Make a calendar using your own photos: creative photo ideas for the new year

Make a calendar using your own photos: creative photo ideas for the new year

Personalised calendars make a nice change from the typical commercial fare, and they make great gifts too – so why not create your own calendar, using portraits of family or friends, for 2014? In this tutorial we’ll show you how you can use a simple lighting setup and backdrop to create your own home studio.

50 best National Parks for photographers (and what to photograph)

Best National Parks for photographers in the UK: Peak District

Our list of national parks rounds up 50 of the most amazing locations to take pictures around the world. Starting off in the UK (where we live), we’ll then reveal our top US national parks for photographers, moving on to Europe and national parks in other regions of the globe.

Best arboretum for autumn photography: 7 UK forest parks you shouldn’t miss

Best arboretum for autumn photography: 7 UK forest parks you shouldn't miss

Arboretums in autumn are spectacles to behold, and even more so for photographers who know how to capture their splendour in timeless fashion. Here we’ve rounded up our picks for the best arboretums in the UK for capturing autumn colours and textures.

Break the rules of photography: 4 clever effects from using ‘wrong’ exposures

Break the rules of photography: 4 clever effects from using 'wrong' exposures

Once you know the rules of photography, you’ll be able to use them in creative ways – particularly when it comes to exposure. But breaking the rules of photography doesn’t merely mean getting the exposure wrong. It means deliberately choosing to expose ‘imperfectly’ to create a specific effect. In this tutorial we show you four ways to play with exposure and break the rules of photography and create stunning in-camera effects.

Photography lights made simple: classic one light portrait setups to try right now

Photography lights made simple: classic one light portrait setups to try right now

Photography lights come in all shapes and sizes, and can be set up in so many different ways. In our latest portrait photography cheat sheet we show you seven classic one light portrait setups, illustrating both the arrangement and the effects produced.