How to Photograph People using Direct Sunlight

How to use direct sunlight to make your portrait photographs beautiful. Ambient light, studio light, available light and the most important light of all, star light. That gigantic mass of hydrogen and helium we call the sun that produces 386 billion billion ( not a typo ) mega-Watts of energy, that is created by so many nuclear fusion reactions per second that we don't have a number big enough to count them all, which is awesome when you want to use a really low ISO setting on your digital camera. Using direct sunlight…Read more …

Ambient High-key Beauty Lighting

How to do ambient high-key beauty lighting using only one light source. The most beautiful light is often the simplest, coming only from a single light source. In this beauty photograph of Emma that light source was a large bay window that was behind her, and the light was simple indirect ambient sunlight being channelled though the window. Ambient high-key beauty lighting is quite easy to do in a close-up beauty photograph like this, or for a portrait photograph. The most beautiful light is often the simplest, coming only from a single light…Read more …

Understanding Histograms

How to Use Histograms Introduction Probably the most useful as well as the least used and understood tool in your digital camera is the histogram. Histograms are the reason why I don't have to bring my light-meter with me anymore when I am out photographing landscapes ( I will always use a light-meter when photographing people). A histogram is a visual graphic representation tool that analyses the exposure range in the photograph you just made. Unlike a light-meter which measures light before the exposure, the histogram analyses the image after the exposure. Thinking…Read more …

A Incredibly Cheap and Easy to Make Portable Camera Stabilizer.

[ Video tutorial ] How to make portable camera stabilizer. In my last article I wrote about ways to make your photographs work, without using a tripod. Breaking the “You Must Use a Tripod” Rule. In it I talked about how to hold the camera correctly, how to breath while making photographs, and about using your environment to help support you and your camera in order to steady the camera while shooting hand-held. There will be times when you will be out shooting and you will wish you had brought your tripod, and…Read more …

Breaking the “You Must Use a Tripod” Rule.

Benefits of hand-held photography and reasons for not using a tripod. How to hand-hold a camera correctly. You don't always need to use a tripod. Yeah I said it, and it is true. You most likely have read in photography blogs, magazines, books, and perhaps been told by other photographers that you must use a tripod , you must own a good tripod, your pictures will suffer because of the lack of a tripod. Bollocks. This is simply not the case, nor true. Now I am not saying that you should never use…Read more …