Winter Photography

Tips to protect yourself and your gear and to make stunning exposures of the season.
Text & Photography by Kevin McNeal

Winter is a memorable time for photographers who enjoy the challenges and the rewards that come with photographing the season. Dedication comes to mind when we think of photographers who enjoy going on adventures in freezing temperatures to capture images in conditions that other photographers would not be willing to consider.

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Get Ready For Winter Photography
By Kevin McNeal
more at Outdoor Photographer

Digital Photography The Complete Guide – Vol 27

If you love photography and ’drawing with light’, then this guide is your gateway to taking it further and mastering the many aspects of the craft. Modern cameras are marvels of technology but they are only as good as the person who takes the shot. If you are ready to raise your game to the next level, we are here to help you become the best photographer you know you can be.

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Digital Photography The Complete Guide – Vol 27
The ultimate guide for digital photographers!

via BDM Publications

Digital Photography Beginners Guide Vol 26

If up until now you have enjoyed photography but it has been limited to taking snaps and shooting selfies on your cameraphone, you could be missing out on a whole world of creative possibilities. Taking the next step to becoming a better photographer and moving up into the world of digital SLRs and interchangeable lens camera systems can seem daunting. You might feel that there’s so much to learn and too many techniques to be mastered. Don’t worry, within these pages are many useful tips and guides to get you started; and hopefully we can show you that good photography is easier to achieve than you thought possible.

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Digital Photography Beginners Guide Vol 26
The essential guide for budding photographers!

via BDM Publications

The Ultimate Guide to Night Photography

Night photography immediately solves a huge problem that you confront constantly in photography. That problem is being faced with ordinary scenes that just aren’t very interesting. If you take a picture of a building or a standard street scene during the day, it can be sort of dull. We are all used to seeing shots taken in the middle of the day. That same scene – shot at night – can be a really interesting photograph though.

The actual taking of pictures at night might seem a little bit like magic if you are just getting started. Even those who have been shooting a while may wonder how to get a proper exposure and focus in the dark. Although photographing in the dark certainly has its challenges, in some ways, it is actually easier than photography during the day.

So let’s take a quick look at the essentials of night photography. In particular, we’ll cover the gear you need, how to expose your photos, how to focus at night, great subject matter, and some post-processing tips. Hopefully, this will help open up the world of night photography to you.

Hopefully, this guide will help you get started with night photography. As you get ready for your next outing, just remember a few things:
– The only additional items that are necessary for night photography are a tripod and remote shutter release. Some other helpful items are a flashlight, a lens hood, and an extra battery.
– For exposure, start with moderate ISO (around 400) and aperture (around f/5.6-8) and see where that puts your shutter speed. Adjust from there with an eye toward getting the shutter speed (exposure time) you want.
– Pick a subject that lends itself to night photography. Remember that things look very different at night, so take some test shots.
– Focus your camera by finding or creating areas of contrast and setting the autofocus on those areas. When necessary, switch to manual focus.
– When you get home, edit your images as you wish, but you might try decreasing the Highlights, increasing the Shadows, and pulling down the Blacks slightly.

The Ultimate Guide to Night Photography
A Post By: Jim Hamel
In this, the next installment of our dPS ultimate guides, learn what you need to know to get started doing night photography.

get the guide at Digital Photography School

It’s a dog’s life | Tips and techniques for better pictures

Andy Biggar used an old wooden doorway to create a natural frame around his subject. He used natural light with a diffuser.

Important considerations
• Always make sure you are photographing the dogs in a safe, quiet environment. The dog’s welfare should always be your frst consideration; risking the dog’s health for a photograph is never acceptable.
• Make sure you capture the dog’s character, whether in a portrait or action shot. Speaking to the owner beforehand will give you an idea of the dog’s personality.
• Keep low. Ensure your lens is at the same level as the dog’s eyes. This gives far more impact than looking down on the dog.
• Check the background. Make sure there is nothing unsightly which will cause a distraction in the fnal image.
• Visualise the shot you are trying to achieve in advance. Don’t just shoot and pray. It’s far more rewarding to know what you want to achieve and not just to rely on luck.

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It’s a dog’s life
Tips and techniques for better pictures by Andy Biggar
more in EOS Magazine

Photography cheat sheets: Your essential collection

Pro techniques for portraits, poses, lighting, landscapes and more.
Using photography cheat sheets is a fantastic way to take your photography to the next level. Packed with pro techniques for taking better photos, a good photography cheat sheet will save you time and make sure you’re using your camera to its full potential too.

But these bite-sized guides aren’t just handy resources when you’re starting out. Even seasoned photographers need a little inspiration every now and again.

That’s why we’ve gathered together this essential collection of photography cheat sheets. Whether you’re looking for posing, portrait, landscape or lighting tips, you’ll find all the expert insight here that you need to become a better photographer.

And we’ll be updating this article regularly with new photography tips and tricks – so don’t forget to bookmark it for next time you need a little inspiration.

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Photography cheat sheets: Your essential collection
more at Digital Camera World

The Thrill of the Chase

There’s nothing on Earth like being confronted by the fury of wild weather. With more than 20 years’ experience storm chasing across Australia, Dale Sharpe shares his tips for amazing images in the eye of the storm.

How to Capture Lightning
1. Use a tripod and set your camera to Manual (M).
2. Set your camera’s ISO to its lowest value (100 or 200).
3. An aperture between f/5.6 and f/9 will give you a good depth of field.
4. The ideal shutter speed depends on the intensity of the lightning and how far away it is, but I recommend shooting 20-30 seconds for distant lightning strikes and 5 -10 seconds for closer strikes.
5. Set your lens to manual and focus to infinity. Fire a test shot to ensure the image is sharp.
6. If your lens or camera has image stabilisation turn it off! If the camera is on a tripod it will do more harm than good.
7. If you have a remote, lock the shutter release, so the camera captures one image after another.
8. Capturing the perfect bolt is often a matter of luck so the more time your shutter release is open the better your chances.
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The Thrill of the Chase
by Dale Sharpe
via Australian Photography Magazine