#26 in the Judging a Photograph Series . Cropping is pretty much the most basic photo editing action, but there’s a lot you can do to an image. If you’re a regular reader of my blog then you will know that I rarely leave my photos alone SOOC (straight out of camera). In my view photography isn’t just the bit where I click the shutter, it’s also the vision I have for the finished image. Sometimes I have that vision when I take the photo, sometimes I come up with an idea later when I see it on the computer.…

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#20 in the Judging a Photograph Series . Professional interiors photographers often don’t get the credit they deserve. After all, a successful interiors image looks serene, even toned and un-dramatic. The skill that goes into making shot like this is not obvious. These photographers prefer natural light and a large depth of field from a small aperture so they will probably use a tripod. Their lens will be a wide angle – but not too wide like an estate agent. They may use a polarising filter to eliminate reflections. Their shots may be HDR to deal with the dark corners…

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#18 in the Judging a Photograph Series . I find it harder to get a good portrait of a person than an animal. Humans need some interaction and I’m not very good with the whole “striking a rapport” thing when my face is behind a camera. With animals I can just get myself in position, make a little noise to get their attention and snap! It’s not a very scientific approach, is it? Taking a Quality Portrait There are also “rules” for human portrait photography for which I don’t have a lot of time. Rembrant lighting, body angle for men…

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#17 In the Judging a Photograph Series . It may be stating the obvious but beaches are beautiful and look great in photos. There’s a problem, though. If I’m going to have a day at the beach with my family then I am not going to take my big camera. There’s enough other things to carry like the beach shelter, the body boards, the towels, the flip flops, the picnic, the kite, the sunglasses, the hats, the sun lotion, the buckets, the spades and lots more. I know what you’re thinking – we have forgotten the barbeque! I don’t want…

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#16 in the Judging a Photograph Series . I take a lot of pictures of roads because I like to remember journeys. If I’m having a family day out or I’m going on holiday, the journey might be part of the fun. Maybe you think taking photos of tarmac is boring! This is how I try to make roads more interesting in photos. Roads for Leading Lines The best thing about taking a photo of the road in front of me is that it makes a leading line in the image. That’s a strong feature in a composition. The leading…

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