White balance explained: how cameras correct the color of different types of light

White balance explained: how your camera corrects the colour of different kinds of lighting

The White Balance setting you choose will change the colour balance in your pictures, making it warmer or cooler depending on how the sort of light you’re shooting in affects things.

Using Auto White Balance is the simple option, but your camera’s White Balance presets give you more control over colour.

When to use a reflector: the effects produced by different colour surfaces

When to use a reflector: how the different colours produce different effects

Reflectors are available with many different surfaces, such as gold (which adds a warm glow to faces) and white (which helps to lift shadows and balance light). You can even get reflectors with multiple surfaces. But how do you know when to use a reflector with one of these different coloured surfaces?

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.

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 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.