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Enlarging Images Using Photoshop Super Resolution

Photoshop recently added their Super Resolution feature to Adobe Camera Raw, which allows you to enlarge images by a factor…
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March 2021 ‘Three’ Photography Competition Results

From product shots to landscape photographs, we received a great variety of images for our first competition of 2021. Here…
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Speedlights vs Studio Flash for Small Product Photography

Recently I did a live show where I photographed a pair of earphones. The main purpose of the show was…
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The Best Lens for Every Type of Photography

There’s an almost endless list of camera lenses to choose from when it comes to DSLR and mirrorless cameras, so…
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Product lighting techniques using minimal equipment

Not having enough lights can make product photography challenging, to say the least, but the good news is that there…
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The best budget modifier for portraiture

I’ve tested, rented and owned a lot of different modifiers over the course of my career, but what would be…
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Essential Tips for Shooting Cosmetics and Makeup Product Photography

If you’re looking to create eye-catching images of mascara or elegant photos of perfumes, keep reading for my top tips…
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Flash duration explained

When it comes to using studio flash, one of the things that often causes confusion is flash duration. Flash duration…
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Making a photography portfolio that stands out

As it’s becoming easier and easier to be a ‘photographer’, it’s getting harder and harder to make your work stand…
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Top 10 automotive photography tips

From cars to motorcycles, lighting considerations, angles, polarisation, space requirements, assistants and more, I’m going to share my top 10…
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Landscape photography tips to help you avoid common mistakes

Whether you’re a keen enthusiast or aspiring pro, you’ve probably shot a few landscape images in your time. Chances are…
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51 of My Favourite Photographers That Will Inspire You

As photographers, we get inspiration for our photography from all around us. Music, art, experiences… even work by other photographers.…
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Members’ Picture Critique – Corporate and Business Headshots

Learn how to improve your business portraits, corporate headshots, and environmental portraits with this live critique show, where Karl will…
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Professional Studio Lighting Modifiers

Many people are familiar with standard modifiers such as softboxes or grids, but I often get a lot of questions…
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How to Know if Your Photos Are Any Good

How can you tell if your pictures are any good? The difficulty in finding the answer to this is that…
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Master Long-Exposure Photography

If you have an understanding of photographic fundamentals such as shutter speed, aperture and how to expose an image, you’ve…
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Parabolic Reflector Comparison and Budget Modifier Hack

Parabolic reflectors are one of my favourite modifiers, but due to the price of them many photographers often try to…
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Studio Lighting Setups Using 2 Lights

There’s a lot you can do with just two studio lights — trust me, I’ve shot everything from bottle product…
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The Do’s and Don’ts of Bottle Photography

If you’re looking to practice your product photography, bottles are something you can easily get your hands on if you…
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Lens Filters Explained

Along with a variety of lenses, spare batteries and lens cleaning cloths, most photographers will also have a selection of…
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How to Use Flash Triggers to Photograph Moving Objects

Capturing movement photography can be a time consuming and frustrating process, and freezing that perfect moment often requires split second…
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Why the Rule of Thirds Isn’t the Most Important Composition Rule

You’ve probably heard about the rule of thirds or golden spiral, but they aren’t necessarily the most effective photography composition…
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Photography Brief #4 – Earphones Product Shoot

For our fourth ‘Working to a brief’ assignment, members have been tasked with creating a product shot of a pair…
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Are LED Photography Lights Better Than Traditional Studio Flash Lights?

LED lighting has come a long way in recent years and grown in popularity, so why do most professional photographers,…
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A Year in Review: What We Got Up to in 2020

This year certainly didn’t go how we expected it to, but instead of focusing on the negatives, we thought we’d…
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December 2020 ‘Interior Spaces’ Competition Winners

After working through all of the entries for our final competition of the year, we have finally decided the winner…
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Photography Hack: Macro Photography With Extension Tubes

If you truly want to enter the magnified world of macro photography, you’ve probably been told you need a dedicated…
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7 Food photography mistakes you should avoid

If you’re looking to improve your food photography, you’ve probably seen the same old advice repeated in every article out…
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How Photoshop Could Be Making You a Less Creative Photographer

It can be easy, when creating an image, to think “I’ll just fix it in Photoshop afterwards”, but that type…
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How to Create a Plain Black Background for Any Type of Photography

Black backgrounds can look very effective in photography, and they’re a popular choice for everything from portrait photography to products.…