Star trails: how to use your camera’s Bulb mode to capture stunning long exposures

Star trails: how to use your camera's Bulb mode to capture stunning long exposures

Star trails are a popular subject to shoot this time of year, but knowing how to use your camera’s Bulb mode setting is the only way you’ll get an exposure long enough to capture the classic night photography effect you’re after. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to hold the shutter open as long as you like.

Multiple exposures in-camera: how to get long-exposure effects in bright light

Multiple exposures in-camera: how to get long-exposure effects in bright light

We often sing the praises of camera filters and the creative advantages they offer photographers, but depending on the make and model of your camera, you don’t always need a filter. Below we’ll show you a really simple technique for making multiple exposures in-camera – a great alternative for making long-exposure effects in bright sunlight.

Long exposure cloud movement: how to give a sharp sky a slow shutter effect

Long exposure cloud movement: how to give sharp skies a slow shutter speed effect

We don’t always get the shot we want when photographing elements beyond our control. And more importantly, we don’t often get the opportunity to try again until we get it right. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to use simple Photoshop effects to create a feeling of long exposure cloud movement to make your sharp skies look like they were shot at a slow shutter speed.

How to choose the best tripod: 10 things photographers should look for

How to choose the best tripod: 10 things photographers should look for

So how do you choose the best tripod? If you want your tripod to be a trusty lifelong companion and not just an overpriced, overweight millstone, you need to read our top 10 tips for choosing the right one!

9 creative photo ideas to try in May 2013

01 Shoot creative spring light painting effects

Looking for inspiration? Look no further than these 9 creative photo ideas and photography tips to inspire your photography in May 2013.

Fine art landscape photography: pro camera skills for stunning scenic pictures

Fine art landscape photography: pro camera skills for stunning scenic pictures

In our latest Professional Photographer to the Rescue post our pro shows us how to slow down the image-making process and learn the subtleties of making beautiful fine art landscape photography.

Water photography: blur movement like a pro for a classic effect

Water photography: blur movement like a pro for a classic effect

The latest post in our Shoot Like A Pro series on water photography explains how to blur movement in water using a long exposure for classic effects.

Low-light photography fixes: how to reduce noise but preserve image quality

Low-light photography fixes: how to reduce noise while preserving image quality

There are two basic types of noise you need to tackle in your low-light photography. The first is Chrominance noise, which introduces itself with higher ISO shots and can be recognised by its coloured speckling in shadowed or even-toned areas.

The second is Luminance noise, which is trickier to remove and can be seen in the form of random variations of brightness between pixels. Reducing this can result in a loss of overall image detail, so in this tutorial we’re going to look at techniques to reduce both types of noise while preserving quality.

Black and white landscape photography: how to make moody minimalist effects

Black and white landscape photography: how to make moody minimalist effects

Square cropped, black-and-white, long-exposure pictures of the sea are all the rage these days. To master this black and white landscape photography effect, you’ll need to learn a few core techniques, but they’re pretty easy to get to grips with. Here’s how to do it.

Low-light photography: tips for winter seascape pictures

Photo Ideas: shoot seascapes at dusk

With the nights drawing in, photographers can make the most of the low light conditions by getting out with your camera to capture glowing sunsets, inky blue moonlit skies and atmospheric stormy scenes. Below we’ve offered our best low-light photography tips for capturing beautiful winter seascapes.