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

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

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

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

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.

Autofocus vs manual: how to take control of focus in problem foregrounds

How to take control of autofocus: step 2

Your camera is like a faithful and efficient assistant, but it’s not the brains of the outfit. Some scenes can fool your camera into thinking that something else is the more important subject. In these situations you might debate whether to use autofocus vs manual mode, but there’s no reason you can’t still use autofocus. Your camera’s AF system usually gets it right, but you need to know when it won’t… and what you can do about it.

11 common lens errors and how you can avoid them

11 common lens errors and how you can avoid them

The step up from a compact camera to one that allows you to changes lenses can be quite daunting, but it’s also a move towards taking better images. Our head of testing, Angela Nicholson, has compiled a list of the most common lens errors photographers make and some advice about how to avoid them.

Banish Bad Pictures: 9 quick fixes for common camera complaints

Banish Bad Pictures: 9 quick fixes for common camera complaints

Tired of taking bad pictures? Find out how to fix photos in-camera with our simple advice for curing your exposure and focusing headaches. We offer solutions for some of the most common photography problems photographers face. So read on to soothe your burning photo composition and colour complaints!

Focus Stacking: how to extend depth of field when shooting close up

Focus Stacking: how to extend depth of field when shooting close up

Shooting anything up close requires incredible patience and extreme precision. If your close-up photography isn’t sharp then you’re not only wasting pictures, but you’ve wasted hours of your time. In this in-depth tutorial we’ll show you how to use one of the most amazing Photoshop effects macro and close-up photographers can use: focus stacking.

Below we’ll show you step-by-step how to extend depth of field when shooting close-up by shifting your point of focus in multiple images,w which you’ll later stitch together so you can produce images that are sharp throughout the frame.

10 reasons why your photos aren’t sharp (and how to fix them)

When and how to use ND filters

Getting sharp photos is one of the fundamental goals in photography. If your images aren’t as sharp as you’d like, take a look at our ten-point guide to work out where you’re going wrong and how to get it right next time.

Ultrasonic motor vs ring-type autofocus: how to know which is which

Ultrasonic motor vs ring-type autofocus: how to know which is which

What’s the difference between ultrasonic motor and ring-type autofocus, and how can you tell which is which? The answer is surprisingly simple. Click to find out everything you need to know.