As the weather’s getting cooler and trees are losing their green tint to shades which are much warmer we thought it would be a good idea to bring ten of our popular autumn photography tutorials together in one place. That way when you’re planning a day of autumn photography you don’t have to go all over the web searching for ideas and suggestions.
Here are 10 top tutorials where ‘light’ is mentioned somewhere in the title so you have access to top tips on flash, natural light, low light, winter light and everything in between in one handy place.
Working with just one light, or indeed natural light at dusk, is a great way to create moody portraits that can be full of character. It’s a perfect technique for shooting subjects who are a little older as low light can really exaggerate lines and wrinkles but don’t let this put you off photographing low light portraits of younger members of your family.
Daylight is free and it is wonderful for portrait work as not only is it flattering and photogenic but it’s really easy to work with so it’s a good place for beginners to start. You don’t need a fancy studio, either, as you can pick a location outdoors or simply set-up next to a window in your own home.
With just 1 studio light, the COOPH team demonstrate how you can create different/unique portraits by manipulating how the light falls to enhance portraits and, as a result, greatly improve your overall results.
If you’ve ever taken photographs with the sun in front of you, you’re likely to have experience flare, which probably spoilt your photograph. However, there are several things you can do to remove it or if you’re feeling creative, you can use it in your shots to add a little romanticism, mystery and warmth to your work.
As patterns, lines and symmetry surround us, it makes sense to use these features to help us create interesting compositions which in turn, produce a great photograph. So, to help you on your journey to creating better compositions here are 11 tutorials that use lines, symmetry and patterns as ways to enhance images.
1. How To Capture Patterns On Your Travels
Patterns may not be the first thing that spring to mind when you’re on holiday and capturing images of your trip but they can be an interesting subject to focus on.
2. How To Use Patterns & Repetition In Your Photography
When you’re out on a day trip or on your two-week annual holiday and are looking for some photographic inspiration, have a walk around and start shooting patterns, we’ll guarantee you’ll soon become addicted.
3. Shooting Rocks As Patterns & Textures To Enhance Your Photos
Our landscape is abundant with rocky views from the gneiss rocks of Scotland, through the limestone pavements of the Yorkshire Dales, to the rocky Jurassic coastline of Dorset. Move-in closer and their patterns and textures provide fabulous abstract opportunities for photographers.
Travel and holidays give us so many opportunities to photograph exotic locations, interesting people and other subjects we might not see at home. With this in mind, we’re sharing 6 travel-themed tutorials for you to peruse before your next trip.
As we dream of jetting off to warmer climates in search of sea, sun and some scenic shots to photograph, we thought we’d put together a collection of top travel tutorials you really should have a look at before you head off with your case packed and photographic gear ready.
As well as portraits and shots of beaches why not take a few photos of the plates of food you purchase? After all, getting your smartphone out before you chow down is the normal thing to do nowadays, isn’t it?
Historical ruins such as churches, castles and abbeys decorate our countryside and seaside towns but you’ll also find a few smaller, but still impressive ruins closer to home. Walls, arches and columns are still dotted around a few towns and villages which are still photogenic even if there’s not much of the structure left to photograph. If you’re off on your travels, have a look online and at local tourism centres to find out what ruins are near to where you’re staying.
If you’re heading off on holiday here are a few tips to help you keep taking photos when it’s hot outside. Plus, as well as looking after your gear, don’t forget to look after yourself. It may seem obvious now, but it’s easy to get away with taking photos and the small things such as reapplying sunscreen and having a drink of water can be forgotten.
Here are 10 features and techniques that’ll inspire and educate you on flower photography so you can get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air or, if you prefer the comfort of your couch, we also have indoor flower photography tips and tricks to share.
It’s always good to get your shots right in-camera but there are times when this isn’t possible. For example, you may have a few shots from the zoo where bars spoil the shot or have a distracting object in the background of a portrait you didn’t notice when you took the shot or it was impossible to avoid. In these cases, you can use Photoshop to fix your photos.
ePHOTOzine has covered healing, cloning and repairing in various tutorials so if you need to brush up on your photo editing knowledge or just want to learn a new skill, click on the following links:
If there is one aspect of Photoshop that is essential but often misunderstood, it’s the healing tools. It doesn’t matter if you are a digital photographer or use a hybrid approach scanning film, you simply can’t get by without the healing tools.
Butterflies are fairly difficult insects to photograph because they tend not to keep still for long, are easily frightened and are so fragile they’re often damaged. In this technique, we’re going to look at improving a typical butterfly shot where you may have a blurred wing spoiling it.
One of the most useful tools in the digital photographer’s toolbox is the Clone tool – it’s also known as the Rubber Stamp or Clone Stamp. In simple terms, all that happens is the Clone Stamp tool picks up, or samples, pixels from one place and drops them somewhere else. It’s one of the most used devices to remove or add detail to a digital image.
When you return from a day at the beach and look back at your photos to find a collection of brightly coloured brollies, windbreaks or even people spoiling your shots there’s only one thing to do and that is to make them disappear. By using a simple tool in Photoshop, no it’s not a magic wand, you can easily turn a cluttered beach scene into something much more pleasing to look at.
