High speed photography ideas: how to turn your phone into a sound trigger

High speed photography ideas: how to turn your phone into a sound trigger for split-second action

In this high speed photography tutorial we explain how a simple dongle can transform your phone into a sound trigger, allowing you to capture split-second action in stunning clarity

How to use flash to freeze action with motion blur

How to use flash to freeze action with motion blur

Freezing action and capturing motion blur at the same time may sound like a contradiction but it is possible if you use an external flash. Here’s how it’s done.

DIY Photography Hacks: how to make a clamp to direct off-camera flash

DIY Photography Hacks: how to make a clamp to direct off-camera flash

In our latest DIY Photography Hacks tutorial we show you how to make a really simple clamp for your off-camera flash using a few bits and pieces from around the house!

6 lessons you’ll only learn by shooting with flash

6 lessons you'll only learn by shooting with flash

If you never use flash there are some great effects that you’re missing out on and a few important lessons that you’ll never learn about photography. In their latest guest blog post the photo management experts at Photoventure see if they can persuade you to give using flash a go.

F&V HDR-300 review: is this the best ring light for super-soft lighting?

F&V HDR-300 review: is this the best option for super-soft lighting?

Soft, shadowless light is just the ticket for flattering portraiture or product shots and a ring light is one of the easiest ways to achieve it. Is this F&V HDR-300 your best option? We put it to the test.

6 clever ways to get better lighting from your camera’s pop-up flash

Built-in flash

Most entry- and enthusiast-level cameras come with a pop-up flash, which though not especially powerful, can come in very handy. In this tutorial we’ll show you six built in flash techniques than can help you get the better results from this often overlooked and somewhat maligned feature.

How to buy a flashgun: the most important features every photographer should have

How to buy a flashgun: the most important features you'll want to have

A full-sized flashgun delivers the potential for versatile lighting techniques in wide-ranging conditions. In this quick buyer’s guide we’ll explain how to buy a flashgun by revealing some of the most important features every photographer will want to have.

10 camera techniques to master in 2014: learn basic TTL flash techniques

10 camera techniques to master in 2014: learn basic TTL flash techniques

As our Shoot Like a Pro series on mastering some of the fundamental camera techniques continues we introduce you to several basic TTL flash techniques that can transform your images.

Lighting gels: how to use an orange CTO gel to neutralise orange backgrounds

Lighting gels: how to use an orange CTO gel to neutralise orange backgrounds

Orange backgrounds can be a casualty of using flash at night. In this quick guide we’ll show you how lighting gels like an orange CTO gel can help neutralise the colour in your backgrounds.

77 photography techniques, tips and tricks for taking pictures of anything

77 photography techniques, tips and tricks for taking pictures of anything

Learn new photography techniques – and master old ones – with this essential photographer’s resource. This list of 77 photography techniques to try covers some of the most popular types of photography.