Common mistakes at every shutter speed (and how to avoid them)

Common mistakes with shutter speeds (and the best settings to overcome them)

At a basic level, shutter speed is used to control exposure, but it can also be used as a creative tool that freezes action or adds dramatic blur to moving subjects. In this tutorial we’ll explain some of the common mistakes you might encounter while trying to achieve the five classic shutter speed effects of freezing movement, blurring action, using blur creatively, long exposures and night photography.

The 10 biggest reasons your shots are soft (and how to avoid it)

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Soft shots are the bane of the serious photographer’s life, and a major reason why images get rejected by stock image libraries or lose out in camera club competitions or photo society distinctions. Anyone can zoom into images at 100% with software these days, meaning that any soft areas are painfully obvious. So what can… Continue reading

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.