Focus Stacking: how to extend depth of field in Photoshop

Focus Stacking: how to extend depth of field when shooting close up

Shooting anything up close requires incredible patience and extreme precision. If your close-up photography isn’t sharp then you’re not only wasting pictures, but you’ve wasted hours of your time. In this in-depth tutorial we’ll show you how to use one of the most amazing Photoshop effects macro and close-up photographers can use: focus stacking.

How to take long exposure shots of the sea

Black and white landscape photography: how to make moody minimalist effects

Timing is key to shooting great seascapes. You need to be there at the right time of day, but just as important is the timing of the exposure. For a raging, stormy sea, a fast shutter speed can be appropriate, but with calmer waters, the best approach is to take it slow. Very slow. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to take control of your camera to take long exposure pictures of the sea you can be proud of.

Best camera settings for moving landscapes (free photography cheat sheet)

Best camera settings for moving landscapes (free cheat sheet)

When you first start out in landscape photography, observing a few of the classic conventions can really make a difference to the kind of results you get. Just knowing how to adjust aperture so you get maximum depth of field in an image is a big help, as is understanding some of the classic theories… Continue reading

Compact system cameras explained: 10 things every new photographer must know

Compact system cameras explained: 10 things every new photographer must know

A single lens reflex (SLR) camera used to be the go-to camera for serious photographers, but there’s a now alternative that’s becoming increasingly popular – a compact system camera (CSC). But what is a compact system camera and how does a CSC differ from a DSLR? Our Head of Testing, Angela Nicholson, explains all.

How to take creative control over focus with any subject

Creative Focus: camera tips for static to spontaneous subjects

In today’s world of responsive technology, shooting successful imagery has never been easier. It’s hard to believe that not so long ago, a jostling Fleet Street photographer would have had no choice but to focus camera manually in the photo scrum, as would sports photographers. Can you imagine tracking a fast-moving tennis pro without lightning-quick… Continue reading