Shoot sunset photography with perfect colours

Sunset photography tips: optimise your exposure

There is something truly magical about the warm glow of shooting sunrise or sunset photography. The gloriously intense colours often inspire photographers to pick up their cameras, but how many times of you been disappointed by your results? Use these tips for fine-tuning exposure and white balance so you never again shoot sunset photography with washed-out colours.

6 tips to improve your Mars landscape photos

6 quick tips to improve your Mars landscape photos

The landing of NASA’s newest rover, Curiosity, on the Mars landscape marks another small step for the American space agency, but it represents one giant leap for photographers everywhere.

Here are our 6 easy tips you can use for making sure all your Mars landscape photos are keepers.

What is white balance: common problems (and how to solve them)

What is white balance: common problems (and how to solve them)

Are you struggling to get those whites right? Our complete guide to ‘What is White Balance’ will explain how you can make the most of your digital camera’s built-in color balance options.

Below we’ll start by answering some of the common questions and problems with white balance. Then we’ll show you step-by-step how to take control of your camera’s white balance by making a custom setting, as well as show you how to get creative by setting the ‘wrong’ white balance preset, how to cope with mixed lighting and why you have more options when you shoot raw files.

What is color temperature: free photography cheat sheet

Colour temperature chart: learn the correct white balance setting for your shooting conditions

In our new infographic we’ve illustrated the color temperature scale and show you where some of the more commonly used white balance settings sit within it. We’ve also shown where some common shooting conditions, such as hazy skies and sunsets, sit within the color temperature scale and what white balance setting you might want to use to capture accurate colors in these conditions.

White Balance: how to use a colour chart to get tones perfect

White Balance: how to use a colour chart to get tones perfect

When you photograph most subjects, getting the colours 100% accurate isn’t usually critical, and if you shoot on Auto White Balance, nine times out ten your digital will do a pretty good job of getting the white balance roughly right, so that whites actually look white, blacks look black, and all the colours in between look how you’d expect.

But sometimes getting colours 100% accurate is critical – when you need to photograph a painting to be reproduced in a book, say. The only way to ensure accurate colours is to get your white balance spot on, and the best way to do this is to use a colour chart.