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Tag Archives: Photo-Africa

Making better pictures by closing your eyes

Gerry van der Walt over at Photo-Africa has an interesting technique that he teaches to his students to help them discover the point of interest in their images or where to find it in a scene. He calls it ‘discovering the visual mass’. His suggestion is that when looking at a picture, or a picture to be close your eyes, when you open them again the thing that you look at first is your point or visual mass. Interesting idea, here is the full article

We like Gerry’s practical approach to teaching photography and you might want to look at some of his other tutorials, we have featured some here and there are more on his site

Exposing to the right, or getting it right

I recently posted about Photo-Africa and brought you a great tutorial from Gerry van der Walt on metering exposure, here he explains why correct exposure is so important and how understanding your histogram is vital to getting it right. Here is that article

Understanding the light meter in your camera

You may not be fully aware of the metering opportunities your camera offers and how making the right choice can significantly improve your images. This well written article by Gerry van der Walt of Photo Africa gives a simple basic explanation of how you can do better. Gerry runs photography workshops and safaris in Africa so if you are thinking of a trip check out his site

Here is a link to his page with the metering tutorial