How to tone images

Image editing software makes it incredibly easy to tone images, far easier than in a traditional darkroom, but it’s often a technique that’s applied as an afterthought. Just as with untoned monochrome images, however, it’s far better to have the end point in mind at the shooting stage. Helpfully, most cameras have a toning option [...]

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How to photograph a reflection

It can be easy to get stuck in a rut taking photographs of the same things over and over again, so this week we’re setting a specific subject for our challenge – how to photograph a reflection. This could mean that you are able return to familiar photographic haunts, but the chances are that you’ll [...]

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10 reasons your photographs are soft

Some sharpening is possible to an extent, but an over-sharpened image is painfully obvious, with tell-tale halos that can look even worse than the original softness. Soft shots are also hard to sell, and it’s the kind of rookie error that will get your work rejected by most reputable stock image libraries. While you can [...]

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How to compose images with leading lines

Whenever people talk about compositional aids the ‘rule of thirds’ is usually the first topic of conversation. It’s a useful and simple device that can go a considerable way to improving many photographs. ‘Leading lines’ doesn’t tend to quite the same billing, but including them can add impact and scale as well as draw the [...]

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