Make a calendar using your own photos: creative photo ideas for the new year

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 16/12/2013 00:01am
    Make a calendar using your own photos: creative photo ideas for the new year

    Personalised calendars make a nice change from the typical commercial fare, and they make great gifts too – so why not create your own calendar, using portraits of family or friends, for 2014? In this tutorial we’ll show you how you can use a simple lighting setup and backdrop to create your own home studio.

    How to make a pinhole camera from your DSLR

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 15/12/2013 00:01am
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    In this tutorial we’ll show you how to make a pinhole camera using a really simple method involving nothing more than a spare body cap for you DSLR.

    How to use a monopod correctly… and when you should actually use one

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 11/12/2013 10:46am
    How to use a monopod correctly... and when you should actually use one

    In this quick tutorial we demystify this specialist form of support for your camera and explain how to use a monopod correctly.

    How Live View autofocus works: what your camera’s manual doesn’t tell you

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 06/12/2013 00:01am
    Contrast AF vs Phase detection AF: key differences explained

    When you switch your camera to Live View, the image is no longer reflected up into the viewfinder or down on to the phase-detection AF sensor. It passes straight through to the sensor, which relays the image ‘live’ to the LCD display on the back of the camera. The image on the sensor is also used to check and adjust the focus. In this tutorial we’ll explain just how your camera’s Live View autofocus works and how you can use it to ensure optimum sharpness.

    Car photography: how to create awesome speed without leaving first gear

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 10/11/2013 00:01am
    How to add dramatic background blur to your car photography: step 6

    Giving your car photography a sense of speed doesn’t have to be difficult or dangerous. In this easy-to-follow car photography tutorial we show you how to use a ‘bolt-on’ technique get dramatic photos with blurred backgrounds.

    Shooting raw format photos: 8 questions every beginner wants answered

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 22/10/2013 11:15am
    Shooting raw format photos: 8 questions every beginner wants answered

    Shooting raw format photos means fewer pictures on your card and more time spent editing your images. So why do nearly all pros do it? Below find answers to 8 common questions every beginner has about shooting raw format.

    The best way to use a ball head tripod mount

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 20/10/2013 13:00pm
    How to use a ball head tripod mount: step 4

    If you’ve considered buying a ball head mount to replace your three-way lead, you may be wondering how best to use them. In this tutorial we explain the best way to use a ball head tripod mount to ensure the sharpest pictures possible.

    Variable ND filters: how to capture cool motion-blur effects

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 10/10/2013 12:26pm
    Sports photography tips: how to capture motion blur

    Recently we explained how to use an ND grad filter to rectify murky foregrounds or over-exposed skies. This week we thought we’d show how to use a variable ND filter, which you can use to capture amazing motion-blur effects.

    Raw Processing: can you avoid the computer entirely?

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 01/10/2013 11:15am
    Raw Processing: can you avoid the computer entirely?

    You can! Many DSLRs now have their own raw converters built in via their in-camera editing menu. You can even adjust raw parameters before saving a JPEG conversion. Here’s what you need to know…

    Trompe l’oeil in photography: how to play with perspective and deceive the eye

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 18/09/2013 11:32am
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    Trompe l’oeil, or trick of the eye, is a popular compositional technique that can add some fun to your photography. There are endless ways to do it, and it’s easy to do, but it does take time to find the right subjects and angles for really convincing shots. Here’s how it’s done.

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