Tips & Tutorials

6 Of The Best Power Compact Cameras

What’s The Best Compact Camera? If you are in the market for a new camera, don’t automatically assume you need to pay top dollar for a fancy SLR or compact system camera with interchangeable lenses. Fixed-lens compacts still have their uses and you’d be wrong to dismiss them as point-and-click playthings that are about to be made extinct by camera phones. If you have haven’t seen what’s out there for a while you may be surprised at just how powerful…

How to Become a More Confident Photographer

Selfie Photography is like any other art form in that you need to combine a range of characteristics to succeed, some of which appear paradoxical. You need to be sensitive, dare we say artistically minded, but also you need to have the confidence to promote yourself and your work – and the resilience to take setbacks and negative feedback on the chin and learn from your mistakes. So, how do you go about toughening up while still retaining your love…

5 Top Tips For Better Plant & Flower Photography

It’s high summer in many parts of the world, so a great time to work on your plant and flower photography skills now that everything in the garden is lovely. The beauty of garden photography is that you don’t need too much in the way of specialist lenses or equipment, and even if you live in a high-rise apartment in the middle of a city, public parks are gardens are not usually too far away. Read on for some blooming…

How to Choose The Perfect Mid-Range SLR

What Is The Best Mid-Range DSLR? Here Are Our 6 Top Recommendations As you do more courses with MyPhotoSchool and your confidence grows, you might start to outgrow your SLR, particularly if it’s a more beginner-orientated, ‘entry level’ model. (See also: Best DSLR’s for Beginners)  At the same time, you don’t want to go too far to the other extreme and have to take out a second mortgage for a pro SLR with lots of high-end features you will probably…

How to Photograph A Live Concert

5 Top Tips for Photographing Festivals & Live Concerts. Ever since Elvis shocked and thrilled audiences in the 50s, the story of great rock music has also been the story of great photography – think about all those iconic images of Hendrix, the Stones, Led Zeppelin and The Clash, images that continue to resonate down the years. Photographing a gig is really exciting and creatively rewarding, but it’s not without its challenges. Here’s a quick guide to getting memorable shots…

We Predict This Will Be Lens Of The Year 2014

The Year’s Fabulous 50. Let’s face it, lens releases don’t tend to generate lots of excitement, particularly 50mm prime lenses – despite their excellent optical quality, they still have a slightly fuddy-duddy, old-school reputation in our age of superzooms. This perception is quickly changing though, as more and more photographers come to appreciate the many virtues of a ‘fab 50,’ A 50mm lens comes close to how the human eye sees a scene, and you tend to get less optical…

5 Travel Photography Tips For Your Summer Vacation

Take Your Travel Photography To The Next Level It’s holiday season, which for keen photographers means only one thing – it’s time to dust off your travel photography skills. Get it right and travel photography can deliver images that you will treasure for years, images that continue to resonate and generate interest long after you have taken them. Get it wrong, and travel photography can become a stressful, gear-laden hassle that annoys your family and friends and spoils the entire…

Shooting Into The Sun

How To Take Photographs Into The Sun “Don’t shoot into the sun” is a real old chestnut of photography, and one of the earliest lessons you probably learnt from well-meaning parents and teachers. Like many rules in photography, it’s there to be broken for creative effect. While squinting straight at the sun through your viewfinder is unlikely to do much for your eyes – or your camera sensor – there are plenty of creative ways to use direct sunlight… 1)…

NEW Nikon D810

First Look at the Nikon D810 (Release date 17th July). It’s been a rather quiet year for SLR releases but things have got interesting again with the release of the Nikon D810. Its predecessor, the D800, was a real game changer when it was released back in 2012. Nikon took everybody by surprising by shoehorning a class-leading, 36 megapixel full-frame sensor into a (relatively) light and compact body, and at a reasonable price. The 36Mp chip offered levels of detail…

What Camera Bag Should I Buy?

It’s a constant source of amazement to me how much people spend on their camera, and then put it in any old bag. I’ve even seen some miscreants carry around an SLR in a shopping bag from a supermarket, which beggars belief. To help you protect your investment here are some of my favourite camera bags and cases for summer travels and photo shoots. 1) The carry on case If you’re a keen travel photographer like me, you will do…

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