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Buyers Guide to Budget 70-200mm Telephoto Lenses

Comparison of The Best 4 Budget 70-200mm Zoom Lenses Welcome to our new series of buyers guide to help you find the right camera or accessory for your needs. While Christmas is still a long way off, it’s surprising how the time goes and autumn/winter is traditionally the time of year that people invest in a new camera or lens. So it’s time to get your gear head on! Here is our guide to help you choose a telephoto lens…

How to Get Better Bokeh

4 Tips For Better Bokeh Stick around photography for a while and you’ll eventually hear the B word – bokeh. It’s a classic camera snob term that enthusiasts use to blind beginners with science, but is actually quite a straightforward concept. Bokeh derives from the Japanese word boke, which means "blur" or "haze". There is also the Japanese phrase boke-aji, or "blur quality." Put simply, bokeh refers to the blurred-out background you get when you take a portrait with a…

Buyers Guide To ‘Pocket Rocket’ Compacts

Comparison Of The Best High Spec Compact Cameras Welcome to our new series of buyers guides to help you find the right camera for your needs. While Christmas is still a long way off, it’s surprising how the time goes and autumn/winter is traditionally the time of year that people invest in a new camera. So it’s time to get your gear head on! Here is our guide to help you choose a compact camera that packs enough power to…

Mystery Camera Buttons Busted!

Explaining The Purpose of Little Understood Camera Buttons What do the buttons around the back of your camera mean? It’s not a question you should feel embarrassed to ask, as modern SLRs and compact system cameras tend to be over-engineered, with a plethora of buttons, widgets and options. Here is a quick guide to the main buttons you tend to find, regardless of camera make, and a guide to what they do. AF ON This button activates autofocus, and is…

5 Best Smartphone apps For Serious Photographers

While some photographers see smartphones and apps as a threat, smarter ones recognise that the technology is very useful and take full advantage of it. Smartphone photography itself is a lot of fun, and nobody seriously thinks that smartphones will put professional wedding, portrait and sports photographers out of business just yet (what will happen in ten years time is anyone guess). So why not relax and enjoy the opportunities that smartphones bring to improve your photography? With this in…

Buyers Guide to High End SLR Cameras

What Are The 4 Best Top Of The Range DSLR’s? Welcome to our new series of buyers guide to help you find the right camera for your needs. While Christmas is still a long way off, it’s surprising how the time goes and autumn/winter is traditionally the time of year that people invest in a new camera. So it’s time to get your gear head on! If you are feeling ambitious, here is our guide to the top higher-end SLRs……

Second-Hand Lenses: Are They Worth Buying?

How to Buy a Second Hand Camera Lens “Spend your money on lenses,” goes the old adage and it’s true – it doesn’t matter how good your camera body is, your images are very, very dependent on the quality of the glass you stick on the front of it. Look at any pro’s kitbag, and the value of their lenses far exceeds that of the actual camera bodies, and it’s the same for compact system cameras as well as SLRs….

4 Typical Camera Focussing Problems Solved

How to Improve your Camera Focusing Focussing is one of the more challenging areas of photography and anyone who thinks that you can just leave it all down to modern autofocus systems is probably in for a shock. As with exposure, ‘automatic’ autofocus, by which we mean the multiple AF points that are usually activated by default on your camera, works well to an extent, but there are times it can be fooled into focussing on the wrong thing. Say…

Practice Makes Perfect – But Don’t Practice Mistakes

How to Sharpen Your Skills, Rather Than Reinforcing Bad Habits You need to keep your photography muscles in good order, and nobody can really expect to take consistently good images if they only dust off their camera once or twice a year. Even experienced pros need some time to get warmed up at the beginning of a shoot, so thinking about photography in a similar way to exercise will often yield benefits. As any athlete or sportsperson will tell you…

A Buyers Guide to Mid-Range DSLR’s

Which is Currently the Best Mid Range DSLR Camera? Welcome to our new series of buyers guide to help you find the right camera for your needs. While Christmas is still a long way off, it’s surprising how the time goes and autumn/winter is traditionally the time of year that people invest in a new camera. So it’s time to get your gear head on! Here is our guide to help you choose a camera that is easy to use,…

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