So you’ve just started out in photography? 16 universal truths

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There’s so much to take in when you start out in photography: rules for composition, exposure, digital workflow, image editing tricks and more.

But there are some less-obvious photographic truths that aren’t generally covered by photography technique guides.

Much of this stuff you only really appreciate with the benefit of hindsight – so here are 16 universal truths that you’ll be agreeing with soon.

A layman’s guide to LCD screens

Fine tune image sharpness using Live View

What is an LCD screen and why is it an important part of your camera? If you’re new to photography you might understandably have a few questions about some of the technology and equipment.

In our latest layman’s guide we answer some of the most common questions photographers have about LCD screens and how to use them.

Angle of view: how to choose the right focal length to frame your image

Angle of view: how to choose the right focal length to frame your image

When framing a photograph, it’s not just the focal length that matters. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to choose the optimum angle of view for your scene, as well as explain how to choose the right lenses and the difference between angle of view vs field of view.

How to change a camera lens properly

How to change a camera lens

A major benefit of using a DSLR is that you can choose from a variety of lenses suited to particular photographic situations, but knowing how to change a camera lens safely to avoid damaging your lens or the inside of your camera is one of the first photography tips for beginners that one should learn.

6 classic composition techniques every photographer should know

How to compose images for maximum impact: move closer

While you may never develop the God-like framing genius of a Cartier Bresson, hard work and perseverance will definitely get you further down the road to better pictures (and even HCB had to work hard at it, over a long career).

With this in mind, here is a quick reminder of some tried and tested compositional techniques and theories to make your framing look classier.