Red eye’s caused by the flash illuminating blood vessels in the eye and when the light bounces back, you get red eyes. Some people are more likely to get red-eye than others but if you’re one of these people or you have a family member who does, here are a few methods you can try to fix it so it doesn’t spoil your family holiday shots.
Here are 10 top tutorials that will get you looking a little closer at your photographic subjects as well as providing some handy tips along the way which includes lens choices, advice on lighting, set-up and more.
We thought we’d put together a quick and easy to follow tutorial on photographing fruit and veg slices with a light source behind them which you can do indoors when it’s raining outside. Why do this? Well, the bright light combined with a single or even a few slices of fruit or vegetable can produce an interesting ‘arty’ style photograph that’s really easy to capture at home.
Once you start searching, you’ll find plenty of objects in the kitchen that have photographic potential. Things like pots and pans, colanders and, as here, a trivet can be pressed into service as subjects. A kitchen work surface will make a perfectly good background but so can the sink or any material you have in your house. Objects can be arranged on the worktop in various compositions, with the camera and lens aimed downwards.
Autumn is the perfect time for capturing close-up/macro shots and this is something you can do even if you’re a compact user who doesn’t have an arsenal of lenses at their disposal. Be on the lookout for subjects that have interesting textures or are full of colour, plus look on the ground as well as up at the trees as you’ll find conkers and other interesting items that make the perfect subject for an Autumn macro shot.
if you’re venturing into the world of fungi photography for the first time or just want a quick reminder on what kit you’ll need, have a read of our guide on photographing mushrooms, toadstools and fungi.
Raindrops on windows produce interesting patterns which can be photographed with ease on days when venturing outside will just soak you and your camera. Choose a window that has interesting raindrop patterns and that is facing a plain background. The background should be a long way off so a window into a garden with trees, grass or a fence at a good distance is ideal. The choice of background can really make a difference; a light background such as a sky will often result in the droplets having a darker more defined outline while a dark background will make the centres of the droplets more prominent.
Outdoor macro photography, particularly during the Autumn months, can be very rewarding but as you’ll most likely be doing some walking, you may be wondering if fastening a tripod to your camera bag is really necessary as, after all, they can be heavy and a bit awkward to carry. Well, the quick answer to this question is ‘yes’ but here are 6 reasons that’ll further explain why you’ll be annoyed at yourself if you don’t pack your tripod when heading out of the door.
Just because you’re a compact user doesn’t mean you shouldn’t shoot outdoor flower shots. In fact, with these few tips, you’ll soon be on your way to capturing excellent examples of flower photography.
Macro and close-up photography allows us to see the world from a different viewpoint and sometimes, shots can be almost magical with what they unveil. Plus, with so many subjects waiting to be captured, you really can put your macro photography skills to the test and, you don’t have to venture much further than your own garden either.
To get you started, here are our 10 top tips on capturing images with close-up/macro lenses.
Wildlife photography is a subject that all of us can have a go at in some shape or form as everything from pets and garden birds to wildlife in safari parks can be photographed. With so many animals waiting to be photographed, we thought we’d put together a list of our best wildlife tutorials so you can access all of the top tips from one easy-to-find place.
Here are 10 basic but essential tips on photographing garden birds you can use to capture awesome wildlife images. You’re going to need a telephoto zoom (300-400mm) for capturing frame-filling shots, a tripod and if you have one, a hide so you don’t scare the robins and blue tits away.
Learn how to take great images of winter wildlife with our list of 9 top tips and essential advice which includes knowing how your camera and any other gear you have out with you works before you’re outside in your hide. It may sound like a daft statement but knowing how to quickly adjust a setting can make all the difference when you only have a few seconds to take a shot.
Winter days leave us with a shortage of daylight hours for photography but you don’t have to venture far to photograph birds during this season, making them a perfect subject choice. Although, as well as garden birds, the British Isles – with its thousands of miles of coastland, is a haven for wintering waders, with Hooper Swan, Dunlin, Oystercatcher and Knot numbers swelling through the winter months. A visit to the coast can prove very successful through the winter.
Feeding ducks is something everyone enjoys but next time you head off for your Sunday morning stroll around your local pond, pocket your camera as well as the treats you take for the Mallards and Swans.
One location that’s well worth a visit with your camera is a safari park as there are some excellent ones based in the UK that’ll give you the opportunity to capture frame-filling images of Lions and other animals usually seen on an African plane.
If you’re thinking of trying nature or wildlife photography, as well as a camera it’s worth investing in a telephoto lens. Why? Well, this is something we cover in this article but first, you need to decide which telephoto lens will work best for you.
A medium telephoto can be useful for shots taken in and around zoos and wildlife parks but if you’re capturing smaller subjects such as birds, even if it’s in your own garden, you’ll need a telephoto that has much more reach (300mm +). For shots of swans and ducks in the park, a shorter telephoto lens will be fine.
