Astrophotography: a beginner’s guide to the galaxy

    | Night, Photography Tips | 20/07/2012 04:00am
    Star Trail: the camera settings you need

    Astrophotography is all about stars, constellations and an uplifting sense of wonder. There are a number of simple targets for the beginner to aim for, and you don’t need specialist equipment or expensive glass.

    Solargraph: shoot a 6-month long exposure using a beer can

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 19/07/2012 15:00pm
    Solargraph: shoot a 6-month long exposure using a beer can

    A solargraph is a long-exposure image that shows the path of the sun as it arcs across the sky, usually over several months – and sometimes even longer. Because it’s such an extreme long exposure, the image formed will record how the path of the sun varies over the weeks and months that it is exposed, and can produce pictures that are both scientifically interesting and beautiful to look at.

    Light trails: what you didn’t know about this night photography favourite

    | Night, Photography Tips | 18/07/2012 03:00am
    Light trails: all you need to know for this night photography favourite. Tips on where and when to shoot them, best camera settings and more.

    A fantastic subject to get you started in night photography is traffic light trails – long tendrils of colourful light that form wonderful abstract shapes. The great news is that it’s an easy technique to learn and you can produce really eye-catching images with some very basic gear. All you need is an SLR with a wide-angle zoom lens, a sturdy tripod, a remote shutter release and a basic grounding in tried and tested night photography techniques.

    9 secrets to using a tripod like a pro

    | Photography for Beginners | 16/07/2012 11:04am
    9 secrets to using a tripod like a pro

    To guarantee sharp shots of static subjects, using a tripod is essential, because it enables you to set any shutter speed you like and still get a shake-free shot. You’re then free to select the aperture you want to ensure maximum sharpness. To help you along we’ve compiled 9 practical tips you should know when using a tripod to ensure that you get the images you want.

    Painting with light: what you need, and where and how to do it

    | Night, Photography Tips | 13/07/2012 15:00pm
    Light painting tutorial

    Painting with light is one of the easiest ways to transform your night scenes from ordinary to extraordinary. Although you rely on natural light for most daylight photography, introducing artificial light when shooting night photography allows you to get really creative.

    How to photograph fireworks (and how to fake it)

    | Night, Photography Tips | 04/07/2012 02:00am
    Night photography tips: how to photograph fireworks (and how to fake it)

    Find out how to get better Guy Fawkes Day and Fourth of July pictures with our tips on how to photograph fireworks. We also dissect one of our own fireworks photos to explain why we think it works, as well as show you how to fake it by making your own great fireworks composites in Photoshop. Click to read more…

    31 impressive photographs of star trails

    | Inspire | 07/06/2012 14:04pm
    Forsaken Lincoln Harrison

    Photographing star trails involves one of the trickiest photography techniques to master. If you want to give it a go, we have just the tutorial you need to get you started with your star trail photography! In the meantime, take a look at these incredible captures of star trails.

    Star Trails: the camera settings you need to use

    | Night, Photography Tips | 01/06/2012 06:00am
    Star Trail: the camera settings you need

    Shooting ultra-long shutter speeds at night can turn a dimly lit scene into something that’s full of detail. In particular, this can even capture the otherwise unnoticeable movement of the stars.

    Capturing star trails is a great subject to photograph during the summer. It may get darker late, but skies are generally clearer and it’s a lot less cold!

    Common mistakes at every shutter speed (and the best settings you should use)

    | Photography Tips | 29/05/2012 11:33am
    Common mistakes at every shutter speed (and the best settings you should use)

    At a basic level, shutter speed is used to control exposure, but it can also be used as a creative tool that freezes action or adds dramatic blur to moving subjects. In this tutorial we’ll explain some of the common mistakes you might encounter while trying to achieve the five classic shutter speed effects of freezing movement, blurring action, using blur creatively, long exposures and night photography.

    After we look at some of the common problems within these shutter speed ranges, we’ll suggest the best shutter speeds for you to use to achieve these effects and offer our best tips for overcoming these errors.

    99 Common Photography Problems (and how to solve them)

    | Photography Tips | 04/05/2012 13:39pm
    99 common photography problems (and how to solve them)

    As well as being one of the most expensive hobbies around, photography is also one of the more technical pastimes you can pursue. But it doesn’t have to be confusing!

    We’ve spoken to numerous experts over the years, as well as photographers like you, who may either be just starting out or have been taking pictures for a while but keep encountering the same nagging problem. From all our conversations, we’ve noticed some common photography problems that seem to plague snappers of all ages and abilities.

    Inside, we’ve put together 99 of the most common photography problems and offered solutions to get round them, so you never have to be in doubt ever again! We’ve offered a mix of camera tips, explanations, definitions and more to help answer your questions. And we’ve also provided links, where appropriate, to some of our photography tutorials covering these problems in more depth