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Why Do Cloudy Day Photos Seem Flat?

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Why Do Cloudy Day Photos Seem Flat?

If you’re like most beginners in photography, taking photos on a cloudy day is almost often a challenge. It seems no matter how much you try and how often you hear well-meaning advice from professionals, the tips don’t seem to work. The photos you take almost always come out darn flat! What could be wrong?

First you’ll need to understand some fundamental aspects of lighting and their visual relationship to the subjects of the photos you take. Hopefully these will explain why cloudy day photos seem to be flat.
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Photographing The Perfect Shadow

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Photographing The Perfect Shadow

Photography is known as the art of capturing light. But did you know that the counterpart of light, the shadow, also plays an important role in the creation of an image? We all know what a shadow is, it’s that stalker that keeps following us on bright sunny days or well-lit places at night! Shadow is more than that though, it is also the darkest area of a scene as opposed to the highlights which illuminate the brightest. The challenge in shooting a scene that contains both highlights and shadows in it is to record the details without washing out the highlights or turning the shadows into unrecognizable black areas.
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Photographing the Elderly

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Photographing the Elderly

The elderly members of our communities are some of our greatest assets. They have seen the roar of change, the cruelty or war, the upset of recession, and the power in our humanity at work. Photographing them gives us a chance to capture the history they have witnessed and participated in but there are some distinctive challenges that are paired with reaping these benefits. Here are some tips to make photographing elderly people an overall smoother experience.
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6 Ways to Use Windows in Your Photos

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6 Ways to Use Windows in Your Photos

Windows provide light and add beauty as an architectural feature. As a photographer your concerns about glare and reflections may cause you to steer clear of windows, but you may want to consider including them more. If you do it properly, including a window in your composition can actually add visual interest and of course light to your photos. If you are stuck in a creative rut, this may be just the ticket. Read on for six ways to use windows in your photographs.
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Using lighting style to create mood: High-key and low-key lighting

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Using lighting style to create mood: High-key and low-key lighting

Intermediate From reading my articles, I’m sure you now know all about light, range of tones, highlight and shadow, and how to make a beautifully-lit, perfectly balanced photo.

Now, I want you to temporarily forget it all! Today we’re going to mix it up a little.

Lighting does not always have to be perfectly balanced with a complete range of tones. Like color, different styles of lighting can produce different moods, and two of the most extreme examples of this can be found in high-key images and low-key images.
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Creating Better Black and White Photos

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Creating Better Black and White Photos

Back in the caveman days, you know, when we took photos on film, a formal education in photography often began with black and white. Black and white photography was a good format for beginning students because the film was easy to process and darkroom techniques were straightforward. Today we bypass that whole film-to-darkroom thing, so a lot of us are passing over the opportunity to learn about shooting in black and white. After all, why would we want to shoot in drab shades of gray? We live in a color world.

If this is your thinking, it’s time to re-examine the way you think about photography – and the way you see the world around you. Black and white photos have something that color photos do not: simplicity. When you strip away all the color from a scene, you immediately have something that is simpler than its original.
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20 Examples of Outstanding Black and White Images

20 Examples of Outstanding Black and White Images

Black and white images are beautiful and classic – so don’t be tempted to use shortcuts when it comes to creating them. Your camera’s black and white mode and that “convert to grayscale” button in Photoshop seem so simple, but they aren’t going to give you the excellent range of tones that these photos have.
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Photographing the Sea

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Photographing the Sea

One of the most dramatic subjects for your lens is the sea. It’s calm, powerful, seemingly endless, and ever changing depending on the lighting. With all those characteristics, you want to ensure that your trip to the sea with your camera pays off, so I put together a few tips of ideas you may not have thought of… so, pack your sunblock and beach towel.
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How Contrast Affects Your Photos

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How Contrast Affects Your Photos

If you’ve spent much time working in black and white, you already know how important it is to understand contrast. Contrast is what keeps your black and white images from looking flat. Contrast adds dimension, and dimension can go a long way towards making a photo more engaging. It invites the viewer into the image.

But contrast isn’t just important in black and white, and not every photo needs to have a complete range of tones to be an effective image. Understanding contrast and how it can help the viewer interact with a photo is an important step in developing your photographic skills.
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Visual Design: Using Color in Photography

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Visual Design: Using Color in Photography

Color is one of the six classic design elements, which also includes shape, form, line, texture and space. Like the other design elements, good use of color can evoke emotion and give the viewer something to think about.

Color is one of those things that was see all the time but often don’t notice, at least not on a conscious level. Sure, a beautiful field of bright red flowers will immediately catch our eye, as will a brilliant red sunset. But what we don’t notice is how subtle shades of color can affect mood and our perception of a scene, or how brilliant colors can send a strong subconscious message about what we’re seeing.
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Monochrome Mode: Why Use It?

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Monochrome Mode: Why Use It?

Black and white photography is considered to be classic and expressively emotional. After all this time and technology, it remains quite a popular format among all genres. However, unless you’ve spent time reading your camera’s manual or poking around the settings, you might not be aware that there’s a “Monochrome” option. This setting lets you both preview and shoot in black and white.
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Street Photography: How-to Photograph Strangers

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Street Photography: How-to Photograph Strangers

The grandfather of street photography was Henri Cartier-Bresson. His image here of the young boy carrying bottles of wine under his arms, and looking quite proud in doing so, is one of his most popular. It’s street photography at its finest because it’s spontaneous, fun, and it tells a story. Cartier-Bresson’s photographs of children were some of his best. Perhaps that’s because kids are spontaneous by nature, too.
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Black and White Photography

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Black and White Photography

Digital photography has done a lot of great things for us. It’s made film unnecessary, which means that individual shots no longer cost anything and you are now free to take as many pictures as you want without fear of wasted film. A related benefit is that you no longer need to choose a specific film to put in your camera–if you want to shoot at a higher ISO there’s no need to go out and purchase that high ISO film–instead, you just select the correct ISO in your camera’s settings. And the same is true for black and white vs. color. If your camera allows it, you can switch back and forth between black and white on the fly, or you can do as many conversions as you like in post-processing. But there are still some things you need to remember to ensure that your digital black and white images are as beautiful as the black and white film photos taken decades ago.
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Photographing Winter Landscapes

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Photographing Winter Landscapes

This time of year you’re probably looking out the window and wondering when the sun is finally going to come out. It’s the dead of winter, the holidays are gone, and guess what? You’ve gotta return to your job. The first week in January is consistently voted the most depressing in the northern hemisphere, but you should have no reason to feel blue. Now is the time to create the most gorgeous landscape photos you’ve ever made. Here’s how.
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Photoshop Elements: How To Create Andy Warhol Style Images

Photoshop Elements: How To Create Andy Warhol Style Images

Here’s a fun effect to play with. If you’re old enough to know who Andy Warhol is, this image should strike a chord. We’re going to use a few simple tools in Photoshop Elements to transform an ordinary digital photo of a banana into something with a little more panache. Let’s get started!
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