Knowing how much of your scene you can capture at each lens’ focal length is a conundrum every photographer has come up against.
In our latest photography cheat sheet we aimed to illustrate some of the differences a different lens focal length can have both in terms of how your image looks and how much of your scene your camera is able to include.
What is focal length, many new photographers ask? Focal length is how long a lens is, right?
Not exactly, no. Understanding focal length is much more than just the range of numbers marked on your lens. Below we’ll answer some of the common questions photographers have about focal length, as well as compare the effects different lenses can produce.
The tripod is one of the more central photo accessories to any photographer’s kit bag. But how do you know the best tripod head to use for the type of shots you want? We answer five key questions every novice needs to know about choosing a tripod head.
When photographers talk about ‘taking a reading’ or ‘metering a subject’, they’re usually talking about taking a Spot or Partial meter reading from a specific area in a scene and locking the exposure in. This guarantees that the subject you’re metering for will be exposed correctly.
Have you ever thought about how your camera shutter actually works to regulate the brightness of your photos? Shutter speed is one of those fundamental controls on our camera that we take for granted, but knowing how it works will give you the knowledge you need to start taking pictures with more authority. Our latest photography cheat sheet illustrates how each component of your camera’s shutter works in tandem.
Understanding exposure can be confusing, so allow us to break it down and start with the basics. When taking photographs, an image is recorded by light reaching your digital camera’s sensor. Here we explain the different ways your camera uses light to produce a well-exposed scene.
While we like to divide ourselves into groups of beginner photographers, advanced photographers, professional photographers – even famous photographers – and so on, the truth is we all play by the same sets of rules. Often we’ve found that going back and reading ‘beginner’ photography tutorials has provided us with new inspiration to go out and break the rules to try something different.
With this in mind, we’ve rounded up 7 of our most popular ‘beginner’ photography tutorials that we believe are worth another read.
New to using battery grips? Here are four key things every first timer should know about how they work and when to use them.
What is aperture, you might be wondering if you’re new to photography? Your digital camera’s aperture is simply a hole in the lens – a variable diaphragm that can be made larger or smaller – to control how much light reaches the sensor. In this quick tutorial we will explain what you need to know to get started taking more control of your depth of field, photography skills and when you can put these into practice.
Cameras don’t take great pictures, photographers do. Your DSLR has several features that can help you out with taking amazing photos, but only you can decide where to stand, which way to point the lens and when to fire the shutter. Consider each of these elements to find the perfect photo composition every time you shoot.