31 impressive photographs of star trails

    | Inspire | 07/06/2012 14:04pm
    Forsaken Lincoln Harrison

    Photographing star trails involves one of the trickiest photography techniques to master. If you want to give it a go, we have just the tutorial you need to get you started with your star trail photography! In the meantime, take a look at these incredible captures of star trails.

    Luminosity masks: why raw HDR is the best HDR

    | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 27/11/2012 02:00am
    Luminosity masks: why raw HDR is the best HDR

    This luminosity mask technique enables you to create the perfect raw HDR image by blending two exposures according to lightness, not just area. This is a variation on the traditional HDR photography technique, but because we want to darken highlights and lighten shadows throughout the image rather than in selected areas, we’ll blend the images in a different way.

    Analogue in a digital world: Interview with the Holga Inspire team

    | Photo Ideas | 09/04/2012 08:30am

    Holga produce low-spec analogue cameras that go against the grain of the digital age. Founded in 1981, they are still going strong in spite of the ever technologically evolving camera industry. We talk to Holga about their place in the world of photography today.

    How to use a camera: exposure modes made simple

    | Photography Tips | 11/03/2013 01:00am
    How to use a camera: exposure modes made simple

    Buying a good camera and staying on auto settings is like buying a Porsche for the school run. In our latest Shoot Like A Pro series we show you how to use a camera in a more meaningful way that lets you take control of the picture-taking process.

    In this series we’ll run through all of your camera’s exposure modes and explain when – and why – you should use them. This week we’ll start with Program Mode.

    Choosing the best ND filter: remember these 4 tips (and save this cheat sheet!)

    | Landscape, Photography Tips | 03/08/2012 11:00am
    How to choose the best ND filter for your camera: 4 tips for deciding which one is right for you

    ND filters are sold in different strengths, and different scales are used to measure this. Some use an NDxx number, others refer to optical density, and some refer to the light reduction in EV or ‘stops’. Below we’ve served up four of our best tips for choosing the best ND filter for your DSLR.

    5 creative photo editing tricks for Adobe Camera Raw

    | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 20/11/2012 02:00am
    5 creative photo editing tricks for Adobe Camera Raw

    In the latest post of our ongoing Raw Tuesday series on editing raw format images we show you five simple ways to add a variety of creative Photoshop effects and cool photo editing tricks using only the tools in Adobe Camera Raw.

    33 myths of the professional photographer

    | Photography Tips, Portraits | 07/06/2012 04:00am
    33 myths of the professional photographer

    The professional photographer is often associated with a glamorous lifestyle and lots of money. However, sadly this stereotype is not the reality.

    Professional female portrait photographer Kelly Weech debunks 33 of the most common myths of the professional photographer and reveals what life is really like for those who get paid to take pictures.

    In pictures: 31 examples of the most electrifying lightning photography

    | Inspire | 03/05/2012 12:24pm
    Lennie Mahler, Sprite

    Lightning is one of the most difficult subjects to photograph. It is brief and unpredictable and often rain, wind and severe weather conditions go along with it, making it not only difficult to photograph but also dangerous. In order to get a decent shot an element of luck is involved! It is best to set your camera to Burst Mode for continuous high-speed shooting, which will increase your chances of capturing that elusive lightning bolt.

    Your tilt-shift lens: more than just a miniature effect maker

    | Photography Tips | 21/09/2012 02:00am
    How your tilt-shift lens can solve the most annoying photography mistakes: free photography cheat sheet

    Everyone has probably heard of tilt-shift lenses. A tilt-shift lens is named as such because it has a ‘tilt’ mechanism that changes the angle of the lens relative to the body, tilting it to the left or right, or up or down. It also has a ‘shift’ mechanism that shifts the lens up or down or from side to side.

    In our latest photography cheat sheet below we’ve illustrated how a tilt-shift lens can be used to correct some of the common photography problems that plague many photographers.

    Emotional Images: how to add feeling with muted tones and harmonious color

    | Photography Tips | 28/03/2013 03:00am
    Using harmonious color schemes

    Find out how to convey mood and make emotional images by using muted tones and harmonious color schemes. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to shoot on-trend emotional images without any fancy software.