What is the best aperture and focal length for portraits?

What is the best aperture and focal length for portraits?

If you’re just getting started in portrait photography you’ve probably asked yourself what is the best aperture and focal length? In our cheat sheets below we help answer this question by showing you how changing the aperture and focal length can produce very different effects with your subjects.

Home studio setup: 6 things every photographer needs

Home studio setup: 6 things every photographer needs

A home studio setup doesn’t have to be overly complicated. In this cheat sheet we’ll show you six essential items every photographer should have in their home studio setup.

Nikon accessories: a complete guide to DSLR ports, sockets and connectors

Nikon accessories: a complete guide to your DSLR's ports, sockets and connectors

Nikon DSLRs come with a variety of connectors for a diverse range of Nikon accessories. In this complete guide to your camera’s sockets and connectors we’ll show you how and where to connect your Nikon accessories to your DSLR. And even if you’re loyal to another brand, we’re certain you’ll find this tutorial and cheat sheet useful!

How to pose for photos: find the most flattering angles for you and your subjects

How to pose for photos: find the most flattering angles for you and your subjects

Non-professional subjects won’t know how to pose for photos so you need to direct them to get the best portraits possible. In this tutorial and cheat sheet we’ll show you three flattering camera angles and three classic poses that work every time.

How to set up studio lighting: 3 classic setups for dramatically different effects

How to set up studio lighting: 3 classic setups for dramatically different effects

In our latest photography cheat sheet we’ll show you how to set up studio lighting, introducing you to three classic arrangements that photographers have been using for decades. We’ll show you how placing your studio lights in slightly different ways can dramatically change the tone of your images.

How to photograph Christmas lights: best camera settings to use (free cheat sheet)

How to photograph Christmas lights: the best camera settings to use (free cheat sheet)

With the Christmas season in full swing, towns are awash with festive colours and textures. But it can be tricky knowing how to set up your camera to shoot bright subjects in low light. In our latest photography cheat sheet we’ve provided a very timely tips card explaining how to photograph Christmas lights and ensure a good exposure.

How Live View autofocus works: what your camera’s manual doesn’t tell you

Contrast AF vs Phase detection AF: key differences explained

When you switch your camera to Live View, the image is no longer reflected up into the viewfinder or down on to the phase-detection AF sensor. It passes straight through to the sensor, which relays the image ‘live’ to the LCD display on the back of the camera. The image on the sensor is also used to check and adjust the focus. In this tutorial we’ll explain just how your camera’s Live View autofocus works and how you can use it to ensure optimum sharpness.

Autofocus point options: what subjects should each be used with?

Autofocus point options: what subjects should each be used with?

Your DSLR offers a variety of autofocus points, which can be used in different ways. But which focus points should you use, and when? Our cheat sheet explains all.

5 histogram examples of common photographic subjects

5 histogram examples of classic photographic subjects

Get to know your camera’s histogram. No, really, do. This scientific approach to exposure offers essential insights into the make-up of an image. In our latest infographic we’ve illustrated 5 classic histogram examples from common scenes you’re likely to shoot.

Phase detection autofocus: how your DSLR’s AF system actually works

Phase detection autofocus: how your DSLR's AF system actually works

Have you ever wondered how your DSLR’s AF system works? Unlike other types of digital cameras, DSLRs use a phase detection autofocus system to get your subjects pin-sharp. Knowing how this works helps you learn how to focus more efficiently, and our latest photography cheat sheet illustrates exactly what your camera is doing when you half-press the shutter button.