One of the very best times of the day to take images is what is referred to as the Golden Hour or sometimes, the Magic Hour.
So, what is the Golden Hour and what makes it so good?
The Golden Hour is the time just before sunset and just after sunrise when the sun is low in the sky creating wonderfully warm, soft light.
While we call it the Golden Hour, it actually may not last for an hour! Depending on what part of the world you are in and the season, the length of Golden Hour will change. So, you may get an hour, or you may only get ten or fifteen minutes, so be prepared to work quickly.
What subjects work best in the Golden Hour? While we often think that [...]
The general rules of composition still apply when photographing flowers. When you come across bunches of flowers it can be tempting to simply fill the frame with colour, however this can often lead to images that do not have as much impact as they could of.
Try to have a main subject or focal point. This could be the single flower in a lawn of green or the red flower surrounded by yellow. Look carefully, you’ll find there is lots to see.
Also, don’t be afraid to open up your aperture to reduce depth of field and isolate the subject. While that background of other flowers and plants may be attractive it can also be distracting in an image. [...]
Whether it’s your favorite football team or the kids’ sport on Saturday mornings, there’s nothing more exciting than sport. However, when it comes to photographing sports it’s not always as simple as it may seem.
So, just in time for the Olympics we’ve put together some of our top tips for taking great sports photos.Know your sport.
Each sport is different, and it is important to understand the fundamentals of the sport you are photographing. When you know where the action is likely to happen, you are much better placed to take a great shot. For example, in football with five tackles down don’t expect the player to run into another tackle, expect the player to pass [...]
Here are some of the best ways to improve your images, and it doesn’t involve buying any new equipment!rule-of-thirds
Composition is the way you arrange elements within your image and often, making some small changes can make huge differences to the look and feel of your photograph. While we often call these ‘rules’ of composition, they are not really rules, just guidelines and they really can help you take better images.
Rule of Thirds
This is probably one of the most commonly used rules and also one of the easiest. You divide your image into nine equal rectangles, three across and three down. Each of these lines, vertical or horizontal, provides the best place [...]
If you get out of your point-and-shoot dslr camera and you feel like you can bring your photography to the next step, then an beginner DSLR camera is the natural choice. You may want to wish to consider a mirrorless camera as an alternative, though you aren’t going to find one with a viewfinder at the same value as a DSLR. In case you’re undecided what kind of camera you need at all, then you should keep reading this article. DSLRs deliver a big step forward in image quality from a compact camera, far more natural control and the power to change lenses to tackle a huge variety of projects. Naturaly, the more capabilities you want, the more you’ll pay, but do you [...]