Tone

Tone

Tone is the relative lightness or darkness in an image. The more variety of tones you have within an image, i.e. the more shades of grey, the better the image. This applies especially to monochromatic images. Beginner tip Mist is a great tone creator. Subjects closer...
Low key image

Low key image

A low key image contains predominantly dark tones. The histogram of a low key image will be shifted to the left-hand side. Pro tip When photographing low key images, remember to underexpose the camera by dialling the exposure compensation to between -1/3 and -3 stops,...
Curves and candy

Curves and candy

A curve is a shape similar to a line, but which is not required to be straight. Almost any photograph can be improved by including an interesting curve. For a photograph, a curve is like candy. Pro tip Try and think like a camera. These lines and curves are not...
High key images

High key images

A high key image contains predominantly light tones. The histogram of a high key image will be shifted to the right-hand side. Pro tip The whites in a high key image will fool the camera’s light meter and you will get an underexposed image if you don’t compensate....
A tear for Safari

A tear for Safari

Safari only had one eye. The story goes that she lost it during a vicious fight with Mafufanyane, the territorial male of the area. The irony is that they were lovers once. They even had cubs together. Both were legends of the northern Sabi Sand area in their heyday....