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Automatic cameras take 'good' photos most of the time, but if you want to take 'great' photos, you need to understand just a little bit more! That's why I have put together this series of introductory articles that are easy to read and understand. They contain all the essential facts that will turn you into a far more competent photographer. - Peter Eastway


Peter Eastway is an AIPP Grand Master of Photography and a photography magazine editor with over 30 years' experience. Why is this important? Because it means you can rely on the information he provides in his Photo Atelier, a series of 50 free photography newletters provided weekly.  

An atelier is a studio or a space, especially for an artist, a designer or these days, a photographer. And traditionally, the way artists and photographers learned was by working under the watchful eye of a more skilled artisan, often in an atelier.

The Better Photography Photo Atelier is a series of short lessons focused on better techniques and stronger images. It covers all the basic issues Peter runs through when taking or crafting a photograph.

Here are some of the topics covered in the Photo Atelier

How to use apertures

How to use shutter speeds

Understanding colour balance

What are colour spaces?

Setting the black point and why

Macro photography basics

How to check your monitor

Squeezing your images

What is colour grading?

Luminosity blend mode

File transfer essentials

Getting exposure right

Portraiture lighting challenges

Photoshop examples: the tutu

Controlling highlights

Sharpening your images

Using autofocus for better results

Using the hyperfocal point

Diffraction and how to stop it

Lab colour mode in Photoshop

Blend If advanced layers

Metering and how it works

Portrait photography accessories

Mid tone contrast adjustments

Travel photography tips and tricks

Using the histogram

Printer profiles

Applying grain in Photoshop

How to create great B&Ws

Using actions in Photoshop


Explained Peter, "There are some things that we all need to understand as photographers. Many of these are 'forgotten' or never learned because our automatic cameras do such a great job. But understanding the craft and technique behind this automation is the only way you will advance your skills as a photographer.

"Photography for me is more than just pointing the camera and pressing the shutter. Everyone does that. You don't even need a camera, just a phone. I use the camera in my phone too, of course, for messages and social media. But what do you use if you want to express yourself?

"Over the next 50 weeks, I'll send you a little Photo Atelier. Some of the topics you might know already while others will hopefully be 'ah-ha!' moments when I'm able to fill in some gaps in your photographic knowledge and help you on your journey.

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