One of the first rules of photography is that the subject should be sharp. Most modern cameras offer a number of ways of achieving sharp photos, and in this post we’re going to look at the most important digital camera focus techniques and the best settings to use. We’ll look at how to select the AF point and which focus mode to use.
Through-the-viewfinder photography, otherwise known as TTV, is a great way to spice up your pictures. The idea is to take a picture through the viewfinder of another camera. Naturally, this will reduce the quality of the picture, but it’s precisely this distressed, grungy look we’re after.
In the latest installment of our DIY Photography Hacks series, find out how common items like foam, straws and Velcro can increase the power of your flashgun.
Aircraft photography is a genre in its own right, and while single aircraft – whether on the ground or in flight – can make great subjects, airshow displays featuring formations of colourful planes twisting and swooping through the sky present some of the best opportunities for capturing truly spectacular pictures of planes.
Taking group pictures isn’t easy. But while you can’t stop cheesy grins, you can make sure faces are in focus by learning how to control the depth of field.
Shooting water drop photography is a fun and simple way to get creative effects, particularly when you use food colouring to make a range of cool colours. By using high-speed flash you’re sure to freeze the action and get impressive results – and it’s so easy to do! In this tutorial we’re going to show you how to make your own home water drop photography setup, and demonstrate how to capture the drops in a split second.
Cleaning your photographic equipment is essential, especially when it comes to lenses. In this tutorial we’ll show you in just four simple steps how to clean a camera lens so you can enjoy blemish-free photos.
If you’ve ever taken a shot in sunlight, or any other situation where the brightness range is high, the chances are your camera will have lost some detail in the darkest parts of the picture, the brightest parts or both. The problem isn’t to do with exposure. It’s because the difference between the brightest and darkest areas, or ‘dynamic range’, is so great that you can’t find a single exposure that can capture them both.
Here we explain how to check if you’re capturing all the tones in a scene, typical problem areas and simple ways you can boost your dynamic range.
Whether you choose to blur it or keep it sharp, an attractive background is key to successful outdoor portraits. In the second part of our Shoot Like A Pro series on outdoor portrait photography we show you how to take control of depth of field.
There is something truly magical about the warm glow of shooting sunrise or sunset photography. The gloriously intense colours often inspire photographers to pick up their cameras, but how many times of you been disappointed by your results? Use these tips for fine-tuning exposure and white balance so you never again shoot sunset photography with washed-out colours.