Tips & Tutorials

Make Sense of Sensors: Is Now the Time to go Full Frame?

If you are thinking about upgrading your SLR or compact system camera (CSC) you may be wondering whether to stick with a conventional APS-C sensor or splash out on a camera with a full-frame chip. The good news is that full-frame cameras have got cheaper over the last few years, so it’s worth a quick recap of their benefits. First, the science bit. A full frame sensor derives its name from the fact that it is the same size as…

Keith Wilson: Travel Agent

MyPhotoSchool tutor Keith Wilson is a hugely experienced photographer and photography journalist, with a particular interest in travel and wildlife. Wherever you are in the world, his course on travel photography on MyPhotoSchool will help you make great images on a short or long-haul trip. “People are travelling more and more, particularly for short breaks in Europe or in their own continent,” Keith observes. “My course focuses on what you can do in a short space of time, and how…

Depth of Field Refresher

In this refresher article on depth of field we explain what aperture is best for particular types of photography. Understanding depth of field, and how it relates to the aperture setting of your lens, is one of the most fundamental skills in photography. Indeed, being able to carefully control depth of field, along with being able to control shutter speed, are the hallmarks of a truly creative photographer. Let’s begin with a quick recap. Depth of field refers to how…

Tony Worobiec: Night-time Is the Right Time

Composition and low-light/night photography are not the easiest subjects to get your head around, so if you’d like to learn more about these key areas you should definitely check out Tony Worobiec’s courses on MyPhotoSchool. Tony is the author of 14 books, and has won photography awards in the UK and internationally. His work also been exhibited in London’s Barbican Gallery, Bradford’s National Museum of Photography, and the prestigious Fox Talbot Museum. Tony is particularly interested in low-light photography. “I’ve…

Breaking News – Get Lightroom on your iPad

While the Photoshop CS tribe is as big as ever, more and more photographers – this one included – are using Adobe Lightroom for most of their photo editing. It’s great for organising your pictures and comes with an unrivalled toolbox for processing and saving out raw files. Even better, you can get it for under £100 on Amazon. From today, you can now get Lightroom on your iPad too, via a new app called Adobe Lightroom mobile. While the…

Making Sense of Metadata

  What is Metadata? If you have ever wished there was an easy way of accessing all the ‘background information’ about a photograph you have taken then read on. It’s actually quite straightforward.  By default, most cameras will embed some basic information into the image – when it was the taken, along with details of the aperture width, shutter speed and other exposure data. It’s also possible in popular image-editing software, such as Lightroom, to expand this embedded information, by…

Quick Canon SLR Buyers Guide

With Canon marking another major production milestone, here’s a brief guide to some of the best Canon SLRs for your budget and ability level They’ll be popping open the champagne at Canon HQ, as the Japanese giant recently announced it had made over 250 million digital cameras, while also keeping its number one position in the global interchangeable lens camera market for 11 years running. Canon is far from being the only name in town when it comes to quality…

How to Become a Top Weddings Photographer with Keith Appleby

This top wedding photographer shares some insider tips for making the big day a big pay day Shooting wedding photography is a time-honoured way to earn money and as MyPhotoSchool tutor Keith Appleby explains, it’s well suited to career changers. “I started as a wedding photographer in 2004. Previously I ran a large advertising and commercial photography studio that ended up employing about 120 people. I sold that in 2000 and started wedding photography a few years after.” Keith began…

A Big Hello From Your New Blog Editor!

We welcome Geoff Harris former editor of Britain’s Best-Selling Photography Magazine Digital Camera to MyPhotoSchool. Hello there, my name is Geoff Harris and I’m delighted to be taking over as blog editor at MyPhotoSchool. Although I’m new to MyPhotoSchool, I’m very excited to be involved in this innovative and fun site, and look forward to sharing some of my insights, photography tips and opinions on new cameras. I’m also going to be writing regular showcases on some of the great…

Image sharpness: The Factors That Affect It

Image sharpness is arguably the holy grail for photographers. If you have deep enough pockets you can spend thousands and thousands of pounds or dollars on lenses that will help you achieve just that. However, lenses aren’t the only factor in the sharpness equation. There are others that you need to be aware of. In no particular order here are a few of them… If your subject is moving the shutter speed use will also determine how sharply its rendered….

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