Andrew Gibson
Andrew S Gibson is a freelance author who writes about the technical and creative aspects of photography for book publishers, magazines and websites. Sign up to his newsletter to receive a complementary copy of his ebook The Creative Image.
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    Master the Art of Photographic CompositionPreview
    One of the first composition rules we learn in photography is the rule-of-thirds. But once you've understood this concept, what else can you do to improve the composition of your photos? It will get you started, but there's more to composition than where you place your subject in the frame. Today we'll be exploring a few more aspects of photographic composition, to ensure you're completely clued up on how to take brilliant shots!Read More…
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    The Complete Beginner's Guide to Natural LightPreview
    If you want to improve the quality of your photography, one thing you can do right away is learn to use natural light better. The good news is that unlike good quality lenses and camera bodies, natural light is free. The best photographers seek out the best quality light for their subject. Their quest for better photos is paralleled by a search for better light. Read More…
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    The Best Way to Learn about Long Exposure Photography Preview
    Long exposure photography can create dynamic, surreal images full of motion. This fashionable technique amongst landscape and black and white photographers is characterized by simple composition and exposures up to several minutes long that blur any moving elements like water or clouds.Read More…
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    A Guide to Using and Upgrading Kit LensesPreview
    If you own just one digital SLR and lens, it is more than likely that the lens you have is the kit lens sold with the camera body when you bought it. The kit lens is good enough to get you going, and versatile enough to be useful in a number of situations, but it's not a great lens.Read More…
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    Best Way to Learn About Exposure: Exposure Modes and MeteringPreview
    Today, we'll build on out knowledge of histograms and exposure compensation and continue our exploration of exposure. You now may be wondering why your camera has so many exposure and metering modes, and which ones you should use. This article will help you understand the difference and select the best modes for you.Read More…
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    Best Way to Learn About Exposure: Exposure and the HistogramPreview
    Even as an experienced photographer, I still get caught out by exposure. It's easy to forget that I can't tell whether the exposure was accurate by looking at an image on my camera's LCD screen. The only way to tell for sure is to look at the histogram. I'll come to that a bit later in the article. But first, in order to understand why the histogram is important, let's start by looking at the basics of exposure.Read More…
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    The Best Way to Learn About CompositionPreview
    Composition is one of the most important skills a photographer can learn. But the basic concepts can be a little hard to grasp because the topic is so subjective; what one photographer may perceive as good composition another may hate. The good news is that there are certain principles that you can use to build your understanding of composition.Read More…
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    The Best Way to Learn About Making PortraitsPreview
    Portraiture can be a challenging subject, especially for newcomers to photography. There's something about asking someone to be a model that's a little nerve-racking if you're not accustomed to it. Not only do you have to find a willing subject, but you also need to figure out where and when the shoot is going to take place, and how to direct your model once the shoot gets going. All without coming across like someone who doesn't know what they are doing. Luckily, I'm here to help.Read More…
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    Bit Depth Explained In-DepthPreview
    Visit just about any photography forum and you're bound to come across a debate over the respective merits of RAW and JPEG files. One of the reasons that some photographers favor the RAW format is because of the extra bit depth contained in the file. This lets you take photos of a higher technical quality than you can obtain from a JPEG file.Read More…
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    The Best Way to Learn About Simplicity in PhotographyPreview
    There's a lot to be said for the simple approach, both to life and photography. Digital photography is a complex subject. There is a lot to learn, and it's easy to overcomplicate things and forget that photography is ultimately about taking beautiful photos, and enjoying the process as you go along. In this article, I'm going to take a look at some of the ways you can learn to take a simple approach to photography.Read More…
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    The Camera's Eye: How Cameras SeePhotography
    The camera doesn't'see' the world the same way that the human eye does. Good photographers learn how their cameras 'see' and exploit this to create better images.Read More…
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    An Introduction to Large Format PhotographyPhotography
    A large format camera looks like something your great-grandfather may have used. There are two panels, one at the back and the other at the front, connected by lightproof bellows. The panels are attached to rails and the photographer typically composes the image on a ground glass screen at the back of the camera under a dark cloth.Read More…