Break the rules: become a pro at using backlight to add drama to any photo

Master the backlight effect

Read any guide to successful photography and it will invariably advise you to shoot with the sun behind you to illuminate your subject from the front. This is sound advice, and of course this will often produce very good, evenly lit images. However, rules are sometimes there to be broken – what about shooting directly into the light to create dramatic backlit pictures?

What is ISO? When to increase sensitivity, types of noise and more

What is ISO? When to increase sensitivity, types of noise and more

If you’re new to photography you may have asked yourself, ‘What is ISO?’

Back in the days before digital, film came in a variety of different speeds. The ‘faster’ the film, the more sensitive it was to light – allowing you to use faster shutter speeds than with ‘slower’ film.

Using these higher-sensitivity film emulsions was useful for moving subjects – and particularly so in low light. This film speed was measured using a number of different scales – with two of the best known, the American ASA and German DIN scales, eventually being brought together to give us the standardised ISO system.

How to set up your DSLR for video recording

HDSLR: How to set up your DSLR for video recording

Are you a struggling HDSLR filmmaker? The first step towards shooting a compelling DSLR video is to set up your camera properly. To help you find your way through the puzzling onboard movie-making options, we’ve used a Canon DLSR to explain some of the typical settings you’ll be using when shooting HD video on your DSLR…