10 camera settings you don’t use (and which you probably should)

10 camera settings you don't use (and which you probably should)

It’s easy to fall into a pattern when you take pictures, favouring some subjects and overlooking others, and sticking to the camera settings you know rather than experimenting with those you don’t.

But here are 10 shooting options you should explore in order to get the most from your camera…

Flat Light: how to bring your dull images back to life

Flat Light: how to bring your dull images back to life

Is flat light killing your landscape photography? These great camera tips from a seasoned professional photographer will show you how to take control of flat light and use it to your advantage.

Depth of Field Preview: the button behind every sharp image you take

How to use your Depth of Field Preview button: step 2

In this tutorial we show you step-by-step how to use your Depth of Field Preview button to check your test shots and ensure everything is as sharp as you want.

Canon Tips: what’s the best metering mode to use with autofocus?

Metering Modes & Midtones: how to ensure an accurate reading

Want to learn how to get more out of your Canon DSLR? Find out how to use your camera’s metering modes so you can get better results when using the Auto Focus setting.

Lens Distortion: 3 ways to fine tune your lens’ performance

How to change lenses safely: step 5

Improve focusing and remove distracting lens distortion from your images with these three tips for getting more precise focus and professional-looking photos.

What is HDR? Everything you ever wanted to know about high dynamic range images

What is HDR? Everything you ever wanted to know about high dynamic range images

So what is HDR photography all about? In short, HDR techniques allow you to take pictures of high-contrast scenes and preserve all that important shadow and highlight detail. But it comes with a lot of jargon. Here we answer all the common questions about HDR images.

Sky Photography: how to take pictures of the sky that dramatically fill your frame

Sky Photography: how to take pictures of the sky that dramatically fill your frame

Big sky photography can give your landscape photos immediate impact, but how do you cope with the obvious contrast issues when taking pictures of the sky? Follow these simple DSLR tips and learn exactly how to adapt your approach to sky photography that fills your frame.

Professional Photographer to the Rescue: close-up photography tips you can trust

Professional Photographer to the Rescue: close-up photography

In our latest Professional Photographer to the Rescue post, leading wildlife and nature photographer Heather Angel shows our apprentice essential camera skills for taking close-up photography of insects and other small subjects.

Live View: how to use it on any camera… and when to turn it off

Live View: how to use it on any camera... and when to turn it off

Learn when and how to use live view on any camera. Our head of testing, Angela Nicholson, explains everything you need to know about your camera’s most underrated feature.

Hands-free photography: 4 ways to take pictures without touching your camera

Hands-free photography: 4 ways to take pictures without touching your camera

Whether you want to banish camera shake in low light or avoid scaring wildlife, here are four simple ways to fire the shutter without touching your camera.