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.

    Master your camera’s autofocus: which AF points to use and when to use them

    | Photography Tips | 07/02/2013 16:42pm
    Take control of your camera's autofocus: which AF points to use... and when to use them

    Using autofocus correctly can solve a great number of the common photography problems you face on a daily basis. But easier said than done, right? Behold the bible on AF points!

    In this tutorial we’ll show you everything you need to know to take control of your AF points and nail focus every time you shoot.

    DIY Photography Hacks: make an AF micro adjustment for precise focus

    | Photography Tips | 24/01/2013 01:00am
    DIY Photography Hacks: make an AF micro adjustment for precise focus

    Are your lenses focusing where they should? In our latest DIY Photography Hacks post we show you how to make an AF micro adjustment to get spot-on autofocus with any camera-lens combination.

    Getting sharp images: every photo technique you need to know (Part 2)

    | Photography Tips | 22/01/2013 12:08pm
    Getting sharp images: every photo technique you need to know starting out

    Taking sharp images is the goal of any photographer. In Part 2 of her two-part series, our head of testing, Angela Nicholson, explains some of the best ways photographers have found to get their pictures ultra-sharp.

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