What is maximum aperture? Which lenses go widest (and why it matters)

What is maximum aperture? Which lenses go widest (and why it matters)

What is maximum aperture? It’s a question we often hear from new photographers who are getting to grips with their lenses or trying to understand depth of field. In this guide we explain what it means to set the maximum aperture, which lenses go widest and what you actually gain in terms of your images.

3 camera lessons every new photographer should learn (free cheat sheet)

3 camera lessons every new photographer should learn (free cheat sheet)

If you’ve just bought your first camera, you’re probably finding a bit of a learning curve in getting up to speed with all of its bells and whistles. Before you get you get started, there are three fundamental concepts you need to understand: how your camera’s shutter speed scale works; how focal length affects your composition; and how your aperture controls what’s sharp.

A layman’s guide to depth of field: how to check and affect sharpness like a pro

A layman's guide to depth of field: how to check and affect sharpness like a pro

One of the first steps toward taking more creative photos is learning how to control how much of your picture is in focus. In this quick depth of field tutorial we show you how to check and affect sharpness, as well as answer some of your burning questions

How to sell photos online, in print and in ways you never dreamed of

How to sell photos online, in print and in ways you never dreamed of

In our new series we explore the different ways to sell photos online, in print, and elsewhere in ways you might not have considered before.

Each week we’ll look at a different genre or method to sell photos online and in other markets. To kick things off we’ll look at 16 novel ways you can start making money from your landscape images. And we’ll start by introducing you to a photographer who has been doing it successfully after being discovered by accident on Flickr.

4 common problems with dynamic range (and what you can do about it)

4 common problems with dynamic range (and what you can do about it)

Dynamic range is at the heart of exposure theory, and nowadays it’s much easier to measure. However, there are four situations where dynamic range can be an issue for photographers.

Our photography cheat sheet spells out these four common problems with dynamic range and explains what you can do to make sure you get it right.

Best camera settings for sunsets (free photography cheat sheet)

Best camera settings for sunsets (free photography cheat sheet)

The key to choosing the best camera settings for sunsets is to make sure you capture the sunset’s colours as they are, not how the camera ‘thinks’ they should be.

In our photography cheat sheet we’ve provided some of the ideal settings for sunsets. Use these as a starting point and then let your creativity take over!