Tips & Tutorials

How To Evaluate Light Quality

What is Good Light And How Can You Tell?  Good light is fundamental to great photography, and is the one constant element amongst all the different genres. Whether you shoot war zones, wisteria or wolves, the search for good light is something that unites all photographers. But what is ‘good’ light and how can you tell if the light you are faced with is good or not? The quality and softness of light There is a reason that most landscape…

How To Take Better Photos for eBay

Essential Tips For Good Product Photography Until the advent of eBay, Gumtree and all the other online buying and selling channels, few of us needed to worry that much about shooting stuff we were trying to sell. Maybe we took a few snaps of a car we were selling in the local paper, but that was about it. These days, however, it’s important to know the basics of decent product photography, as you can make decent money by selling goods…

Are You Equipment Obsessed? Do You Get Lens Envy?

Can An Obsession with Equipment Get In The Way Of Creative Photography? We live in strangely dualistic times when it comes to photography. On the one hand, more and more people are taking perfectly acceptable pictures with smartphones, and wouldn’t know an aperture blade from a hole in the ground. At the other extreme, enthusiast photographers who want to get technical have never had it so good; full-frame SLRs are falling in price and although their lenses still cost a…

Destination Weddings – Your Camera Gear Checklist

5 Top Tips on How to Shoot a Wedding Spring is not too far away now, so you may get asked to shoot a wedding for a friend or relation, or you might fancy doing one to earn a bit of extra cash. While shooting a wedding is a big responsibility, there is no reason why any half-decent photographer with some experience can’t get good results. As with so much to do with weddings, it comes down to planning and…

Making The Most Of Your New Camera

6 Tips to Help Familiarise Yourself With Your Camera If you have got a new camera for Christmas or in the January sales, it can take a while to get the hang of it, particularly if you have only taken ‘point and shoot’ photos before, or just used a smartphone. While your shiny new SLR or compact system camera may seem confusing or intimidating, you only need to master about four or five key settings (or concepts) and you will…

Can You Make a Living From Photography?

Photography As A Profession:  Is It Viable In 2015? The US Department of Labour has released a lot of statistics about photographers that reveal some interesting facts (by photographers it means those who “photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.”) States with the highest employment level in Photography: State Employment(1) Employment per thousand…

Turning The Ordinary Into the Extraordinary

Discover Infrared Photography Many advanced photographic techniques have become a lot easier and more mainstream with the arrival of digital cameras, but infrared photography still causes a certain amount of puzzlement. Just how do you get those haunting infrared effects, particularly in black and white, without spending a bomb? Here are 3 virtually identical images. The red image is from an IR converted camera. It’s a RAW image with no post processing. The Black and white image is the processed…

RIP Jane Bown

Jane Bown, Revered Observer Photographer, Dies Age 89   I was very sad to hear that Jane Bown, the Observer’s legendary photographer, died shortly before Christmas. Jane’s association with the Observer newspaper began in 1949, with a portrait of the philosopher Bertrand Russell, and she went on to deliver a series of superb, epoch-defining portraits and documentary work in a career that spanned 60 years. Eamonn McCabe, another fine photographer and photo editor closely associated with the Observer, described Jane…

Best Cashback Camera Bargains

January may seem a rather long and depressing month, but it’s a good time to get a new camera or lens, assuming you have any cash left over from Christmas. Most of the big makers have extended their Christmas offers, usually involving some kind of cashback promotion, until the middle or end of this month, and some cameras are being discounted as part of longer term deals. While we’ve focussed on UK deals in this blog, chances are that the…

The Pros & Cons of Manual Focussing

Manual Focusing Explained + When & Where To Use It We talk a lot about mastering autofocus in the blogs and lessons on this site, but there are times when you should turn it off altogether. Autofocus itself is a fairly recent phenomenon, and the first mass market SLRs to offer it only appeared in the 1980s. So for a long time, many great photographers were focussing manually, which is remarkable when you consider the results they achieved in some…

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