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.

7 ways that photographers keep letting themselves down

Best ring flash for photographers: 5 top models tested and rated

Which of these photography mistakes are you making and what can you do about it?

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.

8 reasons your photos still look like snapshots

Learn how to use natural light in your landscape photography

No photographer started creating magic the minute they picked up a camera. It can take months or years of work until you’re completely happy with the pictures you take. But there are some steps you can take today to stop your photos looking like snapshots. Here are some suggestions…

Getting it right in camera: what does that really mean?

Best ring flash for photographers: 5 top models tested and rated

Many photographers like to talk about ‘getting it right in camera’, but what does that really mean in an age when digital imaging can be considered a data gathering exercise? In their latest guest blog post the team at Photoventure explain all…

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.

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.