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How to stay focused when you work from home

I have been working from home for years now and I like to think that I am a bit of a pro at making sure that I get everything done without spending hours on YouTube. […]

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How to increase your productivity through deep working

Ever got to the end of a long day at work and thought, What have I even done today? Ever wondered how many times you checked your phone, looked out the window, or even walked […]

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Placing sharpness. Or: deciding on your focal point.

Selective focus would seem to be a no-brainer; you either choose a point in the scene to place your focus, or you let the camera do it for you. But, as simple as that may […]

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How to stay focussed in a distracted world

You may have heard about ‘deep working’ – the practice of mastering distraction and finding time to do the thinking, planning and hard lifting that you need to do for your job or personal goals. […]

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Be certain of your subject for stronger photos

The fundamental ‘point-and-shoot’ process of taking a picture is so direct and instantaneous that questioning yourself as to what the subject is or should be is, at first glance, superfluous. The subject of a portrait […]

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Subject distance, focal length, and sharpness

The distance between your camera and your subject will have a major effect on your ability to stop action in a photograph and ensure a crisp point-of-focus. Photo by Victor Tyakht The closer that you […]

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Using the focus-and-recompose technique

Being able to use your auto-focusing points to hone in on your subject is incredibly useful, but it comes with a major flaw: it relies on your subject falling perfectly under one of the camera’s […]

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Get on top of depth of field

Accurate control of depth of field is a crucial element in creating the pictures you desire. The depth-of-field preview button, a standard feature on quality digital SLR cameras, allows you to check and adjust the […]

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What is bokeh?

Bokeh is a Japanese word that refers to the out-of-focus areas of a photograph, and it’s something that can be used in an artistic fashion. Unlike techniques such as lines and patterns, bokeh is produced […]

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Where to position your focal point

Because improving your photography means learning how to control certain settings to get your desired results more consistently, many people work on mastering a shallow depth of field. This image was about capturing the scale […]

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Gently does it – achieving a soft-focus effect

If you’ve ever looked at a portrait photographer’s work or a magazine editorial and wondered how they achieved the soft, dreamy effect enveloping their images, we can lift the lid on the secret. It’s called […]

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How to colour-wash your images and bring atmosphere into them

If you choose to use sliver-thin depth-of-field to bring selective focus to your shots it will mean that most of your image will be blurred. When working with colour, you can turn this to advantage […]

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