The China Wedding Photo Guide

As with all event photography there is one piece of advice out there that is essential: be prepared. This is ever-more true for photographing weddings. Just turning up on the day and firing off 100 shots may work out if you’re very experienced, normally however, it just ends up being a stressful day that you’ll wish you could re-try. The trick is to find out...

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Photographing Waterfalls

Waterfalls are some of the most captivating natural features you will ever find the opportunity to photograph. However, although they can look simply stunning, capturing the scene is not easy to do well. How do you avoid your photos being too dark? How do you deal with clipping in the water? How do you compose your photos to capture the authentic beauty of the scene?...

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Photographing Sunsets

Shooting sunsets is one of the most rewarding elements of travel photography. You don’t need any special gear and you get to spend an hour or two relaxing in a scenic spot waiting for the perfect light. All three pictures below were shot with a DSLR but I’m pretty sure I could get similar results with a compact camera, possibly even a smartphone. All three...

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Water Drops

Recently I was asked how to create photos of water drops like those seen on many PC wallpapers and I remembered that I had actually captured a few images using the technique I’m about to describe. It’s a bit more technical that your average shot but should only take thirty minutes from start to finish. You need: A tripod DSLR or a compact with manual settings...

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Shooting at Night

Night photography is sometimes the only way to get a decent photo here in Xi’an. More often than not, we just don’t get the clear skies needed for decent sunsets. Although I must confess that it has been improving recently due to a drop in pollution levels, it’s still lacking somewhat. Anyway, enough rambling and back to the tutorial. With modern...

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Norbu Rugs Photo China

I recently helped my friend Oliver Davies take some photos for his new showroom in Beijing. He and his Nepalese business partner recently launched Norbu Designer Rugs, which specialise in hand-knotted high-quality designer carpets made from Tibetan Highland wool & the finest Chinese silk. From their site: “With over 80 years experience in carpet manufacture,...

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