All the gear and no idea: Sony back up their ad campaign

All the gear and no idea: the story behind the new Sony CSC ad campaign

UPDATED POST. In an effort to boost sales of Sony’s compact system cameras, Sony Australia has come up with an online – and slightly off-the-wall – marketing campaign. It has produced a series of videos poking gentle (but acutely-observed) fun at stereotypical DSLR users, with the tag line ‘All the gear and no idea’.

Professional Photographer to the Rescue: wedding photography I do’s and don’ts

Professional Photographer to the Rescue: wedding photography I do's and don'ts

So far in our Professional Photographer to the Rescue series we’ve revealed a pro’s tips for music photography and the secret to shooting wild landscapes. This week we meet a professional photographer from one of the more stressful niches you can shoot: wedding photography. Our pro joins an amateur photographer on his first wedding shoot, offering his expert wedding photography tips and insider knowledge on the best equipment to have, posing tips, photo ideas and more.

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.