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.

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

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

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… Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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.