ‘changeable’ weather here in the UK, July/August is a great time to be exploring places near and far with your camera, so here’s a guide to some essential accessories to make this the best summer ever for photography… 1) A good hat and shoes This sounds a cop out, but bear with me. You need...
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Looking for some useful summer Photography accessories? Here are our 5 top summer picks of photo accessories, that won't break the bank.

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How to Avoid – And Exploit – Lens Flare

How to Avoid – And Exploit – Lens Flare | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Making Use Of Lens Flare Lens flare, where the sun/stray light strikes the front of the lens and creates blobs or streaks, can be a curse or a blessing. It can appear as an unwanted artefact, spoiling your wide-angle shots in particular, or it can be charmingly retro effect that you can manipulate to good effect in portraits (fashion photographers often take advantage of it to give a ‘sun kissed’ look). How to avoid lens flare Lens flare becomes much...
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Lens Flare can be a creative tool as well as a curse. In this article we explain how to exploit it creatively, as well as how to avoid it when necessary.

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8 Tips To Get Your Kids Into Photography This Summer

8 Tips To Get Your Kids Into Photography This Summer | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
How To Encourage Your Children To Take Photos If, like me, you’ve got school age kids, you approach the summer holidays with a mixture of relief and trepidation. Relief that you’ve got them through another academic year and are spared the school run for six weeks, trepidation about how to keep them happy, occupied and out of trouble for August. One idea is to get them more interested in photography. While you may indeed lead a horse to water and...
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Looking to occupy your children this summer? Want to get them into photography? Here are 8 Tips To Get Your Kids Into Photography so they can take, edit and share their photos.

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How To Cope With Strong Summer Sunlight

How To Cope With Strong Summer Sunlight | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
How to Photograph in Bright Contrasty Light Summer – what’s not to like? Great weather, more photo opportunities and lovely evening light in many parts of the west. There is a downside though, and that is very bright summer sunshine, which can bleach out detail, blow out highlights and create deep shadows. So what can you do about it? 1) Get up earlier If you fancy yourself as a serious travel photographer while you are on vacation, the time to...
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Photography in bright, contrasty light is not easy and prone to blown-out highlights. Here are our 5 top tips on how to get the best out of strong summer sunshine.

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How to Promote Yourself on Facebook

How to Promote Yourself on Facebook | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Facebook Ad Tips For Photographers Although there is no guarantee that paying for Facebook ads will boost your photography business, it can be a powerful promotional tool as it gives you so many options. If you are paying good money to advertise on Facebook, though, it’s important that the adverts work hard for you. Here’s a brief guide to the essentials of setting up a Facebook ad for a wedding business (the principles apply to other genres too, though it...
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Canon 5DS – Should You Buy One?

Canon 5DS – Should You Buy One? | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Canon 5DS – Is It Worth The Money? Anyone with an interest in full-frame SLRs will have been intrigued by Canon’s latest behemoths, the 50.6Mp 5DS and SR. If you shoot in full-fat raw with these cameras, you will be presented with massive hard drive filling files. We’re talking about a full-fat price tag too, with the S and SR costing around £3000. That said, for hard core enthusiasts and pros who already have a collection of lenses, three grand...
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The Canon 5DS – Is It Worth The Money? Should You Buy One? Well this may be controversial, but don't buy a 50.6Mp full frame SLR just for bragging rights!

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