Getting better exposures: handheld light meter vs camera metering

Getting better exposures: Handheld light meter vs camera metering

Why would you use a handheld light meter when your DSLR has a metering system built in? Because Incident light readings can make light work of tricky subjects.

Getting it right in camera: what does that really mean?

Best ring flash for photographers: 5 top models tested and rated

Many photographers like to talk about ‘getting it right in camera’, but what does that really mean in an age when digital imaging can be considered a data gathering exercise? In their latest guest blog post the team at Photoventure explain all…

Camera exposure tricks: the quickest way to rescue over- and under-exposure

Camera exposure tricks: the quickest way to rescue over- and under-exposure

Do your images turn out too dark or too light? We show you the quickest and easiest way to put them right… using your camera’s exposure compensation feature.

Try these 4 pro tips for perfectly exposed portraits

How to shoot perfectly exposed portraits: 01 Set a wide aperture

Use these three professional portrait photography tips and learn how to take control of exposure to avoid under-exposed people pictures.

3 camera lessons every new photographer should learn (free cheat sheet)

3 camera lessons every new photographer should learn (free cheat sheet)

If you’ve just bought your first camera, you’re probably finding a bit of a learning curve in getting up to speed with all of its bells and whistles. Before you get you get started, there are three fundamental concepts you need to understand: how your camera’s shutter speed scale works; how focal length affects your composition; and how your aperture controls what’s sharp.

6 exposure tricks for coping with awkward subjects

6 exposure tricks for coping with awkward subjects

There’s no one ‘right’ way to use your camera’s exposure system, but here are some strategies we like to use when working with challenging subjects and conditions.

Backlighting subjects: 4 advanced tips for dramatically lit photos

Backlighting subjects: 4 advanced tips for producing dramatic photos

Backlighting is one of the most attractive forms of lighting for photography but it can present a big challenge, not least when it comes to exposure.

4 common problems with dynamic range (and what you can do about it)

4 common problems with dynamic range (and what you can do about it)

Dynamic range is at the heart of exposure theory, and nowadays it’s much easier to measure. However, there are four situations where dynamic range can be an issue for photographers.

Our photography cheat sheet spells out these four common problems with dynamic range and explains what you can do to make sure you get it right.

How to combine photos to achieve perfectly balanced exposures

Final tips for exposure blending

Discover the secret of exposure blending. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to combine photos to improve skies and achieve perfect balance in high-contrast scenes.

How to expose for landscapes: secrets to in-camera metering & which modes to use

How to expose for landscape photography: every question answered

Are you frustrated by landscape images that look too bright or too dark? In our guide on how to expose for landscape photography we answer all of the common questions photographers have about exposure and metering. You’ll learn the basics of in-camera metering and which metering mode to use (and when).