5 Christmas photography tips to deck your hols

5 Christmas photography tips to deck your hols

As the festive season is in full swing we thought now would be the perfect time to get your digital camera out to capture a range of seasonal images that you can share with your friends and family. We put our heads together and came up with our 5 best Christmas photography tips and photo ideas to try right now.

Water photography: get creative with fine details

Water photography: get creative with fine details

In the final instalment of our Shoot Like A Pro series on water photography, we explain how you don’t need access to coastlines, huge waterfalls and lakes to create stunning images. There are a number of ways to include water in your photography, particularly getting creative and up close.

Christmas Card Photo Ideas: simple seasonal still life photography at home

Christmas Card Photo Ideas: simple seasonal still life photography at home

While Christmas 2012 is still a few weeks away, it’s not too early to start thinking about Christmas card photo ideas for 2013. In the tutorial below we show you step-by-step how to set up and shoot seasonal still life photography to use on Christmas cards, calendars and more. Our head of testing, Angela Nicholson, takes you through the process from idea to execution!

9 creative photo ideas to try in December

9 creative photo ideas to try in December

As part of our ongoing series to help you get more creative with your digital camera, each month we publish some fun, seasonal, creative photo ideas to help inspire your imagination. Along with some amazing images, we’ve also provided some quick photography tips by photographers who are experts in these fields.

For December we aim to have you experiment with some of the more abstract elements of photography, like bokeh effects, surrealist portraits and capture intriguing shapes in close-up still life photography – while revisiting some of the classic rules of photo composition, like the Rule of Thirds.

Smoke photography: a simple set-up for atmospheric still lifes

Smoke photography: a simple set-up for atmospheric still lifes

Shooting smoke photography is challenging: it’s unpredictable and constantly changing, so you never quite know what you’re going to get. But that’s half of the attraction, because when you get it right the shapes and forms you capture have an organic quality that is almost impossible to recreate.

Pictures of ferns: master your plant photography skills with this one subject

Pictures of ferns: master your plant photography skills with this one subject

You don’t have to be a botanist to enjoy pictures of ferns. The ancient plants are strikingly beautiful and a wonder to photograph. Our easy to follow tutorial shows how it’s done.

DIY Photography Hacks: make a lightbox using a window and paper

DIY Photography Hacks: make a lightbox using a window and paper - step 6

In the latest installment of our DIY Photography Hacks series, we show you a very simple way to make a lightbox for your still life photography by hanging common greaseproof paper from a window.

9 creative photo ideas to try in November

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9 creative photo ideas to try in NovemberAs part of our ongoing series to help you get more creative with your digital camera, each month we publish some fun, seasonal, creative photo ideas to help inspire your imagination.

For November we aim to have you out and about honing your night photography skills by shooting cityscapes at dusk, far away galaxies, the depths of the earth and everything in between!

Photography effects: bending light to make magical colours

Photography effects: bending light to make magical colours

Refraction patterns made by bending light through glass objects can produce stunning photography effects without any photo editing required. Here’s a really simple way to achieve the effect at home.

9 creative photo ideas to try in October

9 creative photo ideas to try in October

As part of our ongoing series to help you get more creative with your digital camera, each month we publish some fun, seasonal, creative photo ideas to help inspire your imagination.

Along with some amazing images, we’ve also provided some quick photography tips by photographers who are experts in these fields.

For October we aim to have you capitalize on light and shade, infrared imaging and several other perspective-altering ideas.