Frame within a frame: composition tricks for adding depth and context

Frame within a frame: composition tricks for adding depth and context

Using a found frame within a frame is a great photo composition trick for filling space and adding depth to an image. In this simple guide we show you how to find your frame within a frame and how to make it work.

Shadow Art: abstract photography effects with everyday items

Shadow Art: abstract photography effects with everyday items

Find out how you can use common household items to create striking shadow art. These simple photography effects can be achieved by anyone and can be shot anywhere, using anything!

Balanced Pictures: using color, shape, light and shade for perfect composition

Using patterns for balanced pictures

Our latest guide to improving photo composition shows you how to create balanced pictures. Find out how to use colours, shapes, light and many other factors to create harmonious compositions.

Depth of Field Preview: the button behind every sharp image you take

How to use your Depth of Field Preview button: step 2

In this tutorial we show you step-by-step how to use your Depth of Field Preview button to check your test shots and ensure everything is as sharp as you want.

Lo-Fi Photography: turn your DSLR into a toy camera

Lo Fi Photography step by step: how to turn your DSLR into a toy camera - Step 1

Lo-Fi photography is enjoying a huge revival at the moment. Using old cameras has become seriously trendy, and there’s now an easy way to get vintage-looking snaps with a modern digital camera.

In this tutorial we show you step-by-step how to set up your camera with a Lomo Diana lens to capture the toy camera effect.

Banish blurry photos: how to keep your foreground interest pin sharp

Banish blurry photos: how to keep foreground interest pin sharp

Don’t rely on centre-point autofocus for your landscape photography. Our tutorial below shows you how to avoid spoiling your excellent photo composition with blurry photos by keeping your foreground interest sharp.

DIY Photography Hacks: make custom bokeh shapes and get creative with blur

How to make a bokeh portrait

Get creative with your photography and learn how to make your own custom bokeh shapes by making your own template at home. Our latest DIY Photography Hacks series post shows you a quick and inexpensive way to produce fun and exciting background blur effects.   The word ‘bokeh’ comes from the Japanese word ‘boke’ meaning blur… Continue reading

Full frame sensor size explained: exploit its advantages for pro-quality pictures

Full frame sensor size explained: exploiting its advantages for pro-quality pictures

The launch of the Nikon D600 and Canon EOS 6D ‘entry-level’ full frame DSLRs has brought the full frame sensor size to a whole new audience. But what can a full frame sensor offer your photography that your crop sensor can’t?

In this post we’ll explore some of the myths and pros and cons of full frame sensors and explain how it can affect the different types of pictures you may take. We’ll also look at ways to fine-tune your shooting technique you really use your full frame sensor to its full potential.

HDR Photography: set up and process your first high dynamic range image

HDR Photography: set up, shoot and process your first high dynamic range image

Capturing a scene with a full range of tones is one of the biggest challenges faced by everyone from amateur to professional photographers. Our tutorial on HDR photography shows you subtle ways around this common photography problem by learning how to set up, shoot and process a high dynamic range image. Even if it isn’t your first time practicing HDR photography, we’re confident you’ll learn something new.

In-camera flash settings: exploring your built-in flash options

In-camera flash settings: change the flash mode

Your digital camera’s built-in flash may do more than you think. Here is a quick look at some of the in-camera flash settings available to you and what they do.