One of the first rules of photography is that the subject should be sharp. Most modern cameras offer a number of ways of achieving sharp photos, and in this post we’re going to look at the most important digital camera focus techniques and the best settings to use. We’ll look at how to select the AF point and which focus mode to use.
A major benefit of using an SLR is that you can choose from a variety of lenses suited to particular photographic situations. But knowing how to change lenses safely to avoid damaging your lens or the inside of your camera is one of the first photography tips for beginners that one should learn.
In this post we explain step-by-step how to change lenses on your camera.
Everyone has probably heard of tilt-shift lenses. A tilt-shift lens is named as such because it has a ‘tilt’ mechanism that changes the angle of the lens relative to the body, tilting it to the left or right, or up or down. It also has a ‘shift’ mechanism that shifts the lens up or down or from side to side.
In our latest photography cheat sheet below we’ve illustrated how a tilt-shift lens can be used to correct some of the common photography problems that plague many photographers.
Lenses are an essential component of good portrait photography – perhaps even more so than your camera. In the third part of our Shoot Like A Pro series on outdoor portrait photography we run down the best lenses for the job and take a look at the pros and cons of each…
Cleaning your photographic equipment is essential, especially when it comes to lenses. In this tutorial we’ll show you in just four simple steps how to clean a camera lens so you can enjoy blemish-free photos.
Knowing how much of your scene you can capture at each lens’ focal length is a conundrum every photographer has come up against.
In our latest photography cheat sheet we aimed to illustrate some of the differences a different lens focal length can have both in terms of how your image looks and how much of your scene your camera is able to include.
What is focal length, many new photographers ask? Focal length is how long a lens is, right?
Not exactly, no. Understanding focal length is much more than just the range of numbers marked on your lens. Below we’ll answer some of the common questions photographers have about focal length, as well as compare the effects different lenses can produce.
The Lensbaby Muse selective focus lens comes with a flexible barrel for artistic effects. Find out how we scored it in our review.
Macro badges are often slapped on lenses that offer a magnification factor of 0.5x or less. However, true macro lenses deliver 1.0x, or 1:1, magnification. This means that if you photograph a small object at the lens’ closest focus distance setting, it will be the same size as the image projected onto the camera’s sensor.
This is perhaps the most important thing to know about using macro lenses. Below we’ve compiled a list of 9 other things you need to know when using a macro lens.
Tilt-shift lenses are useful optics for a number of reasons, but most commonly they are adored for their ability to render everyday scenes as miniature models. Most compact cameras now even offer creative filters which recreated the effect of tilt-shift lenses. We answer five key questions about tilt-shit lenses that you need to know before using one.