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.

    DSLR focusing features explained: your camera’s options and how to use them

    | Photography Tips | 20/10/2013 00:01am
    DSLR focusing features explained: your camera's options and how to use them

    There are a number of typical DSLR focusing features that can make all the difference between a pin-sharp image and a blurry mess. In this cheat sheet we illustrate where to find these focusing features on your DSLR – and what they do.

    Back-button AF: how to master this professional time-saver

    | Photography Tips | 04/10/2013 12:18pm
    Back-button AF: how to master this professional time-saver

    Avoid switching betwen AF modes and ensure sharp images with this clever back button focus technique. In this tutorial we’ll explain why professional photographers often rely on back button AF to guarantee best results.

    Avoid focus errors: how to use autofocus in your everyday photography

    | Photography for Beginners | 04/09/2013 12:25pm
    How to focus on off-centre subjects: take the shot

    Focusing errors can ruin even the best composed images. In this quick guide we answer some of the common questions people have about how to use autofocus in their everyday photography.

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