Tips & Tutorials

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,…

5 Composition Tricks Not to Miss

Great Composition Tips to Improve Your Photography Composition is one area that proves challenging for many photographers, people who can otherwise get to grips with lots of complicated aspects of modern photography. Some sages claim that you either have an ‘eye’ for photography or you don’t, but I don’t buy this. Composition is a skill that needs to be acquired like any other, and while it’s true that legends like Cartier Bresson seemed to have an instinctive skill for arranging…

Are You Holding Your Camera Correctly?

5 Tips on How to Hold a Camera to Minimise Camera Shake Often photographers can get quite obsessive about soft shots, spending a lot of money on better software and expensive lenses, when actually a lot of the fault comes down to how they are holding their cameras. Read on for some supportive tips! 1) Get a grip You do need to hold your camera quite firmly but not so hard that you become tense, as this will be counterproductive…

Camera Review: A Buyers Guide to Entry-Level DSLR’s

What is the Best Beginners 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! We’ll start at the beginning, with a buyers guide to entry-level enthusiast cameras. Beginner-friendly no longer means…

10 Creative Landscape Photography Tips

Great Landscape Photography Tips Landscapes are a perennially popular subject for photography, as you can shoot them all year round and you don’t need to worry about them refusing to be photographed or asking for money! That’s not to say it’s a simple process to get great scenic imagery. Many photographers with a bit of skill and a decent camera can take OK landscapes; taking very good or great landscapes requires a whole different level of ability and vision. With…

How to Get Great Family Holiday Snaps

5 Tips for Posing Family Beach Vacation Portraits Many of us will have some embarrassing/funny memories of dad or mum trying to take a family portrait for posterity, particularly when we were teenagers. As if it isn’t annoying enough to have to pose for your parents when you are 16, if the parents are having trouble getting the camera to do what they want, it can be an exercise in frustration for all concerned. With younger kids and babies, trying…

Better Colour Shots Without Making Your Work Look Like a Bad Acid Trip

5 Tips to Improve Your Fine Art Color Photography Although black-and-white purists such as Henri Cartier Bresson were dismissive of colour photography, it’s undoubtedly been one of the biggest breakthroughs of the last 70 or so years. With digital, getting rich and eye-catching colour has never been easier – some would say too easy, as there is unfortunately a profusion of rather psychedelic looking images out there that have been ludicrously over-processed on the computer (or smartphone). So, how do…

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