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    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.

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

    | Photography for Beginners | 28/08/2013 00:01am
    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

    | Photography Tips | 05/06/2013 00:01am
    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

    | Photography for Beginners | 20/05/2013 12:57pm
    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

    | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 18/05/2013 01:00am
    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)

    | Photography Tips | 15/05/2013 00:01am
    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

    | Photography Tips | 23/03/2013 14:00pm
    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.

    Lens Distortion: 3 ways to fine tune your lens’ performance

    | Photography Tips | 03/03/2013 02:00am
    How to change lenses safely: step 5

    Improve focusing and remove distracting lens distortion from your images with these three tips for getting more precise focus and professional-looking photos.

    How to calculate hyperfocal distance: free photography cheat sheet

    | Landscape, Photography Tips | 08/02/2013 01:00am
    What is hyperfocal distance?

    What is hyperfocal distance? Before the introduction of autofocus cameras, the use of ‘hyperfocal distance’ was a popular focus technique used by photographers – and it’s still one of the really neat camera tricks for times when your camera struggles to autofocus in difficult lighting conditions.

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