Take pictures of snow that sell: plan your snow photography from field to computer

Take pictures of snow that sell: plan your snow photography from field to computer

Just because it’s bitterly cold outside there’s no need to hang up your DSLR until the spring. Admittedly it’s hard to be enthusiastic about heading out to take pictures of snow when the temperature dips below zero, especially when you know you’re going to be standing still for long periods of time. But the visual delights of beautiful frost-covered landscapes and snow photography are sure to make your efforts worthwhile – in fact, you might find that you’re inspired to take your best shots yet.

Mirror Lock-up: the easy way to get sharp, close-up photos

Mirror Lock-up: the easy way to get sharp, close-up photos

Whether you’re shooting close-up macro pictures or sweeping landscape photography, you’re always going to want crisp images. Pin-sharp macro images are particularly hard to achieve because they often require small apertures, which in turn means using slow shutter speeds. Thankfully your camera’s Mirror lock-up function can help rescue your photos from camera shake.

Program Shift: how to combine point-and-shoot with full creative control

Program Shift: how to combine point-and-shoot with full creative control

There are four creative digital camera modes that are worth getting to know, but of these, the P or Program mode is the best place for a complete novice to start. Program mode sets the shutter speed and aperture for you, while still giving you full control over other settings. However, you can switch between these pre-determined shutter speed and aperture combinations by half-pressing the shutter button, using a useful feature known as Program Shift.

Professional Photographer to the Rescue: the secret to shooting wild landscapes

Professional Photographer to the Rescue: the secret to shooting wild landscapes

Last week we kicked off our Professional Photographer to the Rescue series with a guide to music photography and how to work intelligently in a limited time frame. This week we turn to landscape photography, where our resident professional photographer saves a shoot by explaining how to tame wild landscapes with your camera.

Full frame sensor size explained: exploit its advantages for pro-quality pictures

Full frame sensor size explained: exploiting its advantages for pro-quality pictures

The launch of the Nikon D600 and Canon EOS 6D ‘entry-level’ full frame DSLRs has brought the full frame sensor size to a whole new audience. But what can a full frame sensor offer your photography that your crop sensor can’t?

In this post we’ll explore some of the myths and pros and cons of full frame sensors and explain how it can affect the different types of pictures you may take. We’ll also look at ways to fine-tune your shooting technique you really use your full frame sensor to its full potential.

6 custom functions you should know by heart

6 custom functions you should know by heart

Modern DSLRs come with a bewildering array of options to tweak settings. But which of these are safe and sensible to alter? Here are six great custom functions found on most cameras that you should learn how to use.

In-camera flash settings: exploring your built-in flash options

In-camera flash settings: change the flash mode

Your digital camera’s built-in flash may do more than you think. Here is a quick look at some of the in-camera flash settings available to you and what they do.

Professional Photographer to the Rescue: live music photography made simple

Professional Photographer to the Rescue: music photography made simple

In the first of our new series of professional photographer apprentice sessions, we look at ways to reduce some of the common headaches that come with shooting music photography.

DIY Photography Hacks: 4 inexpensive ways to keep your camera dry

4 inexpensive ways to keep your camera dry: make a DIY rain guard

Whether you’re shooting in the rain or taking pictures of the sea, water can cause all sorts of problems for your camera. In our latest DIY Photography Hacks series post we show you 4 simple ways you can keep your camera dry and keep on shooting through any adverse conditions. First we offer two DIY options, and then we suggest two budget camera accessories that can also do the job at little cost. We’ve also included a short video of all these bad weather photography tips in action.

Bracketing explained: what you need to know about maximising detail

Bracketing explained: what you need to know about maximising detail in your photos

Whatever subject you shoot, capturing detail is fundamental. And bracketing your exposures is one of the best and easiest ways to ensure you can produce images with a high dynamic range and bags of detail. A staple on lists of photography tips all over the internet, getting in the routine of bracketing photos will put you in good position for making images of the highest quality.

In this post we’ve answered some of the most common questions about bracketing, as well as explained step-by-step how to bracket exposures and explained the principles of dynamic range and exposure blending.