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A grey day in Norfolk

A few days ago I found myself standing by a Norfolk beach before sunrise, trying to work out whether I could see any shapes of grey seals along the shoreline in the darkness, writes Andrew James. Were those vague blobs in the far distance animal or mineral? In my hand was a mirrorless camera with a ...

FM Judging: The Shape of Things

Join the dynamic duo from HQ as they pass judgement on the entries for October's round of Foto Mission...

Cross-processing techniques in Photoshop

If you've taken an edgy portrait, and want to style it up with a neat effect that's a little bit different, cross-processing is always worth a try, writes Jon Adams. It's actually an old-school film technique that was achieved by processing slide film in chemicals designed for colour negative film (...

Create cool light in Lightroom

Finding the right balance of mood and light in your image is all part of the package that makes your image stand out from the crowd, writes Andrew James. In this Lightroom tutorial I take a raw image and work through the Masking options to bring out its structure and mood. I'm using a Frozen Planet-...

Flashing wildlife – is it ethical?

All cameras have a flash sync speed. This is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with the flash. Invariably this is between 1/160 and 1/250sec, but if you are not sure what yours is then your camera manual will tell you, writes Andrew James. With some of the more expensive flashguns it is pos...

Add new portrait backgrounds in Photoshop

Foto-Buzzer Mary Gilbert got in touch with an imaging problem, and wondered whether there was a solution, writes Jon Adams. The challenge was to remove someone from a portrait, and either repair or replace the backdrop so the removal would go unnoticed. In this video lesson, Jon reveals how you ca...

FM Judging: Going Slow

Join the boys from HQ as they look at and critique every entry in the Going Slow Foto Mission. Do you agree with their choices? Well, you won't know until you watch how the drama unfolded...

Add grit & contrast with a bleach bypass

A bleach bypass effect might sound like the sort of cosmetic surgery that costs thousands and is 'enjoyed' by the rich, famous, and stupid, but actually it's a simple technique that's great for creating contrast in an image, writes Andrew James. In this video tutorial I take a tonally flat interior ...