Talon-ted Photographers: 10 top tips for pictures of birds in flight

Bird photography tips: 10 ways to get better pictures of birds

Are you having trouble taking decent photos of birds in flight? Don’t worry, it’s a common problem and doesn’t mean you’re not a talon-ted photographer.

From getting an accurate exposure of your subject against all that bright sky to simply being in the right place at the right time, one of the more challenging genres you’ll ever attempt will be bird photography. Tips and techniques abound, but we’ve put together what we believe are the 10 most fundamental rules you should follow when taking pictures of birds in flight.

Digital camera effects from A-Z

Digital camera effects from A-Z

26 digital camera tricks and techniques to help you get more creative with your DSLR. From abstracts to zoom bursts, there’s sure to be an in-camera effect you’ll want to try.

Photoshop is great for enhancing and adding effects to your images, but nothing beats capturing it all in-camera in the first place. With that in mind, here’s our A-Z of 26 fantastic effects and tricks you can try with your digital camera.

Photo Ideas: break the rules with white balance for abstract pictures

Photo Ideas: break the rules of white balance to create abstract pictures

The coast holds a special allure for many photographers, and it’s easy to see why. The drama of the changing sea can be used to express a wide range of emotions, from the turbulent to the sublime. In this photography tutorial we’ve decided to see if we can capture the sea at the calm end of the mood scale by breaking some of the conventional rules around white balance and capturing realistic tones to create a more abstract picture.

Photo tutorial: how to take a light reading using grey card

Photo tutorial: how to take a light reading using grey card

Everyone, of any ability, who has taken a picture with a digital camera knows that getting the tones right will make or break your image. Choosing the right part of a scene to meter from is crucial, but how do you which part of the scene is best?

When taking a light reading you want to find a midtone somewhere in the scene, or even just out of the frame. This could be light-coloured foliage, or even a Caucasian face. However, sometimes there won’t be anything around that’s the right tone for you to take a light reading. In these instances, using grey card can help you achieve perfect tones.

53 essential photo ideas for winter

53 essential photo ideas for winter

Just because it’s miserable outside doesn’t mean you can’t take great winter photos. With a bit of imagination and perhaps some warm clothes, there is no reason your photography has to hibernate for the winter.

Winter offers some wonderful picture-taking opportunities, both outdoors and in, and we hope this list of 53 photo ideas inspires you to crawl out from under your duvet. Snow, rain and frost make great subjects, and the constantly changing light can be both a challenge and a revelation.

Pentax Q sales ‘disappointing,’ company admits

Pentax Q sales 'disappointing'

Pentax has admitted that its first compact system camera, the Pentax Q, is not selling as well as the company had hoped.

Speaking at the launch of the Pentax K-01, the company’s newest compact system camera the General Manager for Pentax UK, Jonathan Martin, told our sister website TechRadar, “Though it [the Q] has been well received, we haven’t seen the numbers that we would have liked to.”

2011 – the year in cameras

Sony A77 was released in 2011

A lot’s happened over the last 12 months and while 2011 wasn’t a great year for major SLR releases, it will go down as the year that compact system cameras came of age. Here’s a pithy overview of the last year in cameras from our sister website, TechRadar.com. Go to http://www.techradar.com/news/photography-video-capture/cameras/2011-the-year-in-cameras-1049704