8 camera features they make you think you need, but you really don’t

Nikon J2 features: what's new on the latest Nikon 1 camera

What is an essential camera feature and what is just a camera gimmick? Everyone will hold a different opinion, but here’s our list of some unnecessary features which you can probably do without.

Best cameras for beginners: 5 stellar options you can grow with

Canon EOS 700D: price, release date, specs confirmed

In their latest guest post, the team at Photoventure takes a look at some of the best cameras for beginner photographers – both DSLRs and compact system or mirrorless cameras.

How to hold a camera: getting started with your new DSLR

How to hold a camera: getting started with your new DSLR

More so than any of your new camera’s features, learning how to hold a camera properly will ensure you get the sharpest pictures possible.

How to take an exposure reading on your digital camera

How to nail exposure with spot metering in tricking conditions: Step 1

Even for experienced photographers, the subject of metering and how to take an exposure reading can be confusing, but the basics are easy to get to grips with…

A layman’s guide to depth of field: how to check and affect sharpness like a pro

A layman's guide to depth of field: how to check and affect sharpness like a pro

One of the first steps toward taking more creative photos is learning how to control how much of your picture is in focus. In this quick depth of field tutorial we show you how to check and affect sharpness, as well as answer some of your burning questions

Canon metering modes: how to get perfectly exposed images in any situation

Canon metering modes: how to get perfectly exposed images in any situation

Keep asking yourself what metering mode to use? Discover how to master metering to get perfectly exposed images in every situation. Here, with some help from our friends at the Canon magazine PhotoPlus, we show you what metering mode to use on your Canon DSLR.

A layman’s guide to ND filters

How to set up and use a variable ND filter: step 2

What is an ND filter used for – and how should you use it? If you’re new to photography you might understandably have a few questions about some of the equipment.

There are a number of things you need to consider when purchasing an ND filter, and in our latest layman’s guide to fundamental gear we answer some of the most common questions photographers have.

What is shutter speed: 7 questions new photographers always ask

What is shutter speed: 7 questions new photographers always ask

What is shutter speed? In this quick primer we’ll explain how to use shutter speed to make your exposures faster or slower for instant photographic creativity.

What is aperture: everything you need to know about controlling light creatively

What is aperture: everything you need to know about controlling light creatively

What is aperture in photography? Controlling the amount of light that hits your camera’s sensor isn’t the only role of that big hole in your lens. It also enables you to get creative with depth of field.

In this tutorial we’ll not only answer the question of ‘What is aperture'; we’ll show you how to use your camera’s aperture to start getting creative with light.

What is ISO: camera sensitivity settings (and the best ways to use them)

What is ISO: understanding your camera's sensitivity settings (and the best ways to use them)

What is ISO? Discover how your camera’s sensitivity to light is measured and when you should increase your camera’s ISO setting.