Photo Nuts Tips: 2 of 10

My three photography ebooks are currently on sale as a bundle, at nearly half the full price! To promote the sale, I’m going to be posting extracts from the three books in the form of tips to help your photography. Each day I’ll post another tip from each book.

If you find these tips useful, then you’re certain to like my ebooks!

Please consider purchasing them here:

From Photo Nuts and Bolts

Obviously, in order to capture a photograph, we need to have a light source to illuminate the subject. Depending on the kind of light you have available, however, its colour can vary quite dramatically. Some lights, like light bulbs and candles, look distinctly yellow, whereas others, such as the brilliant spotlights used to illuminate car parks at night, look very blue by comparison. The way we describe this colour is, somewhat confusingly, referred to as temperature.

From Photo Nuts and Shots

Just as the position of the light affects the mood of the photo, so does it affect its shape. In typical photographs, we are unable to see three-dimensional depth, as the same image is presented to both eyes. The brain is able to work out the three-dimensional shape of an object, however, by looking at where and how the shadows fall on the object.

From Photo Nuts and Post

Ultimately, everything involved in obtaining the correct exposure comes down to the three values of the exposure triangle: aperture, shutter and ISO. In a beautiful instance of symmetry at the other end of the process, your photos end up comprising three further variables: Red, Green and Blue.

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Photo Nuts Tips : 1 of 10

My three photography ebooks are currently on sale as a bundle, at nearly half the full price! To promote the sale, I’m going to be posting extracts from the three books inthe form of tips to help your photography. Each day I’ll post another tip from each book.

If you find these tips useful, then you’re certain to like my ebooks!

Please consider purchasing them here:

From Photo Nuts and Bolts

Brightness is measured in “Exposure Value” or EV. You might recognise this acronym from your camera’s settings or manual. An EV of 0 is defined as an image exposed for 1 second at f1. Steps of one up or down from zero are a change in the light by a factor of two. So an EV of 1 is twice as bright, +3 EV is eight times as bright, and -2 EV is one quarter as bright.

From Photo Nuts and Shots

When you see a photo that you love, stop and examine it more closely. Think about what effect the photo first had on you, and look more closely to try to work out why the photo had that impact, and how the photographer achieved it. The more great photos you see, and look more deeply into, the better you will understand how photographers achieve the impact their work has on you, and the better you will be able to re-create the same impact in your photos.

From Photo Nuts and Post

Colour becomes a bit more complicated when you learn that no way of capturing or representing colour is able to reproduce all of the colours that the human eye can see. Each method of describing colour has a different range of colours that it is limited to. This range is called the colour gamut, and the various methods of defining colours are called colour spaces.

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Fine Art PhotoBlog – My new venture


Officially launched yesterday, the Fine Art PhotoBlog is a new web site that combines a fine art photo gallery, a blog and a search engine. With six incredibly talented and experienced photographers from around the world, I have been working hard over the last couple of months to build the site. It’s been kept a secret all this time, but now I can tell you all about it!

The idea behind the site is to publish one photo every day, from one of seven photographers, one each per week. These are our very best photos, and they are all available to purchase as a high quality fine art print sold via an online print vendor (I’m using ImageKind), or as an individually produced, signed collectors print of the highest possible quality.

You can read the full details on our press release. I suggest you visit the site and have a look at some of the incredible photographers whose company I have been honored to keep. I am so thrilled to be a part of this incredible, unique project, and I am very excited about the possibilities.

Even if you are not looking to buy any prints, you are welcome to visit our site and subscribe to our feed. You’ll see a stunning new photo every day, and we will all be thrilled if you enjoy looking at them.

Fine Art PhotoBlog main page:


Sunday Links: Strobist

This Sunday I'm going to break the rules somewhat, and all five links are going to be to the same site. The reason for this is that has been an incredible source of inspiration and education for me. There is so much useful and interesting content on the site, that there is pleanty of stuff to link to. I really can't say enough how good this blog (a word which hardly seems adequate to describe the vast content found there) is.

Before I get into the linkage, let me explain a little. "Strobist" is the name coined for a person who uses small, lightweight lighting gear, triggered off-camera, to effectively and dramatically light subjects of all kinds to illuminate and improve the image. The mantra of the site is: "Less gear, more brain, better light." This kind of combination of deliberate thought and creative ideas is what I thrive on. The added bonus is that "less gear" also means "less money", and that makes it a whole lot more accessible to someone like me who's struggling to make something of a living from photography.