Head to ponds, lakes and rivers and chances are, you’ll soon spot Damselflies and Dragonflies which make interesting subjects for a macro image. If you do want to have a go at capturing these flying insects in your shots ideally, you’ll need a macro lens but a longer zoom with a macro function at the longer end will also work fine, especially when coupled with extension tubes. Approach slowly, and start taking pictures from a distance so if they do fly off, at least you’ve got a few images saved to your memory card.
Zoos and wildlife parks are great places to get up close with wildlife, but the fences and glass keeping us and the animals safe can cause a few problems for photographers.
Fences often rise above eye level and the tops aren’t in easy reach (for good reason) so you can’t hold your camera up above it to take your shots. As a result, we often have to take photos with the cage in front of us but this doesn’t mean the fence has to appear and as a result spoil the shot.
Wildlife photography is a popular photographic subject, but it’s not one of the easiest photography types to master. Subjects are fast, shy and can be tricky to capture, plus precision and patience are a must which means it’s not something we can all get right. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of 5 common mistakes along with advice on how to avoid them
Swans are rather photogenic and you can easily spend half an hour or so taking pictures of these majestic birds. If you’re in a particularly rural place where not many people venture and a swan sees you it probably means you won’t be seeing it for much longer! But if you’re at your local park where people often feed them you’ll find it much easier to snap a swan’s portrait. Nature reserves do have public hides you can sit and wait in but as we’ve said if you’re in a place where the swans are used to seeing people you can leave your camouflage gear at home.
Photographing birds of prey in the wild isn’t something that’s easy to do, however as the UK is home to some excellent birds of prey centres, photographers have the opportunity to shoot up close with these majestic birds when armed with the right kit and technique.
Lambs are not only cute, but they’re also a sign Spring is well-and-truely on its way so they make us doubly happy. Cuteness and happiness aside, they’re great subjects for outdoor photos as not only do they make people go ‘ahh’ they’re also pretty active so you can capture some great action shots as well as images that are a little calmer.
To set you up for your lamb-themed photography shoot, we’ve got 5 essential tips to share with you.
Some people put their pets before family and have images of their favourite dog sat alongside their wedding, holiday and children’s pictures. This might be you too! Of course, you are stuck if you do not have a dog, but the odds are you know someone with one so if you are really keen, finding a subject is not an issue.
Here we have a few tips to aid you in your pursuit of the perfect butterfly image. Meadows with wildflowers growing in abundance are great places for photographing butterflies but please don’t trespass on other people’s property. You could also visit one of the many nature reserves or public gardens found right across the UK.
Take your camera along to the zoo for some close-up animal photography. Before you set off, go on the zoo’s website, find a map and make a plan. Arrive early to beat the rush and try walking around the opposite way to the crowds to give yourself chance to capture shots without the crush. Feeding times are great photographic opportunities but they’re popular with visitors so arrive early.
The Met Office is promising snow once again this winter which means you may get the chance to perfect your snow photography skills. As the white stuff hasn’t arrived just yet, now’s the perfect time to read up on the subject so when it does start to fall, you’re armed and ready.
ePHOTOzine has covered various aspects of snow photography in previous tutorials which you can find further down the article. For those who just want a quick reminder of top tips, have a read of our bullet-pointed tips.
Three Quick But Essential Snow Photography Tips:
Metering – If your white snow scene is looking a little dull, that’s because your camera has underexposed the scene. This happens because basically, its meter gets confused by the predominantly white scene. To fix it, advanced camera users can adjust the exposure compensation. For those using compact cameras, switch to the snow scene mode to change your snow from grey to white.
Blue Snow – If you are shooting under a blue sky and your camera underexposes the shot, you’ll end up with blue snow as the scene’s being lit by sun reflecting off the sky. Making the changes to settings suggested above can fix the problem or you can try switching from auto white balance to shade.
Depth – Try to find something to lead the eye into the picture otherwise a sense of depth can be easily lost.
What better excuse do we need as photographers than a blanket of snow for wonderful photographic opportunities, but it’s important to get a few techniques right to ensure you capture everything at its best.
Snow can be quite tricky to capture and can leave many beginner photographers asking questions. To help them out, here we will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about snow photography.
Snow scenes are very picturesque. They make excellent additions to your landscape portfolio but they can be tricky to photograph. Here are some tips to help you take better snow scene photos and make your time in the chilly outdoors more enjoyable.
Where strong tones in the sky take away from the simplicity of the picture, and especially when the snowy scene is surmounted by a pale, snow-laden sky, the black and white medium can add so much to the image.
We all know the feeling of photographing in snow on a bright, crisp day, only to realise that the snow is coming out blue in your pictures. This is generally due to one or two errors which can be quickly and easily put right, as we explain here.
Nathan Gallagher gives ePHOTOzine some tips for capturing snowboarders. As well as advice on camera settings and panning, Nathan also shares tips you may not have thought of such as the following: “Build up a good relationship with the people you’re shooting, it’s a team effort. Besides, you’ll be spending a lot of time together if it works out well – many of the people I’ve shot have become friends for life.”
There are hazards to contend with which are particular to this type of weather. No, we’re not talking about the obvious ones like slipping over, not wearing sensible clothing or insufficient clothing, we’re talking about feet and tripod feet to be exact!
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