Photography for Beginners

What are white balance settings in photography?

What are white balance settings? Every digital camera has what is called a white balance system that aims to adjust the colours to produce accurate whites according to the light conditions in which you are photographing. Basically, your white balance system is trying to ensure that your images look how they did when you saw them.

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How to get shallow depth-of-field effects with any camera

Many people think you can only achieve shallow depth-of-field effects with full-frame cameras and fast lenses. While these, of course, help, the truth is you can make images with shallow depth of field whether your camera is a smartphone or a compact. And you can even do it without resorting to Photoshop trickery!

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9 pro tips that work in any genre of photography

There are some rules, methods and ways of working that stand out because they can help you improve your images whether you like to shoot landscapes, portraits or even macro photography. Put these nine photography tips to use and you’ll start seeing instant benefits in your images.

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What is depth of field in photography?

Depth of field in photography is, quite simply, the area within the image that appears in focus, and controlling depth of field is one of the most powerful tools you have as a photographer in determining the look and feel of your image

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10 quick ways to improve colour in your images

While there’s no match for a gorgeous summer sunset, there are some quick ways to get stronger colours in your images. Here we show you how to improve the colour in your photos using tried and tested techniques that any photographer can achieve.

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9 photo techniques you can use everyday

We’re certain you’ll make instant improvements to your photography with these 9 techniques. These are simple methods and time-savers you can incorporate into your daily routine that will soon become instinctual, making you a better, more confident photographer.

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Family portrait ideas for people who don’t shoot portraits

Tweet If you’re the photographer in the family then your services are likely to be called upon to get a few shots of everyone over the festive period. But if you don’t normally shoot portraits you might find your self a bit stumped for ideas. Don’t worry, we’ve got a few that will help out. Family portrait ideas: 01 Go for a walk Rather than have to worry about low light levels or using flash because you’re shooting indoors, head outside and use natural light. The soft light of an overcast sky is perfect for portraits because there are...

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Free Photoshop keyboard shortcut cheat sheet

Tweet Yesterday we shared with you a brilliant Lightroom keyboard shortcut made by the team over at Make a Website Today. This handy infographic for beginner photo editors serves as a great quick reference guide and helps reduce your time spent in front of the computer. What’s more, this Photoshop keyboard shortcut graphic illustrates how these Photoshop commands differ from Mac to PC. Click here to download a high-resolution version of the graphic, or click here to download a print-ready version.  READ MORE The differences between Lightroom and Photoshop Common Photoshop mistakes photographers make (and how to avoid them)...

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6 photography techniques every beginner should learn

If you’re a new photographer you may feel daunted by the sheer volume of different photography techniques there are to learn, from setting up your camera to essential photo editing skills. Sometimes the best way to move forward is to just pick a few of the fundamentals and master those. Then, once you’ve mastered those techniques, pick a few more. We had a think about about some of the photography techniques that can both kickstart your learning and help you get creative with your compositions. Have you tried any of these?

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DSLR cameras explained: 10 things to know about single lens reflex

Tweet For nearly decades, both professional and amateur photographers alike have preferred the single lens reflex camera. But what is a DSLR camera, how do they work, and why are they so popular? In this tutorial we explain the key points you need to know when making the jump to shooting with a DSLR camera. 1. What is Single Lens Reflex? While the name ‘single lens reflex’ camera seems a bit archaic today, there was a time when twin lens reflex (TLR) cameras were in high demand – and there are still a couple of models on sale today....

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What is a raw file in photography?

What is a raw file, and is it always better than shooting images as JPEGs? The quality of your photos can change when shooting raw files, and in this tutorial we explain the biggest advantages and disadvantages you need to be aware of.

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What is aspect ratio in photography

If you are inclined to choose your image format when processing files, then it might be time you started using your camera’s aspect ratio settings. Here we explain everything you need to know about aspect ratio in photography.

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Drive Modes Explained: when and how to use them

Learning how to use your camera’s drive mode options in the optimum conditions is a crucial first step towards helping you become a more versatile photographer who can take pictures in a wide variety of situations. Below we explain how your drive modes work, and how and when to use them.

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