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    Focus tracking: 4 ways to ensure pin-sharp action photos

    | Photography Tips | 04/05/2014 00:01am
    How to use focus tracking: 03 Be ready and steady

    Learn how to track fast-moving subjects using so-called ‘focus tracking’ for pin-sharp action shots.

    Focus and focal length: the true benefits of using a DSLR

    | Photography for Beginners | 18/02/2014 12:34pm
    Focus and focal length: the true benefits of using a DSLR

    Using a DSLR offers a number of unique advantages over compact cameras and smartphones – chief of which is their ability to change lenses. In this quick beginner’s guide we’ll explain some of the key benefits a DSLR offers in terms of focus and focal lengths.

    10 camera techniques to master in 2014: how to focus on moving subjects

    | Photography Tips | 27/01/2014 00:01am
    10 camera techniques to master in 2014: how to focus on moving subjects

    As our Shoot Like a Pro series on mastering some of the fundamental camera techniques continues we turn our attention to moving subjects and how to focus when time is of the essence.

    10 camera techniques to master in 2014

    | Photography for Beginners | 13/01/2014 00:01am
    10 camera techniques to master in 2014

    While it can take years to master the camera techniques you need to take amazing images, whatever your skill level and whatever you choose to shoot, it often pays to keep things simple. Here we’ve put together 10 essential camera techniques every photographer should master.

    How Live View autofocus works: what your camera’s manual doesn’t tell you

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 06/12/2013 00:01am
    Contrast AF vs Phase detection AF: key differences explained

    When you switch your camera to Live View, the image is no longer reflected up into the viewfinder or down on to the phase-detection AF sensor. It passes straight through to the sensor, which relays the image ‘live’ to the LCD display on the back of the camera. The image on the sensor is also used to check and adjust the focus. In this tutorial we’ll explain just how your camera’s Live View autofocus works and how you can use it to ensure optimum sharpness.

    Focus modes: what happens when you half-press the shutter button?

    | Photography for Beginners | 29/11/2013 12:04pm
    Focus modes: what happens when you half-press the shutter button?

    To activate your autofocus you simply press your shutter button down half-way. But what actually happens when you do…

    Autofocus point options: what subjects should each be used with?

    | Photography Tips | 17/11/2013 00:01am
    Autofocus point options: what subjects should each be used with?

    Your DSLR offers a variety of autofocus points, which can be used in different ways. But which focus points should you use, and when? Our cheat sheet explains all.

    Beginner photography tips: common problems with focus and sharpness

    | Photography for Beginners | 11/11/2013 00:01am
    Beginner photography tips for getting sharp images: set a higher ISO

    In our latest Shoot Like A Pro series we take an in-depth look at some of the most common problems that plague new photographers and explain some simple methods and jargon-free beginner photography tips for avoiding them. This week we turn our attention to focusing and maintaining sharp images.

    How to focus a camera: set your AF mode, stay sharp and when to use manual

    | Photography for Beginners | 05/11/2013 00:01am
    How to focus a camera: set your AF mode, stay sharp and when to use manual

    In this quick guide on how to focus a camera we answer all of the common questions many photographers have about setting the right AF mode and when to use manual focus.

    Phase detection autofocus: how your DSLR’s AF system actually works

    | Photography for Beginners | 01/11/2013 12:11pm
    Phase detection autofocus: how your DSLR's AF system actually works

    Have you ever wondered how your DSLR’s AF system works? Unlike other types of digital cameras, DSLRs use a phase detection autofocus system to get your subjects pin-sharp. Knowing how this works helps you learn how to focus more efficiently, and our latest photography cheat sheet illustrates exactly what your camera is doing when you half-press the shutter button.