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Flower arranging for the home: creating different looks without a vase

By guest blogger Fiona West, floral designer and stylist.   In chapter 9 of her 1907 book, Flower Decoration in the House, the extraordinarily talented Arts and Crafts garden designer Gertrude Jeckyll describes, at length, the varieties of containers that are suitable for holding flowers. In effect, she says if it holds liquid it can […]

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Why your camera gets exposure wrong and how to deal with it

Left to its own devices (in AUTO modes) your camera may fail to expose a scene as you would like it to. I’ll try to explain why, without getting too technical. Your camera’s meter (how it measures light) sees everything in greyscale, a range of grey tones from very dark grey through to almost white. It...

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How to photograph long exposure sunsets (without filters)

Discover how I learned how to photograph long exposure sunsets and, even better, it doesn’t matter that I can’t quite afford the filters yet! A couple of weeks ago I went to the Lakes and had a go at long exposure landscape photography under the expert tuition of Melvin Nicholson. We had a fascinating half...

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Why and when should you use a polarising filter

  Polarising filters are a useful addition to your kit if you enjoy photographing landscapes. They reduce atmospheric haze and reduce reflected light, which can be helpful to your images in a number of ways: They give you more detail in the sky, revealing clouds and darkening the blue areas. In the images below you...

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An introduction to white balance

WHITE BALANCE This is really meant as a quick intro for people not familiar with this setting. Light can be different temperatures and degrees of warmth from cool to warm. You will have encountered this when buying light bulbs. The colour temperature of light is measured in degrees Kelvin as shown in this chart from Digital […]

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An easy guide to photographing pets and wildlife

I love wildlife photography and increasingly am going out in search of squirrels, kingfishers and lots of birds I don’t know the name of! It’s not one of my areas of professional expertise but I’ve got some tips that will come in useful for beginners. Make life easy for yourself and go somewhere with easy access...

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