Reducing image noise

Image "noise" refers to random artifacts found in some images, normally as a result of a high iso (sensor sensitivity) setting. In the image below taken at iso1600, noise is evident as a random pattern of multi coloured blotches. The good news is that there are ways to minimise noise…

Why shoot RAW?

DSLR cameras can create several types of image file. One is the well known jpeg which is a compressed bitmap file processed in the camera using the settings you have chosen. In some cases this is a perfectly fine solution. Next is TIFF, an uncompressed bitmap format also processed in…

Perfect exposure

If you have your camera in green auto mode or aperture priority mode, your camera will make a decision about the exposure. Most times it will make a good decision however there are times when the light is tricky and you will want to decide for yourself. First of all…

Macro Photography

When the topic of macro photography is raised people often think of close ups of small objects. That's quite true but macro photography strictly speaking refers to creating images where the subject is @ 1:1 on the film or sensor and this requires specialised equipment to achieve. To do this…

Lens Filters

Filters attach to the front of your lens and modify light entering your camera.  The screw in type add some physical protection for the front lens element which is why you might see some folks with a UV filter permanently attached to their lens. Purists say this is not a…

Its all about the light

Experts agree to take really effective images you need to understand and be able to control light. From subtle sunset or sunrise light, to balancing indoor light, capturing captivating landscapes, macro photography, portraits and so on, the one constant element required for great shots is mastery of the light. Sounds…

Why Your Camera Lenses Do Matter

Previously I explained why I think having an expensive camera body isn't necessary. On the other hand, you should buy the best lenses you can afford simply because your lenses will outlast your camera body and can make a big difference to image quality. You will benefit from technology improvements…

Holiday Photography

Journalist Nick Trend has a few words to say about travel photography. Apparently looking through the lens "interrupts the joy of discovery and ruins the moment for other travelers". Really? I recall a time a while back at Lady Macquaries Chair in Sydney. A number of photographers were set up…