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    8 reasons why cheap kit lenses are the perfect lens

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 05/04/2014 00:01am
    8 reasons why cheap kit lenses are the perfect lens

    The low-cost kit lenses you get with digital SLRs or compact system cameras don’t have much of a reputation, but is that fair? They might be cheap, they might be light, they might not have earth-shattering specifications, but they do have some qualities and advantages that are all too easily overlooked. Here are eight reasons why cheap kit lenses are the perfect lens.

    Full-frame lenses: 4 quick tips for the first-timer

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 03/04/2014 12:41pm
    Full-frame lenses: 4 quick tips for the first-timer

    All lenses create a circular image, and your camera’s sensor simply records a rectangular portion of this. A full-frame compatible lens creates an image circle the covers the full-frame sensor, and provides a cropped image with a smaller ‘crop-factor’ sensor. In this quick guide we offer four must-know tips for getting to grips with full-frame lenses for the first time.

    How to buy a flashgun: the most important features every photographer should have

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 18/03/2014 00:01am
    How to buy a flashgun: the most important features you'll want to have

    A full-sized flashgun delivers the potential for versatile lighting techniques in wide-ranging conditions. In this quick buyer’s guide we’ll explain how to buy a flashgun by revealing some of the most important features every photographer will want to have.

    Stop wasting landscapes: 3 ways to avoid sloping horizons in your images

    | Photography Tutorials | 04/01/2014 00:01am
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    Never let your landscape shots be thwarted by wonky horizons again! Here’s how…

    How to shift and bracket white balance: an easy method for fine-tuning colour

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 21/12/2013 00:01am
    How to shift and bracket the white balance: a simple method for fine-tuning colour

    Looking for a simple way to manually fine-tune the colours of your pictures. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to shift and bracket the white balance to get images that look the way you want them to look.

    Abstract self-portrait photography: get creative with your camera’s focus ring

    | Photography Tutorials | 20/12/2013 11:00am
    Abstract self-portrait photography: get creative with your camera's focus ring

    Taking an intentionally blurry photo? It may sound sacrilege, but sometimes it can be fun to break the rules of photography. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to take an abstract self-portrait that will make you look like a genius. Which you are.

    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.

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