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    Off-camera flash: how to stop fearing your flashgun and take control of lighting

    | Photography for Beginners | 03/01/2014 00:01am
    Lighting portraits with off-camera flash

    In this quick guide to off-camera flash we explain everything you need to know about how to take control of lighting.

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

    | Photography for Beginners | 26/12/2013 00:01am
    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

    | Photography for Beginners | 25/12/2013 00:01am
    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 | 17/12/2013 00:01am
    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.

    Focus modes: what happens when you half-press the shutter button?

    | Photography for Beginners | 29/11/2013 12:04pm
    Focus modes: what happens when you half-press the shutter button?

    To activate your autofocus you simply press your shutter button down half-way. But what actually happens when you do…

    How to compose a photograph in Live View

    | Photography for Beginners | 28/11/2013 11:00am
    How to compose a photograph in Live View

    Discover how to compose a photograph and fine tune your framing by previewing your image on your camera’s LCD screen.

    A layman’s guide to camera remote controls

    | Photography for Beginners | 24/11/2013 00:01am
    A layman's guide to camera remote controls

    What is a remote controller for your camera and why is it useful for photographers? Find out in our latest layman’s guide…

    Beginner photography tips: common problems with focus and sharpness

    | Photography for Beginners | 11/11/2013 00:01am
    Beginner photography tips for getting sharp images: set a higher ISO

    In our latest Shoot Like A Pro series we take an in-depth look at some of the most common problems that plague new photographers and explain some simple methods and jargon-free beginner photography tips for avoiding them. This week we turn our attention to focusing and maintaining sharp images.

    How to focus a camera: set your AF mode, stay sharp and when to use manual

    | Photography for Beginners | 05/11/2013 00:01am
    How to focus a camera: set your AF mode, stay sharp and when to use manual

    In this quick guide on how to focus a camera we answer all of the common questions many photographers have about setting the right AF mode and when to use manual focus.

    Beginner photography tips: common mistakes with exposure and colour

    | Photography for Beginners | 04/11/2013 00:01am
    Beginner photography tips: common mistakes with exposure and colour

    In our latest Shoot Like A Pro series we take an in-depth look at some of the most common problems that plague new photographers and explain some simple methods and jargon-free beginner photography tips for avoiding them. This week we turn our attention to exposure and colour, and investigate some of the reasons why your pictures might not look the way you want them to.