Common mistakes at every shutter speed (and how to avoid them)

Common mistakes with shutter speeds (and the best settings to overcome them)

At a basic level, shutter speed is used to control exposure, but it can also be used as a creative tool that freezes action or adds dramatic blur to moving subjects. In this tutorial we’ll explain some of the common mistakes you might encounter while trying to achieve the five classic shutter speed effects of freezing movement, blurring action, using blur creatively, long exposures and night photography.

Night Photography Tips: 9 essential steps for beginners

Night photography tips: 9 essential steps for beginners

Has Seasonal Affective Disorder got you particularly down about your night photography and low light pictures in general? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. It’s one of the more challenging subjects in photography. Learn how to take better photos at night with these 9 carefully selected night photography tips for beginners. Whether you want to learn… Continue reading

14 portrait photography tips you’ll never want to forget

How to shoot candid portrait photography: step 6

Although many photographers upgrade to a decent SLR to take family portraits or pictures of friends, getting great shots of people is always a challenge. The difference between amateur and professional portraits can be vast. So we’ve compiled this list of 14 of the most important portrait photography tips for any photographer, to help you improve the quality of the pictures you take.

Flash photography tips: external flash techniques anyone can understand

A cheat sheet for getting the best results possible from your external flash

In this post we run through some of the most effective techniques for using your external flash unit, the most useful accessories, set-ups and more. We’ve also provided a couple handy flash photography cheat sheets to help illustrate the techniques we’re talking about.