Beginner photography tips: common mistakes with exposure and colour

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.

A layman’s guide to wireless flash triggers

A layman's guide to wireless flash triggers

What is a wireless flash trigger good for? There are lots of things to think about when using off-camera flash, but using a wireless flash trigger can make the process much simpler. In our latest Layman’s Guide we answer all the common questions beginner photographers have about wireless flash triggers.

Phase detection autofocus: how your DSLR’s AF system actually works

Phase detection autofocus: how your DSLR's AF system actually works

Have you ever wondered how your DSLR’s AF system works? Unlike other types of digital cameras, DSLRs use a phase detection autofocus system to get your subjects pin-sharp. Knowing how this works helps you learn how to focus more efficiently, and our latest photography cheat sheet illustrates exactly what your camera is doing when you half-press the shutter button.

Beginner photography tips: the most common mistakes and how to avoid them

Beginner photography mistakes (and how to avoid them): take control of your DSLR

In our latest Shoot Like A Pro series we take an in-depth look at some of the most common beginner photography problems and explain some simple methods to avoid them.

Exposure Triangle cheat sheet: understanding aperture, shutter speed and ISO

Exposure Triangle cheat sheet: understanding aperture, shutter speed and ISO

The Exposure Triangle sounds like the name of a complex spy novel, but in reality this is the term used for the three fundamental elements of exposure: aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Our latest photography cheat sheet illustrates the Exposure Triangle and how it affects your camera settings.

A layman’s guide to gimbal heads

A layman's guide to gimbal heads

What is a gimbal head? Put simply, a gimbal head is a device that keeps the weight of your camera and lens centralised when shooting with large, heavy telephoto lenses. In this quick guide we answer all the questions you might have about gimbal heads, such as when and why you might use them.

White Balance: Photoshop fixes and in-camera solutions for any situation

Correcting white balance in Adobe Camera Raw

What is white balance? In this in-depth guide we explain everything you need to know to make the most of your digital camera’s built-in color balance options. Starting with some of the common questions people have about taking control of white balance, we’ll move on to explain how to fine tune white balance in-camera, white balance Photoshop fixes… and why it’s OK to use the wrong setting!

Avoid focus errors: how to use autofocus in your everyday photography

How to focus on off-centre subjects: take the shot

Focusing errors can ruin even the best composed images. In this quick guide we answer some of the common questions people have about how to use autofocus in their everyday photography.

Autofocus vs manual: how to take control of focus in problem foregrounds

How to take control of autofocus: step 2

Your camera is like a faithful and efficient assistant, but it’s not the brains of the outfit. Some scenes can fool your camera into thinking that something else is the more important subject. In these situations you might debate whether to use autofocus vs manual mode, but there’s no reason you can’t still use autofocus. Your camera’s AF system usually gets it right, but you need to know when it won’t… and what you can do about it.

Custom functions: a jargon-free guide to unlocking the power of your DSLR

Custom functions: a jargon-free guide to unlocking the power of your DSLR

What are custom functions? In this no-nonsense guide we cut out the jargon and explain your DSLR’s array of options to tweak settings, as well as which of these are safe and sensible to alter.