What camera should I buy: pros and cons of each type (and what they’re best at)

What camera should I buy: pros and cons of each camera type (and when you should use them)

This time of year many of us ask ourselves, “What camera should I buy?” Truth is, it can be tricky to decide what camera to buy because we like to shoot different subjects which have different needs. In this jargon-free buyer’s guide our head of testing Angela Nicholson has some advice that will put you on the right track.

How to set up a camera for the first time: 11 things you need to do first

How to set up a camera for the first time: 11 settings to get you started right

If you’re new to photography and are lucky enough to have been given a camera for Christmas, or perhaps you’ve bought one in the sales, you may need a few tips on how to set up a camera for the first time. Our head of testing Angela Nicholson is on hand with all the information you need.

Photography for beginners: 6 reasons you’re smarter than your camera

Photography for beginners: 6 reasons you're smarter than your camera

Modern DSLR, compact system and compact cameras are very clever, and in many circumstances they can be left to their own devices in their automatic settings and will deliver good results. However, when explaining photography for beginners it’s imperative to understand that your camera doesn’t always get it right. It’s helpful to be aware of the problems they face and what can fool them so that you can take control and get the images that you want.

10 family portrait photography mistakes every photographer makes

Family photo ideas: make a striking family portrait from individual faces in profile

We are fast approaching the festive season which usually brings plenty of opportunity to take a few family portraits. In the latest instalment of her ongoing series looking at some of the common mistakes photographers make, our head of testing, Angela Nicholson, explains some of the most common family portrait photography mistakes that photographers make and offers some advice about getting it right.

Nikon D5300 review

Nikon D5300 review

Nikon D5300 review: the new D5300 offers a 24-megapixel sensor, with the optical low-pass filter removed to deliver finer image quality. Is this the ultimate beginner DSLR? Find out in our Nikon D5300 review video.

8 flash photography mistakes every photographer makes

How we set up our off-camera flash

Automatic flash exposure systems make using flash easier than ever before, but there are some problems that crop-up on a regular basis. In the latest article in her series looking at some of the mistakes photographers make, our head of testing Angela Nicholson explains some of the classic flash photography mistakes and offers some of her best flash photography tips for avoiding them.

10 classic posing mistakes every portrait photographer makes (and how to fix them)

10 classic posing mistakes every portrait photographer makes (and how to fix them)

Continuing her series looking at some of the common mistakes photographers make across all genres, our head of testing, Angela Nicholson, takes a look at some of the worst posing mistakes portrait photographers can make, and suggests how to avoid them.

Old vs new cameras: which is better value?

The Canon EOS 700D price tag will be £629.99 / €799.99 body only

Here’s a common scenario: you’re after a new DSLR to replace your long-out-of-date model, which you bought as a kit with an 18-55mm lens. You can afford to spend about £600, and some of the less recent cameras on the market look like really good value compared to some of the new cameras available.

So what should you do? Should you buy a body on its own or upgrade your whole kit with a new lens as well?

How to organize photos like a pro: the best way to make sense of your collection

How to organize photos like a pro: the best way to make sense of your collection

Is your hard drive heaving with uncatalogued images? Discover the best way to organize photos and stay on top of your growing archive! In this tutorial we’ll show you how to organize photos like the pros by adding copyright information, metadata templates, keywords and much more.

Best 50mm lens for your camera: 8 ‘Nifty Fifty’ lenses tested and rated

Best 50mm lens for your camera: 8 'Nifty Fifty' lenses tested and rated

What is the best 50mm lens for your camera? We put eight of the top ‘Nifty Fifty’ lenses currently available to the test to see which offers the best combination of image quality and value for money.