Tips & Tutorials

Find A New Angle On Photography

Looking For A Different Angle It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with your photography and take a lot of shots in pretty much the same way. A sure sign of this is your vantage point, or angle. If you only ever take shots from standing position, by raising the camera to your eyes in the conventional way, your images will look very similar, however ‘interesting’ the subject. Often, transforming your photography can simply be a process of finding…

Look Out For Lens Distortion

What Is Lens Distortion And How To Avoid It You may think that once you have bought a decent lens for your SLR, or a compact camera with a decent lens built-in, you can just forget about it. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a perfect lens, just as it’s hard to find a perfect person, and there will always be some distortion – you just notice it a lot more with cheaper lenses. It’s not necessarily about spending…

The Best Compact Superzoom Cameras

Is It Time To Reconsider Superzoom Cameras? This amazing video has been posted of the moon’s craters and the earth’s rotation. Nothing special in that you may think, but the lunar close up was taken with nothing more fancy than a Nikon P900 superzoom compact camera. The Nikon has an incredible, 83x optical zoom lens built in, and can be picked up for under £500. The footage is truly impressive, so is it time to consider superzoom cameras again? What…

Photography Quiz: Focus on Focusing

How Focused Are You? A fun Photo Focusing Quiz Mastering focussing is one of the core skills in photography, and you can’t really say you have got on top of your camera if you are totally reliant on it to make all the focussing decisions, and just forget about it. While many things contribute to a sharp, well-focussed picture, how you focus is critical, and a bit of time spent practicing autofocus options or manual focussing will be hugely beneficial…

Fuji XT-10 – Best Compact System Camera Of The Year?

Fuji XT-10 Camera Review There’s been a lot of excitement about Fujifilm’s X-series compact system cameras (CSCs) of late, so I was pleased to get the chance to review the new X-T10 along with the 16-55mm f/2.8 lens. Fujifilm was a pioneer of retro-looking CSCs, along with Olympus, drawing on its back catalogue for inspiration. The X-T10 looks like a mini SLR but is surprisingly light (until you put on the lens, but more about that later). In essence, the…

How To Be a Photo Samurai

Be a More Mindful Photographer How can you be a more ‘Zen’ photographer? One of the big buzzwords at the moment is mindful, or contemplative photography, and there are more similarities than you’d think between Buddhism, the martial arts and photography. Before we go any further, though, don’t worry – we aren’t expecting you to join a cult or take up Karate. Read on for some instant enlightenment! The decisive moment This phrase is associated with the French documentary photographer,…

5 Tips On How to Photograph Reflections

Reflecting On The Matter Reflections are a great element to include in your photography. They can range from conventional reflections of mountains or trees in water, or more mysterious portraits of people’s faces reflected in glass. It takes a bit of time and thought to shoot reflections properly, though, so here are some tips 1) Choose your time Early morning is a good time for reflections as the light can be really nice but make sure that mist or fog…

5 Pro Tips for Better Travel Portraits

Five ways to get better travel portraits One of the best ways to make your travel images more interesting and meaningful is to include lots of people shots. It really individualises your work and captures the essence and soul of a place much more than a predictable, postcard-style image we’ve all seen a million times. Many photographers are a bit scared about travel portraiture, though, and it can be a bit more challenging than lining up with everyone else to…

Photography Technique: The Importance of Patience

Why the P word is the most important one in photography By the P word, I don’t mean Program mode, or portraiture or plants – I mean patience. I’d argue that this one of the most important qualities for any photographer, in any genre. So much so that if you feel you have reached something of a plateau with your photography, and some of the fun has gone out of it, it might be worth considering how patient you are….

Social Media For Photographers

How to Use Social Media For Photographers – It’s Not Just Facebook and Twitter Unless you are a really into social media, it’s also get to get tunnel vision and just focus on the two main channels, Facebook and Twitter. Both are great ways to promote your work and reach out to customers but there are other channels that can be useful for photographers. Here’s a quick reminder of our social media services to consider. Instagram While you may associate…

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