Which metering mode should you use?

Which metering mode should you use? The simplest guide yet

In this quick guide we explain how metering modes work, and how to select the best one for the job at hand.

What is maximum aperture? Which lenses go widest (and why it matters)

What is maximum aperture? Which lenses go widest (and why it matters)

What is maximum aperture? It’s a question we often hear from new photographers who are getting to grips with their lenses or trying to understand depth of field. In this guide we explain what it means to set the maximum aperture, which lenses go widest and what you actually gain in terms of your images.

3 camera lessons every new photographer should learn (free cheat sheet)

3 camera lessons every new photographer should learn (free cheat sheet)

If you’ve just bought your first camera, you’re probably finding a bit of a learning curve in getting up to speed with all of its bells and whistles. Before you get you get started, there are three fundamental concepts you need to understand: how your camera’s shutter speed scale works; how focal length affects your composition; and how your aperture controls what’s sharp.

8 camera features they make you think you need, but you really don’t

Nikon J2 features: what's new on the latest Nikon 1 camera

What is an essential camera feature and what is just a camera gimmick? Everyone will hold a different opinion, but here’s our list of some unnecessary features which you can probably do without.

Best cameras for beginners: 5 stellar options you can grow with

Canon EOS 700D: price, release date, specs confirmed

In their latest guest post, the team at Photoventure takes a look at some of the best cameras for beginner photographers – both DSLRs and compact system or mirrorless cameras.

How to hold a camera: getting started with your new DSLR

How to hold a camera: getting started with your new DSLR

More so than any of your new camera’s features, learning how to hold a camera properly will ensure you get the sharpest pictures possible.

How to take an exposure reading on your digital camera

How to nail exposure with spot metering in tricking conditions: Step 1

Even for experienced photographers, the subject of metering and how to take an exposure reading can be confusing, but the basics are easy to get to grips with…

A layman’s guide to depth of field: how to check and affect sharpness like a pro

A layman's guide to depth of field: how to check and affect sharpness like a pro

One of the first steps toward taking more creative photos is learning how to control how much of your picture is in focus. In this quick depth of field tutorial we show you how to check and affect sharpness, as well as answer some of your burning questions

Canon metering modes: how to get perfectly exposed images in any situation

Canon metering modes: how to get perfectly exposed images in any situation

Keep asking yourself what metering mode to use? Discover how to master metering to get perfectly exposed images in every situation. Here, with some help from our friends at the Canon magazine PhotoPlus, we show you what metering mode to use on your Canon DSLR.

A layman’s guide to ND filters

How to set up and use a variable ND filter: step 2

What is an ND filter used for – and how should you use it? If you’re new to photography you might understandably have a few questions about some of the equipment.

There are a number of things you need to consider when purchasing an ND filter, and in our latest layman’s guide to fundamental gear we answer some of the most common questions photographers have.