Dealing with Lens Flare

Lens flare tutorial

About 15 years ago I took a photo in Canyonlands National Park which would have been one of my favourite landscape photos I had ever taken. I remember getting excited about it at the time, but this was when I was still shooting on medium format film, so I had to wait a few days to see the results. Once back at the processing lab in London, I remember the anticipation of seeing this particular shot, wondering if it had come out as good as I had remembered it. I also remember the immense disappointment when I put the film on the light box and saw the huge amounts of lens flare which had ruined the shot.

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Shooting Traffic Trails

Traffic trail photography tram Hong Kong

Traffic trails are simply a way of blurring moving traffic with a long exposure. This can be done both during the day and at night, but the effect is far more dramatic at night when car lights paint the scene as they move across the frame. If you’ve never tried it but want to give it a go, or if you have tried it before but without much luck, then this step by step tutorial will hopefully see you getting shots with the wow factor.

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Making Money from Photography

Money from Photography
This photo has been sold many times over the years, appearing on magazine covers and posters.

Many people mistakenly think the photography industry is about photography. The photography industry is, however, about business. The actual photography plays second fiddle in an orchestra which is becoming increasingly large, out of sync and unrehearsed. You can use this disorder to your advantage though, as it makes it easier to step aside from the cacophony and seek more focused attention away from centre stage.

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Mountain Photography

MMC 1892

Mountains are a major attraction for photographers. We usually tend to shoot them from below, using their profile against the sky as the appeal of the image, but shooting from the top often provides a much more dramatic image.

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Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 Art lens on test

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Sigma have recently released a brand new 14-24mm f/2.8 lens to their Art series of professional grade optics. When I saw this announcement I was a little surprised as their existing 12-24mm f/4 Art is only a couple of years old, and this new lens seems to compete with the existing one. Okay, so the older lens has 2mm more range on the wider end, and the new lens has an extra stop of aperture range, but other than that, they seem to be pretty much the same on paper. The only other thing which caught my eye was the claim that the new 14-24mm boasted “zero distortion”.

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