Photo Tips

Creating a strong, stand out portrait

With the Fremantle International Portrait Prize closing date just around the corner (11 August 2017) and with the numbers of entries ramping up, it's worth while looking at what makes a strong and stand out portrait. Portraiture is a creative genre about as old as the...

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Why bad photos matter

  There's a joke that makes its way around photographic circles. It goes something like this: Q: What's the difference between a professional photographer and an amateur? A: The professional only shows off their best work. Once the chuckling subsides, you realise that it's actually a bit of a...

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Epic selfies with a smartphone

Once in a while, I come across someone who is creating very interesting work with simple cameras -- whether it might be a toy film camera, a basic point digital camera and shoot or, in the case of Colin Woolsey, his smartphone and a handful...

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Making the most of a wide angle lens

A wide-angle lens or ultra-wide angle (UWA) lens is an important part of a photographer’s kit of lenses – particularly landscape photographers. A wide-angle lens lets us view and photograph a wide scene and fit it all into a single rectangular frame. This all sounds very...

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The Evolution of an Image

One of the most important things we can learn in photography is the understanding that the photograph captured by your camera is only the first stage in the evolution of the image. In fact, my preferred train of thought is to consider what the camera...

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Getting around the limits of dynamic range

One of the challenges facing photographers is the limited dynamic range available in their camera's digital imaging sensor. Dynamic range describes the range of tones in a scene that can be effectively captured by your camera's sensor. Some sensors are better at capturing a wider...

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