Camera Skills

Slowing it all down

In photographic terms f/8 will always be f/8 (actually we could debate this but to keep things simple we won’t), but technology changes a lot about how we shoot and what things we need to shoot with, ...

A grey day in Norfolk

A few days ago I found myself standing by a Norfolk beach before sunrise, trying to work out whether I could see any shapes of grey seals along the shoreline in the darkness, writes Andrew James. Were...

Flashing wildlife – is it ethical?

All cameras have a flash sync speed. This is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with the flash. Invariably this is between 1/160 and 1/250sec, but if you are not sure what yours is then your c...

Action stations

One of the most difficult things you can ask a photographer (or a camera) to do, is get a pin-sharp picture of a moving subject. If the subject’s moving, then so is your camera, and if your camera’s m...

Taking a wider view

In the game of definitions and descriptions, photographers can be a vague bunch, write Jon Adams and Andrew James. But when it comes to lenses and focal lengths, we have the opportunity to be fairly p...

Creating zoombursts in-camera and in Photoshop

Discover the wonder of the zoomburst - a creative effect that can be generated while capturing a shot, or added afterwards in post processing software, write Jon Adams and Andrew James. In this video,...

Shooting with creativity and vision

Macro photography is never easy. You’re dealing with small subjects that are hard to see, and your depth of field is so limited that you know – unless you are able to do a photo stack to increase the ...

Tips for summer shooting

The weather-men and women are predicting hot weather ahead, lots of sunshine, and blue skies for UK-based photographers. This isn’t something we’re generally used to and while shooting in bright condi...