Setting Up Your Camera

Setting up Your Camera

Before you set foot out of your door with your camera, or even put your eye up to the viewfinder, it’s worth spending a little time making sure all of the settings are correctly selected for your purpose. Here’s everything you need to know about correctly setting up your camera.

Although the default settings that the camera is set to initially…

Understanding Focal Length

Understanding Focal Length

It might sound a bit complicated to start with, but there really isn’t anything to be scared of when it comes to defining the focal length of lenses and their relationship with your photographs. Read on to grasp a full understanding of focal length.

Have you ever wondered how a camera can take a picture of a tree in the distance…

Essential filters

Essential Filters

Though you can do a lot of tricks in Photoshop, there are some filters that every photographer should own. Here’s our guide to the essential filters you need.

Filters have been a stable part of a photographer’s kit bag for years, but the emergence of Photoshop, with its powerful tools and controls has made many traditional photographic filters redundant.
There’s now no…

Mastering Your Camera: The ultimate photography guide


All the essential guides you could ever need to get more from your photography and to truly learn how to master your camera of choice.
Our range of guides are written so you can read them without any prior knowledge of photography. Choose the one’s you are most interested in, or read them all for a good grounding in what to…

John Freeman’s Guide to Telephoto lenses


Telephoto lenses do more than just bring distant objects nearer. Used creatively they can enhance your photography and alter the appearance of a wide range of subjects.
With digital SLR cameras the choice of lenses is enormous and at the telephoto end of the range, lenses as long as 1200mm are available. With such a narrow field of view, ultra telephoto…

Neutral Density Filters


Pro landscape snapper and ND addict Jeremy Walker explains why you need Neutral Density filters.

Welcome to the mysterious world of Neutral Density filters, a land of black magic and alchemy, combinations, improbable mathematical formulae; a land with a language all of its own: NDs, Grads, Big Stoppers, Hard and Soft edges, point threes, sixes or nines, and so the list…

Camera Viewing Options: LCD, viewfinders and live view


There are various camera viewing options which enable you to view the scene you’re photographing and compose your picture as you want. We explain the different camera viewing options available from LCD displays to viewfinders.

The LCD screen
One of the primary camera viewing options, all digital cameras have an LCD screen to review your pictures – on compacts they’re also usually…

Focal length explained


What is focal length? It’s the lens that determines how much of the scene you see in your viewfinder, and ensures that it is recorded in sharp focus. Here’s our guide on all you need to know on focal length.
Focal length
Different lenses produce differing angles of view. Some lenses show a wide area of a view (wideangle), others a narrower…

Exposure and Metering

Exposure and metering

Too much or too little light and your subject will be too dark or too light. Luckily your camera has a high-tech metering system, here’s everything you need to know to master your camera’s exposure and metering settings.
Photographs are made of light, and to be successful the sensor must receive the right amount of it. Too much or too little…

Camera Flash Modes


In some conditions camera flash may well be, as Queen once said, the saviour of the universe. At other times it can spoil your shots. Read on to discover all you need to know about your camera flash modes and how best to use them.

Most digital cameras come with a built-in flashgun, and it’s one of the camera’s most misused…