The Strobist blog is written by David Hobby, a professional photographer, family man, and recently former Baltimore Sun photographer. Not long over a year ago, David (aka Strobist) started the blog to share his knowledge about professional lighting with lightweight, inexpensive gear. Today the blog has become so popular and successful, attracting over a million visitors per month, that he has resigned his position at the Sun to concentrate on the blog full-time. It is to the endless benefit of photographers around the world that he has done so, and we are all in his debt! Anything and everything to do with creative off-camera lighting, as well as other cool photography related news, views and ideas are posted to the blog.

Lighting 101 

One of the more "formal" sections of the blog, the Lighting 101 course is made up of a series of posts David made to lay down the basics of off-camera lighting. From principles (addressed in a very casual and accessible way), to basic equipment, techniques and methods, the case is made showing how almost any photo in any setting can benefit from inexpensive and accessible off-camera lighting. Any photographer willing to spend a couple of hundred dollars and a few hours to dramatically improve their photos and increase their shooting options should read and implement the ideas presented here. A new course, Lighting 102 has recently got underway, which has so far looked in more detail at the basics of light and how to control it.

On Assignment 

Naturally, espousing ideas and saying "this is how you should do it" is hollow unless you practice what you preach. In the On Assignment section of the blog, David shows a plethora of real-world examples of his techniques on the job as photographer for the Baltimore Sun. In each case, a photo used in the newspaper is shown, and the techniques used are described in detail, often with illuminating (please excuse the pun ;) ) set-up shots of the equipment shown. In several cases we even get to see the creative process at work as David engineers new and inventive ways to light a difficult subject, which often involves cereal boxes and copious amounts of electrical tape.

Strobist Discussion 

With the exploding popularity of the Strobist blog and techniques (David has managed, due to increased demand from photographers, to drive up the prices of small second-hand flashes to more than double!), naturally a Strobist community has developed around the blog. Utilising the ever popular site as a host, a Strobist discussion group has been created, and it is populated by a huge number of intelligent, creative and talented photographers. The ideas discussed and shared here are every bit as useful as those posted by David, and one can see the benefits of learning from such a diverse group.

Strobist's Favourites

The Strobist Flickr community has contributed a great number of their photos. There are, so many it would take you many months to see them all. David has done us all a(nother) great favour, and selected his favourites. These photos are absolutely stunning and a tribute to the magic that can be achieved by small flashes off-camera. There is still a large number of images here, but I can promise you it won't be a waste of your time looking through them. If you needed any further convincing that the Strobist technique delivers, then you'll find it here.

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Sunday Links – Inspiration

I’m going to start doing a series of weekly themed posts, to mix things up a bit with the Project 365 posts and to give me an opportunity to explore different ideas. Each Sunday, I’ll bring you a group of five (or more?) links each related to a common theme, usually something to do with photography (this is mostly a photo blog after all!).

Today’s Sunday Links theme is sites that inspire me. There are some incredible, amazing photographers doing stunning work, and whenever I find such a site, I bookmark them in an “inspiration” folder. These are sites that thrill me and excite me about photography and give me a target to aim for.

Panoramas on a Russian site.
WARNING: There are advertisements on this site that contain sex and nudity. It’s probably best not to look at this site from work, but if you are on a private location, please view the site and try to ignore the ads. The photos are worth it.
I am unable to tell anything about this site or these photos, for they are on a Russian site. I don’t know their source, but they are some of the most stunning panoramic photos I’ve ever seen. You may know I’m a fan of panoramas myself, so you can imagine how these turn me green with envy!

Impact Lab – Amazing Photos of China.
It may be largely unknown in the West, but China has some of the most stunningly beautiful landscape scenery in the world, and these photos certainly do it justice. I expect we’ll see more of these kinds of photos during the Olympics next year.

Socksoff Wallpaper Links Resource
These wallpapers are carefully hand-picked examples of the best photography the site can find. Many beautiful photos on a wide variety of subjects.

Painting with Light on COLOURlovers.
Not only great photography, but also great ideas are an inspiration to me. I’ve long known about the concept of “light painting” whereby a handheld light is used to draw images in the air, or illuminate a subject during a long exposure. However the creative people discussed on this page have taken it to a whole new level. You’ve probably seen some of my photos that have been inspired by this idea.

Lost America
I linked to this site a couple of posts ago, but I am so enamoured of this photographer’s work, that I thought it deserved another link. Everyone really should spend some time exploring this site. It has some of the most remarkable and creative photography of abandoned, disused or otherwise “lost” objects and locations. Be sure to explore all of the sections linked at the top of the page.

These photos and photographers inspire and excite me, and I strive to one day be able to produce images that I would consider up to their standard.

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