A layman’s guide to depth of field: how to check and affect sharpness like a pro

A layman's guide to depth of field: how to check and affect sharpness like a pro

One of the first steps toward taking more creative photos is learning how to control how much of your picture is in focus. In this quick depth of field tutorial we show you how to check and affect sharpness, as well as answer some of your burning questions

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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?

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

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

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.