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Dial M for Manual – when you need to take full control

Lots of photographers think that professionals use Manual exposure mode all the time, write Jon Adams and Andrew James. But this is not true! In fact, if you use Aperture priority mode and know how and when to use Exposure Compensation, you hardly need Manual mode at all. However, there are a few si...

Puffins on Skomer

The boat hadn’t been running for two days leading up to my visit, so I was happy the wind had eased and the short hop across was almost tropical! While lack of wind was great from a travelling point of view, I was wondering how it might affect my attempts to photograph them in flight. Well, I can te...

Understanding Resolution

In Understanding Resolution Andrew and Jon discuss various technical aspects related to megapixels, pixel per inch, longest edge, and various other confusing techie phrases. If you'd like to understand resolution once and for all, this is your chance...

Extending backgrounds in Photoshop

Sometimes, no matter how good your reflexes are, you don't get a moving subject quite where you want it in the frame, writes Jon Adams. It can be too close the the edge, and that means your composition is compromised. Even with static subjects and scenes, we can still make the error of leaving insuf...