Knowing how much of your scene you can capture at each lens’ focal length is a conundrum every photographer has come up against.
In our latest photography cheat sheet we aimed to illustrate some of the differences a different lens focal length can have both in terms of how your image looks and how much of your scene your camera is able to include.
What is focal length, many new photographers ask? Focal length is how long a lens is, right?
Not exactly, no. Understanding focal length is much more than just the range of numbers marked on your lens. Below we’ll answer some of the common questions photographers have about focal length, as well as compare the effects different lenses can produce.
Your digital camera does a lot more work to turn what you see in the viewfinder into a finished image than you probably give it credit for. Understanding a little of what goes on deep inside your digital camera’s circuitry will help you understand some of the many options that you have to play with. Our latest photography cheat sheet illustrates the sophisticated process your camera goes through to transform captured light into an image on your screen.
Many of you have enjoyed our ongoing photography cheat sheet series, but many of you have also asked for high-res versions of these handy infographics to print out and keep in your camera bag.
We’ve been listening to your comments and have spent some time trying to find the best way to deliver these to you and still keep them free. We think we have found it…
Have you ever thought about how your camera shutter actually works to regulate the brightness of your photos? Shutter speed is one of those fundamental controls on our camera that we take for granted, but knowing how it works will give you the knowledge you need to start taking pictures with more authority. Our latest photography cheat sheet illustrates how each component of your camera’s shutter works in tandem.
What is aperture, you might be wondering if you’re new to photography? Your digital camera’s aperture is simply a hole in the lens – a variable diaphragm that can be made larger or smaller – to control how much light reaches the sensor. In this quick tutorial we will explain what you need to know to get started taking more control of your depth of field, photography skills and when you can put these into practice.
White balance, or WB, is necessary because light doesn’t just vary in brightness, but also in colour. Each light source has its own individual ‘colour temperature’), which varies from red to blue as you move through the visible spectrum.
ND filters are sold in different strengths, and different scales are used to measure this. Some use an NDxx number, others refer to optical density, and some refer to the light reduction in EV or ‘stops’. Below we’ve served up four of our best tips for choosing the best ND filter for your DSLR.
Are you struggling with your architecture photography? Are loitering tourists, distortion and wobbly tripods getting in the way of great pictures? Our latest photography cheat sheet should hopefully help.
Our latest photography cheat sheet examines four of the key challenges in architecture photography: composition, expose for exteriors, expose for interiors and how to correct convergence.
Have you ever wondered how pro photographers capture movement in their landscape shots to produce soft, blurry clouds and misty waterfalls? Are your long exposures just not delivering the same effect? Chances are that those pro images have been shot using a neutral density filter. These dark filters are designed to reduce the amount of light reaching the sensor in order to increase exposure times, without affecting the colour of the image. But how do you know when to use ND filters?