F&V HDR-300 review: is this the best ring light for super-soft lighting?

F&V HDR-300 review: is this the best option for super-soft lighting?

Soft, shadowless light is just the ticket for flattering portraiture or product shots and a ring light is one of the easiest ways to achieve it. Is this F&V HDR-300 your best option? We put it to the test.

This Week In Photography – 19-25 May 2014

This Week In Photography - 19-25 May 2014

Welcome to the latest installment of our new weekly news section, with the stories that matter to serious photographers, along with pithy comment and insightful analysis
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Best ND filter: 6 top models tested and rated

Best ND filter: 6 top models tested and rated

Bright light isn’t always a good thing. Get some serious stopping power as we test six of the top options to find the best ND filter for photographers…

9 filter mistakes every photographer makes (and how to avoid them)

10 tips for using your 10-stop ND filter: everything you need to know to ensure sharp photos

In this tutorial our head of testing, Angela Nicholson, takes a look at some of the biggest mistakes photographers make when using filters, and explains how to avoid them.

Best reflector for photography: 5 top models tested and rated

PhotoPlus - Help Me Buy feature on photographic reflectors. 4 March 2014.

A photographic reflector is a cheap, simple bit of kit that can transform your photography. We’ve tested 5 reflectors to see which is best…

8 tripod mistakes every photographer makes (and how to get it right)

8 tripod mistakes every photographer makes (and how to get it right)

A tripod is one of the most essential accessories available to a photographer, but it’s also one of the most misused. Our Head of Testing, Angela Nicholson, looks at some of the most common mistakes that photographers make with their tripod and explains how to avoid them.

Best A3 photo printers: 6 options tested and rated

A3 Photo Printers

A3 photo printers let you print lab-quality images at home. But, with prices ranging considerably, you want to be sure that you get the right one. We’ve tested six of the best A3 photo printers priced between £230 and £650 to help you make your choice. Here’s how the contenders measured up.

8 unbelievable ways to beat camera shake

8 unbelievable ways to beat camera shake

Although tripods and monopods are the usual tools of choice for supporting a camera and keeping it still, they’re not the only solution. Take a look at a few of these ideas that can help with capturing shake-free images.

Nest Traveller NT-6294AK review: does this new tripod throw down the gauntlet?

Nest Traveller NT-6294AK review: does this new tripod throw down the gauntlet?

The Nest Traveller NT-6294AK is lightweight, can support a hefty 20kg load and costs £200. Is this the perfect tripod? Find out in our review.

A layman’s guide to ND filters

How to set up and use a variable ND filter: step 2

What is an ND filter used for – and how should you use it? If you’re new to photography you might understandably have a few questions about some of the equipment.

There are a number of things you need to consider when purchasing an ND filter, and in our latest layman’s guide to fundamental gear we answer some of the most common questions photographers have.