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

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

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: 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.

Beginner photography tips: common problems with focus and sharpness

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.

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.