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Category: Lighting

Let others do the work for you - David Hogan explains why other people can sometimes help you get a great picture.

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Dave HoganDavid Hogan is a celebrity photographer who works for the Sun. His career began over 25 years ago and since then he has taken pictures of Michael Jackson backstage, Madonna kissing Britney Spears and many more celebrities whose lives fill our gossip columns. He works in an industry that's highly competitive and here he passes on his knowledge on creating an image that stands out from the rest. You can learn more about David and his latest book at his website: Dave Hogan.

Here's his tip:

"Sometimes letting others do your work for you isn't a bad thing. I took this picture of Madonna at the Cannes Film Festival and it was in the evening so everyone was using flash-which I took advantage of. I set my camera on a long time exposure and used the light that came from the other photographers flashes to light her up like the Sistine Chapel - your eyes are drawn directly to her. It can be a little hit and miss but if you manage to get that one great shot you will be surprised how good they can look.

The other way to create a similar look is to put your camera on a tripod, set it to a really slow shutter speed and set a flash off in the different dark corners. If your shutter is wide open you get pockets of light on your photograph. You're basically painting with the flash, it's a great effect.

So remember to use slow shutter speeds and if you're in a crowd let others do the work for you!"

 Madonna by Dave Hogan

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