Focus modes: how, when and why you need to change your AF settings

    | Photography Tips | 13/11/2012 12:04pm
    Focus modes: how, when and why you need to change your AF settings

    Picking the right AF mode for your subject is essential if you want sharp results. Most DSLRs come with one manual focusing mode and three auto options, including single shot, continuous and an automatic mode that switches between the two. These auto modes all work the same way (lightly press the shutter release and the lens will focus) but each suits a different type of subject. Here’s how each of your options work and when and why you want to use them.

    Digital camera modes explained: choose the best shooting mode for your subject

    | Photography for Beginners | 12/11/2012 12:23pm
    Digital camera modes explained: choose the best shooting mode for your subject

    On most DSLRs, the Mode dial is split into three sections: Scene modes (for doing point-and-shoot photography in specific conditions); full point-and-shoot Auto mode and the Program AE, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual modes, which give varying degrees of control over your shots. In our latest beginner photography tutorial we explain how your digital [...]

    Expose to the right: the camera technique every landscape photographer must know

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 07/11/2012 02:00am
    Expose to the right: the one camera technique every photographer must know

    Learning to expose to the right can be one of the most valuable photography tips you learn as a photographer. Our in-depth guide explains exactly why, when and how you should do it.

    Composing pictures with foreground interest: simple ways to draw in the eye

    | Landscape, Photography Tips | 30/10/2012 12:08pm
    Composing pictures with foreground interest: simple ways to draw in the eye

    However strong the mid-ground and background in your landscape shot, it will fall at the first hurdle if it lacks foreground interest. There’s nothing particularly complex about this element of photo composition theory; it’s simply about composing pictures so that there’s an object or natural feature in your landscape image that strikes the viewer’s eye and leads it into the shot.

    Bridal photography tips: a surefire way to preserve highlights in the wedding dress

    | Photography Tips, Weddings | 29/10/2012 11:46am
    Bridal photography tips: best camera settings to preserve highlights in the wedding dress

    While there are all sorts of wedding photography tips out there advising on everything from portrait lighting and off-camera flash techniques to the best couple poses, we thought we would offer some very specific advice for which we often get asked: namely, how to preserve the highlights in the wedding dress when shooting bridal photography.

    Vignetting: quick fixes and how to avoid it entirely

    | Landscape, Photography Tips | 24/10/2012 11:30am
    How to correct vignetting: step 2

    If the corners or edges of your images sometimes appear much darker than the rest of the frame, vignetting is probably the culprit. Vignetting is aberration that occurs when less light reaches the corners of the camera’s sensor, and in the resulting image these areas are more under-exposed (or darker) than the centre. In this post we show you some simple ways to banish it forever.

    Building photography: tips for pro results without the specialist gear

    | Photography Tips | 24/10/2012 02:00am
    Building photography: tips for pro results without the specialist gear

    Cities offer huge image potential for photographers with a creative eye, and shooting building photography is a great way to extend your portfolio. You don’t need lots of specialist (and pricey) equipment to for top-notch pictures of buildings; you can get started with just a camera and a few basic lenses.

    Reduce Noise: a quick, proven method for bagging clean images

    | Photography Tips | 23/10/2012 16:30pm
    Set up your camera to reduce noise: step 3

    Disappointed by grainy images? Reduce noise now with our quick step-by-step tutorial.

    What is resolution? How to get maximum detail in images

    | Photography for Beginners | 22/10/2012 16:30pm
    What is resolution? How to get maximum detail in images

    What is resolution? If you want the maximum detail in your images, it’s not just about pixels. We explain why, first by answering some of the common questions people have about camera resolution, and then we’ll show you step-by-step how to change image resolution.

    Bulb Mode: how to get pro-quality shots in low light

    | Night, Photography Tips | 18/10/2012 16:30pm
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    The longest automatic shutter speed setting on digital cameras is 30 seconds, which is fine for most subjects. However, there are some situations when you need to make much longer exposures – after dark, for example. This is where your camera’s Bulb mode – (B) exposure setting – comes in. This handy setting allows you to hold the shutter open for as long as required, enabling exposures of minutes (or hours) to be made.

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