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Daily Archives: April 8, 2011

Fill Flash – reducing shadows in harsh light

Today is sunny as was yesterday and we are promised more of the same over the weekend. So if you are taking portraits outside you may wonder how you can best reduce shadows on your subjects face. On our DSLR and Portrait courses we explain this in detail however if you just cannot wait here is a tutorial from Cambridge in colour, a great site with technically excellent tutorials, whilst you are there check out Sean McHugh’s tutorials on HDR and Monitor calibration. So fill flash and or a reflector

Here are a couple of pictures to explain the effect and here is the article from Cambridge In Colour

I find this technique particularly useful at weddings. I don’t want my subjects standing in the full glare of the sun, eyes squinting, so I position them with their backs to the sun and use fill flash to kill the shadows. You have to be careful about lens flare but the results can be spectacular

Keith Barnes Wedding Photography

Photographer John Moore on Egypt, Bahrain, and Libya Uprisings

As many of you know, there have been a few uprisings in the Middle East. If you’d like to hear a eyewitness account from a photographer, then I recommend taking the time to view this interview with John Moore, who was on assignment covering the countries of Egypt, Bahrain and Libya during their conflicts.

This is an absolutely riveting interview that goes perfectly with some amazing photos of the unrest and violence.

7 Post Production Tips for Striking Landscapes

Now that you’ve captured some beautiful landscapes (hopefully in RAW format for optimal versatility in editing), it’s time to bring them into Photoshop and make some improvements. Confused on where to start? Below is a detailed, but certainly not exclusive, list of popular editing techniques….more of this article You might also want to consider our Photoshop course, the next one starts 4th May


Christopher O’Donnell at Lightstalking