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Flower photography with one continuous light source and a white background

When the weather changes, the flowers start to bloom and photographers become inspired to make images of the beautiful colours and shapes that announce an end to winter. Sadly, many photos of flowers are lacking something. Flowers are challenging to shoot well, because they are naturally beautiful and to make the image special, we need to do more. Managing the light, and the angle are methods to make better flower images, amongst other practices. Let’s practice today so we are ready for the real thing. Repetition is the Mother of […]

A Path Through a Forest Blanketed With Trilliums

For about three weeks in early Spring, great swathes of elegant White Trilliums carpet the floors of forests, before trees’ leaves fully develop and block out the sunlight. It’s a great opportunity to get out and photograph the abundance of wildflowers that can’t be seen at any other time of year.

Figure 1 : Even with white balance correction, you can see the reddish tint of the light here

At most pro sporting events, what type of camera you’re allowed to bring in is strictly controlled. Even though “real” cameras – DSLRs, for the most part – are not allowed, smartphones and point and shoots appear to be usable at will. We can argue these policies at another time. Many of us, though, have family members who enjoy amateur sports in the winter. This article gives you the how-to for successful shooting fast action in poorly lit arenas. The Lighting This isn’t a slam against hometown arenas. While they […]

As the holiday season rushes towards us, the demand for family and children’s portraits for gifts and memories goes sky high.  Often times, you are the person with a “good camera”, and you are called upon to be the photographer making these images.  Let’s explore what you need to make nice looking portraits, without spending yourself into a hole. Background When you look at professional portraits, one thing is going to stick out if you take the time to see.  You’ll see that the background is simple, sometimes completely plain, […]