White balance explained: how cameras correct the color of different types of light

White balance explained: how your camera corrects the colour of different kinds of lighting

The White Balance setting you choose will change the colour balance in your pictures, making it warmer or cooler depending on how the sort of light you’re shooting in affects things.

Using Auto White Balance is the simple option, but your camera’s White Balance presets give you more control over colour.

10 camera techniques to master in 2014

10 camera techniques to master in 2014

While it can take years to master the camera techniques you need to take amazing images, whatever your skill level and whatever you choose to shoot, it often pays to keep things simple. Here we’ve put together 10 essential camera techniques every photographer should master.

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.