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Buying a Camera?

Buying a Camera?

Here are the main questions to ask yourself before going ahead with any purchase. It will help you sort out what is important apart from the price. And read reviews on internet forums. There’s no camera or lens perfect for all situations, which is why there is so much...

Testing your DSLR for Focussing issues

Testing your DSLR for Focussing issues

Have you ever thought that your camera’s focussing ability might be a little off? Perhaps you’ve noticed that when you use a large aperture, the sharpest area of your image is not quite where you put the focus point. If that’s the case, then it’s likely that your...

Getting great photos of parades

Getting great photos of parades

Parades are always happening in London or any big city, and photographing them is a great opportunity to practice a variety of different shots – close-up/long distance, freeze motion/blur motion, shallow depth of field/sharp all through, and so on. You’ll find...

Digital Infrared

Digital Infrared

Image by Greg Westfall, used under Creative Commons licence (commercial use) Infrared photography is one of those things people either love or hate, but there’s no doubt that it shows you the world in an entirely new way. If you think of the rainbow as the spectrum of...

Beginners Guide to Macro Photography

Beginners Guide to Macro Photography

If you haven’t tried macro photography before, it will open up an unfamiliar and fascinating world to you and stretch your photographic skills. Focussing, lighting, composition and working with a very shallow depth of field all pose challenges, and shooting macro will...

Spot Metering

Spot Metering

How to fine tune your exposure with spot metering Metering is often something that leads to great confusion in newbie photographers (and often in more experienced ones, too). Basically, metering refers to the process where your camera measures the light and uses this...

Customised Photo Bokeh

Customised Photo Bokeh

Have you heard the term ‘bokeh’? No? It simply refers to that out-of-focus area of your photo where everything blends softly together. It’s a Japanese word that literally means ‘fuzziness’ or ‘dizziness’ and refers to the aesthetic qualities of the area of a photo...

Photoshop Alternatives

Photoshop Alternatives

Don’t want to pay for Photoshop? – Try these! Photoshop has been the gold standard in photo editing programs for a long time, so much so that its brand name has even turned into a verb and we talk about ‘photoshopping’ images in the same way that we talk about...

Staying Warm and Dry in Winter

Staying Warm and Dry in Winter

Are you a fair weather photographer? Does the idea of going out with your camera on a bleak, wet day or even worse, at night, sound unappealing? Is it because you don’t have the right gear or a worried that you camera will get wet? There are a few simple tricks to...

Introducing the Lensbaby

Introducing the Lensbaby

It’s said that Lensbabys are like Marmite: you either love ‘em or hate ‘em – that’s if you’ve heard of them at all. For those that haven’t, the Lensbaby is a lens that gives the unusual effect of progressive blurring towards the edges of your image with a ‘sweet spot’...

Copyright Issues

Copyright Issues

Copyright issues: Protecting your own photos, using other people’s When photos only existed as prints or as reproductions in books, copyright for photographers was relatively straightforward. However, since the advent of the internet new situations have been created...

Understanding Histograms

Understanding Histograms

Have you ever checked the shot you’ve just taken on your LCD screen and thought it looked fine, only to find when you get it onto the bigger screen on your computer that it’s gone seriously wrong exposure-wise? This is where histograms come in handy and will help stop...

Camera bags for the Ladies

Camera bags for the Ladies

Photography is something of a male-dominated world, despite the fact that nowadays there are at least as many women, if not more, who’re serious about taking photographs as there are men. One of the manifestations of this male bias is that when it comes to...

Focus Modes

Focus Modes

Do you ever change the focus mode on your camera? If you want to get the best possible sharpness in the area where you want it, then there are times when you need to know which focus mode is ideal for the situation you’re in. Most cameras offer Manual focus plus at...

Aspect Ratios

Aspect Ratios

Aspect ratio is something to which many people don’t give a great deal of thought, but it can make a big difference – both to your shots and then when it comes to printing. Many cameras now allow you to change the aspect ratio of your shots via the menu system, but...

Raw or Jpeg

Raw or Jpeg

RAW or Jpeg – which is best? If you don’t shoot in RAW already, you may well have heard of it, even if only in the form of other photographers swearing they never shoot in anything but RAW. Most serious photographers prefer RAW shooting, but there’s quite a bit of...

How to choose a Tripod

How to choose a Tripod

Some of us love them, some of us hate them, but however you feel about them, a tripod is sometimes essential for a good shot. The tripod’s main job is to help you get the best out of your lens by achieving maximum sharpness in your shots - it keeps your camera as...

The Digital Photographers Guide to Filters

The Digital Photographers Guide to Filters

Before the advent of digital photography, film photographers would keep a veritable arsenal of filters in their kitbag. Now that we can manipulate pixels so readily, we don’t need to use nearly so many of these in the field. Many of the coloured and special effects...

Staying Safe

Staying Safe

How to keep yourself and your gear safe while out and about A lot of photographers worry about keeping themselves and their gear safe while out shooting. There is never any guaranteed way of making sure you never have your gear stolen – if someone really wants it,...

Choosing a Memory Card

Choosing a Memory Card

Not sure which memory card to buy? Don’t understand why some are inexpensive and some are astronomical prices? Here’s our quick guide to help you out. Quality of images There won’t be any difference in the quality of your images between one card and another – a ‚5...